BREAKING: Cardinal O’Brien resigns

Details from the BBC: Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, is stepping down as the Archbishop of St Andrew’s and Edinburgh. It follows allegations – which he contests – of inappropriate behaviour towards priests dating from the 1980s. The Vatican is expected to confirm Pope Benedict has accepted his resignation. The cardinal [Read More...]

Bombshell: Cardinal O’Brien of Scotland accused of “inappropriate behavior” by four priests

After making big news Friday, with his call for a married priesthood, Scotland’s Cardinal Keith O’Brien is now making headlines again— and the news is a stunner: Britain’s most senior Catholic clergyman, Cardinal Keith O’Brien, has been reported to the Vatican for inappropriate sexual behaviour. Three priests and one former priest have sent statements to the [Read More...]

Cardinal Roger Mahony, scapegoat

In his own words:  [Fr. Ron Rolheiser] calls our suffering what it really is:  painful and public humiliation, which is spiritually a grace-opportunity.  I have tried to live out–poorly and inadequately far too often–his two implications of humiliation: 1.   the acceptance of being scapegoated, pointing out the necessary connection between humiliation and redemption; 2.   this scandal [Read More...]

Cardinal Roger Mahony, Suffering Servant

Seriously? Mark Shea drew my attention to the cardinal’s blog post yesterday, in which the archbishop of Los Angeles continues his Lenten meditation on, well, himself. From the cardinal’s blog:  The poem of the Suffering Servant is important for all of us who are disciples of Jesus Christ since we are called to imitate his words, [Read More...]

Cardinal Mahony: “I am being called to be humiliated…”

From his blog: From our earliest catechism days we learn about the virtue of humility.  We study it, we think about it; but we don’t embrace it. And why?  Because humility is all about self-effacing, about seeing ourselves as far more diminished than we had hoped.  As a result, few of us set out to [Read More...]

LA used cemetery fund to pay sex abuse settlement

An interesting detail that has not before been made public, from the Los Angeles Times:  Pressed to come up with hundreds of millions of dollars to settle clergy sex abuse lawsuits, Cardinal Roger M. Mahony turned to one group of Catholics whose faith could not be shaken: the dead. Under his leadership in 2007, the Archdiocese of [Read More...]

Newark defends Fr. Fugee appointment: “We’re doing exactly what we’re supposed to be doing…”—UPDATED

The Archdiocese of Newark is standing by its decision to appoint an accused child molester —one whose conviction was later reversed on a technicality—to be director of a diocesan office. From Catholic News Agency:   The Archdiocese of Newark affirmed its decision to allow a priest accused of abusing a minor to remain in ministry, [Read More...]

Vatican official praises media for helping uncover sex abuse scandal

From the BBC:  The Vatican official charged with prosecuting sexual crimes has acknowledged that the US media helped the Church confront the abuse scandal. Father Robert Oliver, a lawyer from Boston, was speaking after being named as the Vatican’s “Promoter of Justice”. Officials said about 600 cases of abuse – most of which took place [Read More...]

Los Angeles considering capital campaign to raise $200 million

From the Los Angeles Times:  In the midst of renewed public outrage over its handling of clergy sex abuse, the Los Angeles Archdiocese is considering a $200-million fundraising campaign that could erase debts brought on by the scandal. The archdiocese has hired a New York company, Guidance In Giving Inc., to study the feasibility of [Read More...]

On Newark: “I can’t tell you how disconcerting and disheartening this situation is…” —UPDATED

With the Newark story in the news, I got an e-mail this morning from someone who works on safe environment issues for a another diocese. The author writes: I can’t tell you how disconcerting and disheartening this situation is.  Child protection people at every diocese have been killing themselves to keep out of church ministry [Read More...]