Cardinal Sean O'Malley

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Cardinal Sean O'Malley briefs reporters during the Vatican abuse summit.

Vatican abuse commission now more ‘impact-focused,’ Boston’s Cardinal O’Malley says

May 8, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said the commission’s recent actions “represent a major shift towards a more impact-focused direction.”  Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in an audience May 5, 2023.

Pope Francis invites child protection group to have ‘a spirituality of reparation’

May 5, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“The sexual abuse of minors by clergy and its poor handling by Church leaders has been one of the greatest... Read more

St. Michael the Archangel.

Call to ‘intense’ prayer: Boston Archdiocese responds to Satanic Temple’s convention

Apr 20, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The Archdiocese of Boston is responding to the Satanic Temple’s upcoming “SatanCon” event in Boston. Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

Cardinal O’Malley ‘surprised, disappointed’ by abuse expert’s criticism of Vatican commission

Mar 30, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said Thursday he strongly disagrees with a critique of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission by Father Hans Zollner. Read more

Father Hans Zollner.

Abuse expert leaves Vatican commission for protection of minors, citing concerns

Mar 29, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Father Hans Zollner said in a statement March 29 that “structural and practical issues” within the commission had led him... Read more

New cardinal Timothy Michael Dolan (L), Archbishop of New York, receives the biretta cap from Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Basilica on Feb. 18, 2012, in Vatican City, Vatican.

U.S. cardinals react to Benedict XVI’s death

Jan 1, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

A roundup of tributes from members of the College of Cardinals from the United States to the late pope. Read more

The Council of Cardinals meets with Pope Francis on Feb. 21, 2022.

Pope’s cardinal advisers discuss Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Dec 7, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Holy See press office said Dec. 7 that the pope met with his council of advisers for a two-day... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley celebrates Mass in San Giovanni Rotondo for the feast of Padre Pio Sept. 23, 2022

Cardinal O’Malley: ‘Padre Pio shows us the power of the cross’

Sep 23, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The archbishop of Boston celebrated Mass on Sept. 23 in San Giovanni Rotondo, Italy, in the Church of Saint Pio... Read more

Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors president Cardinal Seán O’Malley, left, attends a press conference near the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Cardinal O’Malley defends the independence of the Vatican’s safeguarding commission

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The Boston archbishop said that Pope Francis ‘has assured us that … the commission will be independent.’ Read more

A demonstrator at the "Enough is Enough" rally in Baltimore Nov. 16 outside the fall assembly of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

USCCB demonstrators: The scene outside the bishops' meeting in Baltimore

Nov 20, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

More than 1,000 demonstrators, representing various causes and grievances, came to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' fall assembly... Read more


Catholic Church in Italy holds 1st national day of prayer for abuse victims

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Milan archdiocese marked the day with Eucharistic adoration and Mass. Read more

Fernando Karadima

Fernando Karadima, former priest whose sex abuse scandal rocked Chile, dead at 90

Jul 26, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Fernando Karadima, an influential former priest in Chile whose sexual abuse of minors prompted major questions about episcopal cover-ups, has... Read more

Msgr. Robert Oliver, then secretary of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, in Rome, July 11, 2019.

American priest reveals communication ‘mix-up’ about end of Vatican job

Apr 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Msgr. Robert Oliver has said that due to a “mix-up,” he was not told in advance that his service on... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

Boston cardinal: Catholics have 'right' to clarity, after priest supports 'right to choose'

Aug 27, 2020

By Christine Rousselle

Cardinal Sean O’Malley said that Catholics have “the right to expect" that priests of the archdiocese be clear and unequivocal on... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Boston archdiocese pushes back after Trump says Boston bomber ‘deserves death’

Aug 4, 2020

After President Donald Trump said Sunday that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, perpetrator of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombings, should be put to... Read more

St. John's Seminary, Boston.

Boston seminary report: 'isolated incidents' but no 'culture of abuse'

Nov 22, 2019

An independent investigation into the Archdiocese of Boston’s St. John’s Seminary has found incidents of sexual misconduct but no seminary-wide... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican, April 19, 2018.

Cardinal O'Malley: Pope Francis will publish Vatican McCarrick report 'soon'

Nov 11, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The results of the Vatican’s investigation of Theodore McCarrick should be published by early 2020, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to bishops inside the Synod Hall.

Cardinal O'Malley, Bishop McElroy named participants in Amazon synod

Sep 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Cardinal Sean O’Malley, archbishop of Boston, and Bishop Robert McElroy of San Diego are among those chosen by Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis leads the introductory prayer and delivers his greeting on the opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

Mar 29, 2019

By Ed Condon

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

O'Malley introduces whistleblower system for complaints against Boston bishops

Mar 11, 2019

The Archdiocese of Boston has announced it will implement a third-party system for reporting allegations of abuse or misconduct against... Read more