Clerical Abuse

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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

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