Archdiocesan Employee Accused of Sexual Abuse Is Fired, Arrested

Joe Sturza, from his Facebook page

A sad story today from the Archdiocese of Detroit:  Joseph Peter Sturza, who worked as director of admissions at Austin Catholic Academy in Ray Township as well as serving as a youth minister at St. Isidore Catholic parish in Macomb Township, has been arrested for child sexual abusive activity. Sturza apparently was popular with his neighbors, who described him as "a great guy" who was "always willing to help."  He also had earned the trust of parents, and some on-line comments insist that he we … [Read more...]

Three New Members Appointed to National Review Board


The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has just named three new members to serve four-year terms on the National Review Board, the lay consultative body which advises the bishops regarding potential abuse by clergy.According to a release this morning from the USCCB: May 1, 2014 WASHINGTON—Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), has Named Judge Mary K. Huffman of Centerville, Ohio; Assistant U.S. Attorney Donald J. … [Read more...]

Archbishop Nienstedt, Exonerated After Abuse Charges, Will Return to Work

Archbishop Nienstedt

Archbishop John Nienstedt will return to his post as head of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis after being exonerated of all charges in an abuse case.The archbishop had called charges against him "absolutely and entirely false" but stepped aside temporarily in December 2013, pending officials' investigation of charges that he had touched a young man's buttocks during a group photo on May 5, 2009, following a Confirmation ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Paul.According to a … [Read more...]