Tag: sex abuse crisis

Clericalism at heart of crisis, says survivor, but its ‘day coming to end’

BALTIMORE | Vatican officials needed “a safeguarding policy” in place ages ago to prevent abuse and address it when it occurred, said Marie Collins, a clergy sexual abuse survivor from Ireland. The promise for such a policy came out of the Vatican summit on child protection in February, but it never materialized, said Collins, who… Read more »

Appeals court upholds Cardinal Pell conviction on abuse charges

MELBOURNE, Australia | An Australian appeals court upheld the conviction of Cardinal George Pell on five counts of sexually assaulting two choirboys more than two decades ago. A three-judge panel of the Appeals Division of the Supreme Court of Victoria announced its decision Aug. 21 in Melbourne with the cardinal in attendance. “Cardinal Pell is… Read more »

Church credibility ruined by silent hypocrisy, sister tells summit

VATICAN CITY | The hypocrisy of Catholic leaders who claimed to be guardians of morality yet remained silent about clerical sexual abuse has left the church’s credibility in shambles, an African woman religious told bishops at the Vatican summit on abuse. “Yes, we proclaim the Ten Commandments and ‘parade ourselves’ as being the custodians of… Read more »

Cardinal Pell convicted on five counts; verdict will be appealed

MELBOURNE, Australia | An Australian court found Cardinal George Pell guilty on five charges related to the sexual abuse of two 13-year-old boys; sentencing is expected in early March, but the cardinal’s lawyer already has announced plans to appeal the conviction. While the appeal is in process, Pope Francis has confirmed the “precautionary measures” prohibiting… Read more »

Bishops must realize seriousness of abuse crisis, pope says

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM PANAMA | The primary goal of the Vatican’s February summit on clerical sexual abuse and child protection is to help bishops understand the urgency of the crisis, Pope Francis said. During a news conference with journalists Jan. 27 on his flight to Rome from Panama, the pope said the presidents… Read more »

As U.S. bishops meet, Vatican may be deciding fate of former cardinal

WASHINGTON | As U.S. bishops gathered in early January at a seminary in Illinois to pray and reflect about the American church’s sex abuse crisis, reports trickled out about the possible fate of one their own being decided overseas. The Wall Street Journal newspaper reported Jan. 5 that a decision on whether to laicize former… Read more »

Details published on Vatican delaying USCCB vote on abuse provisions

VATICAN CITY | The surprising news in November that the Vatican had asked U.S. bishops not to vote on several proposals for responding to the sexual abuse crisis was motivated by a lack of time given the Vatican to study the proposals and potential conflicts with church law, according to a letter obtained by the… Read more »

Bishops describe their retreat as inspiring, Spirit-filled

WASHINGTON | Although the weeklong retreat for U.S. Catholic bishops emphasized quiet reflection, several bishops spoke out on social media during the retreat and after it wrapped up Jan. 8 with positive reaction about it and to give shoutouts to the retreat leader, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, who has preached to popes and top officials… Read more »

Vatican begins investigation of Archbishop McCarrick

WASHINGTON | James Grein, a Virginia man who said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, gave his testimony about what occurred Dec. 27 before a judicial vicar for the New York Archdiocese. His testimony was requested by the Vatican. “He wants his church… Read more »

U.S. bishops take part in weeklong retreat about clergy sex abuse crisis

WASHINGTON | The U.S. Catholic bishops are taking part in a closed-door retreat Jan. 2-8 at Mundelein Seminary at the University of St. Mary of the Lake near Chicago to prayerfully consider ways to rebuild trust over the clergy sex abuse crisis. “We are honored to welcome the bishops of the United States to Mundelein… Read more »