Clerical Abuse

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Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Father Rupnik ‘egocentric and violent,’ a sister from his former community alleges

Dec 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The sister told CNA she did not know anything about sexual abuse or allegations of abuse, but that her experience... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.

Denouncing clergy sex abuse, Santa Fe Archdiocese files $121 million settlement plan

Oct 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Lamenting the damage that abusive Catholic clergy have caused to sexual abuse victims, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe submitted its... Read more

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode speaks during a press conference on Sept. 22, 2022, following the release of a report that said he mishandled abuse cases in the Diocese of Osnabrück, in northwestern Germany, which he has led since 1995.

German bishop says he won’t resign after report he mishandled abuse cases

Sep 22, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A report published Sept. 20 said Bishop Franz-Josef Bode mishandled abuse cases in the Diocese of Osnabrück, in northwestern Germany,... Read more

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Colombian archdiocese publishes list of abuse complaints, actions taken

Aug 31, 2022

By Eduardo Berdejo

The Archdiocese of Medellín has published the list of complaints of sexual abuse by priests it has received in the... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet takes part in the Pontifical Council for Culture's Plenary Assembly on Women's Cultures in Rome, Feb. 6, 2015.

Cardinal Ouellet: Allegations against me are defamatory

Aug 19, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, on Friday denied having made inappropriate gestures on a woman who... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet takes part in the Pontifical Council for Culture's Plenary Assembly on Women's Cultures in Rome, Feb. 6, 2015.

Cardinal Ouellet named in Canadian sex abuse lawsuit

Aug 16, 2022

By Carl Bunderson

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, Prefect of the Dicastery for Bishops, was accused of sexual assault in a civil suit filed against... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, N.M.

For sexual abuse victims in Santa Fe archdiocese, $122 million settlement a 'next step'

May 18, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has agreed on a $121.5 million bankruptcy settlement to provide compensation for hundreds of sexual... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

California Catholic dioceses ask Supreme Court to hear statute of limitations extension case

May 2, 2022

By Katie Yoder

California Catholic bishops are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case challenging the state for permitting victims of... Read more

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of Albany

Former Albany bishop says he returned priests accused of abuse to ministry without involving law enforcement

Mar 28, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

In a deposition released March 25, the former Bishop of Albany admitted that he did not report several instances of... Read more

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Catholic Church in France raises $22 million for abuse victims

Jan 31, 2022

By Kate Olivera

The Catholic Church in France has secured more than $22 million in compensation for victims of child sex abuse. Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Benedict XVI, Munich, and cover-up claims: why an old allegation is resurfacing

Jan 6, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Vatican firmly rejected the assertions in 2010. Read more

Pope Francis meets French bishops at the Vatican, Dec. 13, 2021.

Pope Francis tells France’s Catholic bishops he’ll meet authors of landmark abuse report

Dec 14, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope said he was ‘completely available’ for a meeting. Read more

The flag of Switzerland.

Switzerland’s Catholic Church approves independent abuse study

Dec 8, 2021

By CNA Staff

The project will begin in March 2022. Read more

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Catholic Church in Italy holds 1st national day of prayer for abuse victims

Nov 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Milan archdiocese marked the day with Eucharistic adoration and Mass. Read more

The Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

Portugal’s Catholic bishops approve independent clerical abuse commission

Nov 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The move followed an appeal by more than 200 Portuguese Catholics. Read more

Pope Francis prays with journalists on the papal flight en route to South Korea on Aug. 14, 2014.

Pope Francis calls for ‘process of conversion’ in the Church to prevent all forms of abuse

Nov 4, 2021

By Courtney Mares

The pope said that ‘the culture of death’ leads to sexual abuse. Read more

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Pope Francis wants seminarians to read this letter from a clerical abuse survivor

Oct 20, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’ Read more

Archbishop Éric de Moulins-Beaufort, pictured in 2015.

French Catholic leader discusses ‘clumsy wording’ on confessional seal with interior minister

Oct 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop asked for ‘forgiveness,’ saying that his remarks overshadowed a landmark abuse report. Read more