December 14, 2002 |
He was friendly and approachable, looked like a Boston Irishman, and had the local ties that come with a Harvard degree. When Bernard Law became archbishop of Boston in 1984, he was immediately a favorite of local Roman Catholics. For his part, Law proclaimed: "After Boston, there's only heaven." Nearly 19 years later, Law has stepped down in disgrace, abandoned by priests under his charge and vilified by the public that once hailed him.
June 13, 2002 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops, gathering here to address the national storm of priestly sex scandals, faced vocal demands Wednesday to go beyond zero tolerance for abusive priests and discipline the leaders who cover the crimes up. Victim advocates held a private meeting and then an extraordinary joint appearance with bishops.
September 18, 2002 |
Leaders of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops are questioning the moral legitimacy of a war with Iraq and urged President Bush to "step back from the brink." In a letter Friday to the White House made public Tuesday, the 60-member Administrative Committee of the Roman Catholic bishops conference drew a sharp line between U.S. military action over the last year in Afghanistan and a preemptive war with Iraq.
November 18, 2004 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to join a new alliance that would be the broadest Christian group ever formed in the United States, linking American evangelicals and Catholics in an ecumenical organization for the first time. Separately, church leaders authorized a third round of annual audits of all U.S. dioceses to determine whether they complied with bishops' policies on preventing sex abuse by clergy.
February 13, 2004 |
Two weeks before Mel Gibson's anticipated "The Passion of the Christ" hits theaters on Ash Wednesday, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops took steps to reaffirm church teaching that Jews did not share collective responsibility for the death of Jesus.
June 8, 2002 |
Roman Catholic bishops on Friday revoked their invitation to a leading advocate for victims of clerical sexual abuse to address their convention, saying a lawsuit he joined against them created a legal barrier to discussion. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the lawsuit filed in Minnesota makes it impossible for them to hear from David Clohessy, who is the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
September 6, 2002 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that they have restructured their committee that drafts policies on how dioceses should discipline priests who molest children. Two panel members who were criticized heavily by victim advocates--Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, N.H., and Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn of Cleveland--have been removed and the eight-member panel has been expanded to 15. The expansion of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse was included in the reform plan the U.
June 10, 2005 |
The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual predators in the priesthood has climbed past $1 billion, according to tallies by American bishops and an Associated Press review of known settlements. And the figure is expected to rise, probably by tens of millions of dollars, because hundreds more claims are pending. Dioceses nationwide have spent at least $1.06 billion on settlements with victims, verdicts, legal fees, counseling and other expenses since 1950, Associated Press found.
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November 9, 2002 |
The nation's Catholic bishops need to revise their policies on sexual abuse and come clean about how many abusive priests are in each diocese, two liberal Catholic organizations said. One group, Call to Action, called on the bishops to disclose how many children have been abused by priests and how much each diocese has spent on legal settlements. "We want to galvanize Catholic laity to take responsibility for our church," said Call to Action spokeswoman Linda Pieczynski.