Pope’s new sex abuse rules are a revolution for the Church (America Magazine)

Kurt Martens, ordinary professor of canon law at The Catholic University of America School of Canon Law and the editor of The Jurist, explains the significance of Pope Francis’ new… Read More

Faced with an Ongoing Sexual-Abuse Crisis, What Are Catholic Parents to Do? (The Atlantic)

By Julie Beck and Ashley Fetters- A look at the abuse crisis from the point of view of Catholic parents, including well-known Catholic moms who blog. One mom describes the… Read More

Analysis: What’s next for Cardinal Pell? (CNA)

By Ed Condon- This is an analysis of Cardinal Pell’s conviction of five counts of sexual abuse of minors and subsequent sentencing to six years in prison. Pell has maintained… Read More

Archdiocese to set up reporting system for abuse by top church officials (Boston Globe)

By Michael Levenson and Martin Finucane- This article reports on Cardinal O’Malley’s move to establish a third-party reporting system for abuse allegations against bishops in the Archdiocese of Boston. He… Read More

French cardinal to resign after conviction for failing to report abuse (CNA)

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, Archbishop of Lyon, was convicted on March 7, 2019 of failing to report allegations of sexual abuse to the proper authorities. His sentence of six months imprisonment… Read More

As Pope Francis hosts summit on abuse, a N.J. priest speaks publicly about how McCarrick allegedly ruined his life (Washington Post)

By Michelle Boorstein- The account of a priest, previously silent, who was abused by McCarrick. Rev. Lauro Sedlmayer says that he told three bishops about the abuse, but nothing was… Read More

Obstinate Misdiagnosis (First Things)

By Mary Rice Hasson- The leader of the Catholic Women’s Forum writes on the mistake she perceives of the Vatican’s focusing on a class of victims (minors) rather than the… Read More

Celibacy: The Answer, Not the Problem (First Things)

By Carter Griffin- This essay, from a priest engaged in the formation of men for the priesthood, explains the importance of defining the current problems clearly, rather than scapegoating celibacy… Read More

McCarrick Abuse Trial: A CNA Timeline

By Michelle La Rosa- A handy reference timeline chronicling the canonical process that ended in McCarrick’s laicization. It covers June 20, the announcement from the Archdiocese of New York to… Read More

The Case of Theodore McCarrick: A Failure of Fraternal Correction (Commonweal)

By Boniface Ramsey- A priest who heard many rumors of McCarrick’s behavior while working at a seminary, Fr. Ramsey wrote to the nuncio (Archbishop Gabriel Montalvo) in 2000 to report… Read More

Why does the Catholic church keep failing on sexual abuse? (The Atlantic)

By Emma Green- This profile of Cardinal Sean O’Malley that appeared in The Atlantic sets up the various challenges reformers in the Church face on the issue of sexual abuse… Read More

What the Army can teach the Catholic Church about responding to sexual abuse (America)

By James M. Dubik- Drawing from his thirty-seven-year career in the U.S. Army, Dubik explains why leadership saying, “Just trust us” will not work as a response to this crisis.… Read More