Clerical Abuse

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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


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

The first hearing of the abuse trial takes place at the Vatican court Oct. 14, 2020.

Vatican abuse trial: Court clears former altar boy and ex-youth seminary rector of crimes

Oct 6, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican tribunal ruling came at the end of a year-long trial. Read more

Cardinal Seán O’Malley celebrates Mass during a safeguarding summit in Warsaw, Poland, Sept. 20, 2021.

Cardinal O’Malley at safeguarding summit: ‘The wrongs done to God’s people must be corrected’

Sep 22, 2021

By CNA Staff

The archbishop of Boston said: “Abuse and its cover up must stop.” Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Jan. 27, 2021.

Pope Francis invokes Abraham Lincoln in message to safeguarding summit

Sep 18, 2021

By CNA Staff

The pope referred to Lincoln’s Second Inaugural Address. Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

Aug 18, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more than 900 child sex abuse... Read more

The New York capitol building.

NY bishop hopes Child Victims Act deadline will close a ‘painful and sordid chapter’

Aug 16, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

At the close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo said... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Jul 29, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child... Read more

The flag of Vatican City with St. Peter’s Basilica in the background. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Vatican abuse trial: Prosecution requests jail time for defendants

Jul 16, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The tribunal listened to lawyers’ closing arguments. Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y.

Some abuse victims dissatisfied by Rochester diocese's bankruptcy plan

Jul 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

A proposed settlement deal between the Diocese of Rochester and several insurance agencies has drawn criticism from a group of... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner.

Safeguarding expert to lead Rome’s new anthropology institute

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

Fr. Hans Zollner S.J. will serve as director of the institute at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Read more

The Iowa capitol. Credit: Henryk Sadura/Shutterstock.

Iowa attorney general releases report on clergy sex abuse

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Iowa Attorney General’s office has released a 30-page report on sexual abuse by members of the clergy, almost exactly... Read more

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Springfield bishop appoints co-chairs of sex abuse task force

Jun 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts has announced the appointment of two social workers to lead an independent task force... Read more

The Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, which houses the meeting room of the UN Human Rights Council.

UN experts’ letter to Vatican has ‘no real teeth,’ says Church official

Jun 21, 2021

By CNA Staff

The letter accused the Holy See of engaging in “obstructive practices” related to abuse. Read more

The meeting room of the United Nations Human Rights Council, in the Palace of Nations in Geneva, Switzerland.

Statement by UN ‘experts’ seeks to discredit the Holy See

Jun 20, 2021

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The statement by a group of U.N. experts will ‘give the Holy See a pie in the face.’ Read more