Pope on Irish abuse crisis: “It remains a mystery”

“You are the heirs to a Church that has been a mighty force for good in the world, and which has given a profound and enduring love of Christ and his blessed Mother to many, many others. Your forebears in the Church in Ireland knew how to strive for holiness and constancy in their personal [Read More...]

“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More...]

Priest charged with abuse now works for the TSA in Philadelphia

Details, from the New York Daily News: A Catholic priest removed from the ministry ten years ago for sexually abusing young girls has found another job — with the TSA. Thomas Harkins, once a priest at churches throughout South Jersey, now works as a TSA supervisor at the Philadelphia International Airport, CBS Philly reports. He was [Read More...]

BREAKING: Vatican investigating Legion of Christ priests for sexual abuse

Details: The Vatican is investigating seven priests from the troubled Legion of Christ religious order for alleged sexual abuse of minors and another two for other alleged crimes, The Associated Press has learned. The investigations mark the first known Vatican action against Legion priests for alleged sexual assault following the scandal of the Legion’s founder, [Read More...]

From Philadelphia: five priests removed from ministry

Details: Five Catholic priests accused of child sex abuse will not be able to return to their jobs. They are among 26 priests under investigation for abuse in the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Archbishop Charles Chaput announced today that decisions on eight priests had been made, one priest has died since the investigation began, three priest were [Read More...]

West Virginia bishop: “I have never sexually abused anyone”

After yesterday’s bombshell, here’s the statement today from Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston: I have been deeply saddened by the priest child abuse scandal that has been connected to a handful of my former colleagues and friends from St. Charles Seminary. Over the years, I have felt devastation for both the victims and the [Read More...]

Witness in Philadelphia implicates West Virginia bishop — UPDATED

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: A Philadelphia man told a jury today that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia priest who allegedly sexually abused him for years starting the late 1970s had said a colleague who is now a bishop in West Virginia also had sex with teenage boys. The 48-year-old witness, identified only as “John” in the [Read More...]

Cardinal reportedly ordered list of abusive priests destroyed

The latest bombshell from Philadelphia: A Philadelphia archdiocese official on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children has asked a court to throw out charges against him based on a 1994 memo showing Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed. Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn [Read More...]

Cardinal Egan takes back apology for abuse: “I don’t think we did anything wrong”

He made his remarks in an interview with a Connecticut magazine, and it’s set off a firestorm: In 2002, at the height of the outcry over the sexual abuse of minors by Roman Catholic priests, the Archbishop of New York, Edward M. Egan, issued a letter to be read at Mass. In it, he offered an apology [Read More...]

Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua dies

He was a rarity: a Brooklyn priest (who grew up down the road from me in Queens) who became a cardinal.  The definitive obit, from Rocco: He was the ultimate man of the law. How bitter the irony, then, that his days would end under a cloud of court scrutiny. At 9.15 tonight, Anthony Cardinal [Read More...]


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