The Catholic University of America is a flagship of the Church, but with newly restrictive conservative values and shadowy billionaire backers, Michael Sean Winters asks if it is losing sight of its original purpose
One week after New York state enacted new abortion laws, permitting late-term abortions with the consent of one, instead of three, doctors, and for virtually any reason, a similar proposal in Virginia was defeated in the commonwealth’s legislature.
Bishop Roger Foys of Covington, Kentucky apologised to students at Covington Catholic high school for earlier criticism of the students’ behaviour during a confrontation with a Native American activist at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C.
The annual March for Life in Washington, D.C. was more muted this year as the Catholic Church, which supplies the vast majority of the marchers, continues to lick its wounds from the re-emergence of the clergy sexual abuse scandal last year, writes Michael Sean Winters.
The unfolding clergy sex-abuse scandal in the US widened last week, with a joint raid by federal, state and local police on the office of Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the US bishops’ conference and Archbishop of Galveston-Houston, writes Michael Sean Winters.
The US bishops’ conference concluded its autumn plenary last week divided and disheartened. After a summer of intense focus on their mishandling of clergy sex abuse issues, they fumbled any attempt to demonstrate a reason the people in the pews should trust them to lead the ecclesial community.
As the US bishops prepare for their 13-14 November plenary meeting in Baltimore, the issue of clerical sex abuse continues to dominate media coverage, as the leadership of the Church struggles to get its house in order.
US Attorney William McSwain sent a letter to Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the US bishops’ conference, for transmission to all the bishops in the country, ordering them to “not destroy, discard, dispose of, delete, or alter any of the described documents” as he investigates “possible violations of federal law.”
The Administrative Committee of the U.S. bishops’ conference met last week “at this time of shame and sorrow” and announced efforts to confront the clergy sex abuse crisis that returned to the forefront of Church life in the U.S. this summer. The committee consists of the chairs of all conference committees as well as regional representatives, about 35 bishops in all
Following the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s report last month, attorneys general in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico and Illinois announced that they were opening investigations into clergy sex abuse.
The head of the United States bishops’ conference has promised resolve in the face of what he termed “a moral catastrophe”, after the publication in Pennsylvania of a grand jury report detailing hundreds of cases of sexual abuse by priests against children in six dioceses over more than seven decades.