Abuse in the Catholic Church . . .
Finding a Way Forward

This page includes important coverage about recent developments in the sexual abuse scandal and the church's response to it. This material may help answer some of your questions and concerns about the issues.

 

  By Archbishop William E. Lori   I write to offer further reflections on the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church, particularly on how it affects our local Church in Baltimore.  First, I offer my sincere apology to those who have been wounded. Second, I ask for your mercy and charity, as I know these wounds run deep and trust has been broken.  More

By Archbishop William E. Lori

I write to offer further reflections on the ongoing crisis in the Catholic Church, particularly on how it affects our local Church in Baltimore.

First, I offer my sincere apology to those who have been wounded. Second, I ask for your mercy and charity, as I know these wounds run deep and trust has been broken.
More

Archdiocese of Baltimore to hold virtual town-hall meetings for input on sexual abuse crisis

lori-meeting-1550x700.jpg

September 21, 2018 Catholic Review Staff
Archbishop William E. Lori spent the five weeks after the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report listening to clergy, seminarians, educators and laity with meetings, listening sessions and chatting with parishioners after Mass on at least eight occasions.
Continue…

Frequently Asked Questions

Click here to download a fact sheet about frequently asked questions concerning the abuse crisis and the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s response.

Click here to download an information graphic about the abuse crisis.

Click here for information about the upcoming Listening Session on September 25 in Libertytown.

Accountability: A Reflection by Archbishop Lori

Accountability: A Reflection by Archbishop Lori

Catholic Baltimore Radio Interviews

Jerri Burkhardt, director of the archdiocesan Office of Child and Youth Protection, speaks about the charter for the protection of children in this Sept. 24, 2017 radio interview:

Archbishop Lori speaks about accountability during the following Aug. 12, 2018 radio interview: 


usccb-abuse-1550x700.jpg
 
listening-session-hero-1550x700.jpg
 
 Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., is shown at a 2012 press conference. Pope Francis accepted Bishop Bransfield’s resignation as bishop of the diocese Sept. 13 and appointed Archbishop William E. Lori as apostolic administrator. (CNS photo/Tim Bishop, Catholic Spirit)

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston, W.Va., is shown at a 2012 press conference. Pope Francis accepted Bishop Bransfield’s resignation as bishop of the diocese Sept. 13 and appointed Archbishop William E. Lori as apostolic administrator. (CNS photo/Tim Bishop, Catholic Spirit)

Sacred Heart - Day of Reparation.png

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

September 19, 2018, Catholic Review Staff

WASHINGTON — Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops.
Continue…

Archbishop Lori hears faithful’s concerns about scandals

September 18, 2018, Catholic Review Staff

In the five weeks after a Pennsylvania grand jury released a report detailing allegations of sexual abuse of more than 1,000 minors by 301 priests, Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore visited more than a dozen locations in the archdiocese to hear the comments and concerns of the faithful about the scandals in the church.

The archbishop met with priests, deacons, seminarians and Catholic Center staff, and he addressed Catholic school educators at a convocation in late August. Along with the archdiocese’s auxiliary bishops and the vicar for clergy, he conducted regional listening sessions at three locations, meeting with principals and some teachers and staff in the afternoon and with pastors and parish leaders in the evening.
Continue…

Pope Francis appoints Archbishop Lori as apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston

September 13, 2018, Catholic Review Staff

Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston is seen at Wheeling Hospital in this February 2017 photo. Pope Francis accepted Bishop Bransfield’s resignation as bishop of the diocese Sept. 13 and appointed Archbishop William E. Lori as apostolic administrator. (CNS photo/Colleen Rowan, The Catholic Spirit)
More…

Fr. Kevin outlines parish action plan in response to the abuse crisis in the Church

September 9, 2018
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

We are so grateful for all of the parishioners who have taken the time to share their thoughts, questions and concerns regarding the crisis in the Church.  Please know our parish staff is working with great determination and pastoral concern to best address the concerns raised by our parishioners.  If I might explain what we are currently doing and offer some thoughts for the very near future:

1.            We stand in solidarity and support all victims, and those who have supported victims.  Survivors of child sexual abuse deserve to be listened to. We promise to listen and to act on their behalf.

2.            As priests, we continue to address the current abuse scandal. This is an issue of justice and the Word of God demands that we address it.

Continue…

 
Fr. Kevin Response Letter Graphic Final.jpg

Fr. Kevin reflects on Pa. Grand Jury Report

August 31, 2018
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

                This year, I celebrate 25 years of being a priest. I have been blest to serve the Lord and his people.  I love priesthood, I love the many ways that people have invited me into their lives.
                These past couple of days, however, I have felt sucker punched.  Listening to the pain of survivors of child sexual abuse in Pennsylvania has been gut-wrenching.  My heart bleeds for those who have had the strength to come forward with courage and dignity, and speak of their abuse.  My heart bleeds as well for those survivors who bare their pain in silence, unable or unwilling to speak about the unspeakable.  I ache for their families and friends who walk with the pain of those who have been abused, but can only walk so far; they cannot understand a survivor’s daily reality.

Continue…             

 
Archbishop Lori.jpg

Archbishop Lori says allegations open old wounds for abuse victims

August 14, 2018

Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore acknowledged the renewed pain and anger caused by clergy sexual abuse following the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report that details some of the actions taken by Cardinal William H. Keeler when he was a bishop in Pennsylvania. 

“At this difficult time in the life of the church, we in the Archdiocese of Baltimore are especially saddened and troubled by the news of the late Cardinal William H. Keeler’s failures while serving as Bishop of Harrisburg, one of six dioceses cited in the grand jury report,” Archbishop Lori said in a statement Aug. 14.  More

Click here for an official statement on the release of the Grand Jury report. Click here for Archbishop Lori’s response to allegations of abuse by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.