Posts Tagged ‘Cardinal Sean O’Malley’

Pope shares survivor’s letter

Thursday, October 21st, 2021
survivors letter

A female survivor of abuse by a priest has written to seminarians imploring them to become good priests and to make sure the “bitter truth” always prevails. The letter, written in Italian, was sent to Pope Francis who requested it be made public with the author’s identity withheld. “Please, do not sweep things under the Read more

Cardinal Sean O’Malley calls for consequences for the Church

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston and head of the Vatican Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, says the Church and sexual abuse perpetrators need to be held accountable. In a video message posted on the Archdiocese of Boston website after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report was released, O’Malley expressed his concern about the Read more

Protocols to hold bishops accountable for sex abuse

Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Protocols are needed to hold bishops accountable for sex abuse, says Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston. Numerous accusations of sexual abuse of minors and adults have arisen against former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. O’Malley acknowledged “a credible and substantiated allegation” involving a minor and McCarrick when the prelate was a priest in the Read more

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors renewed

Monday, February 19th, 2018

Pope Francis has renewed the mandate of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors two months after the Commission became inactive. During his recent trip to South America, Pope Francis addressed concerns about the expiry of the Commission’s mandate, saying the time taken to nominate members to the body was normal. He has reappointed Read more

Chilean sex-abuse victim to have Vatican interview

Monday, February 12th, 2018

A Chilean sex-abuse victim will be interviewed personally by the Vatican’s sex-crimes expert, Archbishop Charles Scicluna. Scicluna will travel to New York next week to interview the victim, Juan Carlos Cruz. The victim is at the centre of a scandal involving Pope Francis. Cruz says a letter he wrote in 2015 asking Pope Francis to Read more

Close advisor to Pope rips fellow US bishop as unfit to lead

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

One of the Pope’s key advisors has called for urgent action to be taken against a US bishop who shielded a priest who was a threat to children. Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley told US network CBS that the case of Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City is “a question the Holy See needs to address Read more

Another sex abuse survivor to join papal commission

Friday, October 10th, 2014

A papal commission to protect children is to have another survivor of clerical sexual abuse join its membership. The Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established in December, will also have more representatives from other countries and disciplines. Irish abuse survivor Marie Collins is already a member of the commission, headed by Read more

Pope Francis to meet group of sex abuse victims for first time

Friday, May 30th, 2014

Pope Francis is to meet with a group of clergy sex abuse victims for the first time, possibly as early as next week. During an impromptu media session on his flight back from the Holy Land, the Pope said the meeting would take place in the first week in June. Six to eight victims would Read more

Cardinal laments abuse scandals led to cynicism about holiness

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

One of the worst effects of modern clergy sex abuse scandals is cynicism about the call to holiness, a senior cardinal says. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said this at the tenth National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington on May 13. He heads the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors set up by Pope Read more

Harvard University black mass cancelled after huge protests

Friday, May 16th, 2014

A planned re-enactment of a satanic black Mass by a Harvard University student club was cancelled only hours before its scheduled start on May 12. After protests that the event was offensive to Catholics, the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club initially decided to move the event off campus. But another venue could not be found, Read more