(RNS) The so-called “Francis effect” may be real, at least when it comes to clerical housing, and could be coming to a church near you. Here are some of the latest controversies over clerical lifestyles.
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RUTHERFORD, N.J. (RNS) Monsignor Peter Cheplic is one of at least seven alleged sexual predators quietly placed in a Rutherford retirement home for priests in the past 15 years — on the same block as a Catholic grade school. This is hardly an isolated case: Across the country, clerics who have been removed from ministry are being housed by dioceses in neighborhoods teeming with children, and residents rarely know about their presence.
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Embattled Archbishop John J. Myers, under fire for his handling of abusive priests, lashed out at his critics, saying “God will surely address them in due time.”
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Monsignor John Doran is among the highest-ranking Roman Catholic officials in the country to be demoted over the handling of a priest accused of sexual abuse, observers say.
(RNS) Even as an annual review this week gave Catholic bishops high marks on sex abuse prevention policies, officials with the church’s oversight agencies expressed serious concerns about “recent high-profile failings” in several dioceses.
COLTS NECK, N.J. (RNS) The “body count” is now up to four, including the pastor and two youth ministers who allowed an accused priest continued access to children. The accused priest’s archbishop, meanwhile, remains in office.