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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

Retired Pope publishes reflection on abuse crisis
VATICAN CITY – Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis beginning in the 1980s, wrote an article outlining his thoughts about what must be done now. More ...
Friday, April 12, 2019
Atlanta archbishop named new leader of Washington Archdiocese

WASHINGTON – Pope Francis has named Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory of Atlanta as the new archbishop of Washington.

The appointment was announced April 4 in Washington by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, the Vatican nuncio to the United States.

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Thursday, April 4, 2019
Pope: Discerning a vocation is a call from a friend, Jesus
VATICAN CITY – Within the universal Christian vocation of serving God and serving others, God handcrafts a specific calling for each person, a vocation that fits his or her personality and abilities, Pope Francis said. More ...
Thursday, April 4, 2019
USCCB leaders say apostolic exhortation a call to invest in young people
WASHINGTON – Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation "Christus Vivit" ("Christ Lives") is a "wonderful summons to the Church to more vigorously invest in youth and young adults, especially those on the peripheries and those disconnected from the Church," said a trio of leaders within the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. More ...
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
New papal document addresses challenges of evangelizing in the digital age

VATICAN CITY – While digital communications and social media can be used as a tool of evangelization and a place of dialogue with others, they also can be lonely environments where young people fall prey to humanity's worst vices, Pope Francis wrote.

In his new apostolic exhortation to young people, "Christus Vivit" ("Christ Lives"), the Pope warned that as the digital environment continues to become the norm, it has had a "profound impact" on young people's ability to communicate and develop relations with others.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Spread mercy, build fraternity, Pope urges Morocco's Christian minority
RABAT, Morocco – Celebrating Mass with members of Morocco's tiny Catholic community, Pope Francis praised them for the many ways they "bear witness to the Gospel of mercy in this land." More ...
Monday, April 1, 2019
Pope, Moroccan king urge special care of Jerusalem
RABAT, Morocco – Ten days after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's visit to Jerusalem brought renewed attention to the status of the city, Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI of Morocco pleaded for international recognition of "the unique and sacred character of Jerusalem."

In a joint declaration signed March 30 at the royal palace in Rabat, the Pope and king said they were "deeply concerned" for the city's "spiritual significance and its special vocation as a city of peace."
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Education, dialogue essential for peace, Pope and Moroccan king say
RABAT, Morocco – Greeted by King Mohammed VI, a steady rain, ululating women and cheering crowds, Pope Francis arrived in Rabat March 30 for a 28-hour visit to Morocco.

In a sign of great honor, the king rode in his limousine from the airport alongside Pope Francis riding in the Popemobile. They went directly to the Hassan Tower, a 12th-century minaret that is a symbol of the city.

With thousands of people gathered on the esplanade in front of the tower, which sits where the Bouregreg Rivers meets the Atlantic Ocean, the Pope and the king spoke of peace, tolerance, respect and religious freedom in a country where 99 percent of the people are Muslim, but tens of thousands of Christian students and migrants live temporarily.

 
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Pope visits Muslim training center, migrants in Morocco
RABAT, Morocco – Moving from ideals and principles to concrete examples, Pope Francis met in Morocco with Muslim men and women studying to be prayer leaders and preachers and with dozens of migrants assisted by Caritas.

A religious faith respectful of others and care for migrants were key themes in Pope Francis' speech at his arrival ceremony in Rabat March 30. After meeting privately, Pope Francis and King Mohammed VI went on to the school the king founded to counter violent strains of Islam by training imams and "murshid," men and women preachers and spiritual guides.

And the Pope ended his day at the Rabat Caritas center for migrants, a facility providing special care to women, unaccompanied minors and others among the most vulnerable of the estimated 80,000 migrants currently in Morocco.

 
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
Mission success isn't measured by numbers, Pope says in Morocco

RABAT, Morocco – The Christian mission is not about numbers of converts, but about changing people and the world by being witnesses of God's mercy and love, Pope Francis told missionaries in Morocco.

 
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Sunday, March 31, 2019
A statement from the Diocese of Trenton on an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan

It is with profound sadness that we report to our community the following:

On March 17, 2019, the Diocese of Trenton received an allegation of the sexual abuse of a minor against Rev. Msgr. Gregory D. Vaughan, who has served as pastor of St. Catharine Parish in Holmdel since 2013. The alleged abuse dates back to the late 1970s and early 1980s, when Msgr. Vaughan was a parochial vicar in St. Ann Parish, Keansburg.

In the interest of protecting the victim’s privacy, the Diocese will not disclose further details of the alleged abuse. This is the first and only allegation of sexual abuse of a minor against Msgr. Vaughan reported to the Diocese.

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Saturday, March 30, 2019
Statute of limitation bill goes before governor
Legislation that would give sexual abuse victims more time to file civil lawsuits against public and nonprofit entities is now before Gov. Phil Murphy after being passed March 25 by the state Assembly. The state Senate passed the bill March 14. More ...
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Pope to beatify martyrs, visit Marian shrine on trip to Romania
VATICAN CITY – Visiting Romania May 31-June 2, Pope Francis will stop at six destinations, including a popular Marian shrine in the Transylvanian region. More ...
Monday, March 25, 2019
Pope in Morocco: highlighting Catholic-Muslim 'dialogue of solidarity'

VATICAN CITY • Pope Francis wanted to go to Morocco in December to draw attention to the need for international cooperation in assisting migrants and in alleviating the situations that force people to seek a better life outside their homeland.

 
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Judge sentences Cardinal Pell to six years in prison on abuse charges
MELBOURNE, Australia • Cardinal George Pell, 77, was sentenced to six years in prison March 13, just over two weeks after a Melbourne court allowed the publication of news that he had been found guilty of sexually abusing two boys. More ...
Thursday, March 21, 2019
Academy for Life to parents: Vaccinate children

VATICAN CITY • Catholic parents should vaccinate their children for the good of their children and the community, and they can do so with a “clear conscience” that “the use of such vaccines does not signify some sort of cooperation in voluntary abortion,” said the Pontifical Academy for Life.

 
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Thursday, March 21, 2019
Draft Protocol details policies, procedures for victim compensation program
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. More ...
Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Statute of limitations bill moves forward in Trenton
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
Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB president, 'resting comfortably' after suffering mild stroke
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
Pope encourages South Sudan peace process, hopes to visit country
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



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