Category: National and International

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 »

American bishops respond to claims made in Archbishop Vigano’s letter

WASHINGTON | Several American bishops responded quickly upon hearing of the charges leveled by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican ambassador to the United States, that church leaders — including Pope Francis — had been told years ago of the abuse allegations lodged against retired Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. Among those who responded were… Read more »

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

Backgrounder and analysis VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has targeted clericalism as an illness in the church, an ailment that pretends “the church” means “priests… Read more »

USCCB president explains plan to address ‘moral catastrophe’ of abuse

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Aug. 16 announced three key goals and a comprehensive plan to address the “moral catastrophe” of the new abuse scandal hitting the U.S. church. The plan “will involve the laity, lay experts, the clergy and the Vatican,” Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said…. Read more »

Prominent Catholics see larger role for laity in church’s abuse response

WASHINGTON | An independent lay-run board that would hold bishops accountable for their actions, a national day for Mass or prayers of reparation, and encouragement to parishioners to become more involved in their diocese are among steps suggested by prominent lay Catholics to right the U.S. church as it deals with a new clergy sexual… Read more »

At Knock shrine, pope again begs forgiveness for betrayal of abuse

KNOCK, Ireland | On a foggy, soggy day at a Marian shrine in County Mayo, Pope Francis said he prayed before a statue of Our Lady of Knock for all those who suffered sexual and physical abuse by Catholic clergy or in Catholic-run institutions in Ireland. “None of us can fail to be moved by… Read more »

World Meeting of Families: U.S. Jesuit urges Catholics to examine attitudes toward LGBT community

DUBLIN | U.S. Jesuit Father James Martin set out a series of ways in which parishes can show welcome and respect to LGBT Catholics. Addressing a packed 1,000-seat auditorium, from which organizers of the World Meeting of Families were forced to turn people away Aug. 23, the theologian said gays have often been treated like… Read more »

USCCB president seeks papal audience, answers to former nuncio’s questions

WASHINGTON | The president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said he was “eager for an audience” with Pope Francis to gain his support for the bishops’ plan to respond to the clergy sexual abuse crisis. In an Aug. 27 statement, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston also said that the questions raised by… Read more »

Pennsylvania prelate says bishops who hid abuse should resign

WASHINGTON | In an Aug. 16 interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of… Read more »