Articles by Katherine Long

Cardinal to miss World Meeting of Families to tend to seminary matters

By Catholic News Service BOSTON (CNS) — The Archdiocese of Boston announced Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin Aug. 21-26. “Important matters pertaining to the pastoral care of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and the seminarians enrolled in the…


On Assumption feast, pope asks consolation for all who suffer

By Cindy Wooden | Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Mary’s assumption into heaven was a special sign of God’s favor, but it also indicates God’s desire to save all people, body and soul, Pope Francis said. Reciting the Angelus prayer on the feast of the Assumption Aug. 15,…


Catholics express despair, disbelief, anger at new abuse revelations

By Mark Pattison | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — After the first allegations of abuse against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick were publicized in mid-June, employees at the U.S. bishops’ conference headquarters in Washington were bracing for calls from Catholics confused, outraged, or anything in between regarding the emerging scandal….


Statements from bishops of dioceses named in grand jury abuse report

By Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The following are excerpts of statements, and links to the full statements, made by the bishops of the six Pennsylvania dioceses named in a grand jury report released Aug. 14 that detailed a two-year investigation of seven decades of clergy sex abuse claims….


Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: “We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this.” Plain and simple, at least 1,000 children identified in the investigation were raped in Catholic places of worship, in schools, and…


Trainings will help parishes move from ‘Maintenance to Mission’

By Katherine Long | Editor Deacon Keith Strohm has an invitation for the Diocese of Syracuse: “If you are passionate about seeing renewal and new life your parish, come to this training.” Deacon Strohm and the Office of Evangelization will present “Moving from Maintenance to Mission” at Our Lady of…


Wuerl: In Pittsburgh, he ‘established strong policies’ on abuse claims

By Julie Asher | Catholic News Service WASHINGTON (CNS) — Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl said Aug. 14 that during his tenure as bishop of Pittsburgh from 1988 to 2006, he “established strong policies that addressed the needs of abuse survivors, removed priests from ministry and protected the most vulnerable…




Pennsylvania grand jury says church was interested in hiding abuse

Editor’s note: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro released August 14 a grand jury report on a months-long investigation into sexual abuse claims spanning a 70-year period in the Pennsylvania dioceses of Pittsburgh, Allentown, Scranton, Erie, Harrisburg, and Greensburg.  This story has been updated. By Rhina Guidos | Catholic News Service…