Category Archives: sex abuse

The Public Arena of a Courtroom Deposition

RNS has had a piece or two on Archbishop Robert Carlson’s deposition. Last month he gave testimony in court. Monday this week it was released. I read some pages into the conversation, then stopped. The archbishop finds himself negatively newsworthy because … Continue reading

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Can Survivors and Allies Disagree?

Lots of speculation online today about the “three bishops.” Mark Silk is convinced one must be Robert Finn, my ordinary until I left the diocese in 2008. Another speculator, Josephine McKenna, considers Scotland, Poland, and Chile. Predictably, SNAP higher-ups have … Continue reading

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A Liturgical Metaphor And Cynicism

From the mouth of Pope Francis, and it seems especially apt for American Catholics these days: A priest who does this betrays the Body of the Lord, because this priest must lead this child, this boy, this girl, to sanctity, … Continue reading

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Crimes of Bishops and Lay People

CNS has two news bits of interest to abuse watchdogs and survivor advocates. One, the UN notices the Church is somewhat lenient on bishops. And we should get tough, according to them. Right after that Father Robert W. Oliver, CDF … Continue reading

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Bishops On Notice?

Mark Silk thinks we’ve all missed a significant change. In Cardinal Seàn O’Malley’s presser a few days ago: Our concern is to make sure that there are clear and effective protocols to deal with situations where superiors of the church … Continue reading

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MSW on JP2 Bishops

Michael Sean Winters at NCRep “remembers” Pope John Paul II here. I think it is possible to be fond of the man, yet remain critical on some points. Peter can be the template. We can admire the man, invoke him … Continue reading

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Prelates Pressured

The Catholic Press, at least its independent wing, continues to pressure bishops. Grant Gallicho continues the Commonweal hounding of American bishops of questionable administrative conduct. My sense if that Jeff Anderson is doing what any tenacious lawyer does to earn … Continue reading

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Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors

The discussion on Pope Francis, negligent bishops, and what the former can or should do about the latter continues in the blogosphere (like here) and offline. The Holy Father has named a commission. I think we continue to wait and … Continue reading

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Things That Happened Fast

1. The expansion of the early universe. 2. Newark priest banished to the lay state. The earlier event pumps some life into the cosmology branch of astronomy. Exoplanets were getting a lot of attention. But scientists win the Nobel Prize … Continue reading

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Frontline on Catholic Scandal

I missed the airing time on tv the other night, so I watched the Frontline program “Secrets of the Vatican” online this morning. A lot of journalistic work went into this. Some big people come off looking very bad. As … Continue reading

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Canonical Process For Bishop Finn

My former bishop gets reported to Pope Francis. The canonical appeal is facilitated by Father James Connell, priest of the Milwaukee archdiocese and canon lawyer. Over 100,000 online signatures. (I wasn’t one of them.) Will anything come of this? Some … Continue reading

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Good News/Bad News

It seems like it’s that kind of week. On two headlines pulled from the Twitter feeds … In Milwaukee, we have … … one of the largest and most contentious of the dozen or so church bankruptcy cases to date. … Continue reading

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Going Deaf

It was wrong when many people were unjustly railroaded and misread at the CDF. It stings to have the injustice returned: It seems as though the report was prepared before the meeting with the Holy See delegation which gave detailed … Continue reading

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Apologizing

On the RNS roundup this morning, David Gibson linked 5 Steps to Reclaim Your Credibility After You Screw Up. For bishops covering up and uncovered this seems about right. Management consultant Supriya Desai suggests there’s a first step before the apology: … Continue reading

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Chicago Commentary

Grant Gallicho is not letting up on bishops. He blogs today about two priests allowed to go free in Chicago despite recommendations otherwise from review boards. From the conclusion: The church has learned a lot since the 2002 wave of … Continue reading

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