Dec 8, 2013 - 04:08 pm .- Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has welcomed Pope Francis’ new commission to fight the sexual abuse of minors, pledging his help and support in its mission.
Dec 5, 2013 - 05:31 pm .- The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual abuse and to respond to its allegations, focusing on the gravity of abuse and its victims' suffering.
Oct 15, 2013 - 04:56 am .- California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed more decades-old sexual abuse charges against Catholic schools and other non-profit institutions, while exempting public schools where abuse took place.
Sep 27, 2013 - 10:26 am .- The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said that he had been abused during his time as an altar boy between 1998 and 2001.
Jul 3, 2013 - 04:19 am .- Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex abuse cases, saying the documents will help the Church face up to mistakes and prevent abuse.
Jun 14, 2013 - 12:44 pm .- The Vatican is not at all surprised the International Criminal Court rejected a request by an abuse victims’ advocacy group to investigate Benedict XVI for crimes against humanity.
Jun 6, 2013 - 06:35 am .- An expert on dealing with sexual abuse cases within the Church says prevention guidelines being developed with Vatican oversight should vary from country to country.
May 3, 2013 - 04:02 pm .- A priest accused of sexually abusing a minor in 2001 has resigned from ministry with the Newark archdiocese, after acknowledging that he violated the terms of an agreement with local prosecutors.
Apr 17, 2013 - 04:04 pm .- Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex abuse, in which a Pope figure coordinates abuse and tries to avoid being caught by reporters.
Apr 12, 2013 - 04:07 am .- An upcoming movie on the sex abuse scandal in the Archdiocese of Boston has caused one screenwriter to worry that the film could exploit sex abuse for the sake of Hollywood awards.
Apr 5, 2013 - 06:49 am .- Pope Francis has reaffirmed the Vatican process established by Benedict XVI for handling instances of sexual abuse by priests.
Jan 31, 2013 - 11:05 pm .- Los Angeles Archbishop José H. Gomez has relieved retired Cardinal Roger Mahony of his remaining duties after the release of personnel files of priests accused of sexual abuse decades ago.
Oct 30, 2012 - 04:05 am .- The Vatican has reiterated condemnation of sexual abuse following allegations against deceased British TV star Jimmy Savile, who during his life was given a papal knighthood for his charity work.
Oct 9, 2012 - 04:03 pm .- On Oct. 9, Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes Fernadez of Iquique, Chile, who has been under investigation by the Vatican since April for alleged sexual abuse.
Oct 3, 2012 - 12:05 pm .- In a statement Oct. 2, the Apostolic Nunciature in Chile revealed that local Bishop Marco Antonio Ordenes of Iquique is under investigation for sexual abuse.
Sep 27, 2012 - 10:50 am .- A National Geographic story on ivory smuggling has renewed focus on a prominent Philippines priest accused of sexual abuse in Los Angeles in the 1980s.
Sep 25, 2012 - 12:01 am .- The Catholic bishops of Australia’s Victoria state have said the Catholic Church in Victoria will cooperate “fully” with the Australian state’s parliamentary inquiry into child abuse.
Sep 6, 2012 - 04:32 pm .- A Kansas judge has convicted Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph on one misdemeanor count of failure to report suspected child abuse and acquitted him on another count, while charges against the diocese have been dismissed.
Sep 4, 2012 - 10:42 am .- Franciscan friar Father Benedict Groeschel has stepped down as host of EWTN’s Sunday Night Prime television show following his apology for making comments about the sexual abuse of minors.
Aug 31, 2012 - 12:22 pm .- Father Benedict Groeschel and the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal have apologized for his comments that appeared to blame sex abuse victims for their abuse while excusing their abusers, with his religious order calling the remarks “completely out of character.”