Author Archives: CCA Staff

Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston adds names to lists of credibly accused clergy without notifying the public

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (DWC) has added a significant number of priests to their previously-published lists of clergy credibly accused of sexual abuse on Tuesday, May 21, 2019, without any sort of announcement to West Virginia Catholics or to the … Continue reading

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WV Catholics Conduct Holy Week Witness at St. Joseph Cathedral Chrism Mass

A group of West Virginia Catholic laity gathered Tuesday evening (April 16, 2019) at St. Joseph Cathedral in Wheeling for a prayerful witness during and after the Chrism Mass celebrated by Apostolic Administrator Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore. During the … Continue reading

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CCA Writes Pope Francis to Urge Ordination of Women Deacons

The following letter was approved by the CCA Board of Directors and sent to Pope Francis last week. His Holiness, Pope FrancisApostolic Palace00120 Vatican City February 26, 2019 Dear Pope Francis, We are writing to express our hope that the … Continue reading

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CCA’s Episcopal Adviser Speaks Out on Covington Catholic Controversy

Lexington, KY Bishop John Stowe, who has served as Catholic Committee of Appalachia’s (CCA) Episcopal Adviser since 2015, has responded to the controversy surrounding the recent confrontation between several students from Covington Catholic High School and the Indigenous activist and … Continue reading

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CCA Featured in new Salt + Light Documentary, “Magisterium of the People”

Salt + Light Media has announced the premiere of the new documentary Magisterium of the People: The Story of the People’s Pastoral from the Catholic Committee of Appalachia. The film, directed and produced by Sebastian Gomes, highlights the work of the … Continue reading

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Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston Releases List of Priests Accused of Abuse

The Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston (DWC) has released the names of clergy who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of minors, both the names of credibly accused clergy from the DWC and credibly accused priests from other regions or dioceses who … Continue reading

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Diocese of Steubenville Releases List of Priests Accused of Abuse

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia applauds the Diocese of Steubenville for changing course and releasing its self-generated list of priests accused of abuse. We continue to insist that, while this is an important step, it is not enough. An independent … Continue reading

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“Lay Involvement” in Church Investigation Does Not Guarantee Truth or Transparency

But the laypeople of “unimportant” diocese have the ability to influence the entire U.S. Catholic Church on accountability By Michael J. Iafrate What is happening in the Catholic Church in West Virginia is truly remarkable, notable and important to watch. … Continue reading

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People’s Pastoral Presented to Pope Francis

Last year, our friends at Salt + Light Media visited CCA’s home office in West Virginia to film a segment for their upcoming documentary The Francis Impact. During their visit they suggested we give them an inscribed copy of CCA’s “People’s … Continue reading

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New Resource Page on Abuse Crisis in Appalachia

The Catholic Committee of Appalachia (CCA) published a statement on sex abuse in the Catholic Church following the death of SNAP founder Barbara Blaine. Part of that statement focused on sex abuse in the church in Appalachia. Since then, the release … Continue reading

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