New Jersey Real Time News: N.J. hotline to report priest sex abuse overwhelmed by number of callers

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N.J. hotline to report priest sex abuse overwhelmed by number of callers Updated Sep 14; Posted Sep 14 By Ted Sherman A New Jersey hotline set up to report abuse by priests has had no shortage of callers who have stories of alleged abuse to tell, officials say. A week after the state Attorney General’s office launched a special task force to investigate allegations of sexual abuse within the Catholic dioceses of New Jersey, a dedicated call-in center to allow victims to speak with investigators has been all but overwhelmed. “The hotline has been receiving a high volume of calls — such that additional staff was assigned to receive calls — and some of the calls are reporting multiple victims of abuse,” acknowledged Peter Aseltine, a spokesman for the Division of Criminal Justice. https://www.nj.com/news/index.ssf/2018/09/a_lot_of_people_have_something_to_say_about_sex_ab.html

Chicago Sun Times: Bishop Goedert who didn’t alert police on abuser-priests is living at cardinal’s mansion

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Bishop who didn’t alert police on abuser-priests is living at cardinal’s mansion 09/07/2018, 05:30am When word began to spread in 1989 that Vincent McCaffrey, a Chicago-area Catholic priest, had been accused of molesting children, a top church official expressed concern — about word getting out. “Unfortunately, one of the key parishioners . . . received an anonymous phone call which made reference by name to Vince and alleged misconduct on his part with young boys,” the Rev. Raymond Goedert wrote to then-Cardinal Joseph Bernardin. “We all agreed that the best thing would be for Vince to move,” Goedert wrote, according to documents released as part of a court settlement. “We don’t know if the anonymous caller will strike again.” In 2003, McCaffrey was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for possession and receipt of child pornography. Though never charged with sexually abusing kids, McCaffrey admitted during the court case …

National Catholic Register: Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis

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Extraordinary Synod on Clerical Life Proposed to Address Abuse Crisis But some Church analysts suggest there are more effective ways to facilitate immediate action. Stephen Beale SEP. 7, 2018 Three bishops — one in England and two in the United States — are calling for Pope Francis to convene an extraordinary synod of bishops on the life and ministry of clergy to deal with the sex abuse crisis. The idea has drawn support from some Church analysts who spoke with the Register, but others caution that there might be better alternatives. Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England, published an Aug. 22 letter he wrote to the Holy Father calling for an extraordinary synod on the life and ministry of the clergy. Noting the sexual abuse scandals in Chile, Australia, Ireland and in England, Bishop Egan said he wanted to offer “a constructive suggestion.” “I suggest the Synod be devoted to …