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...]

Polish priest sentenced to eight years for child sex abuse

From the Associated Press:  A priest in central Poland was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison after being convicted of sexually abusing five boys. It was the toughest punishment given to a priest in Poland in a child sexual abuse case. Priests are considered to be top moral figures by most people [Read More...]

Out: Fr. Fugee agrees to leave priesthood

Details:  A Roman Catholic priest who was criminally charged with violating a court order to stay away from children earlier this year has agreed to his permanent removal from the priesthood and to never work in a position that places him in contact with minors. The agreement between the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office and the [Read More...]

New York deacon accused of sex abuse, removed from parish

Incredibly, this is the third time this parish has faced this ordeal in the last 11 years. Pray for all concerned, especially the people in this poor parish. Details: A deacon in the Holy Name of Mary parish in Croton-on-Hudson has been removed from the church in the wake of allegations that, many years ago, he abused [Read More...]

Billy Graham’s grandson says evangelicals are “worse than Catholics” on the issue of sex abuse

From Religion News Service:  The Christian mission field “is a magnet” for sex abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor who investigates abuse said Thursday (Sept. 26) to a room of journalists. While comparing evangelicals to Catholics on abuse response, ”I think we are worse,” he said at the Religion Newswriters Association conference. But it’s [Read More...]

Benedict writes to atheist, says he never tried to hide abuse cases

From CNS:  In a letter to an atheist Italian mathematician, retired Pope Benedict XVI defended his own handling of allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by clergy and politely criticized the logician’s total reliance on scientific facts for meaning. “I never sought to conceal these things,” the pope said of cases of clerical abuse, [Read More...]

Report: wife of Boston bomber converted to Islam over Catholic sex abuse scandal

Details from the Irish Times:  A search for a religion with ‘more morals’ than the Catholicism she was raised in led Katherine Russell, 24, the widow of Boston bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev, to convert to Islam, her husband’s former friend has revealed. According to the Boston Globe, retiree Donald Larking, 67, commenced an unlikely friendship with Tamerlan in 2011 when the [Read More...]

A REALLY Great Moment in Journalism: NBC Reporter Anne Thompson Chats with Pope, Asks Him to Bless Medal

If memory serves, Anne Thompson also did the readings at one of the pope’s daily Masses shortly after his election. Now, she unabashedly pops up on national television receiving a papal blessing. Some women who appear on NBC channels wear tampon earrings. Some wear holy medals. Go figure. From the NBC Nightly News: Visit NBCNews.com [Read More...]


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