“Incomprehensible”—UPDATED

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...]

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...]

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...]

BREAKING: Archbishop Gomez removes Cardinal Mahony from public duties, accepts resignation of Bishop Curry

Breaking news from Los Angeles, and Patheos’ West Coast maven, Joanne McPortland, who notes that Archbishop Jose Gomez has taken decisive action against two key figures in archdiocesan sex abuse scandal: Los Angeles Archbishop Jose Gomez announced Thursday that Cardinal Roger Mahony would have a reduced role in the church and that Santa Barbara Bishop [Read More...]

Accused friar commits suicide in Pennsylvania

Details:  Franciscan friar Stephen Baker, who faced brewing litigation for alleged abuse, died Saturday at St. Bernardine Monastery in Hollidaysburg. His death was ruled a suicide by Blair County Coroner Patricia Ross. Blair Township Police Chief Roger White said the cause of death was a self-inflicted knife wound. He said the investigation into Baker’s death [Read More...]

Philly stunner: convicted priest at center of Lynn case recants

From the Philadelphia Inquirer:  Ten months ago, defrocked Catholic priest Edward V. Avery began serving a sentence of 21/2 to 5 years in prison after pleading guilty to sexually molesting a 10-year-old altar boy from the Northeast. On Thursday, Avery, 70, returned to a Philadelphia courtroom and recanted his guilty plea – denying any contact [Read More...]

German church drops sex abuse investigation; independent researcher claims church interference

Details, from AP:  Germany’s Roman Catholic Church said Wednesday it has called off an independent institute’s investigation into sexual abuse by clergy over several decades. The lead researcher complained that the church wanted too much control over his work. In 2011, the church asked Prof. Christian Pfeiffer’s Lower Saxony Criminological Research Institute to analyze data [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 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...]

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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