Exonerated: after 10 years, priest cleared of sex abuse allegations, restored to ministry

From AP:  A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade of investigation and is once more considered a priest in good standing with the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, church officials said Monday. The decision to reinstate Msgr. Richard Loomis is rare — particularly [Read More…]

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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…]

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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…]

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Archdiocese appoints confessed sex abuser to high-profile position—UPDATED

Details:   A Roman Catholic priest who confessed to groping a teenage boy 12 years ago has been named to a prestigious post in the Archdiocese of Newark, drawing furious criticism from advocates for victims of clergy sex abuse. The Rev. Michael Fugee, who is barred from unsupervised contact with children under a binding agreement with law enforcement [Read More…]

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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…]

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The John Jay Report: what critics and the press got wrong

And there was evidently a lot they got wrong, according to the lead researcher of the report, Karen J. Terry.  She offered the following analysis at John Jay’s online resource, The Crime Report: Sound bites should not be confused with facts. By the time we officially released our report (which can be found here) on The [Read More…]

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Popular Jesuit removed from ministry

It stems from an allegation of sex abuse dating back more than 20 years ago: A prominent Jesuit priest has been permanently barred from public ministry for allegedly improperly touching a minor in the 1980s. The Maryland Province of the Jesuits said Tuesday that it removed the Rev. James Glenn Murray from church work after [Read More…]

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As we pray for the priests and people of Philadelphia…

…here’s a press release, from the Archdiocese of Dublin: On next Sunday 20th February at 3pm, a Liturgy of Lament and Repentance for the sexual abuse of children by priests and religious will be held in St. Mary’s Pro-Cathedral, within the framework of the Apostolic Visitation of the Archdiocese of Dublin. The liturgy will ask [Read More…]

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Philadelphia confronts "a crisis of faith"

While the Philadelphia Church reels from the latest grand jury report, a local columnist struggles to put the damning news in context: At a time when the traditional family is under assault, marriage is threatened with redefinition, and we have reached the grim milestone of 50 million abortions since 1973, our bishops have shredded their [Read More…]

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