- Dec 14, 2019
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin has said an investigation into who knew what about ex-cardinal and ex-priest Theodore McCarrick and how he rose to power despite open rumors of sexual misconduct is ongoing, but he did not give a timeline of when to expect the findings.
Rocio Figueroa, a theologian and sexual abuse survivor, has published a study with some surprising findings: Namely, that Jesus was a victim of sexual abuse – a concept survivors who participated in the study said could be helpful for the Church, yet hard to swallow.
The head of the Italian bishops’ conference confirmed that sexual abuse will be “thoroughly addressed” in the final document of this month’s summit of bishops at the Vatican on young people.
While throngs of enthusiasts gathered for Pope Francis’s closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, across town papal critics held a rally and silent march in support of victims of clerical and institutional abuse in the Catholic Church, and to call for change.
Amid fears that after the Pennsylvania grand jury report the Church in the United States could face a fallout similar to what Ireland faced after the Murphy report went public in 2009, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago said the primary focus should be victims, not the Church’s reputation.
Cardinal Donald Wuerl this week withdrew as a keynote speaker from the World Meeting of Families after a Pennsylvania grand jury report found that he mishandled several abuse cases while serving as Bishop of Pittsburgh.