The Worthy Advisory: D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign

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D.C. Deacon Calls on Wuerl to Resign September 8, 2018 Joelle Casteix One of my dearest friends is a married deacon in the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. In his position, he attended to Cardinal Wuerl. But after the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report, he decided: No more. After James wrote and delivered the letter attached below, we talked. He told me that telling Cardinal Wuerl was one thing. But the statement meant little if he didn’t let the survivors know how he felt. So he’s letting me publish his letter on my blog. http://theworthyadversary.com/5002-d-c-deacon-calls-wuerl-resign

The Washington Post: Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign

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Catholic clergyman calls on Wuerl to resign, says he’ll refuse to participate in Mass with him By Julie Zauzmer September 9 at 6:00 AM A highly visible member of Washington’s Catholic clergy has made a dramatic declaration calling on Cardinal Donald Wuerl to resign, the latest blow to Washington’s embattled archbishop. Deacon James Garcia, in his role as a master of ceremonies at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in the District, has assisted Wuerl during major liturgies. But Garcia wrote in a letter to Wuerl, which the deacon published online Saturday, that he refuses to assist in any Mass led by Wuerl. Because deacons vow obedience to their bishop, it is a bold gesture. “The time for cowardice and self-preservation is long past. Victims cry out for justice and the faithful deserve shepherds who are not compromised. Apology and accompaniment are critical. But no amount of apology will suffice unless and until …

AP: New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe

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New York Catholic dioceses subpoenaed in sex abuse probe Associated Press reporter Michael Catalini contributed to this report from Trenton, New Jersey. ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York and New Jersey launched new investigations into the Roman Catholic Church’s handling of clergy sex abuse allegations Thursday as the number of similar inquiries around the country continues to grow. In New York, the state’s attorney general issued subpoenas to all eight of the state’s Catholic dioceses seeking any and all documents pertaining to allegations, findings from internal church investigations and payments to victims, according to a law enforcement source familiar with the investigation but not authorized to speak publicly. In New Jersey, state Attorney General Gurbir Grewal announced a new task force that will look at how abuse allegations were handled in the seven dioceses in that state. The investigations come three weeks after a grand jury report found rampant sexual …

CBS This Morning: New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual

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New Mexico AG launches investigation into allegations of Catholic clergy sexual CBS NEWS September 6, 2018, 11:58 PM In the latest inquiry into clergy sexual abuse allegations, New Mexico’s attorney general is launching an investigation and asking all three Catholic dioceses in his state for any material related to allegations of abuse by priests. It follows the scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report last month that revealed more than 300 Catholic priests in that state sexually abused more than 1,000 children over seven decades. The same report found a Pennsylvania bishop sent accused priests to New Mexico for treatment. Attorney General Hector Balderas called his state a “dumping ground” for abusers. “There are numerous, numerous families that are demanding justice. And so what I’m hoping for is that the church understand that they also have an obligation to seek justice by reconciling, providing information to a law enforcement agency,” Balderas told …

The Catholic World Report: Names of accused bishops scrubbed from Pennsylvania schools

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CWR:  Names of accused bishops scrubbed from Pennsylvania schools September 6, 2018 Harrisburg, Pa., Sep 6, 2018 / 04:32 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The names of accused clerics are being removed from the buildings of several colleges and high schools in Pennsylvania in the wake of the grand jury report detailing sex abuse cases in six dioceses in the state. The University of Scranton, a Jesuit school, announced last month that “with sympathy for and in solidarity with victims of sexual abuse,” the honorary degrees and names of campus buildings recognizing Bishops Jerome Hannan, J. Carroll McCormick, and James Timlin would be rescinded. “As documented in the report, these Bishops covered up the crimes and misdeeds of men who were under their jurisdiction and placed children in harm’s way,” President Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., said in a statement announcing the changes. https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2018/09/06/names-of-accused-bishops-scrubbed-from-pennsylvania-schools/

Omaha World-Herald: Nebraska attorney general asks 3 Catholic dioceses for 40 years of records on abuse allegations

