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…]

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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…]

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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…]

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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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"Pedophile pimp" fallout: NH pol wants to meet with bishop

And after sparking headlines over the weekend, he says he will not resign over words that he now describes as “inartful.” Details, in the Concord Monitor: New Hampshire House Majority Leader David J. Bettencourt said he regrets calling the Catholic bishop of Manchester a “pedophile pimp” and has asked for a meeting with the Catholic [Read More…]

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NH legislator calls bishop "a pedophile pimp" — UPDATED

It happened on his Facebook page, and was duly reported by the Concord Monitor in New Hampshire: House Majority Leader D.J. Bettencourt this morning wrote on his Facebook page that Catholic Bishop John McCormack is a “pedophile pimp” with “absolutely no moral credibility to lecture anyone.” McCormack spoke yesterday at a State House rally where [Read More…]

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Ex-priest strikes back, sues his accuser

He was laicized, but that doesn’t mean he’s been silenced. Details, from the New York Daily News: A once-prominent Bronx priest who was defrocked after a church tribunal found him guilty of sexually abusing a teen is suing his accuser for defamation. Charles Kavanagh, who was once in charge of the archdiocese’s fund-raising arm, claimed in [Read More…]

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BREAKING: Philadelphia suspends 21 priests

From the New York Times: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it had placed 21 priests on administrative leave from active ministry in connection with credible charges that they had sexually abused minors. The mass suspension was one of the single most sweeping in the history of the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman [Read More…]

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"This is about evil men being held accountable for evil behavior"

The Catholic prosecutor who made headlines earlier this month — with the shocking sex abuse news out of Philadelphia — remains, despite everything, deeply committed to the faith that he loves. From the Religion News Service: For Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, leading the sex abuse prosecution that has roiled this city’s Catholic community is [Read More…]

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Worth a thousand words

The scene yesterday in Dublin: In Dublin’s pro-cathedral, St. Mary’s, Dublin’s Archbishop Diarmuid Martin and the archdiocese’s Apostolic Visitor, Cardinal Séan O’Malley of Boston, lie prostrate (above) before the altar at the start of yesterday’s Liturgy of Repentance for victims of sex abuse. Read more. [Read more…]

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