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Spineless Bishops Unable to Pass Simple Resolution Calling for Release of McCarrick Documents

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On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops’ conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and […]

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Disgraced Bishop Timlin Defies Diocese, Attends USCCB Fall Conference

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A retired Scranton bishop who allegedly helped cover up decades of sex abuse cases defied the diocese and attended a national Catholic conference at which U.S. bishops were considering new steps to address the abuse crisis in the American church. Bishop Emeritus James Timlin, permanently banned from representing the diocese, attended the U.S. Conference of […]

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The Bishops Go Bust in Baltimore

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The USCCB’s uselessness as an agent of holiness is on display yet again. In the early days of Baltimore, if a Catholic leader had proposed a religious gathering at a swanky hotel, he would have been ridiculed. Such a suggestion would have been taken as a mark of spiritual unseriousness. Ascetic, serious-minded bishops might meet […]

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US Bishops’ Advisory Council: Investigate Seminaries to Prevent ‘Predatory’ Homosexual Abuse

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The outgoing and incoming chairpersons of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) National Advisory Council (NAC) delivered stirring presentations on the sex abuse crisis at the fall gathering of U.S. bishops Tuesday morning. Their forceful remarks elicited a standing ovation from those in attendance. The bishops’ meeting is taking place while the American […]

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Review Board Chairman Urges Bishops to Resign

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Chances are, you’ve only seen quick summaries of the address by Francesco Cesareo, the chairman of the National Review Board, to the US bishops’ meeting this week. I strongly recommend reading the whole text. It’s remarkable. Notice first the tone of the address. Cesareo delivers a series of home truths, in candid language. He is not […]

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Millstone Monday

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The bishops attending today’s USCCB Fall Conference in Baltimore would do well to reflect on today’s Gospel reading. Gospel Lk 17:1-6 Jesus said to his disciples, “Things that cause sin will inevitably occur, but woe to the one through whom they occur. It would be better for him if a millstone were put around his […]