On fifth anniversary of publication of Murphy report, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin reflects / The Irish Times

The fifth anniversary of the publication of the Murphy Report on the management, by both Church and State organizations, of allegations of the sexual abuse of children by priests working in the Archdiocese of Dublin, brings back to me the horror of the revelations that the report contains.

“Inevitably, my first reaction is to remember and recognize the horrible abuse that children experienced, which has left them with wounds and hurts in their lives which still remain today. The second reaction is to note how their hurt was in many cases made worse by the inadequacies of the responses of Church leaders and of the HSE and Garda Síochána.

“Looking back over these past five years, and over the years examined by the Murphy Commission, my thoughts have curiously been dominated in these days by one group, rarely mentioned, but who are real heroes of the abuse scandals: the mothers and fathers of children who had been abused who turned to the Church authorities, not with a reaction of hostility but simply with a passionate concern to ensure that no other child would have to endure what their child did.”

Commentary in The Irish Times — Click here to read the rest of this commentary.

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Top Vatican prosecutor failed to report abuser / The Boston Globe

A prominent American Jesuit recently named by Pope Francis to prosecute priests accused of sexually abusing minors under church law was himself one of several Catholic officials who allowed a notorious abusive priest to remain in ministry for years after learning of his long history of sexual abuses, legal documents show.

“The Rev. Robert J. Geisinger, named in September as the Vatican’s “promoter of justice,’’ was the second-highest-ranking official among the Chicago Jesuits in the 1990s when leaders were facing multiple abuse complaints against the Rev. Donald J. McGuire, a globe-trotting priest with many influential supporters, including Mother Teresa of Calcutta.

“But the Jesuits failed to notify police or take effective steps to prevent McGuire from continuing to molest minors.”

By Michael Rezendes, The Boston Globe — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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An open letter to Cardinal O’Malley / Cruxnow.com

Earlier today we posted Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s reflections on his “60 Minutes” interview that ran this past Sunday. We see that the leaders of the Women’s Ordination Conference have responded today on Cruxnow.com regarding women’s roles in the Roman Catholic Church.

An open letter to Cardinal O’Malley
By Erin Saiz Hanna and Kate McElwee, Co-Directors, Women’s Ordination Conference

In what has already become an infamous “60 Minutes” interview, you stated to Norah O’Donnell: ‘If I were founding a church, I’d love to have women priests. But Christ founded it, and what he has given us is something different.’

As women born well after Vatican II, we are constantly asked: ‘Why would any young, educated woman choose to stay in a Church that purposefully denies her equality?’ We stay because we believe that Jesus did give us ‘something different.’ Jesus gave us the Gospel message of equality and social justice, where all people are made in God’s image and welcomed at the table.”

 

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Reflections on my ’60 Minutes’ interview / The Boston Pilot

Reflections on my ’60 Minutes’ interview
By Cardinal Sean O’Malley, Archbishop of Boston, in The Boston Pilot

Last Sunday evening I was privileged to be featured on the CBS television program “60 Minutes,” which is actually three 20 minute segments. I was featured in segment two of the broadcast … From the beginning of the process I was aware that the questions would not be about the weather and the Red Sox. The program’s interviews include difficult questions that are often on many people’s minds.”

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Pope intervenes in Granada abuse case after alleged victim sends letter / El Pais

The Archbishop of Granada has removed 10 priests from their duties after they were accused of sexually abusing a young man when he was a minor. The case was reported directly to the Vatican by the alleged victim, prompting a personal response from Pope Francis, and is now being investigated by a Granada court.”

By Valme Cortes, El Pais — Click here to read the rest of this story.

Also of interest, “Letter to Pope uncovers pedophile network in Spain,” By Ines San Martin, Cruxnow.com

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Vatican’s new tone gains a voice in Chicago as Blase Cupich becomes archbishop / The New York Times

In Pope Francis’ most significant move yet to reshape the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States, Blase J. Cupich took his seat in Chicago on Tuesday as archbishop of the nation’s third-largest Catholic archdiocese and called on the church not to be afraid of change …

“‘We as a church should not fear leaving the security of familiar shores, the peacefulness of the mountaintop of our self-assuredness, but rather walk into the mess,’ Archbishop Cupich said in an upbeat and plain-spoken homily.

“With Archbishop Cupich now seated, Pope Francis gets a media-savvy American communicator in tune with his message of reinvigorating the church by stressing mercy over judgmentalism, change over stasis, and the imperative for all Catholics to go to the margins of society to serve the poor, migrants and those without hope. It is a message that not every bishop has enthusiastically embraced.”

By Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Cardinal O’Malley’s warning shot about Bishop Finn is just the start / The Washington Post

When Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley told ‘60 Minutes’ that Pope Francis was well aware of the need to hold Missouri Bishop Robert Finn accountable for shielding a suspected child abuser, it sounded like another bell tolling on Finn’s tenure, perhaps the loudest gong yet since Finn was convicted in 2012 …

“But even more important may have been O’Malley’s remarks about the Vatican creating a system for disciplining bishops — establishing a process of accountability that could be used for churchmen beyond low-hanging clerical fruit like Finn.

“’One of the first things that came up is the importance of accountability,’ O’Malley said, referring to his role as leader of the sex abuse commission that Francis set up a year ago. ‘We’re looking at how the church could have protocols of how to respond when a bishop has not been responsible for the protection of the children in his diocese.’”

By David Gibson, Religion News Service, in The Washington Post — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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