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Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

By CNA

Catholic News Service on Friday published a redacted version of a letter sent in 2006 from a high-ranking official of the Secretariat of State, which implicitly acknowledges receipt of allegations made against then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

The Oct. 11, 2006 letter obtained by CNS is from then-Archbishop Leonardo Sandri, who was Substitute of the Secretariat of State, to Fr. Boniface Ramsey, who had been on the faculty of Immaculate Conception Seminary in South Orange, N.J., from 1986 to 1996.

Sandri's…

How to talk to children about the Church sex abuse scandal

How to talk to children about the Church sex abuse scandal

By Christine Rousselle, CNA

When speaking to their children about sexual abuse scandals in the Church, parents should listen to their children’s concerns and be careful to not to make assumptions, experts told CNA.

When discussing the issue of abuse, "the first step is to be sensitive [to] the age and stage the child's in,” Dr. Gregory Popcak, founder and executive director of the Pastoral Solutions Institute, told CNA.

“Certainly, a kindergarten age child would not need to know as much as…

Vigano testimony receives mixed response from US bishops

Vigano testimony receives mixed response from US bishops

 By Mary Rezac, CNA/EWTN News

Multiple bishops have responded to a testimony published over the weekend by a former apostolic nuncio to the United States, which called for the resignation of Pope Francis and several cardinals and bishops, who are alleged to have covered-up of sexual abuse allegations against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

In the testimony, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, wrote that Benedict had “imposed on Cardinal McCarrick…

DiNardo calls for conclusive answers to questions raised by Vigan’s testimony

DiNardo calls for conclusive answers to questions raised by Vigan’s testimony

CNA/EWTN News

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, reaffirmed Monday the need for a “prompt and thorough examination” of questions surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

The Aug. 27 statement of the Archbishop of Galveston-Houston was in response to a letter released by Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, apostolic nuncio emeritus to the US, over the weekend.

The former apostolic nuncio’s 11-page written statement raised questions about the conduct and appointment of several U.S. cardinals and bishops, including Cardinal…

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

Ex-nuncio accuses Pope Francis of failing to act on McCarrick’s abuse reports

By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register

In an 11-page written testament, a former apostolic nuncio to the United States has accused several senior prelates of complicity in covering up Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s allegations of sexual abuse, and has claimed that Pope Francis knew about sanctions imposed on then-Cardinal McCarrick by Pope Benedict XVI but chose to repeal them.

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, 77, who served as apostolic nuncio in Washington D.C. from 2011 to 2016, wrote that in the late…

After grand jury report, new allegations raised in Pennsylvania

After grand jury report, new allegations raised in Pennsylvania

By JD Flynn, CNA

The Diocese of Pittsburgh has received about 50 new allegations of abuse, and a state abuse hotline has received more than 500 calls after the Aug. 14 release a Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing an investigation of sexual abuse in six dioceses, including Pittsburgh.

All of the allegations reported to the diocese “are from prior to 1990 and go back as far as the 1940s,” according to diocesan spokesman Rev. Nicholas Vaskov.

“We are taking all of them…

Why this man spent his last years caring for the dying

Why this man spent his last years caring for the dying

By CNA

By the time he passed away, death was familiar to Joe Doak.

Doak was a devout Catholic, and a veteran, who died July 29 at 96 years old. But before his own death, Doak had spent days and nights sitting beside dying men and women in a hospice, offering them a word of comfort and the encouragement of prayer.

In 2011 Doak became a vigil volunteer for Hope-West hospice in Grand Junction, Colorado. There, he would comfort the…

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

Safeguarding commission member: bishops’ role in crisis must be acknowledged

By Hannah Brockhaus, CNA/EWTN News

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have played in the crisis of clerical sex abuse must be made explicit if change is to take place.

In comments to CNA Aug. 21, Myriam Wijlens said the text of Francis’ letter on recent clerical abuse revelations “does not contain the words ‘bishop,’ ‘superior,’ and ‘leadership,’” though it was implied, but “necessary conversion requires that…

Catholic Relief Services aids victims of monsoon flooding in India

Catholic Relief Services aids victims of monsoon flooding in India

By CNA/EWTN News

Record flash floods and landslides in the southwest state of Kerala in India have left hundreds dead and thousands more displaced after August rains late in the monsoon season broke three dams and overflowed river banks.

International aid agency Catholic Relief Services (CRS) has said they are working with the government and other local agencies to quickly provide emergency aid to people most in need.

“People here have lost everything, including their cars, their keepsakes and their…

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