Propose Abuse Policy
A Catholic Church panel recommends priests who abuse children
in the future or multiple children in the past be defrocked. A meeting of bishops
will vote on the recommendations next week.
Bishop Joseph Galante of Dallas, a member of the panel, discusses the recommendations.
Michels reports on how the
debate over celibacy has been affected by the sexual abuse scandals involving
Catholic priests. (5/28/02)
Cardinal Bernard Law sat for a third day of depositions, angrily rejecting charges
he was negligent when he failed to keep former priest John Geoghan away from children,
according to plaintiffs in the case.
Belluck, who has been covering the case for The New York Times, and Patrick
Schiltz, a professor at the the University of St. Thomas who has represented the
Catholic Church in abuse cases, analyze
recent developments. (5/13/02)
George Return to Chicago
A report on one cardinal's return to
his archdiocese following the emergency meeting at the Vatican. (4/29/02)
Respond to the Vatican Meeting, Communiqué
American cardinals returned to the U.S. to find their Catholic dioceses debating
the results of the emergency meeting at the Vatican. Four
religious thinkers and lay people discuss the meeting and its recommendations.
Propose Standards to Crack Down on Sexual Abuse
Roger Mahony, archbishop of Los Angeles, and Francis George,
archbishop of Chicago, discuss the Vatican
meetings and the new policy. (4/24/02)
American cardinals speak to reporters about their just-concluded meeting and the
official communique. (4/24/02)
at the Vatican
Catholic theologians discuss the first day of the meeting of U.S. cardinals
at the Vatican. (4/23/02)
A report on the day's events from National Catholic Reporter John Allen.
Pope John Paul II says there is no place for the 'sin and crime of pedophilia'
in the church. (4/23/02)
Papal Call: Vatican Call to U.S. Cardinals
Cardinals are invited to the Vatican. Is this a turning point for the Church?
Pope John Paul II summons American cardinals to the Vatican. (4/15/02)
the Story in Boston
uncovered the sexual abuse scandal in the city's Catholic Church, unveiling
a national problem. (3/26/02)
Early Reports of Abuse
members of the church discuss what the sex abuse scandal will mean. (3/25/02)
Spencer Michels reports on the
growing abuse scandals and cover-ups within the Catholic Church. (3/13/02)
Catholic Board Rebukes
Bishops For Failing to Stop Abuse
A Catholic review board on Friday released a report on molestation problems
in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding more than 10,000 cases of assault
on minors from 1950 to 2002. Margaret
Warner discusses the findings with the review board's research committee
chairman, Robert Bennett. (2/27/04)
Background report on two highly anticipated studies documenting molestation
problems in the U.S. Catholic Church. (2/27/04)
After the release of the reports, Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S.
Conference of Catholic Bishops, pledged that the church's mistakes will not be
Annual Meeting, Bishops Address New Scandals
A day after Phoenix Bishop Thomas O'Brien, who was arrested and charged with leaving
the scene of a fatal accident, resigned, American bishops gathered for their annual
Ray Suarez gets perspective
on the meeting and the recent spate of scandals from Barbara Blaine, president
and founder of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests; Rev. Tom Reese,
editor of America, a national weekly Catholic magazine; and Scott Appleby, director
of the Cushwa Center for the Study of American Catholicism at the University of
Notre Dame. (6/19/03)
Bernard Law Resigns as Boston Archbishop
Bernard F. Law resigns as Boston archbishop following months of public outrage
over the widening church sex abuse crisis. (12/13/02)
Suarez leads a debate over the resignation
of Cardinal Law with Steve Krueger, interim executive director of Voice of
the Faithful; Father Christopher Coyne, a spokesman for the Archdiocese of Boston;
and Stephen Pope, chairman of the theology department at Boston College.
Law's statement to the public, released shortly after Pope John Paul II accepted
his resignation. (12/13/02)
Church Documents Outline Patterns of Abuse
Documents made public Tuesday reveal that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston
allowed priests accused of sexual abuse to remain in the ministry.
discovery comes as Cardinal Bernard Law is reportedly considering
the recommendation of his top financial advisers to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy
as a way to deal with claims from more than 400 alleged victims of clergy abuse.
Bishops Adopt Revisions to Sex Abuse Policy
U.S. bishops adopted revisions to their sex abuse policy Wednesday, voting overwhelmingly
to approve rules saying priests who commit "even one act of sexual abuse of a
minor" should be removed from public ministry. (11/13/02)
Wilton Gregory, the president of the Conference of Catholic Bishops, discusses
the revised policy and the effect it could have on church abuse cases.
Rejects U.S. Bishops' Sexual Abuse Policy
The Vatican rejects a new sexual abuse policy developed by U.S. bishops, saying
elements of its zero-tolerance doctrine conflict with universal church laws. (10/18/02)
John Allen of the National Catholic Reporter discusses the Vatican's decision.
Laity Responds to New Abuse Policy
Spencer Michels talks with members of the Catholic Church in California about
the new policy towards abusive priests. (6/19/02)
As the crisis in the church grew, the
same group of Catholics from Oakland, Calif. discussed the scandal. (4/18/02)
Bishops Vote to Bar Abusive Priests from Parishioners
U.S. Catholic bishops vote to bar pedophile priests from acting as clerics, but
stop short of defrocking them. The decision came after heated debate during a
gathering in Dallas of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. (6/14/02)
Margaret Warner talks with Bishop Harry
Flynn, chairman of the U.S. Catholic Bishops' ad hoc committee on sexual abuse
about the decisions made in Dallas. (6/14/02)
Meeting Opens in Dallas
In his opening address to a meeting of U.S. Catholic leaders,
Bishop Wilton Gregory said the current sex abuse crisis is perhaps
the gravest the American church has ever faced. (6/13/02)
a report on the opening of the meetings, Margaret
Warner talks with Tom Roberts, editor of the National Catholic Reporter, an
independent weekly newspaper that covers the Catholic Church. (6/13/02)