Cardinal Tobin, chairman of the bishops’ Committee on Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, calls Pope Francis’ Aug. 4 letter to priests around the world “a most welcome gift” in this “particularly difficult time for the church.”
Despite the slew of abuse allegations and cases surfacing within the Catholic Church, most U.S. adults actually do not think that sexual abuse of children is more common among Catholic priests and leadership than it is among any other adult groups.
Pope Francis has revised and clarified norms and procedures for holding bishops and religious superiors accountable in protecting minors as well as in protecting members of religious orders and seminarians from abuse.
The chrism Mass for the Diocese of St. Cloud was celebrated April 11 at St. Mary’s Cathedral. Blizzard conditions throughout the diocese prevented many people from attending. This is Bishop Donald Kettler’s homily from the Mass.
Peruvian Archbishop Jose Eguren Anselmi of Piura won a defamation lawsuit against against Peruvian journalist Pedro Salinas April 8, but bishops in the country in an unprecedented message said the church needs the help of journalists and survivors of clergy sex abuse to overcome the current crisis.
Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys.
Immigrant advocates have become increasingly concerned about the welfare of migrant children in detention, including reports the federal government has received thousands of complaints of sexual abuse of these minors.