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The Church's response to reports of sexual abuse of minors, young people
In the wake of child sexual abuse reports out of Pennsylvania, and in regard to the conduct of then-Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, formerly of the Archdiocese of Washington, The Monitor is committed to sharing with our readers news and developments as the Church works to address these concerns.  We will post links to all new reports in this space to give our readers more direct access to this content. More ...
Sunday, October 14, 2018

Vatican summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed
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
Knights novena underway to pray for success of Vatican summit
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
Tolton sainthood cause advances, next step would be 'venerable' decree

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.

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Friday, February 22, 2019
N.J. priest at Vatican, removed in 2018, was accused of abuse in 2003
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
McCarrick removed from the priesthood after being found guilty of abuse
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis has confirmed the removal from the priesthood of Theodore E. McCarrick, the 88-year-old former cardinal and archbishop of Washington. More ...
Saturday, February 16, 2019
DiNardo: Action on McCarrick 'clear signal' Church will not tolerate abuse
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
Societal shifts seen in acknowledging sex abuse, finding ways to address it
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
Great expectations: Vatican abuse summit has key, realistic goals
VATICAN CITY –  All eyes and ears will be on the Vatican during an unprecedented gathering Feb. 21-24 to discuss the protection of minors in the Catholic Church. More ...
Friday, February 15, 2019
Panel to explore interfaith approach to Divine Mercy
The theology department of the College of St. Elizabeth, Morristown, will host an interreligious conversation April 3 from 7 to 9 p.m. in Dolan Performance Hall. More ...
Thursday, February 14, 2019
New Jersey dioceses publish list of priests 'credibly accused' of abuse
WASHINGTON – Dioceses in the state of New Jersey made public Feb. 13 the names of priests whom they said had been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of minors, and one of the names is former U.S. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick. More ...
Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Catholic social ministry leaders applauded, challenged at national event

WASHINGTON – Msgr. Ray East is no stranger to the nation's social ministry leaders.

The pastor of St. Teresa of Avila Parish in Washington, and a frequent speaker at Catholic events, has been the kickoff speaker at the annual Catholic Social Ministry Gathering in Washington for 20 years.

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Thursday, February 7, 2019
Bishops' wisdom of a century ago rises to the fore in economic debate

WASHINGTON – Everything old is new again. Even if it’s 100 years old.

Some U.S. bishops, just months after the end of the Great War – better known today as World War I – met to assemble a proposal for a “reconstruction” program for the country now that the war had ended.

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Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Witness to Christ with love, Pope tells Catholics on Arabian Peninsula
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates – Meeting with tens of thousands of Catholics living in the United Arab Emirates, Pope Francis urged them to be meek, peaceful and express their Christian identity by loving others. More ...
Tuesday, February 5, 2019
Pope arrives in Abu Dhabi, praying for nearby Yemen
ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates –  The sun had set long before Pope Francis arrived in Abu Dhabi Feb. 3, but Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the crown prince, and Egyptian Sheik Ahmad el-Tayeb, grand imam of al-Azhar, still went to the airport to welcome him. More ...
Monday, February 4, 2019
Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity set for Jan. 18-25
WASHINGTON –The chair of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Ecumenical and Interreligious Affairs is inviting all to celebrate the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place Jan. 18-25. More ...
Friday, January 18, 2019
Abuse report's claim of cover-up, mishandling of cases called 'misleading'
WASHINGTON – The conclusion reached by a Pennsylvania grand jury that six of the state's Catholic dioceses acted "in virtual lockstep" to cover up abuse allegations and dismiss alleged victims over a 70-year period starting in 1947 is "inaccurate," "unfair" and "misleading," said a veteran journalist in an in-depth article for Commonweal magazine. More ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Pope advances sainthood causes for 17 women
VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis advanced the sainthood causes of three women and recognized the martyrdom of 14 religious sisters who were killed during the Spanish Civil War. More ...
Tuesday, January 15, 2019
Chairman of U.S. bishops' Committee on Migration calls for solution to end government shutdown
WASHINGTON – Bishop Joseph Vásquez, of Austin, Texas, Chairman of the Committee on Migration issued the following statement calling for President Trump and Congressional leaders to create a border solution and end the government shut-down.   More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Collection for the Church in Latin America set for late January
The annual Collection for the Church in Latin America will be taken up the weekend of Jan. 26-27. More ...
Thursday, January 10, 2019
U.S. bishops taking part in weeklong retreat
WASHINGTON – At the invitation of Pope Francis, the U.S. Catholic bishops are gathering Jan. 2-8 for a closed-door retreat at Mundelein Seminary near Chicago, where they will be discussing the theme of Christ's commission of the 12 apostles and the apostolic mandate. More ...
Thursday, January 3, 2019



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