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Abuse letter to Cardinal O’Malley was second priest sent officials

A U.S. priest, Father Boniface Ramsey, wrote to Cardinal O'Malley in 2015 regarding the alleged sexual abuse of seminarians by Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

Wuerl: In Pittsburgh, he ‘established strong policies’ on abuse claims

Cardinal Wuerl said that while he understands the report "may be critical of some of my actions, I believe the report confirms that I acted with diligence, with concern for the victims and to prevent future acts of abuse."

Text of letter priest sent to Cardinal O’Malley about archbishop

Here is the text of a June 17, 2015, letter written by Father Boniface Ramsey, about Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick.

LCWR assembly reaffirms commitment to addressing ‘the sin of racism’

As part of their 2018 annual assembly, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious reaffirmed a 2016 LCWR resolution against racism.

Bishop discusses renewed efforts on addressing abuse claims, transparency

Claims of "priest wrongdoing" have prompted the Diocese of Lincoln to make a "thorough review" of its policies and procedures for responding to abuse allegations made against its priests.

‘Mountaintop Mass’ celebrated to honor Father McGivney draws 1,000

More than 1,000 people gathered on top of Holy Land USA as Archbishop Leonard P. Blair celebrated Mass to honor Father Michael McGivney, a candidate for sainthood, founder of the Knights of Columbus and a native of Waterbury.

Discalced Carmelites use time-honored skills to construct new monastery

The Carmelites are building a community in Fairfield to accommodate their growing numbers that have maximized their monastery in Elysburg. Pa.

Catholic bishops urge Florida governor to spare death-row inmate

In a letter to the governor on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Florida, Michael Sheedy, executive director of the state's Catholic conference, appealed to Scott to commute the death sentence for Jose Antonio Jimenez to a life sentence without parole.

Cardinal O’Malley calls for investigation at Boston seminary

Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley said that he has asked the rector of St. John Seminary to go on sabbatical leave and is asking for an investigation of allegations made on social media.

Bishops, faith leaders condemn Tennessee’s first execution in nine years

Two Tennessee Catholic bishops called the execution of Billy Ray Irick Aug. 9 "unnecessary."