Catholic News Agency: Vermont attorney general to investigate Catholic Church abuse

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Vermont attorney general to investigate Catholic Church abuse By Colin Meyn Sep 7 2018 Vermont Attorney General TJ Donovan will open an investigation into abuse within Vermont’s Catholic Church, including at the St. Joseph’s orphanage. The announcement comes days after BuzzFeed published a lengthy investigation into horrifying abuses at the Catholic-run facility in Burlington. Get all of VTDigger’s criminal justice news. You’ll never miss our courts and criminal justice coverage with our weekly headlines in your inbox. “We’ll do an investigation,” Donovan said in an interview Friday. “Certainly it will be about the allegations specifically about St. Joseph’s, but my sense is we will also look at some larger issues involved here.” He added that he would hold a press conference with other law enforcement officials next week to give further details about the investigation. “I think we will have more to say Monday morning, but obviously what’s in my …

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 …

On Sackcloth, Ashes and Staying Catholic During the Abuse Crisis

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BLOGS |  SEP. 4, 2018 On Sackcloth, Ashes and Staying Catholic During the Abuse Crisis The truth of Christ taught by the Church is not undone by the wickedness of some of his shepherds. ByTod Worner It is utterly detestable. Recently, we have seen the release of Pennsylvania’s sweeping grand jury report on decades-long, stomach-turning sexual abuse perpetrated by priests and covered up by numerous Church authorities. Before that, Washington’s Cardinal Theodore McCarrick resigned amid allegations of sexually abusing minors and seminarians over decades. The response by the Catholic faithful has been horror, by the victims has been a searing recall of wicked acts and by the Catholic Church, a mix of sincere contrition and, at times, tone-deaf defensive maneuvering. Hundreds of priests. Decades of abuse. Over one thousand children. In one state. A cardinal with a profound public platform flagrantly (and often indiscreetly) violating his oath of celibacy and preying …

Statement from the USCCB National Review Board

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WASHINGTON—The National Review Board (NRB) has issued the following in response to the release of the Pennsylvania Grand Jury report and recent allegations against Archbishop McCarrick. In the statement, the NRB calls for a lay-lead investigation into all allegations of sexual misconduct within the Church as well as strengthening  the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People.  Established in 2002, the purpose of the National Review Board is to work collaboratively with the Committee for the Protection of Children and Young People in preventing the sexual abuse of minors in the United States by persons in the service of the Church.

Archbishop Cordileone Statement on McCarrick and Grand Jury

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August 17, 2018 My Dear People of the Archdiocese of San Francisco, The recent reports of episcopal negligence and malfeasance in the face of clerical sexual abuse, coupled with some reports of bishops themselves guilty of sexual predation, have reopened old wounds and inflicted new ones on victims, their families, the Catholic faithful at large, and indeed, the larger society.  This has been further fueled by a spirit of raw ambition on the part of some, who will stop at nothing to advance their careers and climb the ecclesial corporate ladder over investing themselves in serving the people of God.  Such behavior on the part of Church leaders is despicable, reprehensible, and absolutely unbecoming of a man of God. I have emphasized this point to the seminarians of our Archdiocese in my recent summer meetings with them, and made it very clear that their vocation as diocesan priests is to …

Archbishop Chaput on the Grand Jury Report

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August 17, 2018 Archbishop Chaput’s Weekly Column: On Anger, Grief, and the Future This has been an ugly week: first for the survivors of sex abuse; second, for Catholics across the state; third, for the wider public.  For many, rage is the emotion of choice.  The latest grand jury report is a bitterly painful text.  But rage risks wounding the innocent along with the guilty, and it rarely accomplishes anything good. The Stoics believed that anger is never a healthy thing: It always involves an inhuman appetite to hurt others, and it always poisons the soul.  But this isn’t the Christian view.  The anger Jesus showed toward the Temple moneychangers, the Sadducees, and the Pharisees was not merely acceptable but right and good.  The anger Philadelphians felt toward the Archdiocese after the 2005 and 2011 grand jury reports was likewise well placed and justified. We’ve worked hard to remember the lessons of …

Update from Bishop Edward J. Burns on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

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Update from Bishop Edward J. Burns on Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Publish date: Wednesday, August 15, 2018 Brothers and Sisters in Christ, As you may know, I released a statement on Tuesday, August 14, regarding the Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report and the great concerns surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, former Cardinal of the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C. As a priest ordained for the Diocese of Pittsburg in 1983, I felt it was important to express my distress over the findings of the report. The Pennsylvania report was issued Tuesday afternoon and I have now had a chance to read more of it and would like to update you on what and who I know named in the report. Two of the priest offenders, Father Francis Pucci and Father John M. Bauer, were pastors whom I served under as a parochial vicar in their parishes. I was questioned years ago as part of …