Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse have said they are both concerned and surprised at the pontiff's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, and even witnessing it, while he was a priest.
"This has been remarkable. I have never felt better about how a Chapter 11 went from start to finish than this one," one lawyer said of the settlement.
A retired Milwaukee priest is asking the FBI to investigate how the Milwaukee Archdiocesan Cemetery Trust Fund spent $7.8 million over four years.
Bishops of dioceses around the world have an obligation to work to prevent clerical sexual abuse and to ensure that priests in their dioceses do not commit acts of abuse, said Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Curtis Wehmeyer can no longer present himself as a priest, exercise priestly ministry, or teach or hold a leadership role in any Catholic institution.
The court also found that U.S. District Judge Rudolph Randa, who ruled in the archdiocese's favor, should have stepped aside because of a conflict of interest.
Judge Susan V. Kelley found no evidence supporting the contention that the archdiocese knowingly allowed abusers to work in parishes or other settings where they found additional victims.
The Catholic church is "no longer a safe haven for child abusers," said a top priest psychologist who advises the U.S. bishops on child sexual abuse.
Msgr. Stephen Rossetti told hundreds of Irish delegates to the first national conference on safeguarding children that the Catholic church in the United States spent $43 million on child abuse prevention and education just last year.
At a press conference on Ash Wednesday, the Cologne archdiocese revealed assets of 3.35 billion euros ($3.82 billion) at the end of 2013.
The academic institute moved operations from Germany to Rome in an effort to influence the church's work on the sex abuse globally.