Church council says “celibacy may have contributed” to sex abuse crisis

From Australia:  Celibacy could have contributed to the instances of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, a report by the church’s Truth, Justice and Healing Council in Australia has found. The report, released on Friday as a response to the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, said “obligatory celibacy” for Catholic priests [Read More...]

Exonerated: after 10 years, priest cleared of sex abuse allegations, restored to ministry

From AP:  A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade of investigation and is once more considered a priest in good standing with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Monday. The decision to reinstate Msgr. Richard Loomis is rare — particularly [Read More...]

Report: wife of Boston bomber converted to Islam over Catholic sex abuse scandal

Details from the Irish Times:  A search for a religion with ‘more morals’ than the Catholicism she was raised in led Katherine Russell, 24, the widow of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to convert to Islam, her husband’s former friend has revealed. According to the Boston Globe, retiree Donald Larking, 67, commenced an unlikely friendship with Tamerlan in 2011 when the [Read More...]

SNAP seeks charges against the pope, Vatican at The Hague

Details, from the AP: Clergy sex abuse victims upset that no high-ranking Roman Catholic leaders have been prosecuted for sheltering guilty priests brought their claims Tuesday to the International Criminal Court, seeking an investigation of the pope and top Vatican cardinals for possible crimes against humanity. The Center for Constitutional Rights, a New York-based nonprofit [Read More...]

Philadelphia prepares for return of suspended priests

It was big news when they were removed from ministry in March.  Now, the Archdiocese has issued an update: As a wave of discontent ripples among its priests, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Thursday described its contact with 26 clerics suspended over past allegations of child sex abuse or misconduct and said it hoped to [Read More...]

"All these parishioners just feel so betrayed…"

The New York Times this morning catches up with the tragic story unfolding in Missouri, surrounding Fr. Shawn Rattigan and the actions of Bishop Robert Finn: In the annals of the sexual abuse scandals in the Roman Catholic Church, most of the cases that have come to light happened years before to children and teenagers [Read More...]

Showdown: ailing Cardinal Bevilacqua ordered to appear in court

His health is failing, but the man at the center of the sex abuse scandal in Philadelphia has been ordered to make a court appearance next month. From the Philadelphia Inquirer: Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua has been ordered to appear at a Sept. 12 hearing so a judge can determine if he is competent to [Read More...]

Philadelphia monsignor, priests to be tried together

Details: A monsignor who is the only US church official ever charged with transferring pedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes will be tried alongside three priests and a lay teacher accused of rape, a judge ruled yesterday. Common Pleas Judge Lillian Ransom denied most pretrial requests made by Monsignor William Lynn, two current priests, a former [Read More...]

More Germans leaving Catholic Church, fewer being baptized

The numbers are grim, but sadly unsurprising, given the bad news out of the German church last year. Details: The number of people leaving the Roman Catholic Church in Germany jumped by nearly 50 percent in 2010 as an abuse scandal widened, new data showed Friday. Some 181,000 people quit their memberships last year, up from 124,000 [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican ambassador to Ireland recalled to Rome

Details: The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland following accusations that the Vatican sabotaged efforts by Catholic bishops to report clerical sex abuse cases to police. Foreign Minister Eamon Gilmore summoned papal ambassador Archbishop Giuseppe Leanza two weeks ago and demanded an official response from the Vatican. The Vatican has said it will issue [Read More...]


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