Fr. Don Cozzens, recipient of VOTF's Priest of Integrity award in 2009, has posted an essay about the difference between a clerical culture, which is potentially a healthy environment, and clericalism, which instead cripples the Church's pastoral mission. You will find his essay on the U.S. Catholic web site, and there's a short survey at the end where you can weigh in on the topic yourself. ...
In another step towards accountabilty, Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Mexican bishop for shielding an abuser and of a Brazilian bishop notorious for excessive spending and for accepting "questionable" seminarians. Both bishops are below the 75-year retirement age, reports David Gibson, in a dispatch cited in the National Catholic Reporter.
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BOSTON, Mass., June 29, 2015 – Voice of the Faithful, a Roman Catholic Church reform movement, is gratified the Connecticut Supreme Court has upheld a superior court ruling finding the Archdiocese of Hartford “acted negligently and recklessly” in assigning a known pedophile priest as director of an elementary school where he abused Jacob Doe, the plaintiff in the case.