• No Answers from Washington Archdiocese About McCarrick’s Money

    WASHINGTON - More than one year after the announcement of allegations of sexual abuse against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the Archdiocese of Washington has continued to refuse questions about McCarrick’s use of a personal charitable fund. McCarrick funnelled hundreds of thousands... Read more
  • What Do Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick Have in Common?

    Jeffrey Epstein, Harvey Weinstein and Theodore McCarrick operated in different sectors of society, have different marital statuses and sexual preferences and profess different religions. What do these disparate men have in common? A belief system that claims that sex is an entitlement. They... Read more
  • Laxity in Seminaries as a Contributing Cause to the Sex-Abuse Crisis

    “Hide the handsome ones.” That was what was “jokingly” said when Theodore McCarrick would visit seminaries. It disgusts me that such “jokes” — which clearly portrayed a reality — did not lead to a thorough investigation of McCarrick decades ago. The likely reason they did not... Read more
  • California confession law dropped

    A California bill that would have required priests to violate the seal of confession has been withdrawn by its sponsor the day before it was to be debated in committee. California Senate Bill 360 was removed Monday from the agenda for a meeting of the California Assembly’s Public Safety... Read more
  • CPS and sex abuse: Lessons from the Catholic Church

    Chicago - Legislation tightening reporting requirements for school districts implicated in child sex abuse cases is awaiting Gov. J.B. Pritzker’s signature. Following the Tribune’s “Betrayed” series last year, which revealed rampant, hidden sex abuse and assault incidents within... Read more
  • Analysis: Vatican calls for trust, Catholics wait for transparency

    This week, Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, prefect of the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary, issued a document defending the sacramental seal, as civil governments in California, Australia, and other places attempt to pass laws that would force priests to reveal what they hear in the... Read more
  • Bishops received money and complaints about Bransfield, report says

    Allegations of financial impropriety against former Wheeling-Charleston Bishop Michael Bransfield went unheeded for years, according to a new report. Letters from lay men and woman, and from Bransfield’s own chancery staff raised serious concerns about the bishop’s spending and that he was... Read more
  • Chicago Tribune op-ed: Public schools can learn from Catholics in handling sex abuse

    After an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune uncovered numerous cases of sexual abuse and cover-up in the city’s public schools, a local commentator is looking to the Archdiocese of Chicago as an example of putting safeguards for children into practice. In an article last week,... Read more
  • Irish newspapers apologize to former seminarian for false sex scandal story

    Three Irish newspapers have apologized to a former seminarian for publishing a story that falsely accused him of being a part of a fabricated sex scandal at the Irish College in Rome. The Irish Examiner, The Irish Times, and The Echo all issued formal apologies, acknowledging there was no truth... Read more
  • Seal of confession is an ‘intrinsic requirement,’ Vatican says

    The head of the Vatican’s Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Penitentiary released a note Monday reaffirming the inviolability of the seal of confession and the importance of other forms of secrecy in the life of the Church. The text follows action by governments in Australia, California,... Read more