Category Archives: sex abuse

Other Victims?

I saw this post linked on a Twitter feed: “The Other Victims of Clergy Abuse: Faithful Priests.” Does this convince you? Some people simply hate priests because of what others have done.  They are yelled at, cursed at, have children … Continue reading

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Throwing the CDF Under The Bus

A lot of commentary throughout the blogosphere on the release of Milwaukee archdiocesan files on clergy sex abuse. I see Cardinal Dolan taking heat for payoffs and shuttling $57M into a cemetery fund. These are matters for prudential and legal … Continue reading

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Ticking Off

The Catholic Church has led the way in addressing the sexual abuse of minors, said the new chairman of the National Review Board. Francesco C. Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester and a member of the review board for … Continue reading

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Grooming

This month’s VIRTUS training material reviewed the clever, demonic, and crushing role of silence in the crisis of sex abuse and its cover-up. Especially striking was this description of grooming: I have heard perpetrators euphemistically refer to the “relationship” they … Continue reading

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Call A Council For The Cover-Up?

I noticed this news piece first in CathNews Australia yesterday. I wasn’t going to blog about it. RNS linked to this Yahoo! News piece, citing a proposal from Bishop Geoffrey Robinson, who headed up the Church’s response team Down Under. The … Continue reading

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Remaking a Conference

With Scottish bishop number 5 retired, Pope Francis appears to have the opportunity to remake an entire bishops’ conference. It will be interesting to see if all five new bishops come from their home dioceses. Will any have connections with … Continue reading

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Cardinal Pell Testifies

CathNews has a list of Australian links connected with Cardinal Pell’s legal testimony this week: Cardinal George Pell admits Church covered up cases of child sex abuse (ABC) Cardinal blames inaction, loose entry standards (SMH) Catholic Church covered up child sex … Continue reading

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Fugee Goes To Jail

I see Michael Fugee, the priest who was once barred from contact with minors, then “supervised” in doing so, then barred again, has landed in jail for violating the agreement that appears to have been binding and unconditional after all. … Continue reading

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The Frequently Scheduled One

Grant Gallicho levels a devastating post on the Frequently Misspelled Scheduled One and the active ordinary of his archdiocese. And just when you thought the episcopal attack on the truth couldn’t get any more brazen: (Archbishop Gomez) does have the … Continue reading

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Lincoln Still An Outlier

The 2012 annual report on the Charter is up at USCCB. Let’s consult a map: The USCCB president: I acknowledge with great appreciation all those who contributed time and effort to this significant achievement. At the same time, we also … Continue reading

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Nobody In Newark Talking

More heat in New Jersey. And a question: is Archbishop Myers a liar? Mark Silk raises this question at RNS. This is bad, bad, bad, and getting worse for the Newark archbishop. From the archdiocesan web page: Following the Memorandum … Continue reading

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Consequences

The Fugee fallout in the Trenton diocese hits a parish. And I offer these illustrative points of comparison: Two lay people who were friends of Michael Fugee and who engaged his participation on a youth retreat: fired. Pastor who employed … Continue reading

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More Myers and Fugee

Interesting developments in New Jersey. RNS recounts it as Fugee out, Myers still in. The full piece is in NJ.com: The Rev. Michael Fugee, who attended youth retreats and heard confessions from minors in defiance of a lifetime ban on such … Continue reading

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More Heat for +Myers

It’s coming at the archbishop on many fronts. North New Jersey parents are ticked off. A wayward priest, forgiven by his archbishop, was with their kids. This is predictable, and justifiable anger. It’s complete craziness that the church can let … Continue reading

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Is Newark the Next Kansas City?

Rock has this piece on his Twitter feed today. It doesn’t look good for Archbishop Myers in New Jersey. A priest of his archdiocese entered into a binding legal agreement to avoid a retrial for criminal sexual contact. (He) would … Continue reading

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