Clerical Abuse

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Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Albany bishop: Clerical sex abuse a 'profoundly spiritual crisis'

Jul 30, 2018

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany wrote to the clerics of his local Church Sunday, saying that abuse of authority and... Read more

New complaints of abuse among Good Samaritan Sisters in Chile

Jul 26, 2018

Former nuns of the Congregation of the Good Samaritan in Chile reported a series of sexual abuses committed by priests... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Convicted Australian archbishop says he'll step down if appeal fails

Jul 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

In the continued fallout of his conviction for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse, Adelaide Archbishop Philip Wilson... Read more

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 'credible'

Jun 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into an allegation of sexual abuse against Cardinal... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Ambrose in Linares, Chile.

Chilean diocese opens investigation of priest accused of sexual abuse

Jun 8, 2018

The Diocese of Linares confirmed Wednesday the receipt of a complaint of alleged sexual abuse by Fr.  Germán Cáceres Fuentes.  Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Abuse survivors, Twin Cities archdiocese reach settlement in bankruptcy case

May 31, 2018

By Mary Farrow

After more than two years’ deliberation, the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis and abuse survivors have agreed to a... Read more

Bishop Fernando Ramos reads a statement to the press May 18, 2018.

All Chilean bishops present resignation, await decision from pope

May 18, 2018

By Elise Harris

At the close of their 3-day meeting with Pope Francis, all Chilean bishops asked victims of the country's abuse scandal... Read more

Pope Francis in January 2018.

Meeting abuse survivors, Pope apologizes for being 'part of the problem'

May 2, 2018

By Elise Harris

After meeting with Pope Francis over the weekend, Chilean survivors of clerical sexual abuse said the pontiff was open, sympathetic... Read more

Pope Francis in Chile January 2018.

Pope begins meetings with Chilean abuse survivors

Apr 28, 2018

By Elise Harris

Last night Pope Francis began individual meetings with three survivors of clerical sexual abuse from Chile following a major apology... Read more

Abuse survivor: Forgiveness, positive outlook key to healing

Apr 24, 2018

By Elise Harris

At the age of 16, Deborah Kloos was a distraught young woman who turned to the Church in hopes of... Read more

Archdiocese of Mexico backs sentence of priest jailed for abuse

Mar 15, 2018

The Archdiocese of Mexico reaffirmed its commitment to fighting sexual abuse and expressed its support for the 62-year jail sentence... Read more

Release of Santa Fe court records a step in countering abuse, archdiocese says

Oct 24, 2017

The release of court records related to sex abuse allegations against three Catholic priests several decades ago will serve as... Read more

Former Boston priest faces more sex abuse charges

Feb 8, 2017

A former priest previously convicted of sex abuse of an altar boy was indicted on 29 counts of sexual misconduct... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in St. Peter's Square April 13, 2016.

Pope kicks off new year renewing 'zero tolerance' policy on abuse

Jan 2, 2017

By Elise Harris

In a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents, Pope Francis lamented the... Read more

Bishop Michael Byrnes, who was appointed Coadjutor Archbishop of Hagatna Oct. 31, 2016.

New bishop to lead beleaguered Guam archdiocese

Oct 31, 2016

Pope Francis on Monday appointed Bishop Michael Byrnes as the successor to Guam's archbishop, who has been accused of sexual... Read more

Guam priest admits guilt amid ongoing abuse scandal

Aug 11, 2016

A priest in Guam has admitted to abusing around 20 children, a revelation that comes amid an ongoing investigation into... Read more

Brazilian priest mentioned in 'Spotlight' film commits suicide

Aug 10, 2016

Fr. Bonifacio Buzzi, a Brazilian priest convicted of child abuse and who was mentioned in the Oscar-winning film ‘Spotlight,’ committed... Read more

Re-trial puts landmark Catholic sex abuse conviction in doubt

Aug 9, 2016

A landmark case involving Catholic officials’ response to sex abuse is planned for retrial May 1 of next year. The... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

St. Paul archdiocese hopes for quick payments to sex abuse victims

May 31, 2016

The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is eager to see a quick end to its reorganization plan so that... Read more

Spotlight Official Poster.

Vatican paper lauds Spotlight as brave, not anti-Catholic

Feb 29, 2016

The film Spotlight, which won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, is a courageous movie that is not anti-Catholic,... Read more