A prominent Nigerian nun has blasted the culture of silence in the Catholic Church that has long sought to hide clergy sexual abuse, telling a Vatican summit that transparency and an admission of mistakes is needed to restore trust.
Georgetown University has revoked the honorary degree conferred on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick following his defrocking by the Vatican.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl said he had a “lapse of memory” when he denied that he knew of claims of sexual abuse made against his predecessor, former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.
In a statement Monday, Opus Dei Vicar Monsignor Thomas Bohlin said they received a complaint of sexual misconduct against Rev. C. John McCloskey in 2002 from a woman who was receiving counseling at the Catholic Information Center in downtown D.C.
The annual meeting of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops last week fizzled like a Roman candle. The bishops were prepared to adopt a stern policy and strict guidelines for dealing with predatory priests. But minutes before the discussion, an emissary from the Vatican instructed the bishops to forestall a vote. A long-time observer of politics in Maryland discusses the Catholic Church at a crossroads.
Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops ended the public sessions of its three-day meeting without any vote on two major anti-abuse proposals that had been drafted weeks ago.
As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly next week, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics that church leaders finally bring about meaningful reforms.
Survivors, as well as those with knowledge of sexual abuse by clergy, in the DC area can report incidents by either calling or sending an email.
The intervention by the federal government opens a new front of legal peril for the Catholic church, given that investigations into sexual abuse by clergy members have historically been handled exclusively by state and local authorities.
Keith Kozak says he was simply supporting his friends’ marriage, but now he’s out of a job with the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
The Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., confirmed in a statement Friday that ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick is living at St. Fidelis Friary in Victoria, a rural town of about 1,200 that lies more than 250 miles west of Kansas City. The Friary is within a block of Victoria Elementary School.
In a public letter, Cardinal Donald Wuerl says he is prepared to step down in the wake of an intense firestorm of criticism over his handling of sex abuse claims dating back decades. Earlier this week, Wuerl said he planned to meet with Pope Francis “in the near future” to discuss his possible resignation.
Members of the Catholic Church are gathering across the nation Sunday to speak out against sexual abuse. The campaign, called Time’s Up, Catholics Demand Truth, is also demanding change within the church’s leadership.
In a letter sent Saturday by James Garcia to Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Garcia wrote that he would no longer participate in any mass led by Cardinal Wuerl. Garcia serves as the master of ceremony for St. Matthew’s, often standing beside Cardinal Wuerl during major services.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl asked priests to let parishioners know during Mass this Sunday that he shares their pain over widespread allegations of sexual abuse of children by priests and cover-ups by bishops.
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