California bishops respond to recent scandals

Bishop Vann and Archbishop Gomez call for purification of Church

Editor’s Note: The following reflection from Bishop Kevin Vann was written and submitted to OC Catholic newspaper on Wednesday, August 15, the feast day of the Assumption of Our Lady.  My dear sisters and brothers in the Lord, It is with the utmost sorrow that I write to you in this time of great scandal and tribulation in our Church. Many people in leadership, particularly … [Read more...]

Cardinal Seán O’Malley: McCarrick’s alleged behavior “morally unacceptable”

Boston archbishop says Church needs to deal with bishops who break the vow of celibacy

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged behaviour was “morally unacceptable and incompatible with the role of a priest, bishop or cardinal,” Cardinal Seán O’Malley has said. Cardinal O’Malley, the Archbishop of Boston and a leading “fixer” in the clerical sex abuse crisis, issued a statement addressing the allegations against Cardinal McCarrick. “Each new report of clerical … [Read more...]

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...]

For “Uncle Ted,” the final cut

Latest allegations against Cardinal McCarrick represent "a seismic moment"

Put simply, the report is a nuclear bomb. Even as last month's credible, substantiated allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a minor in the early 1970s resulted in the Pope's direct suspension of the 88 year-old prelate, and with it emerged two decade-old settlements by the dioceses he led over his misconduct with adults, late Thursday afternoon The New York Times … [Read more...]

US cardinal removed after credible allegations he abused a minor

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington, D.C., "is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry"

A high-profile liberal U.S. cardinal has been removed from public ministry for credible and substantiated allegations of abuse of a minor. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, a former priest of the Archdiocese of New York and cardinal emeritus of Washington D.C., "is no longer to exercise publicly his priestly ministry," says a news release from New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan. "The … [Read more...]

Live Action report: Planned Parenthood protects sexual predators

In 2010, Planned Parenthood performed an abortion on a 13-year-old California girl who had been repeatedly raped by her father

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the organization pledged to do more to train employees to recognize signs of abuse and trafficking. But according to Ramona Treviño, a former Planned Parenthood manager from Texas, this training did not happen. Instead, Treviño says that she was … [Read more...]

State grants reprieve to Catholic boys center involved in sex-abuse scandal

State licensing officials have granted a reprieve to Hanna Boys Center and will allow the 73-year-old Sonoma Valley treatment facility to continue operating

State licensing officials have granted a reprieve to Hanna Boys Center and will allow the 73-year-old Sonoma Valley treatment facility to continue operating during a three-year probationary agreement negotiated over the past three months and finalized earlier this week. Wednesday’s announcement marks the suspension of license revocation proceedings begun last December, when … [Read more...]

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests sued by former worker

Fired employee alleges SNAP colludes with attorneys, accepts kickbacks for client referrals, is motivated by "animus against the Catholic Church"

A former employee of the controversial Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination for challenging the organization’s misbehavior, including alleged kickbacks from attorneys who were suing the Church on behalf of sexual abuse victims. In the lawsuit, Gretchen Rachel Hammond, a past development director of SNAP, claimed to … [Read more...]

Former White House spokesman wants to extend time one can sue the Church for sex abuse

Claims Church has spent millions to block the bill's passage

The following comes from a July 17 PR Newswire article: Former White House spokesman Robert Weiner and Katie Schulze, Robert Weiner Associates' Senior Religion Policy Analyst, have spotlighted a California Senate-passed bill that "could become a national model law" to extend the time youth can sue the Church for sex abuse. They wrote an op-ed titled, "Sen. Leyva's … [Read more...]

Man acquitted in priest-beating trial seeks signatures for California ballot initiative

Victim of sexual abuse wants to change the fact that child molesters can evade prosecution

The following comes from a December 16 Mercury News article by Tracey Kaplan: By the time Will Lynch was ready in the mid-1990s to report he'd been sexually abused as a child by a priest on a camping trip, there was nothing police could do about it. The abuse had happened about two decades earlier when he was 7, and the legal window then for bringing charges against the … [Read more...]