Archdiocese of New York responds to Fr. Benedict Groeschel

Following this bombshell, a statement was released this afternoon from Archdiocesan spokesman Joseph Zwilling (h/t to Fr. Michael Duffy): “The comments made by Father Benedict Groeschel that appeared on the website of the National Catholic Register are simply wrong.  Although he is not a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, what Father Groeschel said [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel on child sex abuse: “A lot of cases, the youngster is the seducer” — UPDATED

N.B.  The National Catholic Register has evidently pulled the interview excerpted below from its site.  It’s no longer available online.  The celebrated friar (and psychologist) has some shocking things to say about sex abuse and the Catholic Church in this interview with the National Catholic Register: Part of your work here at Trinity has been [Read More...]

Losing faith: Ireland abandoning religion faster than almost any other country

Troubling news:  The Republic of Ireland is abandoning religion faster than almost every other country worldwide, a massive global survey on faith reveals. Only Vietnam has seen a bigger drop in people declaring themselves to be religious over the past seven years, a period when the Catholic Church in Ireland has been rocked by sex-abuse [Read More...]

Fr. Shawn Ratigan pleads guilty on child porn charges

You may remember the story that sent shockwaves around the country last summer, about the Missouri priest accused of possessing child pornography.  His case led to a U.S. bishop facing criminal charges.  Last week, the man at the center of the storm, copped a plea:  A Kansas City Catholic priest pleaded guilty to federal child [Read More...]

3-6 years for Philadelphia’s Monsignor Lynn

This just in:   The Philadelphia priest at the center of the sexual abuse coverup case has been handed a long sentence by the judge overseeing the case. Monsignor William Lynn was sentenced this morning to 3-6 years in prison, just shy of the maximum 3½-7 years requested by Philadelphia prosecutors. In a harshly worded statement [Read More...]

Woman sues over alleged abuse by Fr. Thomas Euteneur

Interestingly, Euteneur himself is not named as a defendant.  But this item was posted today on the website of Courthouse News Service: A Roman Catholic priest “kissed (a woman) on all parts of her body” during a so-called “exorcism” session, and “frequently explained full, passionate kisses as ‘blowing the Holy Spirit into’ her,” the woman [Read More...]

BREAKING: Jury in Philadelphia sex abuse trial deadlocked

From the Philadelphia Inquirer: After 11 days of deliberations, jurors at the landmark clergy-sex abuse trial of two Philadelphia priests said Wednesday they were deadlocked on all but one count. Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina immediately pressed them to keep trying. In a note sent the judge shortly before noon, the panel of [Read More...]

Pope on Irish abuse crisis: “It remains a mystery”

“You are the heirs to a Church that has been a mighty force for good in the world, and which has given a profound and enduring love of Christ and his blessed Mother to many, many others. Your forebears in the Church in Ireland knew how to strive for holiness and constancy in their personal [Read More...]

“It’s a hit piece in the service of another agenda”

Mark Shea, as usual, cuts right to the heart of the matter concerning this report about Cardinal Timothy Dolan in the New York Times: There is much dudgeon the article. There is no dudgeon–none whatsoever–about the fact that exactly the same tactic is used to get rid of pervy public school teachers. This, and the lionization of [Read More...]

Priest charged with abuse now works for the TSA in Philadelphia

Details, from the New York Daily News: A Catholic priest removed from the ministry ten years ago for sexually abusing young girls has found another job — with the TSA. Thomas Harkins, once a priest at churches throughout South Jersey, now works as a TSA supervisor at the Philadelphia International Airport, CBS Philly reports. He was [Read More...]


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