(RNS) A priest with a troubled past in Pennsylvania who resurfaced in Paraguay was “recommended by some cardinals with roles in the Vatican,” including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who was elected as Pope Benedict XVI in 2005.
Articles tagged “clergy sex abuse”
(RNS) “I broke the law and violated the trust of others,” Monsignor Edward Arsenault wrote. “I am prepared to accept the consequences for having done so, to make restitution and to face the penalty for having committed these crimes.”
(RNS) This week’s court decision that freed a senior cleric in Philadelphia who had been jailed for shielding an abusive priest was a symbolic setback for victims’ advocates but one with a substantial, and discouraging, message for their cause: None of the churchmen implicated in cover-ups during the worst decades of abuse will likely ever face charges.
(RNS) Minnesota Archbishop John Nienstedt, who has come under fire for failing to take action against priests suspected of sexual abuse, announced Tuesday that he is stepping aside while police investigate an accusation that he inappropriately touched a boy on the buttocks during a group photo after a 2009 confirmation ceremony.
NEW YORK (RNS) The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a prominent author and speaker who is especially popular with conservative Catholics and bishops, has sparked outrage by saying that priests who sexually abuse children “on their first offense” should not go to jail. He added that in “a lot of cases” the child is “the seducer.” By David Gibson and Daniel Burke.
(RNS) The advice columnist for the online magazine Slate has said that a famed Jesuit priest and onetime Democratic congressman, the Rev. Robert Drinan, who died in 2007, tried to kiss and fondle her in the 1970s when she was 18 or 19 years old. By David Gibson.
NEW YORK (RNS) Cardinal Timothy Dolan loves to play up his Irish roots, but he may want to steer clear of the old sod for a while given the Irish bishops’ sharp rejection of Dolan’s scathing verdict on the orthodoxy of Ireland’s leading seminary. By David Gibson
(RNS) Assessing a decade of efforts by the Catholic hierarchy to defuse the clergy abuse scandal, the leader of a lay review board on Wednesday (June 13) warned the bishops that they must start to follow their own policies against child sexual abuse if they are to have any hope of restoring their fragile credibility. By David Gibson.
(RNS) Ten years after the clergy sex abuse scandal brought the Catholic Church to its knees, there's still no way to hold bishops accountable for their mistakes. Here's why, and why little is likely to change. By David Gibson.