Suspended New York priest has California ties

Father Donald G. Timone, 84, suspended from ministry and under investigation by Archdiocese of New York, was chaplain and teacher at John Paul the Great Catholic University

The Archdiocese of New York has suspended a priest who had continued his clerical duties despite two settlements paid for allegations of sexual abuse of teenage boys. The Rev. Donald G. Timone, 84, is the subject of an internal investigation by the archdiocese, but had continued to celebrate Mass in New York and California, more than a year and a half after an archdiocesan … [Read more...]

Fresno diocese indefinitely suspends LGBTQ Ministry

Bishop Armando Ochoa made decision after becoming aware of claims the ministry “may have evolved beyond its primary mission”

A ministry geared toward the Catholic gay community has been suspended by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno. The reasons behind the suspension are unclear. Called the LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questioning) Ministry, the group was touted as one of-its-kind in the diocese, and established in 2015 by John Prandini. Teresa Dominguez, chancellor at the … [Read more...]

Incapable of investigating themselves

Illinois attorney general blasts handling of sexual abuse allegations by state's dioceses, says names of at least 500 accused priests withheld

The Catholic Church in Illinois withheld the names of at least 500 priests accused of sexual abuse of minors, the state’s attorney general said Wednesday in a scathing report that accused the church of failing victims by neglecting to investigate their allegations. The preliminary report by Attorney General Lisa Madigan concludes that the Catholic dioceses in Illinois are … [Read more...]

What, exactly, does “credibly accused” mean?

Different dioceses using different standards

In a recent interview with Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), DiNardo was asked about a pledge that all dioceses in Texas would release the names of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse. “‘Credibly accused’ is being worked out in terms of our lawyers even now as we speak,” … [Read more...]

Vatican asks bishops to meet with victims ahead of February summit

Letter to participating bishops says meetings with victims are necessary "to learn first-hand the suffering that they have endured"

Organizers of the Vatican’s February meeting on sexual abuse have sent a letter to the participating bishops asking them to meet with abuse victims in advance of the gathering. “We urge each episcopal conference president to reach out and visit with victim survivors of clergy sex abuse in your respective countries prior to the meeting in Rome, to learn first-hand the suffering … [Read more...]

Western province of Jesuits plans to release list of accused abusers

Territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; list will include Jesuits credibly accused of sex abuse since 1950

More names of clergy and religious accused of sex abuse are set to come out this December from a western U.S. province of the Society of Jesus, which says the decision to name the credibly accused is an effort for transparency that supports victims. The province includes the territory of the former Oregon Province, which declared bankruptcy due to abuse lawsuits in … [Read more...]

‘Transgender’ could be defined out of existence by Trump administration

Proposed regulation by Department of Health and Human Services: “Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”

The Trump administration is considering defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth. A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of gender in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing gender largely as an individual’s choice and not determined by the sex assigned at birth. … [Read more...]

“Nobody has run it by Archbishop Cordileone”

San Francisco Jesuit church to host ‘Gay Men’s Chorus’

On Friday, October 26, the “San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus” is scheduled to perform at the Jesuit St. Ignatius Church in San Francisco. The concert is part of a three-day event marking the chorus’ 40th Anniversary, one part of which is a “Drag Brunch” with transvestite Donna Sachet at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel. This is not the only controversial event to have been hosted at … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]