Posts Tagged abuse allegations

Abuse whistleblowers renew request for Vatican inquiry of U.S. bishops / National Catholic Reporter

“Eight months without a reply, Catholic advocates for survivors of clergy sexual abuse have hit resend on their request for a Vatican investigation into the abuse policies of U.S. bishops.”

The Catholic Whistleblowers mailed a second letter Sept. 1 to the Vatican’s Congregation for Bishops, addressed to its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Canada.

“The brief one-page letter summarizes and refers back to another letter the advocacy group sent at the beginning of the year. That first letter raised concerns that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops was not fully implementing its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests, and as a result putting children and communities at risk while also creating scandal in the church.

“Specifically, Catholic Whistleblowers argues the conference and its bishops have not reported all appropriate abuse allegations to the Vatican’s Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and lack a mechanism to assure bishops pass such cases to the congregation at all.”

By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Getting to the crux of why Catholicism matters / The Boston Globe

Among the things New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan would like to see Pope Francis do: “Providing ‘more precision … about putting some teeth’ into accountability for bishops who drop the ball on abuse allegations, beyond simply ‘spiritual and fraternal solutions,'” quoted from column linked below.

Getting to the crux of why Catholicism matters

The Boston Globe’s John L. Allen, Jr., associate editor for Catholic news, rounds up his notes on all things Catholic over the past week, including commentary on what Pope Francis’ recent bishop appointments might mean and a preview of an interview with New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan, to be published at length later, on fighting sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Click here to read Allen’s column.

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Archbishop, under fire over abuse, apologizes but says he won’t resign

The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis, under fire for the way his diocese has dealt with sexually abusive priests, apologized Wednesday (July 30) for his conduct but rejected calls for his resignation.

“The archbishop, John C. Nienstedt, acknowledged errors in his diocese’s response to abuse allegations, writing in a column for the diocesan newspaper that ‘it is very clear that we did not handle all complaints the way we should have in the past’ and that he had only recently removed from ministry several priests accused of abuse.”

By Michael Paulson, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story.

Also, “Twin Cities Archbishop Nienstedt vows to ‘continue serving as I have been called to do,'” By Brian Roewe, National Catholic Reporter– Click here to read this story.

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Scandal Reaches Heavily Catholic Puerto Rico / Associated Press

First, the Catholic Church announced it had defrocked six priests accused of sex abuse in the Puerto Rican town of Arecibo. Then, local prosecutors disclosed that at least 11 other priests on the island were under investigation for similar accusations.

“Now, as U.S. authorities acknowledge that they, too, are looking into abuse allegations by priests on this devoutly Catholic island, many are reeling from revelations of abuse involving some of the U.S. territory’s most beloved clerics.”

By Danica Coto, Associated Press on Federal News Radio — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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