Category: National and International

Women’s, men’s letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | An open letter to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick of Washington appears on the website of the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank, although the… Read more »

Is there truth in Archbishop Vigano’s text and how are Catholics to know?

VATICAN CITY | Catholics in the pews and even priests in the Vatican are confused about the long document Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano published claiming Pope Francis turned a blind eye to information he had about the sexual misconduct of now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. Pope Francis’ response to journalists Aug. 26 that they should read… Read more »

Top Pa. state senator opts for victims’ fund over remedy for sex abuse suits

PHILADELPHIA | The Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania should set up a fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse in lieu of the legislature lifting the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits on abuse, according to the Republican leader of the state Senate. State Sen. Joseph Scarnati, Senate president pro tempore, said in an Aug…. Read more »

Pope serene despite ‘pain’ over archbishop’s testimony, cardinal says

VATICAN CITY | While recent accusations by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano have created tension in the Catholic Church, Pope Francis is approaching the situation calmly, the Vatican secretary of state said. In an interview posted Aug. 30 by “Vatican Insider,” the online news supplement to the Italian newspaper La Stampa, Cardinal Pietro Parolin said that… Read more »

Former nuncio now says sanctions against McCarrick were ‘private’

ROME | Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former nuncio to the United States who called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly lifting sanctions placed on Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, now says those “sanctions” were “private” and neither he nor now-retired Pope Benedict XVI ever was able to enforce them. While Archbishop Vigano went into… Read more »

Cardinal says ‘sorrow, disgust, rage’ are ‘righteous’ reactions to abuse

CHICAGO | “Sorrow, disgust, outrage — these are righteous feelings” for all to have in reaction to the latest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in an Aug. 17 statement. These are “the stirrings of the conscience of a people scandalized by the terrible reality that too many of the… Read more »

Archbishop Chaput to pope: Cancel youth synod, meet about bishops

PHILADELPHIA | Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput is asking Pope Francis to call off the Synod of Bishops on young people this October to focus instead on the life of the bishops. “I have written the Holy Father and called on him to cancel the upcoming synod on young people. Right now, the bishops would… Read more »

International religious freedom report cites 28 nations falling short

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The U.S. International Commission on Religious Freedom singled out 28 countries for their repression of religious liberty in its annual report, issued Aug. 29. Sixteen countries were designated in the 228-page report as Tier 1 — the harshest level of repression: Myanmar, Central African Republic, China, Eritrea, Iran, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan,… Read more »

Cardinal Wuerl’s letter to priests expresses ‘anguish’ for suffering

WASHINGTON | In an Aug. 30 letter to priests in the archdiocese, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl asked for “forgiveness for my errors in judgment (and) for my inadequacies.” He asked the priests to accept his “contrition for any suffering I have caused, as well as the grace to find, with you, ways of healing,… Read more »

Catholic psychologist, abuse survivor, offers advice for families

WASHINGTON (CNS) — After recent reports describing clergy sex abuse, Paul Peloquin, a Catholic clinical psychologist and a clergy abuse survivor, shared advice for victims and their families. “For Catholics who have been abused by a priest or clergy, it’s doubly difficult because they have not only been psychologically traumatized, but spiritually traumatized,” Peloquin told… Read more »