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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

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
Details published on Vatican delaying USCCB vote on abuse provisions
VATICAN CITY – The surprising news in November that the Vatican had asked U.S. bishops not to vote on several proposals for responding to the sexual abuse crisis was motivated by a lack of time given the Vatican to study the proposals and potential conflicts with Church law, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press. More ...
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Time passes, but God's love endures, Pope says as 2018 ends
VATICAN CITY – The end of one year and beginning of next naturally leads people to think about the passing of time and about love, which gives time – and everything else – real meaning, Pope Francis said.   More ...
Monday, December 31, 2018
U.S. bishops to gather for seven days of prayer, reflection at invitation of Pope Francis
WASHINGTON – Catholic bishops from across the United States will begin the new year taking part in a spiritual retreat for seven days at Mundelein Seminary Jan. 2 to 8. Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, will direct the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach” based on Mark 3:14. More ...
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Vatican begins investigation of Archbishop McCarrick
WASHINGTON – James Grein, a Virginia man who said Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, former archbishop of Washington, sexually abused him for years beginning when he was 11, gave his testimony about what occurred Dec. 27 before a judicial vicar for the New York Archdiocese. More ...
Sunday, December 30, 2018



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