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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

Legislation on Seal of Confession withdrawn before key California hearing
LOS ANGELES – In a last-minute twist, a California bill that would have required priests to break the sacramental Seal of Confession was shelved by its sponsor amid a remarkable grassroots campaign mounted by the state's Catholics, members of other faith groups, and religious liberty advocates from across the country. More ...
Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Secrecy of Confession must never be violated, Vatican says
VATICAN CITY – In the light of "a worrying negative prejudice" against the Catholic Church, Pope Francis ordered the publication of a document affirming the absolute secrecy of everything said in Confession and calling on priests to defend it at all costs, even at the cost of their lives. More ...
Tuesday, July 2, 2019
Pope to canonize Blessed John Henry Newman

VATICAN CITY – Pope Francis will declare Blessed John Henry Newman, the 19th-century British cardinal, a saint Oct. 13. The British theologian will be canonized during a Mass at the Vatican along with a Swiss laywoman, an Indian nun, an Italian nun and a nun known as the "Mother Teresa of Brazil."

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Monday, July 1, 2019
Remains of Archbishop Sheen transferred from New York to Peoria Diocese
PEORIA, Ill. – Peoria Bishop Daniel R. Jenky announced June 27 that the remains of Archbishop Fulton Sheen were being transferred to the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception from St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. More ...
Friday, June 28, 2019
Vatican-Israel accord of 1994 called 'action' step for 'Nostra Aetate'
NEW YORK – Jewish and Catholic leaders met in a spirit of joy and cooperation at a 25th anniversary celebration marking the Vatican's recognition of the state of Israel. More ...
Wednesday, June 26, 2019
California dioceses ask Catholics to urge lawmakers reject Confession bill
LOS ANGELES – Using social media, preaching, newspaper columns and letters read at Mass, the Los Angeles Archdiocese and California's other Catholic dioceses planned a special push over the June 15-16 weekend asking Catholics to urge their representatives in the state Assembly to reject a Confession bill. More ...
Sunday, June 23, 2019
Catholic aid group raises millions for persecuted Christians
VATICAN CITY – Aid to the Church in Need raised over 111 million euros ($125 million) in 2018 to help support persecuted Christians, particularly in the Middle East, where tens of thousands of Christians have been forced to flee their homes due to ongoing war and conflicts over the last decade. More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
Chairman of U.S. Bishops' Committee on Migration statement in response to imminent administration deportation plans
WASHINGTON – On June 17, President Donald J. Trump announced impending immigration enforcement actions by the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Subsequent press reports on June 21 indicated that ICE has plans for an enforcement operation in major cities to remove thousands of migrant families with deportation orders. More ...
Saturday, June 22, 2019
World Refugee Day 2019 to be celebrated June 20
WASHINGTON -- World Refugee Day is observed in the United States and around the world on June 20. World Refugee Day, first celebrated in 2000, is designed to increase awareness of refugees. More ...
Thursday, June 20, 2019
Synod document raises possibility of married priests, roles for women
VATICAN CITY – The Catholic Church must find ways to reach indigenous Catholics deprived of the sacraments in the most remote areas of the Amazon rainforest, and that may include ordaining married elders, said the working document for the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon. More ...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
Overflow crowd attends enthronement of Ukrainian Catholic archbishop
PHILADELPHIA  – If we, as the people of God, "come together and open our hearts to the Holy Spirit, we will see miracles," Metropolitan-Archbishop Borys Gudziak, the new head of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States. More ...
Tuesday, June 18, 2019
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

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