Dear Pope Francis and Vatican Sex Abuse Guys

When you’ve lost Marie Collins, that’s a sign you are doing it wrong and need to rethink your work. [Read more…]

And Now the Horror of the Sex Abuse Crisis…

…unspools in Australia. The best book I have read on this is by a lawyer named Joseph Klest called The Whole Truth.  He’s an agnostic out in Chicago who has prosecuted around 500 sex abuse cases against the Church and has really good understanding of the institutional forces that create an environment for predators to [Read More…]

I’ve been saying since 2002…

…that the day will come when the Catholic Church is damned, not for allowing pedophilia, but for condemning it: When the sole criterion of the good is consent, there is no bottom. [Read more…]

Francis’ Baffling Chilean Appointment

Bill Doino, Jr. writes: Pope Francis has done many admirable things during his pontificate, not least taking numerous initiatives against the evil of sexual abuse in the Church. He has spoken about the victims’ pain, promised zero tolerance for such crimes, and supported transparency and full accountability for anyone involved. He has followed those strong [Read More…]

Pope’s Sex Abuse Commission Alarmed by Chilean Bishop Appt.

I’ve defended Francis from a lot of guff from Chicken Littles in St. Blog’s (and will continue to). On this, however, I think he’s made a bad call. When your flock is staging mass protests to stop an episcopal appointment and there is, at the very least, good reason to think that his history is [Read More…]

Some Bishops are Attempting to Claim Religious Liberty as an Excuse for Screwing Abuse Victims

I’m not making that up: The Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee sought to insulate $55 million of its funds from lawsuits brought by victims of priestly sex abuse, according to a letter penned by then-Archbishop of Milwaukee Timothy Dolan, so it transferred those funds into a separate trust set up to care for the archdiocese’s cemeteries and [Read More…]

One of the Poisonous Fruits of the Priest Abuse Scandal…

…is that, like the immune system of an AIDS victim, the Church is now vulnerable to parasitic infections.  It’s hard to make the case that the Church should be allowed to hire and fire according to adherence to Catholic moral teaching when the bishops have done such a bangup job of showing that they don’t [Read More…]

Cdl. O’Malley Observes that Many Cardinals are Complete Moral Imbeciles

Sure, he doesn’t put it in so many words. But when we read: O’Malley says cardinals’ denial of the seriousness of sexual abuse is fading Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley said Monday that denial among some of his fellow cardinals from around the world about the seriousness of the Church’s child sexual abuse scandals, if [Read More…]

LA Schools Blame Girl for Sex with Teacher

What is remarkable to me is how all institutions, regardless of whether they are secular or Church, seem to manifest the same kinds of butt-covering responses which aim to deny, deflect, and detract the victim instead of forthrightly deal with the issue. Defenders of the Church love to point to stories like this and say, [Read More…]


Francis tightens the screws on abusers and the bishops who assist them. [Read more…]