• Santa Fe prelate voices ‘sadness and shame’ over clerical sex abuse

    Santa Fe prelate voices ‘sadness and shame’ over clerical sex abuse

    • Oct 29, 2017

    Archbishop John C. Wester published an op-ed piece in The Albuquerque Journal on Sunday expressing “sadness and shame over the betrayal of trust” by clergy “who were supposed to love and protect our children,” and for the suffering of abuse survivors. He also said a series of panel discussions scheduled from Nov. 7 to Jan. 31 at five parishes will “promote further transparency and healing.”

  • Canonist warns Church oversight of troubled lay groups has ‘no teeth’

    Canonist warns Church oversight of troubled lay groups has ‘no teeth’

    • Aug 12, 2017

    Through the years the Vatican has developed strong rules and regulations to fight sex abuse in the clergy, but two recent sex abuse scandals in Catholic lay associations show that in these cases the Church is still very slow to respond and that often local bishops fail to exercise the necessary monitoring.

  • German abuse report ‘shocking’ and not the end, Church expert says

    German abuse report ‘shocking’ and not the end, Church expert says

    • Jul 28, 2017

    Jesuit Father Hans Zollner, a leading anti-abuse expert and a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, called a report documenting hundreds of cases of physical and sexual abuse at a German boys’ choir “shocking,” and warned that as the taboo lifts in other parts of the world, similar accounts are likely to keep emerging.