Catholic group petitions pope to discipline Kansas City’s Bishop Finn

Details:  A group of Roman Catholics based in Kansas City has taken the rare step of petitioning Pope Francis to discipline Bishop Robert Finn of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph. The formal request, initiated by a Milwaukee priest and parishioners in the Kansas City area, including a nun, was sent to the Vatican along [Read More...]

Remarkable: how a man who was abused came to forgive his abuser

From the Santa Barbara Independent, a column by Paul Fericano that shows great courage, empathy and grace: On November 23, 2013, the Franciscan priest responsible for molesting me and hundreds of other boys at St. Anthony’s Seminary in Santa Barbara during the’60s, quietly passed away in a California hospital at the age of 82. Mario [Read More...]

AP: Over two years, Pope Benedict removed nearly 400 priests from ministry for sex abuse—UPDATED

Details:   A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years for molesting children. The statistics for 2011-12 show a dramatic increase over the 171 priests removed in 2008 and 2009, when the Vatican first provided details on the number of priests who have [Read More...]

Archbishop Chaput writes: “I understand and accept the anger felt by many of our people and priests…”

The text of a letter issued yesterday to the clergy and faithful by Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput: Dear friends in Christ, On December 26, Pennsylvania’s Superior Court unanimously reversed the 2012 conviction of Msgr. William Lynn on a charge of endangering the welfare of children. At my direction, the Archdiocese has provided 10 percent of Msgr. Lynn’s bail – [Read More...]

Msgr. Lynn to be released from prison Thursday—UPDATED

From the AP:  A Roman Catholic churchofficial is set to leave prison after 18 months because he won an appeal of his landmark conviction in the priest-abuse scandal. A state prison spokeswoman, Terri Fazio, saysMonsignor William Lynn is scheduled to be released Thursday from the prison in Waymart, in northeastern Pennsylvania. Lynn is set to be taken to Philadelphia, where [Read More...]

BREAKING: Pennsylvania court reverses conviction of Philadelphia’s Msgr. Lynn

Details:  A Pennsylvania appeals court has ruled that a Roman Catholic Church official was wrongly convicted for his handling of priest sex-abuse complaints. The unanimous decision released Thursday by the state Superior Court also dismisses the criminal case against Monsignor William Lynn, a Philadelphia area priest. Lynn has been serving three to six years in [Read More...]

Evangelicals discover “church in the profane areas of life”

Here’s an interesting take on what is happening in evangelical churches, a strain of Christianity which is seeing the decline of places like the Crystal Cathedral, shown here. From The American Scholar: These days, young Christians in Orange County attend very different kinds of churches, some unrecognizable as churches at all. Laundry Love, a ministry in [Read More...]

BREAKING: Archbishop Nienstedt steps aside from public ministry after allegation

The announcement from the Archdiocese:   The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis today announced that an allegation has been brought by a mandated reporter within the Church to the St. Paul Police of inappropriate touching of a minor male on the buttocks by Archbishop John Nienstedt. The single incident is alleged to have occurred [Read More...]

What will Pope Francis do with the Legion of Christ?

From the AP: First, one of the Legion of Christ’s top officials abruptly quit the troubled religious order in frustration over the slow pace of change. Then priests in the cult-like movement empowered proteges and associates of the order’s disgraced founder, the Rev. Marcial Maciel, to vote for their next leader. The past month has [Read More...]

Pope establishes special commission on child sex abuse

From Catholic News Service:  Pope Francis accepted a proposal to set up a special commission on the sexual abuse of children, which will advise him on ways to prevent abuse and provide pastoral care for victims and their families. Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, a member of the pope’s advisory Council of Cardinals, announced [Read More...]