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Cardinal Nichols at Westminster Cathedral on April 18, 2019.

Abuse inquiry faults English cardinal and the Vatican

Nov 11, 2020

Catholic leaders promised to reform safeguarding procedures Tuesday following the publication of a highly critical independent report on child abuse... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

In Paris, former apostolic nuncio begins trial for alleged sexual assault

Nov 9, 2020

The former apostolic nuncio to France will go on trial Nov. 10 in Paris after allegations he committed sexual assault... Read more

Archbishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź.

‘Vos estis’ inquiry into Polish Catholic archbishop advances

Nov 5, 2020

The apostolic nunciature in Poland announced Wednesday that the diocesan phase of an investigation into an archbishop accused of negligence... Read more

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015.

Vatican abuse trial: Victim petitions to sue pre-seminary and religious group

Oct 27, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a... Read more

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Richmond, Va.

Richmond Catholic diocese to pay $6.3 million in abuse settlements

Oct 16, 2020

The Diocese of Richmond is set to pay a total of $6.3 million in settlements to more than 50 victims... Read more

Byzantine priest who made up hate crime ordered to life of penance after abuse allegation

Oct 15, 2020

A Byzantine priest in Indiana has been ordered to a life of prayer and penance two years after he was... Read more

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

Vatican court hears charges on first day of priest sex abuse trial

Oct 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

At the first hearing of an abuse trial Wednesday, the Vatican court heard the charges against two Italian priests, one... Read more

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

Vatican trial for priests accused of abuse and cover-up in Vatican City youth seminary

Oct 13, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican’s criminal court is expected to begin this week the trial of two Italian priests, one accused of sexual... Read more

Then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013. CNA file photo.

Analysis: Two years after McCarrick investigation began, report not yet in sight

Oct 1, 2020

By JD Flynn

On October 6, 2018, the Holy See announced a review of its files and archives pertaining to Theodore McCarrick, the... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square on Oct. 25, 2017.

Pope Francis: ‘Never again to the culture of abuse’

Sep 10, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis has written a prologue to a recently published book on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church entitled “Theology... Read more

Socially distanced bishops attend the Polish bishops’ plenary assembly at Jasna Góra, Aug. 27-29, 2020.

Polish bishops concerned by rise in acts of desecration

Aug 31, 2020

Poland’s bishops expressed concern Saturday about a rise in acts of desecration.  Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield, Bishop Emeritus of Wheeling-Charleston. CNA file photo.

Bishop Bransfield offers 'apology', repays $400k to W Virginia diocese

Aug 20, 2020

Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese, and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful... Read more

Bishop Jaime Soto.

Excommunicated priest rejects Pope Francis, misconduct allegations

Aug 11, 2020

By JD Flynn

A Sacramento priest excommunicated last week says he stands by his claim that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is the true... Read more

Archbishop Wojciech Polak, Primate of Poland.

Primate of Poland: Church must rebuild trust amid abuse crisis

Jul 6, 2020

The Catholic Church can only rebuild trust in its handling of clerical abuse by “taking responsibility for clarifying all crimes... Read more

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis praying for Polish Catholics seeking Vatican intervention on clerical abuse

Jul 1, 2020

Pope Francis is praying for a group of lay people who appealed to him to crack down on clerical abuse... Read more

The Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, N.Y.

NY judge upholds Child Victims Act after challenge by Rockville Centre diocese

May 14, 2020

A judge ruled Wednesday that New York's Child Victims Act is constitutional, rejecting a suit filed by the Diocese of... Read more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, pictured in 2016.

Cuomo orders expanded window for NY sex abuse lawsuits, citing coronavirus

May 12, 2020

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to extend for five months the legal window for victims... Read more

Japanese pilgrims in St. Peter's Square before the General Audience, Oct. 22, 2014.

In Japan, Church finds 16 cases of child sex abuse

Apr 3, 2020

A Japanese news agency reported Thursday that an investigation by the country's bishops' conference has found 16 cases of sexual... Read more

Bernard Preynat (2nd-L), a former priest who been convicted and sentenced for sexual assault, leaves the Lyon courthouse, Jan. 17, 2020.

Former French priest convicted of sexual abuse of minors

Mar 18, 2020

Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, was convicted and sentenced by a civil court Monday for... Read more

Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Detroit.

Detroit Catholics say archdiocese fabricated rape charge against pastor

Feb 25, 2020

By JD Flynn

A group of Detroit Catholics has filed a lawsuit claiming that the Archdiocese of Detroit fabricated an allegation of rape... Read more