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Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse diocese to hold Mass for Healing amid nearly 400 sex abuse claims

The Diocese of Syracuse will hold a Mass for Healing on April 29 after nearly 400 sex abuse claims involving... Read more

New York state capitol, Albany.

Law firm tallies 2,800 suits filed against Catholic entities under NY Child Victims Act

A law firm that frequently represents victims of clerical sexual abuse announced April 6 that it had counted at least... Read more

Church in Australia to implement nationwide protocol for responding to abuse allegations

Starting in February, the Catholic Church in Australia will have a national protocol for responding to allegations of sexual abuse,... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden.

Majority of Camden diocese abuse claims left unprocessed amid bankruptcy filing

The Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy last week, leaving abuse settlements unpaid for about two-thirds of the alleged victims... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Saginaw diocesan employee alleges retaliation after reporting abuse

An employee of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan is suing the diocese, alleging that his fellow employees retaliated against him... 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

Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the... Read more

California state capitol.

California expands statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law on Sunday a measure extending the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse... Read more

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minn.

New Ulm diocese reaches $34m settlement with victims of clergy sex abuse

The Diocese of New Ulm announced Wednesday it has reached a $34 million settlement with victims of clerical sexual abuse.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (R) addresses the Polish bishops' plenary assembly in Wałbrzych, June 14 2019.

Lead by example, not documents, Vatican abuse expert tells Polish bishops

As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards

Last week the Australian bishop' conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new standards to combat the sexual abuse of children... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists, June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years imprisonment for sexual abuse

Cardinal George Pell was sentenced Wednesday to six years imprisonment, after being convicted in December of sexual abuse of two... Read more

Dec. 21, 2018: Pope Francis delivers his annual pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis tells Curia: 'Spare no effort' in bringing abusers to justice

Pope Francis strongly condemned clerical sex abuse in his annual Christmas speech to the Roman Curia Friday, promising that the... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops

The removal of Bishop Carlos Pellegrín Barrera of Chillán and Bishop Cristián Contreras Molina of San Felipe was confirmed in... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Australian court finds Archbishop Wilson guilty of concealing abuse

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Australian court hears further testimony in Cardinal Pell abuse hearing

New accusations were brought forward and others were dropped this week, during a pre-trial hearing in an Australian court regarding... Read more