Catholic News Service

Pope begins Mass in Dublin with penitential plea for abuse scandals

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service DUBLIN — Before celebrating Mass in a Dublin park, Pope Francis solemnly asked forgiveness for the thousands of cases of sexual and physical abuse perpetrated by Catholics in Ireland. “We ask forgiveness for the abuse in Ireland, abuse of power and of conscience, sexual abuse” by clergy and religious,…

Former U.S. nuncio alleges broad cover-up of McCarrick’s misdeeds

By Junno Arocho Esteves Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — A former apostolic nuncio to the United States accused church officials, including Pope Francis, of failing to act on accusations of abuse of conscience and power by now-Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick. In an open letter first published by Lifesite News and National Catholic Register on…

Clericalism: The culture that enables abuse and insists on hiding it

By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis blamed “clericalism” in the Catholic Church for creating a culture where criminal abuse was widespread and extraordinary efforts were made to keep the crimes hidden. Throughout his pontificate, Pope Francis has targeted clericalism as an illness in the church, an ailment that pretends “the…

Irish bishops combat drug addiction through parish life, partnerships

By Gina Christian Catholic News Service DUBLIN — Parish life, peer education and public-private partnerships are needed to combat addiction, said Darren Butler, national coordinator of the Irish Bishops’ Drugs Initiative during an Aug. 22 presentation at the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin. More than 140 people listened Aug. 22 as Butler described…