Clerical Abuse

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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

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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

Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

Jun 1, 2021

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis wrote in the apostolic constitution introducing the changes that those who have committed a crime “need both mercy... Read more

Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy, bishop of Bielsko-Żywiec, Poland, from 1992 to 2013.

Vatican imposes penalties on retired Polish bishop after ‘Vos estis’ probe

May 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

Bishop Tadeusz Rakoczy led the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec from 1992 to 2013. Read more

Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki.

Pope Francis orders apostolic visitation of Cardinal Woelki’s Cologne archdiocese

May 28, 2021

By CNA Staff

Apostolic visitors will evaluate “possible mistakes” by the cardinal and archdiocesan officials. Read more

View of St. Peter`s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on April 1, 2015.

Vatican abuse trial: Witness testimony gives conflicting view of victim, pre-seminary

May 12, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican City State’s criminal court heard testimony from five witnesses. Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican responds to bishops’ call to amend Church law on crimes against minors

May 11, 2021

The Vatican told English and Welsh bishops that it was in the process of altering the Code of Canon Law. Read more

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Montreal archbishop appoints ombudsman to oversee abuse complaints

May 5, 2021

By Autumn Jones

The Archdiocese of Montreal announced Wednesday the appointment of an independent ombudsman, Marie Christine Kirouac, to receive all complaints of... Read more

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J.

Safeguarding expert: Guidelines are ‘in vain’ if not upheld by Church powers

Apr 30, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Fr. Hans Zollner, S.J, explains why Rome’s Center for Child Protection is becoming an anthropology institute. Read more

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Chicago case highlights religious orders that have not published lists of credibly accused clergy

Apr 19, 2021

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not released lists of members... Read more

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021

German Catholic archbishop offers to resign from office after abuse report findings

Mar 18, 2021

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all... Read more

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

Vatican abuse trial: Victim alleges 6 years of abuse by older student

Mar 18, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The alleged victim in a trial concerning a Vatican youth seminary has testified that he was sexually assaulted over a... Read more

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Providence diocese won't comment on bill expanding liability for child sex abuse

Mar 3, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Providence is refusing to comment on a bill that would provide increased opportunities for victims of child... Read more

View of St. Peter`s Basilica from the roof of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross on April 1, 2015.

Vatican abuse trial: Witnesses say allegations about youth seminary were ignored

Feb 25, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Witnesses at the fifth hearing in a trial for alleged abuse and cover-up at a Vatican youth seminary testified Wednesday... Read more

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

Accused priest asserts innocence at Vatican seminary abuse hearing

Feb 10, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a hearing on Wednesday in a trial for alleged abuse and cover-up at a Vatican youth seminary, a defendant asserted... Read more