Anchorage Archbishop calls for bishops' action, apologies and repentance

Many of you are aware of the disturbing Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report on Clergy Sexual Abuse of Minors and Vulnerable Adults released earlier this week.   The report is devastating in the graphic detail of the sinful behavior of priests and the negligent response of bishops and church leaders to properly respond to victims.

This report, so quickly on the heels of the revelations earlier this summer of similar misconduct by a Cardinal of the Church has been deeply harmful to victims and their families, as well as to you, the members of the Church.  I share your anger and disappointment.

How should we respond to this new revelation of sexual abuse in the Church? I believe that we must first and foremost focus on the needs of the victims.

READ the full story in the Anchorage Catholic newspaper HERE

Oratory transforms parish

There is obvious friendship and fellowship here, but all is not well at Our Lady of the Rosary. A visitor is greeted with the handshake of peace and is quietly told, "It was better before."

 READ HERE in NCR: One of a series of articles in The Field Hospital

Located in the Tarn region of southern France, the Archdiocese of Albi has been divided into 503 parishes since the Middle Ages. Over the Pentecost weekend, however, Archbishop Jean Legrez, completely re-organized them into 21 new parishes.

Restructuring parishes -- from necessity to audacity. READ HERE in La Croix International

Cardinal O'Malley calls for investigation of activities at Boston Seminary

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The Archbishop of Boston said in an Aug. 10 statement that he has asked the rector of its main archdiocesan St. John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave immediately and is asking for an investigation of allegations made on social media about activities there "directly contrary to the moral standards and requirements of formation for the Catholic priesthood." READ  the full story from Catholic News Service HERE.

Alleged misconduct prompt inquiry: Read the report in the Boston Globe 

Call for investigation: Read the report in Crux HERE 

Rector on leave: Read the report in the Boston Herald HERE

RELATED: What the AUSCP has stated, regarding the U.S. Program for Priestly Formation: Five overriding concerns include Faithfulness to Vatican II; Call to Service; A Pastoral Model of Priestly Formation; Psychosexual Development and Celibacy; Discernment Processes and Faculty Formation. CLICK HERE for the LINK to details, full statement.


Archbishop Etienne wants bishops and laypersons to investigate abuse, immediately

Archbishop Paul Etienne of Anchorage, in an Aug. 1 blog post titled "The Body of Christ is Hurting," has put forth a seven-point plan "for further study and review," which suggests the immediate formation of an ad hoc committee of bishops, the creation of a National Review Board of bishops and lay people that reports directly to the Vatican and a timeline of 60 days for transparency to the wider church.

How Cardinal Mahoney helps immigrants

A politically sophisticated clergyman whom Pope John Paul II nicknamed “Hollywood,” Mahony was raised among California’s immigrant farm workers. Named archbishop of Los Angeles in 1985, he became a powerful voice supporting those who were in the country illegally at a time when California was a pioneer in anti-immigrant measures.

CLICK HERE to read the story in the Los Angeles Times, about the work of Cardinal Mahoney and his successor, Archbishop Gomez