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Cincinnati auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer.

Former Cincinnati auxiliary bishop’s role with Catholic school undetermined, as parents express concerns

Parents at St. John the Baptist School in Hamilton County, Ohio expressed concern this week about former Auxiliary Bishop Joseph... Read more

Bishop Michael Hoeppner. CNA file photo.

Former Crookston bishop apologizes for failures in governance

Bishop Michael Hoeppner, who has resigned as Bishop of Crookston after being accused of mishandling cases of priests accused of... Read more

The USCCB autumn general assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

US reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases launched

A national third-party reporting system for allegations of abuse, neglect, or misconduct against bishops in the US has launched.  Read more

The USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 13, 2018.

US bishops counter narrative of resistance to Pope Francis

The USCCB issued Thursday a statement responding to a recent book which the conference says perpetuates a myth that it... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Trial of Indian bishop charged with rape to begin in November

The trial of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was charged with rape in April, will begin Nov. 11 in... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Nun alleges evidence tampering in case of Indian bishop charged with rape

A nun representing a reported rape victim of Bishop Franco Mulakkal has accused the defense of evidence tampering in the... Read more

Basilica of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Charleston. CC 4.0, Wikimedia Commons.

Wheeling-Charleston Diocese launches new financial accountability plan

In the wake of reports of financial and sexual misconduct on the part of former Bishop Michael Bransfield, the Diocese... Read more

Liberian priest's wide-ranging accusations against two bishops include sexual harassment

Liberian Church leaders have visited the Vatican after a priest claimed to have been mentally and psychologically abused by two... Read more

Bishops at the USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, June 12, 2019.

US bishops authorize reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases

The US bishops voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a national third-party system for victims confidentially to report cases of abuse... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, who presented to the USCCB general assembly proposal for implementing Vos estis lux mundi.

US bishops open debate on abuse reforms

On the morning of the first day of the USCCB’s General Assembly in Baltimore, discussion began on three proposals to... Read more

Anita Raines, chair of the National Advisory Council, addresses the USCCB Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., June 11, 2019.

Lay advisers urge US bishops to press for release of McCarrick documents

Advisory bodies to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops called Tuesday for the bishops to urge the Holy See to... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston addresses the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Cardinal DiNardo hopeful for Church in US

Acknowledging that he was disappointed by the Vatican's decision to block a vote on sex abuse reform measures, Cardinal Daniel... Read more

Voting at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 13, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

'What are people to make of our silence?' Bishops discuss McCarrick in Baltimore

The bishops of the United States resumed their open-floor discussion on the recent sexual abuse scandals facing the Church in... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

US bishops divided on how to deal with sex abuse accusations

Wednesday afternoon, the bishops of the United States resumed their discussions of the proposals for policies which were intended to... Read more

The USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.

USCCB discusses standards of conduct, independent commission

The U.S. bishops have formally begun discussion of a new set of standards of conduct and a special commission to... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

National Review Board offers suggestions for bishops' accountability

Speaking on Tuesday at the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Dr. Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board,... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

Reporting hotline for complaints against bishops debated at USCCB meeting

A third-party complaint hotline could solve a major problem in the Church when it comes to reporting abuse - namely,... Read more

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.

Tyler bishop: Our main job is to focus on salvation of souls

About three months after calling for an investigation into the claims made by former Apostolic Nuncio Carlo Vigano, Bishop Joseph... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Santiago archdiocese creates lay-led commission to address abuse cases

Amid the crisis facing the Church in Chile regarding sexual and other forms of abuse, the Archdiocese of Santiago has... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano.

US bishops continue to respond to Viganò testimony

Since Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler first responded Saturday to the former US nuncio's testimony which alleged sex abuse cover-up... Read more