Tag: sex abuse crisis

Catholic agencies closely monitor giving after clergy sex abuse shock

WASHINGTON | Leaders and fundraisers at Catholic organizations are cautiously monitoring the level of donations and gifts as the end-of-the-year giving season approaches, hoping that the clergy sexual abuse scandal won’t negatively affect their bottom line. While most of the professionals contacted by Catholic News Service said it is too early yet to see what… Read more »

Pope accepts Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation as archbishop of Washington

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl as archbishop of Washington but did not name a successor. When the pope’s decision was announced Oct. 12, the Archdiocese of Washington released a letter from Pope Francis to the cardinal, making clear his support for Cardinal Wuerl’s ministry and leadership, but… Read more »

Chilean court rules archdiocese liable in covering up Karadima sex abuse

VATICAN CITY | In a major victory for survivors of abuse in Chile, a court ruled that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought on by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo, was first dismissed five years… Read more »

Pope expels Karadima, notorious Chilean abuser, from priesthood

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis expelled from the priesthood a Chilean who gained notoriety for sexually abusing young men in his parish. In a statement released Sept. 28, the Vatican said that Fernando Karadima was dismissed from the clerical state by the pope, who “made this exceptional decision in conscience and for the good of… Read more »

Two more Chilean bishops step down in wake of abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, bringing to seven the number of bishops who have stepped down since June in response to the clerical sexual abuse scandal in their country. The Vatican announced Sept. 21 the resignations of 60-year-old Bishop Carlos Pellegrin Barrera of San Bartolome de Chillan… Read more »

U.S. bishops tell pope abuse scandal ‘lacerated’ the church

VATICAN CITY | The leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference said they shared with Pope Francis how the church in the United States has been “lacerated by the evil of sexual abuse.” “He listened very deeply from the heart,” said a statement released after the meeting Sept. 13. Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the… Read more »

Pope: Pray to protect church from devil, step up fight against abuse

VATICAN CITY | Signaling his belief that the Catholic Church is facing a serious crisis, Pope Francis asked every Catholic in the world to pray for the protection of the church from attacks by the devil, but also that the church would be more aware of its sins and stronger in its efforts to combat… Read more »

Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops’ conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults. The Vatican made the announcement Sept. 12 after the pope and members of his international Council of Cardinals wrapped up three days… 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 »