As relevant news and background items
come to light, we will highlight them here
for your reading and thought.
Words of Encouragement to Priests disheartened by crimes of fellow priests
A way out of the blame game for the American abuse crisis.We need institutions but we also need reform
Pope calls for an apostolate to protect minors from abuse
Comments on the Napa conference
New reporting system for flagging suspected abuse of minors and vulnerable people in Vatican city State
Does Church Teaching Change?
President of German Conference of Bishops calls for lay preachers
For years, a Michigan group has quietly assisted priests accused of abuse
Vatican not in compliance with UN human rights treaty protecting rights of children
Minnesota diocese reaches settlement with abuse survivors
Wisconsin Norbertine Abbey releases names of credibly accused priests
A Word from the Pope
Pope Francis has issued a draft for reforming the Roman Curia (the body of high ranking Vatican officials), calling for lay men and women to have "governing roles of importance and responsibility", including as heads of the various offices. The Pope also calls for de-emphasizing the authoritative role
of the Curia, while promoting a more service-oriented role.
National Catholic Reporter Article
Parishioners at two Philadelphia-area churches organize on abuse crisis.
Pictured Left to Right: Mia Holman, Augustinian Fr. Joseph Genito,
Cara Tripodi and Ann Carr
St. Thomas of Villanova Parish Office | 1229 E. Lancaster Ave | Rosemont, PA 19010 | Phone: 610.525.4801 | Fax: 610.525.6041