Tag: sex abuse

Chilean court says no verdict in survivors’ lawsuit against archdiocese

VATICAN CITY | Survivors of abuse in Chile believed they had won a major victory when they heard a Chilean court recognized that the Archdiocese of Santiago prevented a thorough investigation into sexual abuses committed by a former priest, Fernando Karadima. The lawsuit brought by survivors Juan Carlos Cruz, James Hamilton and Jose Andres Murillo… Read more »

New York bishop removed from ministry pending review of abuse claim

WASHINGTON | A New York auxiliary bishop has been removed from public ministry pending a Vatican review of a decades-old accusation of sexual abuse against him, a claim he denies, the Archdiocese of New York said in a letter released Oct. 31. The letter dated Oct. 29 is said to have been sent to parishioners… Read more »

U.S. cardinal: Abuse crisis discussed at synod, will top bishops’ agenda

VATICAN CITY | While the clerical sexual abuse crisis did not dominate discussions at the Synod of Bishops, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said it was discussed, and everyone in the room clearly believed the crisis has to be dealt with. Cardinal DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, spoke to Catholic… Read more »

On plane, pope discusses sex abuse, corruption of cover-up, China pact

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME | The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the “corruption” of covering it up, Pope Francis said. Returning to Rome from a trip Sept. 22-25 to the Baltic nations, Pope Francis was asked about his remarks to young people… Read more »

Sexual abuse victims want to be heard by church hierarchy, Jesuit says

SYDNEY | The president of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection said most of the victims of clergy sexual abuse whom he has met primarily want the church hierarchy to listen to them and understand the depth of their suffering. “All concur in this, that the most important single element in a possible… Read more »

Top Pa. state senator opts for victims’ fund over remedy for sex abuse suits

PHILADELPHIA | The Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania should set up a fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse in lieu of the legislature lifting the statute of limitations on civil lawsuits on abuse, according to the Republican leader of the state Senate. State Sen. Joseph Scarnati, Senate president pro tempore, said in an Aug…. 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 »

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 »