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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

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.

In the months since the Independent Victim Compensation Program was announced by Bishop David M. O’Connell, C.M., and the other New Jersey bishops, the program’s Administrators have set up a dedicated website (, posted a Draft Protocol delineating how the program will operate and opened a month-long Comment Period, which is currently in progress.  Comments and questions can be submitted through the website, as well as through a public phone conference scheduled for March 29, 3–4:30 p.m. eastern time. An earlier conference took place March 15.

According to Camille S. Biros, who, together with Kenneth R. Feinberg is administering the IVCP, the purpose of the Comment Period is to elicit feedback from victims or their attorneys, state legislators, activists and other interested parties in regard to the Draft Protocol and to provide victims and their attorneys with an opportunity to submit questions.  Biros stated, “At the end of the Comment Period, we will determine, with input from the Dioceses, if any significant changes to the Protocol are warranted.”

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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
California bishops applaud governor for death penalty moratorium
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Catholic bishops of California welcomed the March 13 decision by Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a moratorium on the use of the death penalty in the state. More ...
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Service, not party affiliation makes a politician Catholic, Pope says
VATICAN CITY – What makes a politician "Catholic" is not party affiliation, but dedication to promoting the common good, particularly through listening to and empowering people who often are overlooked, Pope Francis said. More ...
Sunday, March 10, 2019
Church rep to offer testimony regarding statute of limitations in sexual abuse cases
A bill that would eliminate the statute of limitations concerning certain civil actions in sexual abuse cases  was scheduled to be considered by the state’s Senate Judiciary Committee March 7. More ...
Thursday, March 7, 2019
Bishop O'Connell calls for prayers to end infanticide
The U.S. Senate recently failed to pass the Born-Alive Survivors Protection Act – legislation that prohibits infanticide by ensuring that a child born alive following an attempted abortion would receive the same degree of care to preserve her or his life and health as would be given to any other child born alive at the same gestational age.

Our two New Jersey senators, Sen. Cory Booker and Sen. Robert Menendez, voted against the legislation. Please join us in the Diocese of Trenton in a prayer for an end to infanticide.
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Tuesday, March 5, 2019
Vatican announces theme for World Day of Migrants and Refugees
VATICAN CITY – After moving the Vatican celebration of the World Day of Migrants and Refugees from January to September, Pope Francis wants Catholics to understand how concern for migrants and refugees is part of a much broader Christian concern for people in need. More ...
Tuesday, March 5, 2019
In new statement, NJ's Catholic bishops review ongoing efforts to keep minors safe, assist victims
Less than two weeks after Pope Francis convened a worldwide summit on eradicating the sexual abuse of minors by clergy, the Catholic bishops in New Jersey have issued a statement in which they detail their ongoing efforts, many dating back to 2002, to ensure safe environments for children and youth, deal with clergy charged with abuse and assist the victims in their process of healing.

The statement was provided to 120 state legislators and media outlets March 4 by the New Jersey Catholic Conference.
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Monday, March 4, 2019
President of U.S. bishops issues statement at close of Vatican summit
ROME – Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, Archbishop of Galveston-Houston and president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, issued the following statement on the final day of a four-day meeting attended by presidents of bishops’ conferences from across the globe.   More ...
Monday, February 25, 2019
Pope: No more excuses, time for 'all-out battle' against abuse
VATICAN CITY – The time has come for an "all-out battle" against the abuse of minors, erasing this abominable crime from the face of the earth, Pope Francis said, closing a global four-day summit on child protection in the Catholic Church. More ...
Sunday, February 24, 2019
Harming a child must be 'line in the sand' for removal, cardinal says during summit
VATICAN CITY – For the Catholic Church, there is a "line in the sand," which can never be crossed, and that is to not allow anyone who harms or would harm a child to exercise public ministry, said Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley of Boston. More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
Cardinal: Can the Church step up, lead way in protecting children?
VATICAN CITY – Only together, by humbly sharing their experiences, encouragement and corrective advice, can the bishops and leaders in the Catholic Church work to prevent the abuse of minors and help bring healing to survivors, said the head of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of India. More ...
Friday, February 22, 2019
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

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