Preparations are moving forward for the special program commissioned by the five Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey that will compensate eligible victims who were sexually abused as minors by clergy.
In the months since the Independent Victim Compensation Program was announced by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the other New Jersey bishops, the program’s Administrators have set up a dedicated website (NJDiocesesIVCP.com), posted a Draft Protocol delineating how the program will operate and opened a month-long Comment Period, which is currently in progress. Comments and questions can be submitted through the website, as well as through a public phone conference scheduled for March 29, 3–4:30 p.m. eastern time. An earlier conference took place March 15.
According to Camille S. Biros, who, together with Kenneth R. Feinberg is administering the IVCP, the purpose of the Comment Period is to elicit feedback from victims or their attorneys, state legislators, activists and other interested parties in regard to the Draft Protocol and to provide victims and their attorneys with an opportunity to submit questions. Biros stated, “At the end of the Comment Period, we will determine, with input from the Dioceses, if any significant changes to the Protocol are warranted.”
The Church’s voice joined those of victims and lawmakers over the past few weeks as legislation that would profoundly change the statute of limitations in sexual abuse civil action cases moved forward in Trenton. More ... Monday, March 18, 2019
HOUSTON – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was taken to the hospital late March 15 after experiencing symptoms of what tests March 16 confirmed was a mild stroke, according to an archdiocesan statement. More ... Monday, March 18, 2019
VATICAN CITY – As the process to implement a peace accord in South Sudan continues, Pope Francis met March 16 with South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and expressed the hope that, finally, he would be able to visit the country. More ... Monday, March 18, 2019
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Catholic bishops of California welcomed the March 13 decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the state. More ... Thursday, March 14, 2019
VATICAN CITY – What makes a politician "Catholic" is not party affiliation, but dedication to promoting the common good, particularly through listening to and empowering people who often are overlooked, Pope Francis said. More ... Sunday, March 10, 2019
A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations concerning certain civil actions in sexual abuse cases was scheduled to be considered by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee March 7. More ... Thursday, March 7, 2019
The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act – legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.
Our two New Jersey senators, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Robert Menendez, voted against the legislation. Please join us in the Diocese of Trenton in a prayer for an end to infanticide. More ... Tuesday, March 5, 2019
VATICAN CITY – After moving the Vatican celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees from January to September, Pope Francis wants Catholics to understand how concern for migrants and refugees is part of a much broader Christian concern for people in need. More ... Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Less than two weeks after Pope Francis convened a worldwide summit on eradicating the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, the Catholic bishops in New Jersey have issued a statement in which they detail their ongoing efforts, many dating back to 2002, to ensure safe environments for children and youth, deal with clergy charged with abuse and assist the victims in their process of healing.
The statement was provided to 120 state legislators and media outlets March 4 by the New Jersey Catholic Conference. More ... Monday, March 4, 2019
ROME – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the final day of a four-day meeting attended by presidents of bishops’ conferences from across the globe. More ... Monday, February 25, 2019
VATICAN CITY – The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. More ... Sunday, February 24, 2019
VATICAN CITY – For the Catholic Church, there is a "line in the sand," which can never be crossed, and that is to not allow anyone who harms or would harm a child to exercise public ministry, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston. More ... Friday, February 22, 2019
VATICAN CITY – Only together, by humbly sharing their experiences, encouragement and corrective advice, can the bishops and leaders in the Catholic Church work to prevent the abuse of minors and help bring healing to survivors, said the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. More ... Friday, February 22, 2019
VATICAN CITY – Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, “The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures” to stop abuse. More ... Friday, February 22, 2019
WASHINGTON – When they aren’t bagging lunches, serving soup at shelters or preparing pancakes after morning Mass, you can often find members of the Knights of Columbus in prayer. More ... Friday, February 22, 2019
CHICAGO – The canonization cause for Father Augustus Tolton is just one step away from going to Pope Francis for the priest to be declared "venerable."
On Feb. 5, the feast of St. Agatha, a nine-member Vatican theological commission unanimously voted that Father Tolton's cause be moved forward to the cardinals and archbishops in the Congregation for Saints' Causes for a final vote to send a decree of the priest's "heroic virtues" to Pope Francis for his approval.
VATICAN CITY – U.S. Msgr. Joseph R. Punderson, a senior official of the Vatican's highest court, was instructed by his bishop to resign his Vatican post late in 2018 and then was removed from ministry 15 years after he was found to be credibly accused of the sexual abuse of a minor. More ... Thursday, February 21, 2019
WASHINGTON – The Vatican's removal from the priesthood of Theodore McCarrick "is a clear signal that abuse will not be tolerated," said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Feb. 16. More ... Saturday, February 16, 2019
WASHINGTON – In her 25 years of working with sexual trauma issues, Eileen Dombo said, "our culture has shifted" in terms of believing people more readily when they come forward about being abused and being more "aware of the signs of sex abuse, signs the child is being groomed." More ... Friday, February 15, 2019