Among the 13 men promoted by Pope Francis to the coveted role of Cardinal is a man who once compared calls for reform in the Catholic Church to the Holocaust and another who was once held in contempt of court for failing to provide the medical records of a child abuser.
As the Boy Scouts of America continue down the path of their landmark bankruptcy, proceedings are beginning to reveal a more complete and tragic story of sexual abuse within the organization, exposing thousands of abusers and many thousands of victims. Our hearts ache for those victims and their suffering.
A Catholic priest from a Pennsylvania diocese has been placed on leave following an allegation of “recent inappropriate conduct involving minors.” We hope this news encourages others who may have been hurt to come forward and make a report to law enforcement.
A Catholic priest who was removed from his parish in Louisiana earlier this month after he confessed to abusing a child in 2013 has now been arrested on child molestation charges by police in Georgia. We are grateful to law enforcement for getting this admitted-abuser off the streets and hope this arrest encourages other victims to come forward and make a report.
Michigan’s attorney general has provided an update on her two-years long investigation into clergy abuse, which focused on the seven Catholic dioceses in her state. The numbers are at once both startling and exactly what we expected.
The Attorney General of Washington D.C. has sued a Hebrew congregation for failing to protect children from sexual abuse. We applaud this move and are confident that this will help protect future boys and girls from the scourge of sex crimes.
Archbishop Greg Aymond of the scandal-ridden Archdiocese of New Orleans has adopted a harder stance towards priests credibly accused of abuse and is asking all of them to leave ministry permanently. This message is long overdue from the archbishop and needs to be backed up by action in both the church and secular society.
Church attorneys are warning of “dire” financial consequences for dioceses in Pennsylvania if the state supreme court upholds an earlier ruling that allowed survivors of clergy sexual abuse to file lawsuits. Responsibility for those “dire consequences” should be laid at the feet of Catholic officials who covered-up abuse for years, not the survivors who are seeking their day in court.
Catholic University and the Catholic Project sponsored a series of podcasts entitled Crisis: Clergy Abuse in the Catholic Church to address the scandal of sexual violence in their Church. The stated purpose of the series was to bring “light and understanding” to the issue and to end the silence about sexual abuse.
Archbishop Cordileone Conducts Exorcism to Drive Out Evil, but Refuses to Act to Drive Out Clergy Abuse
The Archbishop of San Francisco recently performed an exorcism at an historic California mission where a statue representing Saint Junipero Serra was toppled during a protest in support of indigenous people.