Category Archives: sex abuse

No Smell of Goat

Week five of my Ignatian online retreat asks me to look at the deep and real evil in the world. The web site: How much denial of God’s right to praise, reverence, and service can we experience this week? How … Continue reading

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Caught Sexting

I can think of one reaction to this priest. Ew. Empowering that objects of the cleric’s sexual scrutiny were actually setting up a sting that resulted in his departure from ministry. Stephen Webster, a former seminarian, stalked from age 18: … Continue reading

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Thoughts

I see in the news that my former colleague is facing a half-century in federal prison. This is a very long fall from the adulation of people for a freshly-minted priest. Some disconnected thoughts on this: It’s hard to tell … Continue reading

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In Scotland, a “Mockery” of Canon Law

Scotland’s Catholics, reeling from scandal at the top, now have another one brewing. Is this a hierarchy making a transparent attempt at punishing a priest who went public with serious accusations embarrassing to bishops? Gerard McGee comes to the defense … Continue reading

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Nauseated Catholics

RNS picked up the headline from Cardinal Dolan’s appearance in Milwaukee. New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan says one reason some Catholics have left the church is that they’ve been “shocked, saddened and nauseated by the sinful behavior” of some of … Continue reading

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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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