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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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“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…]

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“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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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