Cardinal George Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral.
Pope Francis closed out his extraordinary summit on preventing clergy sex abuse by vowing Sunday to confront abusers with “the wrath of God,” end the cover-ups by their superiors and prioritize the victims of this “brazen, aggressive and destructive evil.”
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.
The key accuser in the sex abuse case alleges that McCarrick, the retired archbishop of Washington, continued abusing him for some two decades
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.
In a news release, Archbishop William Lori of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston says none of the individuals who will be listed are in active ministry.
Virginia has opened an investigation into whether leadership in Virginia’s Catholic dioceses covered up the sexual abuse of children. Maryland and the District both recently opened investigations into their respective dioceses.
Since the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington is a nonprofit, covering up sexual abuse allegations would be a violation of the organization’s standing.
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.
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.
A cardinal informed the Vatican in a November 2000 letter about then Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s misconduct with seminarians from Seton Hall University’s Immaculate Conception Seminary.
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.
It was a turbulent week for the Catholic Church after a Pennsylvania grand jury report alleged a decadeslong, systematic cover-up of child sex abuse by more than 300 priests. The Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, told WTOP how he believes the church can move forward from this scandal.
The resignation of Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals following allegations of sex abuse makes him the highest ranking American in the Catholic Church to ever be removed from the ministry. Cardinal Wuerl comments on the resignation in an exclusive interview with WTOP.
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