“Not guilty of grave delict”: Joliet priest permitted to resume limited ministry after abuse accusation

A reader sent this my way with a note: “Don’t these guys understand how bad this looks to the public, especially when the won’t consent to talk about the decision but hide behind Canon Law?” Details: The Diocese of Joliet is not denying that the Rev. F. Lee Ryan had inappropriate sexual relations with a [Read More...]

The verdict: guilty

Details:  Kansas City Bishop Robert Finn today became the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official convicted during the church’s decades-long child sexual abuse scandal. Following a short non-jury trial, Jackson County Circuit Court Judge John Torrence convicted Finn of one misdemeanor count of failing to report suspicions of child abuse but acquitted him on another count of [Read More...]

Judge will try Bishop Finn case; verdict expected Thursday

A precedent-setting case is about to come to a sudden and unexpected close. Details: The criminal case against the highest-ranking Catholic official in the U.S. to be charged with shielding an abusive priest is headed for a swift ending after prosecutors and the bishop’s lawyer agreed Wednesday to let a judge — not jurors — [Read More...]

Fr. Benedict Groeschel steps down from hosting EWTN show

From Catholic News Agency: Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors. “Father Benedict has led a life of tremendous compassion and service to others and his spiritual insights have been a great gift [Read More...]

Statement from Fr. Benedict Groeschel and his order

I had meetings at the parish tonight, followed by Benediction, so missed this news when it broke earlier.  Hopefully, this brings this whole unhappy chapter to a close. Below is the full statement from the Friars and Fr. Benedict: Statement from the Community of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal: The Community of the Franciscan [Read More...]

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...]


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