“Priest accused” struggles to clear his name

He was cleared of charges against him — but hasn’t had much luck having his reputation cleared, as well. Details: In 2005, as the Catholic clergy sex abuse crisis continued to grab headlines all over America, even the St. Raphael-Holy Angels parish was not immune to scandal. One of their own priests was accused of [Read More...]

“Shame and sorrow”: Dutch Church rocked by abuse report

Details: Tens of thousands of Dutch children were sexually abused by priests and other Roman Catholic religious figures in the last 65 years, but church officials failed to take adequate action or report problems to police, an independent commission said Friday. Many of the victims spent part of their childhood in Catholic institutions such as [Read More...]

Bevilacqua talks

But it’s unclear how much he was able to say.  Details: A retired Roman Catholic cardinal testified behind closed doors for about three hours Monday as lawyers prepare for a groundbreaking priest-abuse trial in Philadelphia. Prosecutors deposed Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua in case he cannot appear for the March trial of three accused priests, an ex-teacher [Read More...]

Cardinal Law resigns Rome position

One of the most famous — or infamous — leaders of the American Catholic Church has retired: Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned in disgrace as Boston’s archbishop in 2002 after the priest sex abuse scandal exploded in the United States, has retired from his subsequent job as head of a major Roman basilica. The Vatican [Read More...]

Study: 3% of Catholics left over the sex abuse scandals

An interesting observation, from the New York Times (h/t Marcel): A survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life conducted in 2008 found that Americans who had left Catholicism had done so for many reasons, including unhappiness with the church’s position on abortion or homosexuality, disagreement with teachings on birth control, and the feeling [Read More...]

Cardinal Law’s birthday bash

He turned 80 over the weekend, and the Boston Herald takes us to the celebration in Rome: Cardinal Bernard Law was treated to a lavish birthday spread, the company of a conclave of clerics and even the music of a mariachi band in a four-star Italian hotel, where guests rolled up in Vatican Mercedes sedans [Read More...]

Court rules Church may be responsible for priests’ wrongdoing

It’s a precedent-setting ruling out of the Royal Court of Justice in London. From the Guardian: Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. In a test case heard at the high [Read More...]

KC update: Bishop Finn not planning to resign

Details: Calls for Roman Catholic Bishop Robert Finn to resign started even before last week, when he became the highest-ranking church leader in the sex abuse scandal criminally charged with sheltering an accused priest. The bishop of Kansas City, Mo., had acknowledged in May that he waited five months to tell police about the hundreds [Read More...]

Coping in Kansas City: "Obviously, we're not O.K. with this…"

How does a diocese deal with having its bishop indicted?  The New York Times visited a parish in Kansas City — the former parish of Fr. Shawn Rattigan, the priest at the center of the scandal — to find out. The Rev. Justin Hoye was struggling to figure out what, if anything, to say on [Read More...]

New sex abuse lawsuit filed in Montana — against nuns

Details: A new sex abuse lawsuit filed Tuesday against the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena is one of the first involving abuse by nuns toward Native American children, the plaintiffs’ attorney said. The latest suit, which also names the Ursuline Sisters of the Western Province as a defendant, is the second in as many weeks that [Read More...]


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