• Waiting for the McCarrick Report

    NY’s Cardinal Dolan held an online held a video conference for the clergy Tuesday and said that his sources tell him that the McCarrick report will be out later this month. He said he does not know what is in it. The latter seems believable; the former remains to be seen. It has been two... Read more
  • Lawsuit claims McCarrick headed abusive ‘sex ring,’ names alleged ‘procurer’

    A lawsuit filed Tuesday charges that former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a boy and aided his abuse by several other priests, and claims that a principal at a Christian Brothers high school helped procure the victim for McCarrick and the other clergy abusers in the early... Read more
  • ‘I now understand why abuse victims leave the Church’: Susanna’s story

    The following is a first-person account by Susanna*, the young woman who alleges Fr Kevin McGoldrick sexually assaulted her in August of 2017. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia found her accusation credible early this year. We received the document unsolicited, and present it to our readership... Read more
  • Catholic bishop in India charged with rape tests positive for coronavirus

    Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar, India, is pictured in an undated photo. Leading Catholic figures and laypeople have appealed to the Vatican to remove Bishop Mulakkal, who is being investigated for allegations of raping a nun. (CNS photo/courtesy Diocese of Jullundur) See... Read more
  • My Time in Prison

    There is a lot of goodness in prisons. At times, I am sure, prisons may be hell on earth. I was fortunate to be kept safe and treated well. I was impressed by the professionalism of the warders, the faith of the prisoners, and the existence of a moral sense even in the darkest places. I was... Read more
  • Alleged Theodore McCarrick Victim Says He Is Helping Fact-Check Abuse Dossier

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — An anonymous alleged sexual abuse victim of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says he and other alleged victims have been working with the Vatican to fact-check the comprehensive dossier on McCarrick’s misdeeds. The alleged victim, writing under the name Nathan... Read more
  • Australian journalists face court date over Pell trial coverage

    A judge in the Australian state of Victoria has proposed beginning a trial in November to prosecute journalists and media outlets for violating a court-imposed reporting ban on the trial of Cardinal George Pell in 2018. Victoria Supreme Court Judge John Dixon said Tuesday that the trial... Read more
  • Cincinnati auxiliary bishop resigns after failing to act on allegations

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Joseph Binzer, Cincinnati's auxiliary bishop, who was accused in August of failing to act on allegations made against a priest.  A statement from the Holy See press office May 7 said the pope had accepted the 65-year-old bishop’s... Read more
  • After Cardinal Pell’s Rightful Acquittal

    The unanimous decision by Australia’s High Court to quash Cardinal George Pell’s convictions on charges of “historic sexual abuse” and acquit him of those crimes was entirely welcome. Truth and justice were served. An innocent man was freed from imprisonment. The criminal justice system... Read more
  • After criminal acquittal, Cardinal Pell likely to face several civil suits

    The High Court of Australia this week overturned Cardinal George Pell’s conviction for five alleged counts of sexual abuse, and despite his release from prison, Pell is likely to face several civil lawsuits from alleged abuse victims and their families. The High Court on April 7 overturned... Read more