Tag: abuse

Church will spare no effort to end abuse, pope tells Curia

VATICAN CITY | Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the church’s strength does not depend on its members’ perfection, but on the willingness to recognize its failings and correct them. “Let it be clear that before these abominations, the church will spare no… Read more »

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON | Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops. It also instructed the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs… Read more »

NY Times talks to men who got settlements after alleged abuse

NEW YORK | A front-page New York Times article published July 16 detailed the alleged abuse of two seminarians in the Diocese of Metuchen, New Jersey, by then-Bishop Theodore E. McCarrick in the 1980s that resulted in settlements to each man. For one of the seminarians, the alleged abuse continued after he had been ordained… Read more »

Abuse allegation against Cardinal McCarrick found credible

WASHINGTON | Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, retired archbishop of Washington, said June 20 he will no longer exercise any public ministry “in obedience” to the Vatican after an allegation he abused a teenager 47 years ago was found credible. Bishop James F. Checchio of Metuchen, New Jersey, where Cardinal McCarrick served as its first bishop,… Read more »

Cardinal Pell ordered to stand trial on abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia | After a monthlong pre-trial hearing, an Australian judge ordered Cardinal George Pell to stand trial on multiple charges of sexual abuse of minors, charges the cardinal consistently has denied. While dropping some of the charges, including what Cardinal Pell’s lawyer described as the most “vile,” Magistrate Belinda Wallington announced May 1 that… Read more »

After Vatican verdict, Guam archbishop apologizes for predecessor’s ‘harm’

VATICAN CITY | Publicly apologizing on behalf of the whole archdiocese for the “grave harm” caused by former Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Archbishop Michael J. Byrnes said a new chapter of humility, repentance and healing has opened for the Catholic Church in Guam following a Vatican verdict against his predecessor. “I called and… Read more »

Vatican tribunal finds Archbishop Apuron of Guam guilty of abuse

VATICAN CITY | A Vatican tribunal found Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana, Guam, guilty of some of the accusations made against him, accusations which included the sexual abuse of minors. After a canonical trial conducted by the apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Vatican judges imposed the following sanctions… Read more »