Pope Francis’ Message to Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

This morning Pope Francis met with five victims of clerical sexual abuse--three women and two men, adults who had been abused as minors--at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He spoke with them individually and together as a group, and then invited them to join with him in prayer. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the flashpoint for the clergy abuse crisis in the United States. It was in that archdiocese that two grand jury reports, in 2005 and 2011, cited inadequate action on the … [Read more...]

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Will Pope Francis Encounter Convicted Msgr. William Lynn in Philly Prison?

When Pope Francis visits the U.S. this Fall, will he meet the priest who's in jail for failing to report incidents of clergy abuse?The Catholic Herald connected the dots on this story: They reported this morning that the prison which the Holy Father will visit during his U.S. visit, Philadelphia's Curren-Fromhold Correctional Facility, is the same facility where convicted cleric Monsignor William Lynn is housed.The Curren-Fromhold facility holds 8,100 prisoners in its sprawling complex of … [Read more...]

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Chicago Jesuits Settle Abuse Claim for $950,000 – UPDATED

The Chicago-Detroit Province of the Society of Jesus has settled a lawsuit with a Chicago man who alleges he was sexually abused by Father Donald O'Shaughnessy, S.J. during his years at Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois. The attorney in the case, Eugene K. Hollander, released a statement saying,“I’m relieved that we have been able to get some justice for this victim and hopefully he can now start to move forward with his life. I believe there are probably other victims out there and hop … [Read more...]

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