By Robert Costello
Special to Crux December 22, 2014
In the weeks since Pope Francis convened a Synod of Bishops from around the world to discuss issues important to family life, there has been a lot of talk about whether the Church should be more welcoming to gays, allow divorced/civilly remarried Catholics to receive Communion, or make annulments easier to obtain.
Continue reading Clergy abuse survivor to bishops: You’re ignoring the greatest threat to the family
By Jason Berry
Newly released documents in a Rhode Island lawsuit show that the scandal-tarred Legion of Christ shielded information on their founder’s sex life from a wealthy widow who donated $30 million over two decades.
In 2009, the widow’s niece, Mary Lou Dauray, sued the Legion and the bank that facilitated key transactions, alleging fraud. At Dauray’s request, backed by a motion from NCR and three other media outlets, Superior Court Judge Michael Silverstein revoked a protective order the Legionaries had secured and released discovery findings Friday.
Continue reading Legion of Christ’s Deception Unearthed
by Jason Berry
[New Orleans] To be a Catholic these days is to profess faith in spite of humiliation caused by an epic crisis of sexually abusive clerics. The Los Angeles archdiocese alone faces some 500 civil cases and a criminal grand jury seeking files of more than 200 priests. Despite the scandal, Cardinal Roger Mahony is encouraging the Legion of Christ – whose leader has been trailed by accusations of sexually abusing seminarians – as the religious order seeks to open a school. Continue reading Legion of Christ Spells Trouble for L.A. Archdiocese