Category: National and International

Statements from bishops of dioceses named in grand jury abuse report

WASHINGTON | The following are excerpts of statements, and links to the full statements, made by the bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses named in a grand jury report released Aug. 14 that detailed a two-year investigation of seven decades of clergy sex abuse claims. Many of the claims date back decades. Pennsylvania officials say… Read more »

What New Jersey bishops, now retired, knew about McCarrick settlements

WASHINGTON | What became known following a New York Times investigation into two seminarians who said they had been abused by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick is that settlements were reached with each man in the mid-2000s. What was less clear was the depth of involvement of each bishop, all of them from New Jersey, in… Read more »

Pope: Abuse victims’ outcry more powerful than efforts to silence them

VATICAN CITY | “No effort must be spared” to prevent future cases of clerical sexual abuse and “to prevent the possibility of their being covered up,” Pope Francis said in a letter addressed “to the people of God.” “I acknowledge once more the suffering endured by many minors due to sexual abuse, the abuse of… Read more »

Cardinal to miss World Meeting of Families to tend to seminary matters

BOSTON | The Archdiocese of Boston announced Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 21-26. “Important matters pertaining to the pastoral care of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and the seminarians enrolled in the formation program there require the cardinal’s personal attention and presence,”… Read more »

Vatican wants accountability for abusers, those who protected them

VATICAN CITY | In the wake of a grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in six dioceses in Pennsylvania, a Vatican spokesman called the abuses described in the report as being “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Victims should know that the pope is on their side. Those who have suffered are his priority, and the… Read more »

Do good to fight indifference, apathy, pope tells young people

VATICAN CITY | Being a Christian isn’t just about not doing evil, but it is a daily exercise in loving others through good works and deeds, Pope Francis said. Many times, Christians can be tempted to “think they are saints” and justify themselves by saying, “I don’t harm anyone,” the pope told thousands of Italian… Read more »

Baltimore cardinal: ‘More than prayers, promises’ needed to address anger over abuse

BALTIMORE | Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore acknowledged the renewed pain and anger caused by clergy sexual abuse following the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that details some of the actions taken by Cardinal William H. Keeler when he was a bishop in Pennsylvania. “At this difficult time in the life of… Read more »

On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

VATICAN CITY | Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15, Pope Francis also asked the crowd in St. Peter’s Square to join him… Read more »

Catholic hospitals help Indonesia quake victims in Lombok, Bali

JAKARTA, Indonesia | Catholic hospitals in Indonesia have sent medical teams to treat hundreds of people injured by a magnitude 6.9 earthquake that struck the tourist island of Lombok near Bali Aug. 5. The death toll stood at 105 by mid-afternoon Aug. 7 with 236 injured, reported. Officials expected the death toll to rise… Read more »

U.S. church’s response to sex abuse shows progress, but questions remain

WASHINGTON | With the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on priestly sexual abuse of minors, the U.S. Catholic Church again is confronting questions about its response to abuse allegations dating back several decades. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has taken steps to address abuse claims and prevent abuse, including the… Read more »