New York faces liability for abusive teachers and others
Carolyn Moynihan | 29 Apr 2010
Well, well, well. Finally the New York Times has published a story about sexual abuse of children that is not about the Catholic Church. Or not mainly. The April 27 report, published in the New York Region section of the paper, is headed “Paying for the Sins of the Fathers, and of Others, Too.”
German bishop offers to resign over hitting children
Carolyn Moynihan | 23 Apr 2010
Every morning I receive in my inbox news headlines from Slate, an online magazine owned by the Washington Post blog. I don’t think there has been a day in the past week that the editors have not stoked the fire of the Catholic sex abuse scandal -- often by featuring the “abuse” story as the heading for search engines to pick up. This morning’s serving is No. 4 out of 12, “Leading Conservative Bishop Offers Resignation Amid Abuse Allegations”, which sounds juicy enough.
A cardinal, a letter, and a traditional High Mass
Carolyn Moynihan | 22 Apr 2010
The replacement of Cardinal Dario Castrillon Hoyos as chief celebrant at a traditional Latin Mass in Washington D.C. on April 24 has highlighted the controversy over a 2001 letter he wrote concerning a French priest who had sexually abused children.
Pope 'deeply moved' at meeting with abuse victims in Malta
Carolyn Moynihan | 19 Apr 2010
The Vatican has confirmed that Pope Benedict has had a meeting with Maltese victims of child abuse, in which he prayed for them and assured them the church is doing all in its power to investigate such allegations and to bring to justice those responsible for abuse.
Pope speaks of 'our sins' and need for penance
Carolyn Moynihan | 17 Apr 2010
“Pope breaks silence on sex abuse scandal” reported major media yesterday, despite the fact that he wrote a lengthy and public letter on the subject to Irish Catholics less than a month ago. The reference was to remarks made on Thursday during Mass at the Vatican.
Connecticut move could bankrupt Church, delay reporting of abuse
Carolyn Moynihan | 15 Apr 2010
Anti-Catholic forces in the US state of Connecticut are using the sex abuse scandal to advance their campaign. House Bill 5473 would eliminate the statute of limitations for civil law suits and open the Church to claims that are up to seven decades old -- clearly with the aim of bankrupting the Church.
Vatican publishes guide to abuse procedures
Carolyn Moynihan | 13 Apr 2010
Yesterday the Vatican website published a Guide to Understanding Basic CDF Procedures concerning Sexual Abuse Allegations “which may be helpful to lay persons and non-canonists”.
Vatican speaks on Kiesle case
Carolyn Moynihan | 13 Apr 2010
In response to the suggestion of an AP story on former Californian priest Stephen Kiesle that Cardinal Ratzinger as head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in the early 1980s wanted to cover up the priest’s abuse of minors, Vatican officials have now spoken on the facts of the case.
The decisive context of the Kiesle case
Carolyn Moynihan | 12 Apr 2010
Further to the case of the former San Francisco priest Stephen Kiesle: Phil Lawler of CatholicCulture.org and Fr Joseph Fessio of Ignatius Press clarify the issues in the context of the crisis of priestly dispensations and marriage annulments evident by 1980. Most important point: the Vatican was not being asked to deal with Fr Kiesle's sexual offences -- that had already been done by California courts and Kiesle's bishop. No, it was dealing with a request for dispensation from priestly celibacy.
Benedict’s head on a plate at last?
Carolyn Moynihan | 10 Apr 2010
The race is on to bring down the pope and the London Times is giving the New York Times a run for its money. Today the LT has a swathe of articles mainly concerned with an English priest and Benedictine monk, David Pearce, who was convicted last year for sex offences against teenage boys, but it throws in another American case dug up by Associated Press which involves Pope Benedict when, as Cardinal Ratzinger he was prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.