In the wake of recent sexual abuse scandals, many Catholics are demanding real change, transparency with church leaders and more lay involvement. These views came across during a recent panel discussion – “A Path Forward on the Clerical Sexual Abuse Crisis” – at Georgetown University.
In the latest allegations of sexual abuse to hit the U.S Catholic Church, Bishop John Jenik, an auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of New York, has been accused of sexual abuse and is now under review by the Vatican.
At a news conference on Tuesday in New York City, Minnesota-based attorney Jeff Anderson announced a lawsuit against the eight dioceses of the New York State Catholic Conference on behalf of sexual abuse survivor Paul Dunn.
As embattled Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, N.Y., faces serious scrutiny of his handling of sex abuse cases, the original whistleblower in the case is set to appear in an interview with 60 Minutes.
After months of speculation, Pope Francis on Oct.12 accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl amid the Archdiocese of Washington’s “Season of Healing,” called by the archbishop in response to the “confusion, disappointment and disunity,” over clerical sexual abuse.
In an action to be more transparent, the 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release the names of clergy who were credibly accused of sexually abusing a minor, according to an Oct. 10 statement issued by the Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops in Austin.
At a time when the United States is divided by the pending confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court and Catholics are roiling from clerical sex abuse scandals, Msgr. Peter Vaghi urged attendees at Sunday’s annual Red Mass to seek the Holy Spirit’s healing power.
Two prelates most affected are those who today lead dioceses where, over a decade ago, their predecessors settled with victims of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, and who now insist they were never informed.
I SCANNED THE ROWS of baby food jars on the shelf, grabbed several in a clattering handful, and tossed them into my cart. The store assistant smiled as she rang me up.
In one of the largest known settlement payouts for sex abuse within the Catholic Church to date, the Diocese of Brooklyn confirmed Sept. 18 that it and another defendant would pay $27.5 million to four victims of abuse at the hands of a volunteer at St. Lucy’s-St. Patrick’s Church in the Fort Greene/Clinton Hill section of Brooklyn.