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Updates on measures to address clergy sexual abuse crisis

As the Diocese of Trenton, the Dioceses of New Jersey and the Church around the world work to address the crisis involving the sexual abuse of minors by members of the clergy, The Monitor will keep readers updated by posting news and information in this space.

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Sunday, October 14, 2018

U.S. bishops take action to respond to Church abuse crisis
BALTIMORE – During the June 11-13 spring assembly of the U.S. bishops in Baltimore, it was clear the bishops had to respond to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church – and on the last day of their gathering they approved a series of procedures to begin this process. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Bishops affirm diocese's effort for Michigan man's sainthood cause
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops, after being consulted about the sainthood cause of a man who, except for service in World War II, spent his life in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, gave vocal assent June 12 for the Diocese of Marquette to continue to pursue the cause. More ...
Friday, June 14, 2019
Victim Compensation Program opens for survivors of clergy sexual abuse
TRENTON -- Beginning June 15, 2019, the New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program  (IVCP) will begin accepting claims related to the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan priests or deacons of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Newark, Paterson, Metuchen, Camden and Trenton. More ...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Bishop O'Connell reports on highlights of U.S. bishops' meeting in Baltimore
The U.S. Bishops’ June meeting in Baltimore has ended with an agenda dominated by the response to the crisis involving the sexual abuse of minors by clergy. 

If I had to “read the room,” two things immediately struck me as the meetings began: first, the bishops present seemed exhausted, but committed to continue doing all that they can for victims in their dioceses; and, second, the bishops expressed great eagerness to ensure that the laity are given a prominent, even leading role in handling cases of sexual abuse of minors by clergy, including bishops.
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Thursday, June 13, 2019
Bishops vote to revise U.S. catechism's capital punishment section
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops voted June 13 to revise what the U.S. Church teaches its adult members about the death penalty in a passage on the issue in the U.S. Catechism for Adults. More ...
Thursday, June 13, 2019
Church should focus on getting 'nones' back, Bishop Barron says
BALTIMORE – Although the U.S. bishops' spring assembly in Baltimore was mostly devoted to responding to the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, the bishops also considered something described as the second-most important issue currently facing U.S. Church leaders: How to get religiously unaffiliated, or "nones," particularly young people, back to the Catholic Church.


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Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Bishops approve new edition of national diaconate directory
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops approved a revised national directory on formation and ministry for permanent deacons June 12, the second day of their June 11-13 spring general assembly in Baltimore. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
During online event, young bishops call for openness, lay involvement
BALTIMORE – Transparency and honesty are key elements of restoring the trust of the laity, especially young people, said two bishops who participated in a Facebook Live event sponsored by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops during its spring general assembly. More ...
Wednesday, June 12, 2019
Bishops urged to do more for immigrants, spiritually and otherwise
BALTIMORE – Catholic bishops urged their fellow prelates to do more to support the suffering of immigrant families, to be with them spiritually as pastors and to voice support for legal measures to help them. More ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
New Jersey Independent Victims Compensation Program opens June 15
As had been announced in February, the Diocese of Trenton – along with the other Roman Catholic dioceses in New Jersey – has established an Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) to compensate those who, as minors, were sexually abused by a priest or deacon of the Diocese.  More ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
USCCB's election year document to be supplemented by letter, videos
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops' quadrennial document that provides guidance to voters on Catholic social teaching during a presidential election year won't change for 2020 but will be supplemented by a brief letter and four 90-second videos that reflect the teaching of Pope Francis. More ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Bishops to consider 10-point plan to acknowledge 'episcopal commitments'
BALTIMORE – The U.S. bishops are set to vote on a 10-point statement, "Affirming Our Episcopal Commitments," in which the bishops hope to regain "the trust of the people of God." More ...
Tuesday, June 11, 2019
Pope says he's strengthened, encouraged by talks with Benedict XVI
ABOARD THE PAPAL FLIGHT FROM ROMANIA – Pope Francis said that he continues to visit retired Pope Benedict XVI, 92, who is like a grandfather who continues to encourage him and give him strength. More ...
Tuesday, June 4, 2019
Freedom, mercy are lasting legacy of martyred bishops, Pope says in Romania
BLAJ, Romania – The memory and witness of Romania's martyred bishops are a reminder that Christians are called to stand firm against ideologies that seek to stifle and suppress their cultural and religious traditions, Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, June 2, 2019
Leave divisions behind, embrace fellowship, Pope says at Marian shrine
MIERCUREA CIUC, Romania – At a Marian shrine in the heart of Transylvania, Pope Francis called on Romania's Catholics to leave resentments behind and to embark on a journey of unity. More ...
Saturday, June 1, 2019
Pope: Romanians, young and old, must hold on to their roots
IASI, Romania – Pope Francis ended his second day in Romania with a festive meeting with young people and families that encapsulated his message of fostering dialogue between younger and older generations. More ...
Saturday, June 1, 2019
At Mass, Pope Francis remembers 'hopeful' witness of Romanian Catholics
BUCHAREST, Romania – In his first Mass in Romania, Pope Francis recalled the witness of countless Catholics in the country who held on to hope and trusted God amid persecution. More ...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Catholics, Orthodox must unite against 'culture of hate,' Pope says
BUCHAREST, Romania – In an increasingly globalized world where technological and economic developments have both benefited and excluded many, the Catholic and Orthodox Churches must learn to listen to each other and walk together, Pope Francis said. More ...
Friday, May 31, 2019
Video Series: The seal of Confession
Catholic News Service has produced seven videos that will be released over the next week as part of its series on the seal of Confession and current legal challenges to the sacrament. More ...
Thursday, May 30, 2019
Guilty handouts, soulless bureaucratic aid are fake charity, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – Charity should be given freely and lived humbly with the poor, never letting it become hypocrisy, a slick business or a way to soothe a troubled conscience, Pope Francis said. More ...
Wednesday, May 29, 2019

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