Catholic Church in Crisis
News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.
The tradition is a discipline, not a dogma.
It's self-serving for men who have repudiated their promise of celibacy to attack those who still try to keep it. By Andrew Greeley
"Celibacy is a precious gift given by God to his Church and as a sign of the kingdom which is not of this world -- a sign of the undivided love of the priest for God and for God's people."
Which Dioceses Are Affected?
Bishops' Worst Mistakes
Plus: Avoid "Simplistic" Judgments: The bishops' conference responds
(Dallas Morning News, June 2002)
Specific abuse cases and alleged coverups across the country.
Catholic Crisis Spreads Abroad
Your Diocese's Statement/Policies:
Not Just Priests
Clergy sexual abuse of minors and adults is a problem in all faiths. By Anne Simpkinson
Clergy Sexual Misconduct Resources
Links for individuals and communities dealing with sexual misconduct and prevention.
The Cost to the Church
Sept. 2003: $85M Deal in Boston Church Abuse Suits
Feb. 2003: Scandal Costs Account for Over Half of L.A. Archdiocese’s $13.4 Million Deficit
Nov. 2001: How Much Is This Costing the Church?
A pre-scandal estimate said U.S. dioceses may already have spent as much as $1 billion in payouts to victims.
No Deep Pockets
If Catholics are successful in their crusade to punish the church through its pocketbook, who will they really hurt? By Fr. Andrew Greeley
Spring 2002: Chicago Cardinal Suggests Selling Church's Mansion for Funds
Fall 2002: Despite Scandal, NY Diocese Fundraiser May Set Record
Spring 2002: Scandals Won't Bankrupt the Church
Even with the prospect of fresh lawsuits that could double the billion-dollar tally of settlements already reached, the bankruptcy of even a single diocese is unlikely, church financial analysts say.
How Have Innocent Priests Been Affected?
Fall 2002: Due Process for Priests
By Fr. Andrew Greeley
Priests' Rights Could Be Next Victim
Some clergy say recent moves constitute a "witch hunt" that could affect innocent priests.
In Defense of Good Priests--and Celibacy
Do marriage and sex turn you into a mature adult? Will priests grow up if only they marry? Does marriage automatically produce maturity? By Andrew Greeley
Guided Prayers for Catholics Struggling With the Scandals
Dealing with feelings of anger and betrayal. From the Daughters of St. Paul.
Beliefnet Prayer Circle for Victims of Child Sexual Abuse