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By Stephen P. White, The Catholic Thing, June 27, 2024

Stephen P. White is executive director of The Catholic Project at The Catholic University of America and a fellow in Catholic Studies at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.


When a priest has been credibly accused of the physical, psychological, spiritual, and sexual abuse of several dozen women over the course of more than three decades, simply moving him to another jurisdiction and returning him to ministry might seem like an obviously bad idea. This is true even – perhaps especially – when the priest in question is a world-famous artist.

If the same priest, while further investigations into mounting abuse allegations are ongoing, has been excommunicated for attempting to absolve an accomplice in sins against the Sixth Commandment, it might not be prudent to invite him to preach retreats at the Vatican. …

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