Child & Youth Protection

Archbishop Lori with West Virginia’s faithful on ‘journey of healing, reconciliation and a hopeful future’

The goal of this investigation is to arrive at the truth and justice for the good of individuals involved and for the common good of the church we love,” Archbishop Lori said.
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Archbishop Lori’s Homily: 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time

The goal of this investigation is to arrive at the truth and justice for the good of individuals involved and for the common good of the Church we love. Please pray for an abundance of God’s wisdom that this process may proceed in a manner that is just, thorough, efficient, and above all, a source...
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After meeting pope, cardinal says he’s hopeful about addressing crisis

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston struck a determinedly hopeful tone after his long-awaited meeting with Pope Francis to discuss the growing sexual abuse crisis in the United States.
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Pope to convene world meeting on abuse prevention with bishops’ leaders

Pope Francis is calling the presidents of every Catholic bishops' conference in the world to Rome Feb. 21-24 to discuss the prevention of the abuse of minors and vulnerable adults.
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Archbishop Ganswein says abuse crisis is church’s 9/11

The concern of now-retired Pope Benedict XVI and the promises made by the majority of church leaders were not able to stop the evil of clerical sexual abuse, which has been the 9/11 of the Catholic Church, the retired pope's personal secretary said.
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Council of Cardinals expresses ‘full solidarity’ with pope

Members of Pope Francis' international Council of Cardinals expressed "full solidarity" with him in the midst of questions about his handling of the clerical sexual abuse scandal and said the Vatican is planning a response to allegations made against him by a former nuncio.
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Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service.
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Parishes, parishioners across Baltimore Archdiocese join day of prayer and fasting for reparation in abuse crisis

At least 33 parishes responded to Archbishop William E. Lori’s call to prayer and repentance for the healing of victims of sexual abuse and the healing of the church. The archbishop called for Masses and fasting Sept. 7 as a day of reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. 
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Archdiocese adds names of 10 priests in Pennsylvania report to local list of accused priests

As part of its ongoing commitment to accountability, the Archdiocese of Baltimore has added the names of 10 priests who were listed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report to its list of priests and religious credibly accused of child sexual abuse.
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Laity must have role in fighting clericalism, Vatican official says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Clericalism has led to a distorted view of authority that has contributed to the problems of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience affecting the Catholic Church, said the head of the Vatican’s clergy office. Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said the crisis facing the...
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Vigano, spokesmen dispute facts of contested pope meeting in Washington

Days after he called on Pope Francis to resign for allegedly ignoring sanctions placed on then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano provided his version of a meeting that, in the minds of many, changed the overall narrative of Pope Francis' visit to the United States in 2015.
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When hard conversations have to happen

For children's sake, for our church's sake, for the sake of our own souls, we cannot choose the easy way out and avoid what is difficult to say or do.
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