Quote of the day

“I worked with Father Shawn Ratigan for two years. My children were around him. I knew him. For all I know, there’s pictures on his computer of my children. That’s a possibility. But it doesn’t change my support of the bishop.” – Nathan Lewis, supporting embattled Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn. Read more and see [Read More...]

KC update: vicar general was once accused of harassing a young man — UPDATED

The sad story of the troubles in Kansas City has taken a new twist: The Catholic official who oversees sex abuse complaints against priests in the Kansas City-St. Joseph Diocese, has himself been accused of past sexual improprieties. A Kansas City man wrote the bishop of the diocese four years ago, alleging sexual harassment in [Read More...]

"I have decided not to accept the call to Holy Orders…" — UPDATED

A reader sent me the link to this bulletin, which carries the note below from a deacon candidate responding to the disturbing news in the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph.  He was scheduled to be ordained a deacon last weekend, but withdrew at the last minute. His statement: Dear Holy Family Parish: After a great deal [Read More...]

"Clearly, we have to do more…"

“We are assessing what went wrong and applying our analysis as we move forward. This past week, I met with our Independent Review Board chairman and discussed the objectivity of our decision processes. I have also met with parishioners, our priests and Chancery staff, as well as the media. These meetings and discussions will continue. [Read More...]

Shock: bishop never read letter warning him about predator priest

The more you read about this case, the more it defies credulity. First, the headline yesterday from the National Catholic Reporter: Diocese warned of priest’s aberrant behavior one year before arrest. Details: The principal of a Catholic elementary school warned the Kansas City-St. Joseph chancery office that a local priest “fit the profile of a [Read More...]

Incredible: Dutch priest defends pedophilia, is suspended

File this under: “What the — ?” Details from Reuters: A Roman Catholic order of priests sacked its leader in the Netherlands and disciplined another priest Monday after the two publicly defended pedophile sex, an issue haunting the worldwide Church in recent years. The scandal erupted over the weekend when RTL radio reported the priest, [Read More...]

What went wrong in Philadelphia?

“Apparently Philadelphia’s bishops don’t fully grasp that by failing to speak openly from the outset they will continue to pay a higher price, in terms of both credibility and cash. If only they would have followed the example of the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin of Chicago. Confronted with an accusation against him, Cardinal Bernardin openly, [Read More...]

Former Belgian bishop on his abuse: "a little piece of intimacy"

The mind boggles.  Why is this man still a priest? From the Associated Press: A former Belgian bishop at the center of one of the Roman Catholic church’s biggest pedophile scandals said Thursday that he had abused two nephews and insisted he had no plans to abandon the priesthood. In his first television interview since [Read More...]

USCCB: Seven "credible" allegations against priests in 2010

The organization yesterday released an update on the sex abuse crisis still roiling the Catholic Church: Reports of current instances of sexual abuse of minors continues to decrease, with seven credible allegations against seven priests reported in 2010, according to the 2010 Survey of Allegations and Costs done by the Center for Applied Research in [Read More...]

NH namecalling: now, the bishop is labeled a "scumbag"

The era of civility continues. Read on: Conservative leaders began to step in Wednesday to try to quell the simmering controversy over House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt’s attack against Roman Catholic Bishop John McCormack as a “pedophile pimp.” While Bettencourt has apologized for his comments and was planning to meet privately with McCormack today, other [Read More...]


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