Complete Letter of Pope Benedict XVI Regarding Report on Abuse

Here is the Vatican’s English translation of the letter retired Pope Benedict XVI published Feb. 8 in response to the independent report on the handling of sexual abuse allegations in the German Archdiocese of Munich and Freising from 1945 to 2019.

How McCarrick Was Charged 50 Years After Alleged Crime

A specific aspect of the statute of limitations on criminal charges in Massachusetts allowed ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s accuser to pursue charges for an alleged sexual assault nearly 50 years ago.

Boston Globe: Police Charge McCarrick With Assault in Case Dating to 1970s

The Boston Globe reported July 29 that police in the Boston suburb of Wellesley have charged former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick with three counts of indecent assault and battery on a person over 14 in a criminal complaint filed by Wellesley Police in a district court in nearby Dedham, Massachusetts.

Former CYO Sports Director Named in Two Child Sex Abuse Lawsuits

The former executive director of The Catholic Youth Organization (CYO) in the Diocese of Brooklyn is accused in two lawsuits of sexually abusing underage boys when he was a CYO basketball coach at St. Joseph’s Church in Astoria in the 1990s.

Pope Francis Promulgates Revised Canon Law on Crimes, Punishments

A series of laws and procedures promulgated by now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and, especially, by Pope Francis to protect children, promote the investigation of allegations of clerical sexual abuse and punish offenders are included in a heavily revised section of the Code of Canon Law.