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.”

Turning to the Lord

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

Bishop Vásquez, Chairman of the U.S. Bishops’ Committee on Migration Releases Statement on the Setting of the U.S. Refugee Limit for the Year 2019


September 18, 2018

WASHINGTON—The United States Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo, announced yesterday that the Administration will set the Presidential Determination, the level of refugees allowed into the United States, at 30,000 refugees for 2019.  This is the lowest number set in the history of the U.S. refugee admissions program which was formally created in 1980.

Most Reverend Joe S. Vásquez, Bishop of Austin, Texas, Chair of the of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Committee on Migration, issued the following statement:

Cardinal O'Malley and Pope Francis celebrating mass in 2016, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican (CNS Photo/ Paul Haring)

Pope to meet with Cardinal O'Malley, USCCB Officers, as abuse crisis continues

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced.

Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of the USCCB, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the conference, also will participate in the meeting, said Greg Burke, director of the Vatican press office.

Cardinal O'Malley

Clear response to abuse crisis is urgently needed, Cardinal O'Malley says


VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Responding quickly and appropriately to the problem of abuse must be a priority for the Catholic Church, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, president of the Vatican's Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.

"Recent events in the church have us all focused on the urgent need for a clear response on the part of the church for the sexual abuse of minors" and vulnerable adults, he told Vatican News Sept. 9.