What the Bishop Zanchetta case tells us about Church leadership (Catholic World Report)

Christopher R. Altieri- This is a summary of the Zanchetta case right after the former vicar general, Father Juan José Manzano, came forward to say that the Vatican received information… Read More

[Cardinal] Wuerl Misread the Crisis; Pope Francis Need Not

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on how some prelates seemed to think that the 2018 crisis was about historic sexual abuse, rather than current mistrust in the honesty and… Read More

The PA grand-jury report: not what it seems (Commonweal)

By Peter Steinfels- The former editor of Commonweal and professor emeritus of Fordham University seriously contests one of the two charges of the Pennsylvania grand jury report that revealed the… Read More

Opus Dei paid $977,000 to settle sexual misconduct claim (The Washington Post)

By Michelle Boorstein- This article broke the story of the sexual misconduct of Rev. C. John McCloskey, who was a prominent Opus Dei priest who spent many years as the… Read More

Giving Due Process its Due

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the necessity of ensuring justice also for those accused of abuse. “Care for due process and the rule of law is as important… Read More

Pope Warns U.S. Bishops Against Disunity Over Sex Abuse (Wall Street Journal)

By Francis X. Rocca- Pope Francis sent a letter to the U.S. Bishops as they began their retreat at Mundelein; it focused on the evils of disunity. Rocca writes that… Read More

Vatican letter undermines US cardinal on abuse (Associated Press)

Nicole Winfield- The AP obtained a copy of Cardinal Marc Ouellet’s November 11, 2018 letter to the leadership of the USCCB which gives the reason for halting the proposed vote:… Read More

NY archdiocese issued suitability letter for priest under abuse investigation (CNA)

By Ed Condon- As an example of either carelessness or a lack of concern, the Archdiocese of New York sent a letter of suitability (stating that the priest is of… Read More

Piecemeal but Concrete Beginnings of Reform

Stephen White of Catholic University writes about the Holy Father’s acceptance of the resignation of auxiliary Bishop Salazar after alleged “misconduct with a minor.” “The Salazar case is a textbook… Read More

Jesuits sent abusive priests to retire on Gonzaga’s campus (Associated Press)

By Emily Schwing, Aaron Sankin, and Michael Corey- This investigative report about Jesuit abuse uncovered that the leadership of the Jesuits in the Oregon province had a longstanding pattern of… Read More

Advent and Reform

Stephen White of Catholic University reflects on the crisis of 2018 in light of the Advent season. “Christian realism isn’t naivete; it’s the farthest thing from it. And (in another… Read More

Facing the flock (The Washington Post)

By Terrence McCoy- This is a “deep dive” with Fr. Brian Christensen, a pastor in Rapid City, SD whose assistant priest was imprisoned for sexual abuse of a minor. It follows… Read More