Posts Tagged ‘Clergy sexual abuse’

Schoolyard bullies in the sacristy Comments 0

Thursday, March 28th, 2019

Half a century ago, the bishops’ conference of the United States commissioned an interdisciplinary study of the priesthood in that country. Key parts of it were led by two priests who at the time were celebrities in the Catholic community, Andrew Greeley the sociologist and Eugene Kennedy the psychologist. (Disclosure: as a seminarian I was Read more

Open letter to the US Catholic bishops: It’s over Comments 0

Monday, November 12th, 2018
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Dear brothers in Christ, shepherds, fellow pilgrims, We address you as you approach this year’s national meeting in Baltimore because we know there is nowhere left to hide. It’s over. All the manipulations and contortions of the past 33 years, all the attempts to deflect and equivocate — all of it has brought the church, Read more

Police investigating former Catholic priest Comments 0

Thursday, October 18th, 2018

RNZ reports New Zealand Police are investigating a former priest who allegedly molested boys at St Patrick’s College Silverstream in the 1970s. Police recently interviewed two men who allege they saw the offence take place in the boarding school’s dormitory during a night in 1974. One of the witnesses said the abuse was no secret. Read more

Pope orders review of McCarrick’s files Comments 0

Monday, October 8th, 2018

The Vatican archives containing Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s files are to be reviewed, says Pope Francis. A statement Francis has released from the Vatican says he has decided to combine the results of an investigation into McCarrick begun last year with a new, “thorough study” of all the documentation about him contained in the Vatican archives. Read more

Mother of a priest abuse survivor still has faith in Catholic Church Comments 0

Monday, October 1st, 2018
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Donna Harper is the mother of a survivor of priest abuse, but she still has faith in the Catholic Church. The Nashville native wants to do her part to protect children in her diocese and help other victims and their families overcome some of that animosity she knows well. So, Harper said yes more than 15 years Read more

Separating facts about clergy abuse from fiction Comments 0

Thursday, September 20th, 2018
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The recent release of the Pennsylvania grand jury report on clergy sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church during the past 70 years has unleashed another round of headline news and sadly, much misinformation about this critically important problem. Few topics elicit more emotion and rage from the public than sexual abuse committed by Catholic Read more

Catholic Church enables sex abuse crisis; forcing gay priests to stay in the closet Comments 0

Monday, September 3rd, 2018
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The Catholic Church is being rocked — again — by high-level sexual abuse scandals, with allegations in recent weeks surfacing in Chile, Honduras and the District, home to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a once-super-popular cleric who is facing accusations by five males of harassment or abuse. And again, people say they are shocked and outraged, which Read more

Crisis is a call to a new vision of the priesthood Comments 0

Monday, August 27th, 2018

A Jesuit priest who has been on the frontline of advocating for survivors of clerical sexual abuse and developing detailed programs to prevent abuse said the crisis unfolding, again, in the United States is a summons to a new way of envisioning the church and taking responsibility for it. “I am not surprised” by the Read more

Pope Francis could save the Church. Will he? Comments 0

Thursday, August 23rd, 2018

The Roman Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse crisis has come roaring back to life as if it were the worst days of 2002, when the scandal tsunami out of Boston seemed to inundate the entire church. The shock waves this time came from substantiated sex abuse allegations that a well-known cardinal, Theodore McCarrick, a retired Read more

Irish foreign minister speaks of Vatican abuse deal Comments 0

Monday, August 13th, 2018

A former Irish foreign minister says a Vatican representative asked him for help to protect the Vatican from possible claims that might be made against the Church in the future. Dermot Ahern says a senior Vatican official sought him out to make an agreement in 2004. In the agreement, Ireland would indemnify the Catholic Church Read more