Report: Accused Priests Collecting Mass Stipends—UPDATED

From WLS in Chicago:  Roman Catholic priests who are sex abusers are being paid to handle prayer requests from unsuspecting families. For centuries, the Catholic faithful have arranged masses for sick relatives, deceased loved ones or in the memory of friends. They’re called “intentions” and usually Catholics offer a small donation. The I-Team has discovered [Read More...]

Cardinal O’Brien Leaving Scotland for “Spiritual Renewal, Prayer and Penance”

Details:  Disgraced former Cardinal Keith O’Brien is to leave Scotland for several months after admitting inappropriate sexual conduct during his church career, the Vatican has said. Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric resigned earlier this year amid allegations that he made homosexual approaches to young trainee priests. The Vatican confirmed today that O’Brien will leave Scotland [Read More...]

Abuse report: 11 “credible allegations” against clergy in 2012

Details:  The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse of minors by diocesan clergy in 2012, with a 20% decrease in the numbers of new credible abuse allegations about incidents in the past 60 years. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York, the U.S. [Read More...]

Despite official rebuke, Cardinal Mahony maintains high public profile

From the Los Angeles Times:  When Archbishop Jose Gomez stripped his predecessor, Cardinal Roger Mahony, of public duties for mishandling clergy sex abuse cases, a church spokesman said the retired prelate’s life would remain largely the same with one exception: confirmations. No longer would Mahony preside at springtime rites in which teenagers receive the sacrament that [Read More...]

Newark hires high-profile criminal defense attorney

Details:  The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Newark has hired Michael Critchley, a high-profile criminal defense lawyer, as prosecutors continue to investigate recent activities of a priest who allegedly molested a 13-year-old boy more than a decade ago. In another development on Wednesday, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the New York archbishop who wields enormous influence among bishops [Read More...]

Newark’s Fr. Fugee resigns

Frank Weathers has the scoop:  The Roman Catholic priest at the center of a public furor enveloping Newark Archbishop John J. Myers has resigned from ministry, a spokesman for the archdiocese said tonight. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on such behavior, [Read More...]


That’s how one parishioner in this post by Frank Weathers describes the story behind this picture. It shows a priest who confessed to groping a teenager in 2001 evidently having a very good time in 2010. With teenagers. Details: Amid calls for a Vatican investigation, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers came under fierce criticism Monday [Read More...]

Report: priest who admitted to groping teenager continues to work with children

You may remember the story of Newark’s Fr. Michael Fugee from February.  Now, an update from the Newark Star-Ledger:  Six years ago, to avoid retrial on charges that he groped a teenage boy, the Rev. Michael Fugee entered a rehabilitation program, underwent counseling for sex offenders and signed a binding agreement that would dictate the [Read More...]

Parish plans to rededicate memorial to sex abuse victims after it was vandalized

Here’s something you don’t hear about often: a Catholic parish has erected a memorial to victims of clergy sex abuse.  (Commonly known as the “Millstone Memorial,” it’s pictured above.) But the memorial has had a troubled history.  Details:  A date has been set to rededicate a monument to child victims of church sex abuse that [Read More...]

Pope Francis urges CDF to “act decisively” on cases of sexual abuse

Details from CNS: Pope Francis reaffirmed the importance of responding decisively to the problem of the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy and called on the Vatican office dealing with suspected cases to continue carrying out its mandate. During an April 5 meeting with Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller, prefect of the Congregation [Read More...]