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Benedict to His Defenders: You're Going Too Far

Pope emeritus says 'pain has turned to anger' and is affecting the church and his own legacy

(Newser) - Pope Benedict pledged to remain "hidden to the world" when he became pope emeritus and turned things over to Pope Francis, but some newly surfaced letters are changing that. In them, Benedict sends a message to those who prefer his more conservative leadership over Francis' relatively liberal style that... More »

'Egregious Incidences' of Sex Abuse Lead to $27.5M Payout

Judge found Brooklyn priests ignored signs of abuse

(Newser) - Four young men who were repeatedly raped by their catechism teacher have received one of the Catholic Church's biggest-ever settlements with abuse victims. The New York Diocese of Brooklyn says the men, who were abused between the ages of 8 and 12 and are now ages 19 to 21,... More »

Pope, Tarnished Archbishop Have a Decision to Make

Cardinal Wuerl says his resignation is on the table

(Newser) - Since last month's grand jury report describing how the former archbishop of Pittsburgh reassigned priests accused of abusing children, Cardinal Donald Wuerl has had his name scrubbed from a school , been the subject of protests by Catholic schoolteachers, and faced calls from priests and parishioners to resign. Resignation is... More »

Every Catholic Diocese in New York Just Got a Subpoena

Attorney General is investigating how church handled reports of sexual abuse

(Newser) - Could the bombshell report about sexual abuse among Catholic priests in Pennsylvania lead to similar allegations in New York state? We'll know soon enough. State Attorney General Barbara Underwood has issued subpoenas to all eight dioceses in the state for information on how they handled reports of sexual abuse... More »

She Went to the Orphanage at 2. Horrible Things Followed

BuzzFeed News has the piece on the St. Joseph's Orphanage in Burlington, Vermont

(Newser) - In countries ranging from Canada to Ireland to Australia, the 20th-century abuses that took place in orphanages, oftentimes Catholic ones, have been exposed. But "no such reckoning has taken place" in America, writes Christine Kenneally for BuzzFeed News . "Even today the stories of the orphanages are rarely... More »

Bishop Won't Move Into $2.3M Silicon Valley Home After All

Bishop Patrick McGrath says he realized he 'erred in judgment in the purchase'

(Newser) - Bishop Patrick McGrath's retirement digs won't be as posh as initially planned . In response to the backlash that emerged after it was revealed the Diocese of San Jose in California had purchased for him a $2.3 million five-bedroom home in the city, the 73-year-old has now said... More »

Bishop Retiring in California to Live Alone in $2.3M Home

Bishop Patrick J. McGrath's new digs have 5 bedrooms

(Newser) - The Catholic Diocese of San Jose has purchased a five-bedroom, $2.3 million home in Silicon Valley for its retiring bishop despite the 640,000-member diocese's mission of charity and serving the poor. Bishop Patrick J. McGrath, 73, acknowledged in an interview with the Mercury News that he "... More »

Ex-Nuncio: Francis Knew, 'Should Resign With All of Them'

Vatican's ex-ambassador to US says pope knew as early as 2013, did nothing about McCarrick

(Newser) - While Pope Francis is facing down the Catholic Church's abuses in Ireland , a new accusation has sprung up, this time from the Vatican's own former ambassador to the United States: In an 11-page statement the National Catholic Register calls "extraordinary," Carlo Maria Vigano says that Francis... More »

A Priest Had Just Finished Praying. Then, an Ambush

Attack on Indiana priest Basil John Hutsko being investigated as hate crime

(Newser) - A "hardworking" Indiana priest said by a colleague to rise before dawn every day to help his community may have been the object of a hate crime, and the FBI is now investigating. Merrillville Police rep Jeff Rice tells the Chicago Tribune that 64-year-old Basil John Hutsko is "... More »

Amid Pa. Wave of Predator Priests, a New Cleric Is Charged

Allentown priest Kevin Lonergan allegedly sent nude pics to teen on Snapchat, groped her

