Clerical Abuse

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Archbishop Charles J. Chaput.

Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Dec 18, 2013

Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J.... Read more

Priest's arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Sep 27, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said... Read more

Archbishop Józef Wesolowski, papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Vatican willing to hand over accused nuncio to civil authorities

Sep 12, 2013

A Vatican spokesman has said that the Holy See is willing to hand over a former nuncio accused of sexual... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

LA Catholics pray for victims as more sex abuse files released

Aug 2, 2013

As the first set of religious orders' files on accused sex abusers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is released,... Read more

Archbishop Jerome Listecki.

Milwaukee archbishop releases abuse documentation

Jul 3, 2013

Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki has released almost 6,000 pages of documents related to the Archdiocese of Milwaukee’s handling of sex... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican lawyer not surprised by court's refusal to hear abuse case

Jun 17, 2013

A dismissed request that the International Criminal Court investigate U.S. clergy sex abuse as a crime against humanity misunderstands the... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

Religious orders to release records of abusive LA priests

May 30, 2013

Catholic religious orders will soon release confidential files about priests accused of sex abuse who were assigned to work in... Read more

Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark (File Photo/CNA).

Archbishop Myers stresses child safety efforts in Newark

May 29, 2013

Archbishop John J. Myers of Newark has reaffirmed the archdiocese’s commitment to protecting children following the resignation of a priest... Read more

Former Newark priest arrested after breaking court agreement

May 21, 2013

After violating the terms of an understanding with local prosecutors, a priest who recently resigned from ministry with the Newark... Read more

Abuse report finds few allegations against clergy in 2012

May 11, 2013

The latest report on child protection in the U.S. Catholic Church found a total of 11 credible allegations of abuse... Read more

Newark archdiocese says media 'mischaracterizing' accused priest

Apr 30, 2013

By Carl Bunderson

The Archdiocese of Newark asserts that a local publication is inaccurately portraying the continued ministry of a priest who was... Read more

Protest launched over clerical sex abuse video game

Apr 17, 2013

Spanish civil rights groups have launched a campaign calling for the removal of a video game based on clerical sex... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. File Photo /CNA.

Archbishop Chaput finalizes three priests' ministry removal

Apr 8, 2013

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests' removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

LA archdiocese settles sex abuse case for nearly $10 million

Mar 13, 2013

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four supposed sex... Read more


LA archdiocese vows continued anti-abuse efforts

Jan 22, 2013

As former priests face litigation over sexual abuse, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles has renewed its commitment to protect the... Read more

Father Robert W. Oliver. Photo courtesy of Archdiocese of Boston.

Pope appoints Boston priest as Vatican's abuse investigator

Jan 2, 2013

Pope Benedict XVI has named Boston priest Father Robert W. Oliver as the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith’s... Read more


Vatican finds Chilean priest guilty of abusive conduct

Dec 10, 2012

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith has found Chilean priest Father Cristian Precht guilty of abusive conduct and... Read more

Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph.

Criticisms of Bishop Finn described as misleading, dishonest

Dec 7, 2012

By Michelle La Rosa

Calls for the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph that have gained media attention are exaggerated... Read more


Philadelphia archdiocese promises vigilance as priest is sentenced

Jul 24, 2012

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered prayer and a pledge to protect children July 24, as Monsignor William Lynn received a... Read more

Judge Teresa Sarmina.

Philadelphia archdiocese apologizes after conviction in abuse case

Jun 22, 2012

In response to the jury decision in the trial of former Archdiocese of Philadelphia official Monsignor William J. Lynn, the... Read more