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Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse, June 29, 2017.

Pell lawyer will remain on legal team, despite report he would quit

Mar 5, 2019

Robert Richter, Cardinal George Pell's defense lawyer, said Tuesday that he has not quit the prelate's legal team. A Melbourne... Read more

Cardinal George Pell arrives at Melbourne County Court on Feb. 27, 2019.

Australian bishops respond to Pell verdict

Mar 5, 2019

Following news of Cardinal George Pell’s conviction of sexual abuse of minors, several bishops in Australia have have said they... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

French European minister calls on Holy See to revoke nuncio's diplomatic immunity

Mar 4, 2019

France's European affairs minister encouraged the Holy See last week to aid in an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Abuse summit follow-up to include new child protection law for Vatican

Feb 24, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican spokesman said Sunday that concrete follow-up to this week’s abuse summit will include a new law on child... Read more

Pope Francis takes part in a penitential liturgy during a Vatican summit on sex abuse Feb. 23, 2019.

'What have I failed to do?' - Pope leads bishops in abuse crisis examination of conscience

Feb 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Saturday led the presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences in a penitential liturgy and examination of conscience on... Read more

Detroit Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament.

After AG report, Michigan dioceses clarify cooperation in reporting abuse

Feb 23, 2019

Catholic dioceses in the state of Michigan are reaffirming their commitment to reporting sex abuse, while asking for clarifications about... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015.

Cardinal Gracias emphasizes collegiality to address sex abuse

Feb 22, 2019

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay called Friday for the “entire Church” to “act decisively to prevent abuse from occurring in... Read more

A protest against sex abuse is held Feb. 19 in San Silvestro Square in Rome.

In private meeting, victims tell leaders of abuse summit: 'We want action'

Feb 20, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

About a dozen victims of clergy sexual abuse met Wednesday with the organizing committee of the Vatican sex abuse summit,... Read more

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

Notre Dame rescinds McCarrick's honorary degree

Feb 19, 2019

The University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree it conferred on former Cardinal Theodore... 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

Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick abuse trial: A CNA timeline

Feb 16, 2019

Theodore McCarrick has been laicized, nearly 10 months after sex abuse allegations against him were first made public. Here is... 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

Theodore McCarrick.

McCarrick has 'private income' in the event of laicization

Feb 15, 2019

By Ed Condon

Ahead of an expected decision in the case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick, new details have emerged about his likely financial... Read more

The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, the oldest seminary in the SBC.

Lack of central authority poses challenges for Southern Baptists amid abuse scandal

Feb 13, 2019

In the wake of months of sexual abuse reports and allegations within the Catholic Church, and just before a Vatican... Read more

Bishop Fernando Ramos. Screenshot.

Chilean bishops' president names delegate to replace him at papal meeting

Jan 2, 2019

At the Vatican summit to discuss sex abuse next month, the secretary general of the Chilean Bishops Conference will take... Read more


Where is Jesus in the midst of the Church's sex abuse crisis?

Dec 24, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Fr. Thomas Berg is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, a former Legionary of Christ, and professor of... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican asks bishops to meet with victims ahead of February summit

Dec 18, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Organizers of the Vatican’s February meeting on sexual abuse have sent a letter to the participating bishops asking them to... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

Statistical analysis seeks context for Pa. grand jury report

Dec 6, 2018

A new statistical analysis seeks to contextualize data about child sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in Pennsylvania, four months after... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse, NY.

Praying for healing, Syracuse bishop releases names of accused priests

Dec 3, 2018

The Diocese of Syracuse has released a list of 57 priests credibly accused of abusing a minor, with some of... Read more

To help fight sex abuse, Catholic group offers guide to the news

Nov 18, 2018

Catholic bishops must act to counter sex abuse of adults as well as minors, says a lay group that has... Read more