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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 Square Michel Foucault in Paris. Credit: J. Maughn via Flickr (CC BY-NC 2.0).

Abuse commission of Church in Germany defends citing Michel Foucault

The abuse commission of the Catholic Church in Germany has defended its citation of French philosopher Michel Foucault in a... Read more

The Portiuncula Chapel on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Priest who served at Franciscan University of Steubenville indicted on rape allegations

A Franciscan priest who once worked in campus ministry at Franciscan University of Steubenville has been indicted in Ohio for... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Former Albany bishop will be investigated under ‘Vos estis’ norms

An anonymous plaintiff last week filed a lawsuit against former Albany bishop Howard Hubbard, alleging that Hubbard molested him in... Read more

Pennsylvania capitol building

After legal error, sex abuse ‘window’ amendment will not go before Penn. voters

Republican lawmakers in Pennsylvania this week chose not to present a proposed constitutional amendment to voters via an emergency process.... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Bankruptcy judge rules Buffalo diocese will not pay for retired bishops’ lawyers

A bankruptcy judge ruled this month that the Diocese of Buffalo has “no obligation” to retain a law firm on... Read more

Father Michael Pfleger / Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil CC BY 2.0

Second man accuses Chicago’s Father Pfleger of sex abuse

A second alleged victim has accused activist Chicago priest Fr. Michael Pfleger of sexually abusing him as a minor decades... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden, New Jersey.

Citing impact of COVID, Camden diocese suspends participation in abuse victim fund

The Diocese of Camden, New Jersey said July 31 it will suspend its participation in an independent compensation program for... Read more

With release of sex abuse report, National Review Board cautions against complacency 

The head of the National Review Board has called for increased action to fight sex abuse and avoid complacency, following... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

Alleged Theodore McCarrick victim says he is helping fact-check abuse dossier

An anonymous alleged sexual abuse victim of former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says he and other alleged victims have been working... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna speaks at the Vatican abuse summit in Feb. 2019.

Vatican investigators to meet with Mexican sex abuse victims, bishops

The Vatican is sending Archbishop Charles Scicluna and Monsignor Jordi Bertomeo to Mexico this month to meet with sex abuse... Read more

Legion of Christ seeks forgiveness, change with new norms

Following the conclusion of the Legionaries of Christ’s general chapter, the religious order’s new leader has vowed to instill ideals... Read more

Victims of clergy sexual abuse, activists, and lawyers gather in Rome, Feb. 21, 2020.

Argentine clergy abuse victims in Rome, one year after Vatican summit

One year after the Vatican hosted a summit on the abuse crisis, three former students of an Argentine institute which... Read more

Legionaries of Christ to discuss handling of abuse at Rome meeting

The Legionaries of Christ on Jan. 20 opened its 2020 Ordinary General Chapter in Rome, which convenes every six years... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

UPDATED: Australian High Court refers Cardinal Pell's appeal of sex abuse conviction

The Australian High Court announced Wednesday that Cardinal George Pell has been granted leave to appeal an August decision by... Read more

LGBT leader paid sex abuse victim not to testify, Oregon authorities say

Terry Bean, a leading investor, LGBT advocate and political fundraiser, has been arrested in Oregon following allegations that he and... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

Independent report released on New York archdiocese abuse response

An independent reviewer for the Archdiocese of New York has found overall compliance with proper protocols for reports of sexual... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh.

Facing dire financial situation, Pittsburgh diocese looks to make changes

The Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh is evaluating options to respond to severe financial strains, exacerbated in the last year by... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Chile ends statute of limitations for sex crimes with underage victims

Chile has removed the statute of limitation on sex crimes against children and adolescents, though the new law is not... Read more

Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago.

Chicago Tribune op-ed: Public schools can learn from Catholics in handling sex abuse

After an investigative series by the Chicago Tribune uncovered numerous cases of sexual abuse and cover-up in the city’s public... Read more