Catholic Whistleblowers aim to bird-dog church leaders on sexual abuse of minors cases. Bishops must be accountable, they say.
The prosecutor's office charged the priest with seven counts of contempt of a judicial order for violating terms of a court agreement not to minister to children.
Ten years after the Dallas Charter, the U.S. Catholic church has made progress in the protection of children from clergy sexual abuse, but high-profile cases from coast to coast in the past year underscore the need for continued vigilance.
Those conclusions came as part of the annual compliance audit of the nation’s dioceses conducted by an independent contractor, a requirement established as part of the “Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People,” which the U.S. bishops adopted at their 2002 meeting in Dallas.
The Catholic diocese led by Bishop Robert Finn, convicted last year of failing to report a priest who took pornographic pictures of children, will pay a $600,000 settlement.
The head of the Vatican bank on Monday announced the bank will have its own website by the end of the year and will publish an annual report.
The Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate, which gathered the data, found "the fewest allegations and victims reported since the data collection for the annual reports began in 2004."
Msgr. Edward Arsenault, president and CEO of St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, has resigned in the wake of an investigation into an alleged inappropriate adult relationship and the uncovering of possible illegal financial dealings in the diocese of Manchester, N.H.
The resignation of Arsenault, a priest of the Manchester diocese, was effective May 3. It was announced in statements issued by the institute and the diocese.
The investigation does not involve St. Luke Institute, a treatment facility for Catholic clergy and religious, the institute said in its statement.
The pastor and youth ministers worked with Fr. Michael Fugee, who was convicted of aggravated criminal sexual assault in 2003.
Recent reports had Fr. Michael Fugee attending youth retreats and trips, seemingly violations to a court agreement barring him from contact with children.
Calls have come for the resignation of Newark, N.J., Archbishop John J. Myers after a late-April investigative story revealed an archdiocesan priest had violated the terms of a court-ordered agreement to stay away from children.