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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


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


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