Former Cardinal McCarrick Defrocked for Sexual Abuse

Pope Francis approved the removal of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state, colloquially known as “laicization” or “defrocking,” the Vatican announced Feb. 16.

A Simple Defrocking Won’t Mean the McCarrick Case Is Over

Various news agencies have reported that the Vatican will shortly announce a ruling in the case of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, accused of sexual abuse of a 16-year-old boy more than 50 years ago as well as various incidents with adult priests and seminarians.

What’s Known, and Unknown, About Pope’s Abuse Summit in February

When presidents and other representatives of the world’s nearly 130 bishops’ conferences gather in Rome next month for a summit on clerical sex abuse, many experts are predicting it will be the most-covered Vatican event since the last papal election in 2013. Whether the gathering lives up to that hype, however, remains to be seen.

Bishops’ Pro-Life Leader Says Abuse of Minors ‘Upends’ Witness

In the thick of the clergy sex abuse crisis, thousands of American Catholics descended on the nation’s capitol in protest of abortion where Archbishop Joseph Naumann reminded them that the abuse of minors is antithetical to the Church’s pro-life witness.

Cardinal Wuerl Will Not Celebrate Mass for Life

The Archdiocese of Washington announced Jan.16 that Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, will be the main celebrant of tomorrow’s Mass for Life, which will be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life.