Pope Francis to sex abuse survivors: “I beg your forgiveness”

From his homily this morning, where six survivors of clerical sex abuse were present: The scene where Peter sees Jesus emerge after a terrible interrogation…  Peter whose eyes meet the gaze of Jesus and weeps…  This scene comes to my mind as I look at you, and think of so many men and women, boys [Read More…]

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Vatican orders archbishop laicized

Details:  The Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has ordered the laicization of an archbishop-ambassador accused of paying for sex with minors. Józef Wesołowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic, will have two months to prepare an appeal to the ruling, which was announced in a brief statement from the Vatican on Friday. The [Read More…]

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St. Louis update: Archbishop Carlson releases letter and video

Text of the letter:  Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ, I wish to respond to certain misconceptions stemming from a deposition that I gave in a case regarding alleged sexual abuse by a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis nearly thirty years ago. I wish to set the record straight. I understand [Read More…]

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St. Louis responds: “Inaccurate and misleading reporting has impugned Archbishop Carlson’s good name and reputation”

This morning, the Archdiocese of St. Louis released the statement below on its website, responding to reports and criticism surrounding Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition that was released Monday: This statement is intended to clear up confusion generated by the release on June 9, 2014, of a videotaped deposition of Archbishop Robert J. Carlson, Archbishop of [Read More…]

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Archbishop on sex with children: “I’m not sure whether I knew it was a crime or not”—UPDATED

From The St. Louis Post-Dispatch: Archbishop Robert J. Carlson claims to be unsure that he was aware a priest sexually abusing a child constituted a crime when he was auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, according to a deposition released Monday. During the deposition, attorney Jeff Anderson asked Carlson whether he knew it [Read More…]

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When is a priest not a priest?

From The Newark Star-Ledger: Chris Naples says something snapped inside him that January day. The Burlington County man sat in the gallery of the Delaware Supreme Court, watching as a lawyer for the Diocese of Trenton told the justices that the Rev. Terence McAlinden was not “on duty” — or serving in his capacity as [Read More…]

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Pope to meet with sex abuse victims next month, compares betrayal of young people to a Black Mass

Details from CNS:  Pope Francis will meet with a group of sex abuse victims for the first time in June, he told reporters May 26. During an inflight news conference on his return to Rome from the Holy Land, the pope also confirmed reports the Vatican is investigating charges its former secretary of state misappropriated [Read More…]

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Vatican sex abuse panel meets for first time; O’Malley admits “There is so much denial”

Details:  The Roman Catholic Church failed to recognize the worldwide reach of clerical sexual abuse, Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Saturday (May 3) at a press conference. “Many don’t see it as a problem of the universal church,” said O’Malley who heads the Vatican’s new commission for the protection of minors. “In many people’s minds [Read More…]

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Cleared Chicago priest under investigation again, but will remain in ministry

You may remember this story from just last week.  The priest at the center of it is now facing new charges. From The Chicago Sun-Times: A Chicago Catholic priest, who became the subject of a second child abuse allegation on Monday, will remain in active ministry but will not be alone with children, the archdiocese [Read More…]

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Cleared: Chicago priest reinstated in parish after board calls sexual misconduct charges “unfounded”

A reader sent this my way with a note: “People need to know that sometimes allegations against priests are unfounded.”  He’s right. These kinds of stories don’t get reported often enough. From The Chicago Tribune: A priest has been reinstated to a parish in the Lakeview neighborhood after an investigation concluded that an allegation of [Read More…]

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