December 21, 2002
Re "Catholic Church Must Lose the Psychobabble," Commentary, Dec. 17: George Weigel's analysis of the current sex abuse crisis sounds logical but doesn't match the facts. Is clerical sex abuse really just homosexual molestation? Tragically, priests and bishops have abused minors of both genders. To define the problem as clerical gays run amok reflects the homophobia of many Catholic Church leaders but not the facts. Was this crisis caused, as Weigel says, by weak, confused moral teaching and a lack of firm leadership on the part of the bishops?
December 19, 2002 |
Bishop Richard G. Lennon, chosen by Pope John Paul II to temporarily replace Cardinal Bernard Law as leader of the Archdiocese of Boston, on Wednesday called for a truce in clergy sexual abuse litigation so that talks can proceed toward a settlement with victims.
December 15, 2002 |
On a dismal morning here Saturday, the momentous transfer of power from Cardinal Bernard Law to a temporary overseer of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston was acknowledged in a prayerful entreaty as routine as rain. Standing in a chapel of the stately Cathedral of the Holy Cross, Father Robert Carr prayed for Pope John Paul II and "Richard, our bishop," referring to the Most Rev. Richard G. Lennon, who will head the archdiocese until a new archbishop is named.
December 5, 2002 |
The finance committee of the Boston Archdiocese authorized the church to pursue bankruptcy proceedings as a method of settling at least 450 sexual abuse lawsuits. Wednesday's vote by the 12-person group is the first step toward allowing the church to reorganize under Chapter 11 of the federal Bankruptcy Code. Such a filing would be the first by an archdiocese.
December 5, 2002 |
A longtime parishioner telephoned Father Walter Cuenin early Wednesday at Our Lady Help of Christians Church. After the latest disclosures about how the Roman Catholic archdiocese here covered up clerical sexual abuse for decades, she told her priest, she had no choice but to leave the church. Not the parish, she stressed. The faith.
December 4, 2002 |
Roman Catholic Church officials here overlooked for decades a range of abuses that included the molestation of girls preparing to become nuns, homosexual rape and drug use by priests with parish youth, according to confidential archdiocesan documents made public Tuesday. The records show that as recently as last year, bishops and archbishops in Boston consistently ignored parishioners' complaints while protecting priests and striving to minimize financial damage.
November 27, 2002 |
Roman Catholics from the lay reform group Voice of the Faithful met face-to-face with Cardinal Bernard Law for the first time Tuesday in an attempt to ease tensions that have simmered for months between the two sides. The cardinal, leader of the Boston Archdiocese, "squarely told us he was concerned about who we are and who we aspire to be," said Jim Post, president of the group.
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November 18, 2002 |
In adopting a final plan last week to deal with sexually abusive priests, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops seemed certain they had turned a corner on the debilitating scandal. But in parishes throughout Southern California on Sunday, many parishioners called it only the first step in a long road to recovery. "I don't think the church is past the worst of the scandal," said Kevin Kane, a parishioner for 15 years at St. Monica Church in Santa Monica.
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November 16, 2002 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops will spend the next two years debating whether to convene the U.S. church's first plenary council since 1884. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed this week to a rough timeline for calling a council. If called, the council would be open to all bishops, as well as to representatives of seminaries and colleges, priests and lay groups.
November 15, 2002 |
The Church of England lifted its ban on divorced people remarrying in church -- a move that could allow Prince Charles and Camilla Parker Bowles, both divorced, to wed. The church's governing body voted 308 to 110 to end the ban, but added that it should not turn into a free-for-all. Divorced people whose previous spouses are dead have always been allowed to remarry in church.