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...]

Angry Ireland no longer "Catholic first"

The aftershocks of the Coyne report continue to reverberate. From the AP: From the pews and pulpits, Ireland’s Catholics are demanding that the Vatican finally come clean on its oversight role in child abuse cover-ups. It’s a revolution of sorts in Ireland, a nation founded on a pillar of devotion to Roman Catholicism, where many [Read More...]

Shock: proposed law in Ireland would order breaking confession seal

If passed, Ireland would reportedly become the first and only country in the Western world with such a law on the books. Details, from Pat Archbold: The Irish government, including the person no less than the Prime Minister, the Minister for Justice, and the Minister for Children are all backing legislation that would require priests [Read More...]

"Truly scandalous": report indicates Irish abuse continued

Another report, another dose of grim news from across the pond: The Catholic Church in Ireland was still covering up sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, long after it issued guidelines meant to protect children, and the Vatican tacitly encouraged the cover-up by ignoring the guidelines, according to a scathing report issued on Wednesday [Read More...]

Why did the Episcopal Church knowingly ordain a man accused of sex abuse?

That’s a question a lot of people are asking. But the Episcopal Church is now defending the bishop at the center of this storm. Details: The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader, Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse. Jefferts [Read More...]

Shock: KC becomes first diocese ever sued over child pornography

The sad story of Kansas City just seems to get worse. Details: The Kansas City Catholic Diocese is defending itself against a groundbreaking lawsuit involving the alleged distribution of child pornography. The attorney representing a family suing the Kansas City Catholic Diocese says this is the first time that someone has sued the Catholic Church [Read More...]

The John Jay Report: what critics and the press got wrong

And there was evidently a lot they got wrong, according to the lead researcher of the report, Karen J. Terry.  She offered the following analysis at John Jay’s online resource, The Crime Report: Sound bites should not be confused with facts. By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The [Read More...]

Out: KC replaces vicar who oversaw clergy abuse charges

This item moved while I was out of town, but it’s a significant step, involving a priest at the center of the Kansas City sex abuse crisis who himself was once accused of abuse: The vicar general for the Catholic Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph no longer will oversee sexual-abuse allegations against priests, the diocese [Read More...]


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