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Disclosure of Systemic Coverup and Additional Sexual Abuse of Children in Chicago Archdiocese

And so begins the disclosure of systemic coverup and additional sexual abuse of children in the Chicago Archdiocese, along with the excuses or minimizing of current hierarchical officials, some of whom are complicit in the pattern of coverup. Will this be another round of ho-hum responses by people in the pews, or might they wake up to what one survivor told Pope Benedict was a cancer in the body of the Church.  But for the courage of survivors and the legal advocacy on their behalf, the Church hierarchy in Chicago and around the world would be spinning the same denials as they have been for the last 12 years. — Bill Casey, former Voice of the Faithful® Board of Trustees Chair

“Thousands of pages of secret church documents released Tuesday (Jan. 21) as part of a court settlement provide an unprecedented and gut-wrenching look at how the Archdiocese of Chicago for years failed to protect children from abusive priests.

“The documents provide new details and insights into how the nation’s third-largest archdiocese quietly shuttled accused priests from parish to parish and failed to notify police of child abuse allegations. The paper trail, going back decades, also portrays painfully slow progress toward reform, accountability and openness.” By Manya Brachear Pashman, Christy Gutowski and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune

Click here to read the rest of this article, “New Abuse Documents Detail Chicago Archdiocese Missteps.”

“After a 13-year-old boy reported in 1979 that a priest raped and threatened him at gunpoint to keep quiet, the Archdiocese of Chicago assured the boy’s parents that, although the cleric avoided prosecution, he would receive treatment and have no further contact with minors.

“But the Rev. William Cloutier, who already had been accused of molesting other children, was returned to ministry a year later and went on to abuse again before he resigned in 1993, two years after the boy’s parents filed a lawsuit. Officials took no action against Cloutier over his earliest transgressions because he “sounded repentant,” according to internal archdiocese documents released Tuesday (Jan. 21) that show how the archdiocese tried to contain a mounting scandal over child sexual abuse.” By Tammy Webber, Associated Press, in Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Click here to read the rest of this article, “Chicago Archdiocese Hid Decades of Child Abuse.”

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Making a Case for Women Deacons

In April, the president of Germany’s bishops’ conference called for establishing an office for female deacons. The bishop of Regensburg responded that the “the office of bishop and deacon is inseparably bound to priest and bishop” and “the tradition that only men may be ordained is based on the Bible.” Gerald O’Collins, writing in The Tablet, has responded:

Bishop Voderholzer (of Regensburg) seems to have overlooked not only a document co-authored by his predecessor in Regensburg, Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Müller (now Archbishop Müller and prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith), but also an addition to the canon law of the Western Church made by Pope Benedict XVI.

Read O’Collins’ entire article, Unlock the Door: The Case for Women in the Diaconate, by clicking here and click on this title, Women Deacons: How Long Will It Take for the Catholic Church to Open this Door, to read a paper commissioned by Voice of the Faithful® and promulgated during VOTF’s 10th Year Conference in Boston last September.

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Pope Upholds Reprimand of American Nuns’ Group / The New York Times

Pope Francis has reaffirmed the reprimand of American nuns issued by his predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, and endorsed the plan to have three bishops supervise an overhaul of the nation’s largest umbrella group of American nuns.” By Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times

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Could a New Pope Bring Spring to the Vatican?

A Vatican Spring

The Arab Spring has shaken a whole series of autocratic regimes. With the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, might not something like that be possible in the Roman Catholic Church as well — a Vatican Spring?” By Hans Kung, Op-Ed Contributor, The New York Times, professor emeritus of ecumenical theology at the University of Tübingen and the author of the forthcoming book “Can the Church Still Be Saved?”

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