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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

Jan 15, 2020

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

Jan 14, 2020

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

Nov 15, 2019

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

Nov 13, 2019

By Matt Hadro

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 

Nov 11, 2019

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

Nov 7, 2019

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?

Sep 26, 2019

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

Jun 11, 2019

By Ed Condon

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

Jun 5, 2019

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

Jun 3, 2019

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

Pope Francis.

Pope Francis: Even in desperation, abortion won’t solve problems

Apr 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Sunday that abortion is not a lawful way to solve problems, even in extreme and desperate situations,... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago de Chile in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 22, 2014.

Chilean cardinal addresses case of sex abuse in Santiago cathedral

Mar 11, 2019

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago on Thursday denied knowing and giving  money to the complainant in a rape case... Read more

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Santiago archdiocese comments on priest sentenced for sex abuse

Mar 6, 2019

The Archdiocese of Santiago commented Tuesday on the case of Father Tito Rigoberto Rivera Muñoz, who was found guilty in... Read more

Pope Francis makes closing remarks for the Vatican abuse summit in the Sala Regia Feb. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis: Church will focus on 8 points in 'all-out battle' against abuse

Feb 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday outlined eight points that the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse... Read more

Bishops at the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.

A look ahead at this week's Vatican sex abuse meeting

Feb 18, 2019

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican has released the schedule, speakers, and a new website for this week’s much-anticipated sex abuse summit, which will... Read more

New Jersey State House Capitol.

NJ bill would expand window for sex abuse victims to sue

Feb 15, 2019

The New Jersey legislature is considering expanding the legal window to file civil actions for sex abuse against both individual... Read more

Mexico City cathedral.

Archbishop: 152 priests in Mexico removed for abuse in last 9 years

Feb 11, 2019

Over the past nine years, 152 priests in Mexico have been removed from ministry for sexual abuse of youth or... Read more

Nuns protest, demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, outside the High Court in Kochi, Sept. 13, 2018.

Indian bishop accused of rape steps aside, requests leave from Vatican

Sep 18, 2018

A Catholic bishop in India accused of raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years has written to... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Nuns in India protest bishop accused of rape

Sep 10, 2018

Seven nuns gathered in a public square in Kochi on Saturday to protest how both police and the Church have... Read more

What lay Catholics are doing in the face of the sex abuse scandal

Sep 1, 2018

By Mary Farrow

When sex abuse scandals first rocked the Catholic Church in the United States in 2002, Miriel Thomas Reneau was young,... Read more