Abuse of minors

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Legionaries of Christ present annual report on sexual abuse of minors by priests

Apr 23, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The report gives an account of the commitments made regarding victims of abuse by the congregation and the creation of... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Pope Francis asks for annual report on Church’s efforts to prevent abuse

Apr 29, 2022

By Courtney Mares

The pontiff was addressing the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Read more

Supreme Court of Canada, Ottawa.

Canada’s Supreme Court says archdiocese is responsible for orphanage abuse

Jan 14, 2021

Canada’s highest court has ruled that the Archdiocese of St. John’s in Newfoundland and Labrador will be responsible for Mount... Read more

Netfli logo on laptop.

Netflix sees cancelations spike after 'Cuties' controversy

Sep 18, 2020

Controversy surrounding the film “Cuties” has led to Netflix subscribers cancelling the service at eight times the normal rate, an... Read more

Prosecutors appeal dismissal of Pittsburgh priest's conviction for sex abuse

Mar 17, 2020

Allegheny County prosecutors are appealing a judge's decision to vacate the conviction of Fr. Hugh Lang, who is accused of... Read more

Legion of Christ abuser dismissed from clerical state

Jan 14, 2020

This week Fernando Martínez Suárez, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, was dismissed from the clerical state. He had... Read more

Pope Francis on May 29, 2019.

Pope Francis lifts pontifical secret from legal proceedings of abuse trials of clerics

Dec 17, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis declared Tuesday that the pontifical secret will no longer apply in cases of accusations and trials involving abuse... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell prepares for appeal hearing

Jun 3, 2019

Pell's appeal is set to be heard by a three-judge panel of the state of Victoria’s Supreme Court on 5-6... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. CNA file photo.

‘Much progress still needed’ DiNardo says as bishops release child protection report

May 31, 2019

The United States bishops’ conference has released its annual report on the protection of children.  Read more

California State Capitol building in Sacramento. Via Shutterstock

'No priest may obey' proposed law, California bishop says

May 29, 2019

Bishop Michael Barber, S.J., of the Diocese of Oakland, California, has said he would sooner accept arrest and prison than... Read more

Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta.

Archbishop Gregory promises transparency during state investigation

May 1, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The bishops of the state of Georgia have vowed to be open and transparent as the attorney general conducts an... Read more

Stations of the Cross at Rome's Colosseum April 19, 2019.

At Colosseum Stations of the Cross, Pope Francis prays for abused minors

Apr 19, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis’ prayer at Good Friday’s Stations of the Cross at the Colosseum included a plea for abused youth and... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope says responses to abuse crisis cannot forget the influence of evil

Mar 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Returning from Morocco to Italy Sunday night, Pope Francis said the problem of child sexual abuse, in all its forms,... Read more

Pope Francis leads the introductory prayer and delivers his greeting on the opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

Mar 29, 2019

By Ed Condon

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the... Read more

Brooklyn Cathedral.

New law in NY used to revive $20 million suit against Brooklyn diocese

Mar 11, 2019

A new law in New York that extended the statute of limitations for the reporting of childhood sexual abuse has... Read more

North Carolina state capitol.

North Carolina bill would extend statute of limitations

Mar 8, 2019

A proposed bill in North Carolina would allow more time for victims of child abuse to pursue both criminal and... Read more

Members of Have No Fear, a Polish organization for sex abuse victims and advocates, speak to media in Rome, Feb. 21, 2019.

Polish sex abuse victims meet Pope Francis, release abuse report

Feb 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

A Polish delegation of sex abuse victims and advocates met Pope Francis Wednesday, and presented the pope with a report... Read more

Benjamin Kitobo (C) speaks at a gathering of clerical sex abuse victims and advocates outside St. Peter's Square, Feb. 20, 2019.

Victims from Africa, Asia at Vatican to call for 'zero tolerance' of abuse cover-up

Feb 20, 2019

By Courtney Mares

While studying at an African minor seminary at the age of 14, Benjamin Kitobo says he was abused by a... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, New Jersey.

New Jersey dioceses launch fund for abuse survivors

Feb 12, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The five Roman Catholic dioceses of New Jersey announced on Monday the creation of the Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP)... Read more

The Michigan capitol building in Lansing.

Each Catholic diocese in Michigan raided in abuse investigation

Oct 4, 2018

Police raided diocesan properties at all seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan this week as part of an ongoing investigation into... Read more