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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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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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Another 2013 Person, Not Pope Francis

Poor Pope Francis. Out-polled by an American president, named best-dressed for not wearing martyr’s shoes, and now bypassed for another popularity “honor” by a layperson, at least according to NCR: NCR has been reporting on the priest sex abuse crisis since … Continue reading

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Msgr Lynn In Limbo

After eighteen months in prison, Msgr William Lynn, national Catholic scapegoat, will endure another twist in his landmark case. If someone can guarantee a quarter of a million in dollars, he will be freed, pending a resolution of the mess … Continue reading

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Pledge

Archbishop John Nienstedt pledges to restore trust. In reading words like these, I look for how things are expressed. Passive voice: The first thing that must be acknowledged is that over the last decade some serious mistakes have been made. … Continue reading

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Sex Abuse and Excuses in Latin America

NBC reviews recent problems in Latin America. Journalist Simeon Tegel lays a lot at the feet of “conservative” clergy south of the border. Is that fair? He does mention the wide range of ideological sympathies in Catholic clergy in many … Continue reading

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New Jersey Silence

What to make of the NJ bishops’ silence on same-sex marriage in their state? Rocco’s twitter feed suggests they’re laying low because of cover-up scandals. It’s not illogical to think so. Reader know I’m more of the mind of bolstering … Continue reading

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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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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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