Category Archives: sex abuse

On Scandal and a Funeral

Author and catechist Joe Paprocki had a facebook comment on Cardinal Law’s funeral: Our Church is quick to deny a funeral to someone in a gay marriage because of the “scandal” it would cause but then has a Vatican funeral … Continue reading

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A Cardinal Passes

The word’s in the news of the passing of Cardinal Law, unfortunate and deserved lightning rod for sex abuse cover-up. The nearness of death was whispered here. I get this metaphor: (T)he moment is bound to bring a “media circus” … Continue reading

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The Seven Percent Finding

On BBC this morning, this item from Australia. An inquiry examining institutional sex abuse in Australia has heard 7% of the nation’s Catholic priests allegedly abused children between 1950 and 2010. Australian bishops and religious orders weren’t singled out. Consider … Continue reading

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Bishop Accountability

Liam linked word of the Holy Father’s motu proprio on bishop accountability. I haven’t found the actual text yet, but I’m sure it’s soon to be out. I noticed this: … the competent Congregation of the Roman Curia may initiate … Continue reading

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Aborted Assignment

Rocco whispered this news on his Twitter feed, and I’m perched between disappointment and acceptance on reading it. (Archbishop John) Nienstedt quietly arrived in Michigan Jan. 6 to help St. Philip pastor Rev. John Fleckenstein, who has been ill, an arrangement … Continue reading

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Persistence of Bad Vision

I continue to be amazed at the persistent misreading of the John Jay Report by many online Catholics. Just recently, a priest blogger offered an off-hand comment that “most of the sex abuse by priests was against young men.” I … Continue reading

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Apology, Liturgy, and Mercy

I notice my former diocese (2002-08) is offering personal apologies for sex abuse and conducting prayer services on that theme through June 2016. A parish where I served is hosting the first liturgy, and Archbishop Naumann is presiding. The Crux … Continue reading

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The Five Proposals

The council of nine offered five proposals on accountability. From the Vatican Radio site: The text concludes with a list of five specific proposals made to the Holy Father, which are listed below.  It is proposed: 1.  That because the … Continue reading

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Talking Past

While I no longer comment on other sites, I do follow the occasional thread of interest. dotCommonweal has close to forty comments following Grant Gallicho’s piece on Cardinal O’Brien. I was struck by this exchange today between Bernard Dauenhauer and … Continue reading

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Two Bishops Compared

In Australia, on the sex-abuse cover-up scandal, praise for the sacked bishop and jeers for the prelate promoted to head up the Church’s change-purse. From Frank Brennan: We’ve never been given a coherent rationale for Pope Benedict’s sacking of (Bishop) … Continue reading

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Convincing Skeptics or Doing Good Work?

I felt a bit miffed at the RNS headline on David Gibson’s analysis of the Vatican’s sex abuse commission. The point of the group is not to convince skeptics, but to do good work. Commission member Peter Saunders: I’m actually … Continue reading

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Fr Groeschel Caught Up In Urrutigoity Scandal

With the curtain up on part 3 of the Carlos Urrutigoity soap opera at dotCommonweal, retired EWTN celebrity and supporting player Benedict Groeschel is put under an uncomfortable spotlight, post and commentariat both. What constitutes piling on an elderly man, … Continue reading

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MM, MM, Reaction, mmm

NCRep reports on a concession from the Legionaries on comparing their disgraced founder with a saint. Maybe all those internet commentaries suggesting this is a sign the LC should be mothballed permanently got someone’s attention. Will the $100M campaign stall? … Continue reading

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Pell-Mell on Abuse

Cardinal Pell is taking much heat for his comments on administrative accountability on sex abusers. Via Josephine KcKenna at RNS: Using a hypothetical example, Pell said the church was no more responsible for cases of child abuse carried out by … Continue reading

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Theologian Pokes At Bishops

I haven’t been following the news bits on the LCWR assembly in Nashville. But I did notice that Professor Elizabeth Johnson’s two significant pokes at the US bishops. In one instance, reading comprehension isn’t even an issue. The guys simply … Continue reading

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