McCarrick Secretly Gave Nearly $1 Million to Group Led by Cleric Accused of Sexual Misconduct

In the years before his removal from ministry, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick secretly gave nearly $1 million to a controversial group of Catholic missionaries and supported leniency for its founder after the Vatican punished him for sexual wrongdoing, internal church documents show. From 2004 to 2017, McCarrick sent the Institute of the Incarnate Word dozens of … Read more

Donations to D.C. Archdiocese’s Down Nearly a Third After Year of Controversy

The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington’s key annual fundraising appeal took in nearly a third less money in 2019, after sexual misconduct and mismanagement scandals involving some of the region’s most prominent Catholic leaders. The archdiocese, which includes the District and its Maryland suburbs, received $10,350,027 for the 2019 Annual Appeal, compared with the 2018 total … Read more

10 Years after Vatican Takeover, Legion in New Abuse Crisis

The administrator of the elite Catholic school in Cancun, Mexico, used to take the girls out of class and send them to the chapel, where the priest from the Legion of Christ religious order would sexually abuse them. “As some were reading the Bible, he would rape the others in front of them, little girls … Read more

The Bransfield Report: WP Publishes Secret Vatican Document

For months, civil authorities and Catholic parishioners have sought access to a secret church report about Michael J. Bransfield, the West Virginia bishop ousted for alleged sexual and financial misconduct. Law enforcement authorities in two jurisdictions contend that it could aid investigations they have launched, and parishioners have said it could help them understand how … Read more

Argentine Court Convicts Sexual Predators Ignored by Pope Francis

An Argentine court on Monday found two priests and a lay worker guilty of the sexual abuse and rape of 10 former students of a Catholic institute for the deaf, the first legal victory for a string of hearing-impaired victims stretching from Italy to the Andes whose denunciations against one of the clerics to church … Read more

From West Virginia to the Vatican: How Bishop Bransfield Secretly Sent Money from a Church Hospital to a Cardinal Farrell in Rome

The idea came to West Virginia Bishop Michael J. Bransfield while he was in Rome visiting an old friend, a powerful cardinal at the Vatican. Bransfield thought the cleric’s apartment was barren and lacked a comfortable room for watching television. After Bransfield returned to West Virginia, in May 2017, he sent the cardinal a $14,000 … Read more

The Catholic Church Yet Again Fails to Account for its Victims

A FEATURE of the Catholic Church’s rippling sexual abuse scandal is that past predations and coverups are often revealed by journalists, government authorities or victims and their advocates, but rarely by the church itself. That has been the case whether the alleged abusers were small-town priests, prominent bishops or the most renowned of the church’s … Read more

Theodore McCarrick Still Won’t Confess

Disgraced ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick was defrocked in February and ordered by Pope Francis to live a “life of prayer and penance.” It seems the message did not get through. McCarrick, it turns out, is unrepentant. Slate reporter Ruth Graham recently visited the Capuchin friary in Victoria, Kan., where McCarrick is living in solitude. The former … Read more

W.Va. Scandal Muddies Legacy of Vatican’s Longtime Fixer from Baltimore

Late last summer, Vatican officials realized they had an uncontainable mess — four whistleblowing priests alleging financial and sexual misconduct by the bishop of West Virginia. So they did what Catholic officials have done for decades: They turned to William Lori. From Rome and Washington to Connecticut and then Baltimore, where he is now archbishop, … Read more

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