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Report on abuse in Church in US: Recent cases rare, but historical numbers show painful legacy

Nov 11, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

There are signs of progress in efforts to prevent sexual abuse of children, with under two dozen new allegations of... Read more

The Nebraska capitol.

Nebraska attorney general releases report on clergy sexual abuse

Nov 5, 2021

By Kate Olivera

A report detailing sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Nebraska has found credible allegations against 57 Church officials, involving... Read more

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Analysis: The Church in France must uphold the confessional seal

Oct 13, 2021

By Fr. Gerald Murray

The French bishops’ conference has seemingly tried to walk back the straightforward comments of the Bishop of Reims, who recently... Read more

Theodore McCarrick outside Dedham District Court, Friday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Judge: Newark archdiocese can be held liable for McCarrick's misconduct

Oct 1, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A New Jersey federal judge ruled this week that the Archdiocese of Newark can be held financially responsible for the... Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory receives the red hat from Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 28, 2020.

Cardinal Gregory ‘embarrassed’ at McCarrick abuse charges

Sep 9, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday said he was “embarrassed” at the charges of sex abuse filed against his predecessor,... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn.

Sex abuse claims against Bishop DiMarzio lack 'semblance of truth', Vatican rules

Sep 1, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

Sexual abuse allegations against Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn did not have “the semblance of truth,” the Congregation for the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo

Former Buffalo seminary professor pleads guilty to stalking investigative reporter

Aug 5, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

A former New York seminary professor pleaded guilty this week to charges of stalking a local news reporter, after a... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

Retired Albany bishop admits returning accused priests to ministry without notifying law enforcement

Aug 1, 2021

By Matt Hadro

The bishop emeritus of Albany says that the diocese once handled allegations of sexual abuse against priests without notifying law... Read more

Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick faces new civil sex abuse lawsuit

Jul 31, 2021

By Matt Hadro

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after he was criminally charged... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have... Read more

Belvedere College, Dublin

Irish Jesuits apologize for ‘shameful’ mishandling of abuse case

Jul 28, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Following the leak of the Irish Jesuits’ draft inquiry into sexual abuse committed by a deceased member, the order on... Read more

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. Credit: Sulfur via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Despite criticism from Wisconsin AG, Milwaukee archdiocese stresses cooperation with new abuse cases

Jul 22, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The Milwaukee archdiocese said that to its knowledge the Wisconsin attorney general’s inquiry into sexual abuse, which some critics say... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, Conn. Credit: Farragutful via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Diocese in Connecticut files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Jul 16, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Norwich filed for bankruptcy Thursday amid several dozen sexual abuse lawsuits filed related to a former school... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Buffalo diocese places retired priest on leave after abuse allegation

Jul 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

After diocesan officials discovered an unreported allegation of abuse, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo has placed on leave an 88-year-old... Read more

The Colorado capitol building in Denver.

Colorado law allows sex abuse victims to collect restitution in civil court from public, private institutions

Jul 9, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Tuesday, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law Senate Bill 88, which allows victims of sexual abuse to file... Read more

Sacred Heart Cathedral in Rochester, N.Y.

Some abuse victims dissatisfied by Rochester diocese's bankruptcy plan

Jul 7, 2021

By CNA Staff

A proposed settlement deal between the Diocese of Rochester and several insurance agencies has drawn criticism from a group of... Read more

Bishop James Sullivan.

Lansing diocese deems credible abuse allegations against deceased Catholic Bishop of Fargo

Jul 2, 2021

By CNA Staff

The Diocese of Lansing released a statement this morning announcing that two allegations of sexual abuse levelled against the late... Read more

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Springfield bishop appoints co-chairs of sex abuse task force

Jun 29, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

The bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts has announced the appointment of two social workers to lead an independent task force... Read more

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee

Milwaukee archdiocese refuses 'sealed' records to state abuse investigation

Jun 4, 2021

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is refusing to turn over sealed records to a state investigation into clergy sex abuse. Read more

The New York capitol building.

NY bill would allow adult sex abuse victims to sue, beyond statute of limitations

May 28, 2021

By Joe Bukuras

Those who were sexually abused as adults would be given a one-year window in which to sue perpetrators and institutions,... Read more