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.
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.
Six months after the scandal surrounding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick first came to light, The Tablet has learned that the Vatican is now investigating a total of three cases of abuse against the former archbishop of Washington, one of which has yet to be publicly reported.
Archbishop Bernard Hebda issued a letter on Friday stating that his predecessor Archbishop Nienstedt is unable to exercise public ministry in the archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis until allegations surrounding him are resolved.
In one of the most closely watched trials in modern Catholic Church history, Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Church official to stand trial for sexual abuse, was found guilty on Tuesday by a Melbourne Court.
In a 6-1 decision Dec. 3, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court said the identities of some clergy accused of abuse that were redacted from a grand jury report issued in mid-August must remain permanently blocked from release.
The Diocese of Brooklyn is producing an informational video to address parishioners’ concerns about the sexual abuse crisis in the Church. The action comes after the New York State Attorney General issued subpoenas to the state’s eight dioceses to hand over files that relate to sexual abuse cases going all the way back to 1950.
Now that the dust has settled on the U.S. bishops’ fall meeting in Baltimore, Md. – which was keenly anticipated in the run-up, and which turned out to be massively anti-climactic in the aftermath – it’s time to take preliminary stock of where things stand in the bishops’ efforts to respond to the clerical sexual abuse crisis.
Italian bishops have concluded their Nov. 12-14 extraordinary assembly. New guidelines on the question of clerical sexual abuse were discussed and presented, with the creation of a National Advisory Center to aid bishops and the promise to make a “more radical evangelical choice” in terms of prevention.
Dear Editor: As a start (Newspapers Examine U.S. Bishops’ Responses to Abuse Allegations, The Tablet, Nov. 10), I’d like to make three suggestions for how bishops can begin to regain the trust of the faithful.