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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

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
NEWS BRIEFS - OUR CHURCH - Dec. 30, 2018
The following news briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service: More ...
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Bishops asked to meet abuse survivors before February meeting
VATICAN CITY – Before traveling to Rome for a major Vatican summit on the clerical sex abuse crisis and child protection, each participating bishop should meet with survivors of abuse, said the committee organizing the meeting. More ...
Sunday, December 30, 2018
Pope Francis' World Day of Peace message: Good politics is at the service of peace
Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history. More ...
Friday, December 28, 2018
Vatican opens medical clinic for the homeless
VATICAN CITY – Just before Christmas the Vatican announced it had opened a new medical clinic for the homeless and the poor, expanding services previously offered in a small space just outside St. Peter's Square. More ...
Thursday, December 27, 2018
Annual '9 Days for Life' prayer, action campaign set for Jan. 14-22
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual "9 Days for Life" prayer and action campaign will run Jan. 14 to Jan. 22. The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. Each day of the "9 Days for Life" novena highlights a different intention and is accompanied by a short reflection, suggested actions and related information. More ...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
USCCB chair says First Step Act brings needed reform to criminal justice system
WASHINGTON – The nation's criminal justice system "is in need of reform" and the First Step Act "is a worthy 'first step' in the right direction," said Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. bishops' Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. More ...
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Vatican Museums to launch full virtual tour to increase accessibility
VATICAN CITY – In the technology support department at the Vatican Museums, Villanova University student Justin Myers is spending a semester creating virtual tours of galleries, part of a larger project to make the museums accessible to everyone. More ...
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Pope celebrates his birthday with clients of Vatican pediatric clinic
VATICAN CITY – If the Holy Family lived in Rome and the baby Jesus had a cold or flu, Mary and Joseph certainly would bring him to the Vatican pediatric clinic for help, Pope Francis said. More ...
Tuesday, December 18, 2018
NEWS BRIEFS - OUR CHURCH - Dec. 15, 2018
The following briefs were recently published by Catholic News Service: More ...
Saturday, December 15, 2018
Statement of the New Jersey Catholic Conference on the status of a Victims Compensation Program

The Roman Catholic Bishops of New Jersey announced today their decision to retain Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille Biros to design, implement and administer a statewide Victims Compensation Program for the submission, evaluation, and settlement of individual claims of sexual abuse of a minor. 

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Friday, December 14, 2018
Pope heads to Balkans in May to visit Bulgaria, Macedonia
Pope Francis will make a three-day visit to Bulgaria and the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, the Vatican announced. More ...
Thursday, December 13, 2018

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