Cardinal O’Malley cancels trip to World Meeting of Families

Archdiocese says he will stay in Boston to deal with problems at St. John's Seminary that require his "personal attention and presence"

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap. of Boston will not be attending next week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin due to the ongoing investigation into St. John’s Seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Wednesday. Previously, O’Malley had been scheduled to moderate a panel and discussion in Ireland titled “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults." O’Malley is … [Read more...]

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U.S. bishops invite Vatican investigation into McCarrick scandal

Bishops will invite the Vatican to conduct an official Apostolic Visitation to the United States to address questions surrounding Archbishop McCarrick, in consultation with the lay members of the National Review Board

The U.S. bishops’ conference called for a Vatican-led investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, as well for new abuse reporting processes, and greater involvement of laity in addressing abuse concerns.   “We are faced with a spiritual crisis that requires not only spiritual conversion, but practical changes to … [Read more...]

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SNAP calls for statewide abuse investigation in California

Following release of grand jury report in Pennsylvania, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests says it will ask Attorney General Xavier Becerra to impanel similar panel in the Golden State

This week’s release of a scathing grand jury report in Pennsylvania detailing hundreds of previously unknown sexual abuse allegations against Catholic priests has sent disturbing new questions reverberating across California and the country: How many more victims are out there and how many more abusive priests are left to be exposed? The answer is a lot, survivors, lawyers, … [Read more...]

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More than 10,000 sign petition to stop Fr. James Martin from speaking at World Meeting of Families

Letter accompanying petition: "We believe that sowing error and confusion should have no place at the World Meeting of Families;" sponsors of event say they plan to make no changes to speaker lineup

Over 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a … [Read more...]

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A.W. Richard Sipe, influential voice on clergy sex abuse, dies at 85 in La Jolla

He warned San Diego Bishop Robert McElroy about depth of the problem in 2016 letter

[Editor's note: We have deleted the link to the Bishop Brom information in the Sipe letter. Jim Holman, one of the editors of California Catholic Daily: "I spent time in the 90s with Mark Brooks and Bishop Brom going over the charges against the bishop, especially the ones from Minnesota, and I did not find them credible."] A. W. Richard Sipe, a researcher, psychotherapist … [Read more...]

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Another Catholic woman speaks out after McCarrick revelations

Professor Janet Smith, a moral theologian at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit: "The deeper problem is the presence of homosexual networks in the Church -- likely in dioceses all over the world and certainly in the Curia”

The allegations of sexual misconduct made public in June against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick finally brought the decades-old open secret of the disgraced former cardinal’s sexually abusive behavior out in the open – also raising the question of the extent of the abuse, and how it was enabled and covered up by other U.S. prelates. At the same time the exposure of “Uncle Ted” … [Read more...]

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Not a gay resort

Honduran bishops deny culture of homosexuality at national seminary

The Honduran bishops' conference on Monday denied there exists a homosexual culture at the national seminary, as suggested by a recent report from the National Catholic Register. “With complete certainty and truth, we affirm there does not exist, nor has there existed, nor ought there exist in the seminary an atmosphere as presented by the aforementioned National Catholic … [Read more...]

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Whitewash or sensitivity?

Fordham University revokes honorary degree given to Cardinal McCarrick

Earlier this month, Fordham University announced that its Board of Trustees had voted to rescind an honorary doctorate awarded to Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, following revelations that the former Archbishop of Washington had molested an altar boy nearly 50 years ago as a priest at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York. On Thursday, the New York Times reported on another … [Read more...]

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‘The beautiful promise of Humanae Vitae’

Archbishop Jose Gomez pays homage to Paul Paul VI's 1968 encyclica

The following is an excerpt from an article by Archbishop José H. Gomez: This week we are remembering the 50th anniversary of “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), Blessed Pope Paul VI’s encyclical letter on human life and love. Looking back, we can understand better how the world of 1968 was not ready for this document. It was a time of new ideas about human freedom and love … [Read more...]

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Four ways NFP is different from contraception

Dr. Janet E. Smith explains health effects, relationship effects, social differences, and moral differences

July 12, 2018 Dr. Janet Smith On the 50th year anniversary of “Humanae Vitae,” let’s take a moment to consider the differences between NFP and contraception. Some people think they are essentially the same because both are used by couples who want to have sexual intercourse but who don’t want to have a baby. But it is not just the intention that determines the morality of an … [Read more...]

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