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Religious women help launch program to combat sexual abuse, ‘create a culture of care’

Jun 3, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The e-learning program helps educate religious women on how to protect children and vulnerable adults from sexual abuse situations. Read more

Father Fernando Gonzalez,

Texas priest arrested over allegation of sexual misconduct with minor

Feb 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Brownsville Bishop Daniel Flores said in a statement last week that diocesan officials had received an allegation against Father Fernando... Read more

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Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

Sep 11, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Reports emerged earlier this month about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic... Read more

Father Bernardo Mercado, the Jesuit provincial in Bolivia.

Jesuit provincial in Bolivia admits mistakes were made in dealing with sex abuse cases

May 24, 2023

By Abel Camasca

The Jesuit provincial in Bolivia, Father Bernardo Mercado, admitted that his religious order made mistakes in handling cases of sexual... Read more

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Court rules Church in Costa Rica must pay $100,000 compensation to sex-abuse victim

Aug 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

A lower court ruled Aug. 23 that the Church must pay the compensation to a victim of sexual abuse committed... Read more

The Cathedral of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus in Knoxville, Tenn.

Lawsuit claims Knoxville diocese mishandled priest's sex assault of parishioner

Apr 28, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Diocese of Knoxville allegedly mishandled a report that a priest sexually assaulted a parishioner who sought grief counseling in... Read more

Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona and Javier Cremades at a press conference in Madrid, Feb. 22, 2022.

Church in Spain again asks forgiveness for sexual abuse

Apr 25, 2022

By Blanca Ruiz

During his address opening the Spanish Bishops’ Conference’s Plenary Assembly on Monday, Cardinal Juan José Omella Omella of Barcelona expressed... Read more

Toledo Cathedral in Toledo, Spain.

Spain's bishops welcome government commission to investigate sex abuse

Mar 11, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Spanish parliament has overwhelmingly approved the creation of an independent commission to investigate alleged sexual abuse in the Catholic... Read more

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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