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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bernard Preynat, a former priest accused of sexual assault, leaves the Lyon courthouse, Jan. 13, 2020.

Former priest on trial in France for sexual abuse of minors

Bernard Preynat, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Lyon, is on trial before a civil court in France. He... Read more

Legion of Christ abuser dismissed from clerical state

This week Fernando Martínez Suárez, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, was dismissed from the clerical state. He had... Read more

The Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, N.Y.

Rockville Centre diocese challenges Child Victims Act over due process

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed a suit challenging New York's Child Victims Act on Tuesday, claiming it is barred... Read more

The USCCB autumn general assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

US reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases could go live by February

A national third-party reporting system for allegations of abuse, neglect, or misconduct against bishops could be activated by February 2020,... Read more

French bishops vote to compensate abuse victims with Church funds 

The bishops of France on Saturday approved plans to offer financial compensation to victims of sexual abuse by clergy.  Read more

The USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 13, 2018.

US bishops counter narrative of resistance to Pope Francis

The USCCB issued Thursday a statement responding to a recent book which the conference says perpetuates a myth that it... Read more

Golden Dome at the University of Notre Dame.

Notre Dame panel on abuse crisis: Where do we go from here?

It has been more than a full year since the sex abuse allegations against the former cardinal Theodore McCarrick and... Read more

Bishop Robert Deeley of Portland, who presented to the USCCB general assembly proposal for implementing Vos estis lux mundi.

US bishops open debate on abuse reforms

On the morning of the first day of the USCCB’s General Assembly in Baltimore, discussion began on three proposals to... Read more

Iowa bishops to cooperate with attorney general’s request for abuse records

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have agreed to voluntarily hand over records on clerical sex abuse allegations in their dioceses,... Read more

The flag of Australia.

Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards

Last week the Australian bishop' conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new standards to combat the sexual abuse of children... Read more