(Newser) - More than 300 "predator priests" were recently identified by a grand jury report in Pennsylvania. Now, an unrelated case is bringing an Allentown priest into the headlines. Charges of indecent assault and corruption of a minor have been filed against 30-year-old Kevin Lonergan, who served in Allentown's Cathedral... More »

Accused of Molesting 3 Boys, Priest Is Nowhere to Be Found

Edmundo Paredes might've fled to Philippines

(Newser) - The Catholic Church has hired two private investigators to track down a former Dallas priest who disappeared months before sexual abuse allegations against him surfaced. Pastor at St. Cecilia Catholic Church in Oak Cliff for 27 years, Rev. Edmundo Paredes stands accused of molesting three boys in their midteens between... More »

Pope on Sex Abuse: We Abandoned 'the Little Ones'

Francis denounces Catholic Church's reaction to abusive priests

(Newser) - Pope Francis on Monday delivered a strong denunciation of the Catholic Church's response to abusive priests in language anyone could understand. "We showed no care for the little ones," the pope wrote in a letter to Catholics around the world, reports the AP . "We abandoned them.... More »

Vatican Responds to Damning Clergy Sex Abuse Report

Pope is on victims' side, spokesperson says

(Newser) - Two days after the release of the grand jury report on clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania's Catholic dioceses, the Vatican has responded, CNN reports. "Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame... More »

Boy Forced to Pose Naked on Cross: Clergy Sex Abuse Report

Hundreds of 'predator priests' named in grand jury report

(Newser) - A long-awaited grand jury report examining clergy sex abuse in Pennsylvania was released Tuesday, and it lists more than 300 "predator priests" accused of abusing more than 1,000 child victims over a period of seven decades. The almost 900-page report also has harsh words for Roman Catholic Church... More »

Pope Makes Big Doctrine Change on an 'Inhuman Recourse'

Francis says death penalty is always 'inadmissible'

(Newser) - Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday it's always "inadmissible" because it "attacks" the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican says Francis has approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church , the compilation of... More »

Catholic Diocese's Bold Move: Releasing and Erasing Names

71 people accused of child sex abuse in Harrisburg diocese named Wednesday

(Newser) - A Pennsylvania bishop made a bold move on Wednesday: He released the names of 71 people who PennLive reports have been "credibly accused" of sexually abusing children since 1947 in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg, which covers much of central Pennsylvania. But Bishop Ronald Gainer is also taking... More »

Pope Accepts Resignation of Disgraced Archbishop

Australian acknowledges 'growing level of hurt'

(Newser) - After repeatedly insisting that he would remain in his position until the appeals process was exhausted, the most senior Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of covering up sexual abuse has resigned. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was sentenced to 12 months of... More »

Priests Assault Nuns, Pressure Abortions: Report

AP probe finds a worldwide history of abuse

(Newser) - "It opened a great wound inside of me. I pretended it didn't happen." So says a nun who claims an Italian priest sexually assaulted her while she was confessing to him about 20 years ago in Bologna. A new AP investigation finds she's not alone: Religious... More »

Church Abuse Scandal Claims Highest-Ranking American Yet

Pope Francis accepts resignation of former DC archbishop Theodore McCarrick

(Newser) - The Catholic Church's sexual abuse scandal has just claimed its highest-ranking American church official. Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of 88-year-old Cardinal Theodore McCarrick while an investigation into multiple allegations of abuse continues, reports the AP . McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington, DC, had been removed from public... More »

Priest Tells Mourners to Take Casket, 'Get the Hell Out'

Incident occurred last Wednesday at St. Mary’s Church in Maryland

(Newser) - Mourners showed up at a DC-area Catholic Church last Wednesday to pay their final respects to Agnes Hicks—and ended up being told to "get the hell out of my church." The Washington Post reports on the "disturbing scene" captured on video at St. Mary’s Church... More »

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