McCarrick has begun life of prayer, penance at Kansas friary

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick is now at St. Fidelis Capuchin Friary in Victoria, Kansas; elementary school and high school in close vicinity

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick has begun his life of prayer and penance at St. Fidelis Capuchin Friary in Victoria, Kansas, according to statements from the Diocese of Salina and the Archdiocese of Washington. McCarrick was sentenced to a life of prayer and penance by Pope Francis July 28, pending the completion of a canonical process against him, after he was credibly accused … [Read more...]

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Did Kamala Harris cover up for San Francisco archdiocese sex abuse?

Former San Francisco district attorney could have legally intervened, but chose not to

More than eight years ago in 2010, Kamala Harris, then-San Francisco District Attorney, was running for California Attorney General. And for some reason, her record of covering up sex abuse records belonging to the San Francisco Archdiocese was never part of the political news of her record. Today, Harris is a United States Senator, with an eye for running for President in … [Read more...]

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In homily, San Jose pastor opens up about being abused by another priest

Father Brendan McGuire said he has heard from dozens of victims since his announcement

To be a voice for victims of clerical sexual abuse, Father Brendan McGuire realized he had to come to terms with the abuse he suffered at the hands of a priest when he was 18. It was a secret he had held for 35 years. He told the story of his abuse in a homily delivered at five weekend Masses Sept. 8-9 at Holy Spirit Church in San Jose, California, where he is pastor. In a … [Read more...]

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Cardinal Angelo Scola: Communion for the remarried contradicts Church teaching

Former Archbishop of Milan and onetime favorite to succeed Benedict XVI defends Church’s traditional teaching that divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete continence”

Cardinal Angelo Scola, a prominent cardinal who in 2013 was the bookies’ favourite to become Pope, has re-entered the controversy over Communion for the remarried. In a new book-length interview, the former Archbishop of Milan defends the Church’s traditional teaching, namely that the divorced and remarried cannot receive Communion unless they resolve to live “in complete … [Read more...]

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Lay panel that investigated priest sex abuse for U.S. bishops seeks reappointment

“We were never given the power to investigate the bishops”

A lay board appointed 15 years ago by the U.S. Conference of Bishops to investigate the priest sex abuse scandal is seeking to be reappointed and given the power to probe high-ranking members of the Catholic Church in the United States, according to a bombshell letter obtained by Sneed. The nine-member panel — which included Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke; … [Read more...]

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14,000 women to pope: “Your words are inadequate”

Letter from Catholic Women’s Forum calls on Pope Francis to issue a “direct response” to Archbishop Viganò’s claims

A Catholic women’s group has called for Pope Francis to issue a “direct response” to Archbishop Viganò’s claims, condemning his response to date as “inadequate”. The 750-word letter, published on August 30 by the Washington DC-based Catholic Women’s Forum (CWF), has gained 14,000 signatures so far. “Our hearts are broken, our faith tested, by the escalating crisis engulfing … [Read more...]

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Roman Catholic priest on ‘inactive leave’ charged in teen sex case

Charles Mayer, dean of students for a Banning middle school

A Banning school administrator who pleaded not guilty to charges that he tried to lure a minor to have sex is on “inactive leave” as a Roman Catholic priest, the Los Angeles Archdiocese said Thursday. Charles Patrick Mayer, 55, of Menifee, is “not in ministry and living privately, since September of 2000 due to a failure to adhere to Archdiocesan policies concerning … [Read more...]

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Former papal nuncio to U.S. says Pope Francis should resign for his role in McCarrick scandal

Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Papal Nuncio to the United States from 2011 to 2016, says Francis repealed sanctions imposed on McCarrick by Pope emeritus Benedict XVI in the late 2000s

Just hours after Pope Francis condemned the “repugnant crimes” of sexual abuse by clergy during his two-day trip to Ireland, news broke in the United States that a former papal ambassador to the country is accusing Francis of having known about abuse allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and failing to act. More than that, Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò … [Read more...]

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“He has an impossible task”

Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David O’Connell says abuse scandals cast shadow over pope's visit to Ireland for World Meeting of Families

Irish-born Bishop David O’Connell, auxiliary of Los Angeles, believes that Pope Francis’s Aug. 25-26 visit to the Emerald Island will face a “shadow” cast by a growing number of clerical sexual abuse scandals around the world. Partly for that reason, the pontiff may face “an impossible task,” he told Crux on Sunday. The bishop is currently in Ireland after leading some 45 … [Read more...]

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Unwelcome memories

Cardinal Roger Mahony withdraws as keynote speaker at fundraising dinner for Salt Lake City diocese

Cardinal Roger Mahony, retired archbishop of Los Angeles, withdrew Monday as the keynote speaker at next month’s annual fundraising dinner for Utah’s Catholic diocese after hearing of potential protests about his alleged role in covering up priest sex abuse in Southern California in the 1980s. Mahony decided to decline the invitation after recent reports of abuse — including … [Read more...]

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