United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Pope Francis Accepts Resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl

October 12, 2018

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl from the pastoral governance of the Archdiocese of Washington.

The resignation was publicized in Washington, DC, October 12, 2018, by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

Cardinal Wuerl had presented his resignation almost three years ago, when he reached the retirement age for bishops of 75.

The Boston Pilot

Vatican Reviewing McCarrick Case, Vows to Pursue Truth No Matter What

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Promising a thorough review of how the Vatican handled allegations of sexual misconduct by former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the Vatican acknowledged that what happened may fall short of the procedures that are in place today.

"The Holy See is conscious that, from the examination of the facts and of the circumstances, it may emerge that choices were taken that would not be consonant with a contemporary approach to such issues. However, as Pope Francis has said: 'We will follow the path of truth wherever it may lead,'" the Vatican said in statement released Oct. 6.

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President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Welcomes Steps Holy See is Taking to Ensure Faithful are Protected from the Evil of Sexual Abuse

October 7, 2018

ROME—Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), is welcoming the recent announcement by the Holy See outlining steps to ensure the faithful are protected by the evil of sexual assault. 

Cardinal DiNardo’s full statement follows:  

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Chairman of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Committee on Pro-Life Activities Introduces Respect Life Month with Theme and New, Year-Round Resources

October 2, 2018

WASHINGTON— Cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan, Archbishop of New York and Chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities, issued a statement today for Respect Life Month. New resources have been developed around the theme “Every Life: Cherished, Chose, Sent” and are available at Respect Life Sunday is October 7.

Cardinal Dolan's full statement in English and Spanish follows:

“My dear friends in Christ:

The Boston Globe

Pope defrocks Chilean priest at center of abuse scandal

September 28, 2018

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has defrocked a Chilean priest who was a central character in the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his ‘‘supreme’’ authority to stiffen an earlier sentence because of the ‘‘exceptional amount of damage’’ the priest’s crimes had caused.

In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized 88-year-old Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned in 2011 to live a lifetime of ‘‘penance and prayer’’ for having sexually abused minors in the upscale Santiago parish he ran.

The Boston Pilot

On Plane, Pope Discusses Sex Abuse, Corruption of Cover-up, China pact

On: 9/25/2018,  By Cindy Wooden , In: World

ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT TO ROME (CNS) -- The Catholic Church has grown in its understanding of the horror of clerical sexual abuse and of the "corruption" of covering it up, Pope Francis said.

Returning to Rome from a trip Sept. 22-25 to the Baltic nations, Pope Francis was asked about his remarks to young people in Tallinn, Estonia, when he said young people are scandalized when they see the church fail to condemn abuse clearly.

Mark Wahlberg and Cradinal Sean O'Malley

Cardinal O’Malley tells priests to keep the faith despite the crisis facing the church

SEPTEMBER 20, 2018

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley acknowledged it’s a tough time to be a priest as he spoke to a record crowd at the 10th annual Celebration of the Priesthood dinner Tuesday night in Boston.

Before introducing keynote speaker actor Mark Wahlberg, O’Malley made a point to give a pep talk to the clergy gathered in the room as the church deals with the ongoing sex abuse crisis.

Debbie Rambo, President and CEO of Catholic Charities, Archdiocese of Boston

President & CEO of Catholic Charities Announces Upcoming Retirement

Deborah Kincade Rambo

Conclude 40-Year Career at Service Agency

BOSTON, Mass., September 20, 2018—The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Boston’s Board of Trustees today announced Deborah Kincade Rambo’s intention to retire after 40 years of service to the agency’s clients, including the last eight years as its president and chief executive officer. To ensure a smooth leadership transition, Ms. Rambo’s retirement will be effective the earlier of June 30, 2019 or upon the appointment of her successor.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority

September 19, 2018

WASHINGTON--The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee has issued the following statement today in response to the recent sex abuse scandals. In the statement, the bishops say they pledge to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us.”

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