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Nebraska attorney general asks 3 Catholic dioceses for 40 years of records on abuse allegations By Erin Grace / World-Herald columnist Sep 6, 2018 3 Open your files. This is the directive the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office has given to the state’s three Catholic dioceses. It comes in the wake of last month’s scathing grand jury report examining the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, where some 300 priests were found to have abused at least 1,000 minors over the past 70 years. Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson is not asking Catholic officials to go back that far in their records. He is asking for the past 40 years. In letters sent over the past several days to Omaha Archbishop George Lucas, Lincoln Bishop James Conley and Grand Island Bishop Joseph Hanefeldt, Peterson is requesting any information on claims of sexual exploitation — including incidents of child …

Il Sismografo Blog: Vaticano. The crisis in the Catholic Church is also an opportunity. Sexual abuse scandal is a chance to address leadership and management failures

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The crisis in the Catholic Church is also an opportunity. Sexual abuse scandal is a chance to address leadership and management failures (Geoffrey Boisi)  5 SETTEMBRE 2018 The Catholic Church faces a twofold crisis: sexual abuse and a breakdown of confidence in its leadership. Focusing solely on the former is folly. Both must be dealt with head on. In the US, and beyond, the Church is at a tipping point in its relationship with the laity. Many are beyond restless and impatient for tangible reforms. The moral catastrophe of the sexual abuse scandal was reinforced when a grand jury report found that more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania had been abused by more than 300 priests. Equally disturbing was the exposure of transgressions by the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, and accusations of a cover-up. But these are only the most recent events in a deepening crisis of trust. Both …

Archbishop Schnurr’s

Archbishop Schnurr’s Statement on Sexual Abuse Crisis

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Archbishop Schnurr’s Official Statement Dear Friends in Christ, Recently a Pennsylvania Grand Jury released a report detailing the names of 301 priests who sexually abused over 1,000 minors over a 70-year period in that state. This report, coupled with the recent revelations regarding the former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, shocks, saddens, and angers Catholics everywhere, including myself. The depth of depravity and evil described in these reports is stunning. No words can diminish the level of revulsion one feels at reading them. From the depths of my heart, I am sorry for the terrible pain and suffering experienced by the victims of abuse throughout their lives. I am sorry for the deep shame that Catholic lay people rightfully feel at the inexcusable behavior of certain cardinals, bishops, and priests, the emotional exhaustion of having to defend their faith to friends and co-workers, and the discouragement of having to relive a deep …

Timothy Dolan

Cardinal Dolan on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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August 15, 2018 Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Dear Member of the Family of the Archdiocese, Yesterday’s report of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury that investigated cases of the sexual abuse of minors committed by priests and deacons once again brought forward the pain and suffering of those who experienced that abuse, and the shameful way that those in positions of authority, including bishops, responded – or failed to respond – when informed of the abuse, and in many cases permitted it to continue and new victims to be harmed. I am sure that everyone, particularly victim-survivors and their families, but also the laity, good and faithful priests and deacons, and, yes, even bishops and cardinals, is feeling nauseous, hurt, and betrayed by the details contained in the report. Although the report focused on six dioceses in Pennsylvania, we have thus far found three clerics from this …

Statment by Bishop Robert J. Baker, Bishop of Birmingham in Alabama

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Statement by Bishop Robert J. Baker Regarding Recent Sex Scandal to the Clergy and Lay Faithful of the Diocese of Birmingham in Alabama My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, Little in this world can elicit a greater sense of visceral pain, righteous anger, staggering frustration, or paralyzing despair than the sudden unveiling of decades of serious, gut-wrenching betrayal by those in ordained ministry. From the moment a man is ordained a deacon, priest, or bishop, he stands in the person of Christ for the Church and the world. While no human is worthy of such a high calling, and without extraordinary holiness no man can fulfill his vocation to perfection, each is anointed for the sacred duty of faithfully celebrating the Sacraments and imitating the mystery they celebrate by modeling their lives on the sacrificial mystery of the cross of Jesus Christ. Yet again in recent weeks, the Church is …