Pope names two Americans to key posts on sex abuse reform

From John Allen in Crux:  ​Two priests from the United States, one with ties to Chicago and the other a veteran of the Boston archdiocese, have been named to key Vatican roles by Pope Francis in his clean-up effort with regard to the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals. ​Fr. Robert Oliver, who served as a [Read More...]

Ireland’s new “servant leader,” Archbishop Eamon Martin

Details:  The new leader of the Catholic Church in Ireland has pledged to lead it through a process of “humble renewal” without trying “to make sure that it dominates politics and the State”. Archbishop Eamon Martin succeeded Cardinal Sean Brady as Primate of All Ireland yesterday, taking over a leadership role which covers the 26 [Read More...]

Law firm completes investigation into Archbishop Nienstedt, submits report

From The Minneapolis Star-Tribune:  A Minneapolis law firm hired by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis to investigate allegations of sexual misconduct with adults by Archbishop John Nienstedt has completed its work and submitted a report to church officials. Attorney Matthew Forsgren of the firm Greene Espel declined to discuss the findings and referred questions to the archdiocese. [Read More...]

Canon lawyer charges cover-up on sex abuse

This story is starting to get more traction.  Via the AP:  A canon lawyer alleging a widespread cover-up of clergy sex misconduct in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has made her most detailed claims yet, accusing archbishops and their top staff of lying to the public and of ignoring the US bishops’ pledge to have [Read More...]

Church of England bracing for sex abuse claims

From the BBC:  Fresh allegations of child sex abuse against the Church of England (CofE) are likely to surface, the Archbishop of Canterbury has warned. The Most Rev Justin Welby said he was braced for an abuse inquiry to reveal “bad stories” about the Church. He told the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show that he dealt [Read More...]

Baton Rouge Diocese condemns ruling that could compel a priest to testify about confession

From NOLA.com:  The Catholic Diocese of Baton Rouge has issued a statement decrying a decision by the Louisiana Supreme Court that could compel a local priest to testify in court about confessions he might have received. The alleged confessions, according to legal documents, were made to the priest by a minor girl regarding possible sexual abuse perpetrated by another church parishioner. [Read More...]

Pope Francis to sex abuse survivors: “I beg your forgiveness”

From his homily this morning, where six survivors of clerical sex abuse were present: The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation…  Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps…  This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys [Read More...]

Vatican orders archbishop laicized

Details:  The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors. Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday. The [Read More...]

St. Louis update: Archbishop Carlson releases letter and video

Text of the letter:  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I wish to respond to certain misconceptions stemming from a deposition that I gave in a case regarding alleged sexual abuse by a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis nearly thirty years ago. I wish to set the record straight. I understand [Read More...]

St. Louis responds: “Inaccurate and misleading reporting has impugned Archbishop Carlson’s good name and reputation”

This morning, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the statement below on its website, responding to reports and criticism surrounding Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition that was released Monday: This statement is intended to clear up confusion generated by the release on June 9, 2014, of a videotaped deposition of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of [Read More...]


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