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

Crux: English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops

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English cardinal begs forgiveness for ‘hurt, damage, and mistrust’ caused by bishops Charles Collins Sep 9, 2018 LIVERPOOL – Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster asked God for forgiveness for the actions of his fellow bishops on Saturday during the largest ecclesial event in England in nearly a decade. Nichols, who heads the bishops’ conference for England and Wales, acknowledged the failings of “my fellow bishops” – which he said “are there for all to see” – during the second day of the Adoremus Eucharistic Congress taking place in Liverpool. “We come before [Jesus] knowing our failings, sensing anger in many hearts, knowing the face of evil in our midst,” the cardinal said. “As bishops we are bound to each other, as one of this college of bishops I come before the Lord with little to offer, only to ask for a share in his new life. I come as a …

The Sacramento Bee: You’re still surprised by pedophile priests? Here’s how to stop them

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You’re still surprised by pedophile priests? Here’s how to stop them BY MARCOS BRETÓN September 09, 2018 12:00 AM Since he became the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Sacramento a decade ago, Jaime Soto has chosen to remove priests accused of pedophilia or misconduct. This is in contrast to shielding them, as other bishops have in now-infamous coverups of child abuse being investigated by law enforcement authorities in several states. Soto learned. The question is, has the rest of the church? https://www.sacbee.com/news/local/news-columns-blogs/marcos-breton/article217999735.html  

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 …

Vatican News: Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’

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Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful not to “remain deaf and dumb” in the face of the suffering of people marked by disease, anguish and difficulties. He was addressing the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer. By Linda Bordoni Sept 9, 2018 Pope Francis drew inspiration on Sunday from the Gospel reading of the day to invite all Christians not to turn away from the suffering of their brothers and sisters. Speaking during the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on the episode that tells of Jesus’ miraculous healing of a deaf and dumb man. Do good without ostentation Pointing out that Jesus always “acts with discretion” as he “does not want to impress people, he is not looking for popularity or success, he just wants to do good …

First Things: THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM

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THE IMPERATIVE OF THE IMPERIUM by Shawn R. Tribe 9 . 10 . 18 In “The End of the Imperial Episcopate,” Fr. Jay Scott Newman speculates about the Church’s current situation. One of his premises is that many bishops have become too much like distant managers and administrators, and that this has contributed to today’s problems. He also suggests “the clerical culture in which bishops and priests live is in many ways diseased and deformed, requiring renewal.” I fully agree with Newman on these points. We do not need politicians and administrators. We need bishops who act like bishops: teaching, shepherding, and, when necessary, disciplining like bishops. We need priests who don’t act like camp counselors, committee chairmen, facilitators, or socialites; we need priests who focus on their priestly, liturgical, and sacramental mission. Further, we need religious who remain faithful to the particular charisms of their founders instead of behaving …

The Weekly Standard: What Francis Knew

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What Francis Knew MARK HEMINGWAY Sept 8th, 2018 Conservatives pounce, the media fiddles. In 2016, after the film Spotlight—which portrayed a group of Boston Globe reporters who uncover a sex-abuse scandal covered-up by the Catholic Church—won the Academy Award for best picture, a cultural commentator praised the movie on the Vatican website. The Globe reporters, wrote Luca Pellegrini, “made themselves examples of their most pure vocation, that of finding the facts, verifying sources, and making themselves—for the good of the community and of a city—paladins of the need for justice.” Two years later, as a far worse abuse scandal unfolds in the church—a scandal that may involve the pope himself—the Vatican is silent and the paladins of the news media seem eager to ignore the whole thing. https://www.weeklystandard.com/mark-hemingway/what-francis-knew

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Boston Globe: Retired N.J. priest says his complaints were dismissed by Boston Archdiocese

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Retired N.J. priest says his complaints were dismissed by Boston Archdiocese By Brian MacQuarrie GLOBE STAFF SEPTEMBER 08, 2018 A retired Roman Catholic monsignor says that his efforts to report accusations of clergy sexual misconduct to Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley were rebuffed by the prelate’s secretary, the second reported instance of such allegations running into a dead end in the cardinal’s office. Monsignor Kenneth Lasch of Pompton Plains, N.J., told the Globe that the Rev. Robert Kickham, the cardinal’s secretary, “dismissed” his written concerns in January that a current priest in the Diocese of Paterson, N.J., allegedly had seduced an 18-year-old man from Lasch’s parish in the mid-1980s. “The first letter I received back from Father Kickham was dismissive,” said Lasch, who has advocated for victims of clerical sexual abuse for more than 30 years. “I think the secretary should have made an appointment for me with the cardinal.” https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/09/08/retired-priest-says-his-complaints-were-dismissed-boston-archdiocese/TvHKhwpVj6yVrC6eUkfZlJ/story.html

Crux Article: Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it

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Pope tells bishops to fight abuse, culture behind it Nicole Winfield Sep 8, 2018 ROME – Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy. Francis cited his recent letter about combatting abuse during an audience with 74 new bishops from 34 developing countries. The bishops were in Rome for training this week. Their seminar took place during a crisis for the pope: A former papal diplomat has alleged Francis covered up for a now-former U.S. cardinal who was accused of sexually molesting children and adult seminarians. Francis has ignored calls from clergy and ordinary faithful to respond directly to the claims, saying there were times when “silence and prayer” were the best response. https://cruxnow.com/vatican/2018/09/08/pope-tells-bishops-to-fight-abuse-culture-behind-it/

National Catholic Reporter: Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis

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Companion letters ask pope for answers on abuse crisis Sep 7, 2018 by Mark Pattison, WASHINGTON — A pair of open letters to Pope Francis asking him for answers to charges of cover-ups by him and others over abuse allegations against retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick of Washington were sponsored by the Catholic Women’s Forum, a project of the Ethics and Public Policy Center, a Washington-based think tank. The prologue to one of the letters declares, “This letter reflects the personal initiative of the individual Catholic women signing this letter, and is not sponsored by any group or organization.” The letter and invitations to sign it, though, are posted on the Catholic Women’s Forum’s website. The first letter, titled “Letter to Pope Francis from Catholic Women,” is dated Aug. 30, four days after publication of an 11-page letter by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the former Vatican nuncio to the United States, …