- May 15, 2021
When reports of then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s sexual misconduct surfaced in 2018, John Cavadini got to work. The director of the Notre Dame McGrath Institute for Church Life wanted to figure out a way to help ensure those guilty of sexual abuse or misconduct were held accountable in the future.
When coronavirus struck inside Europe’s largest diocesan seminary, it upended the intense educational routine and spurred soul-searching among the nearly 130 young men studying to become Catholic priests.
For some priests and seminarians, “women represent danger, but in reality, the true danger are those men who do not have a balanced relationship with women,” said Canadian Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.
Seminarians must have the “wisdom and grace” to making living through the COVID-19 pandemic a “fundamental element” of their priestly formation, according to the rector of the Royal English College of St. Alban in Valladolid.
An investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and alcohol abuse at a seminary run by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston did find some “inappropriate” sexual conduct but no evidence of criminal behavior or sexual activity between seminarians and faculty members.
Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone of San Francisco has named Father Daniel B. Donohoo as president-rector of St. Patrick’s Seminary & University and Father Anthony Stoeppel as vice rector.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles is pleading with Catholics not to walk away over the clerical sexual abuse crisis, but to stay and fight.
Seminarians at Rome’s Pontifical North American College say the clerical abuse scandals have forced them to focus on the roots of the priesthood.