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Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

Increasing the role of women in screening and training priests is among the steps that should be taken to prevent... Read more

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

Letter acknowledges Vatican receipt of allegations against McCarrick in 2000

Catholic News Service on Friday published a redacted version of a letter sent in 2006 from a high-ranking official of... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Cardinal Wuerl acknowledges calls for 'new leadership'

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington on Thursday recognized calls for new leadership in the archdiocese, including from local priests, but... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis meets with abuse survivors in Ireland

Pope Francis met early Saturday evening with eight abuse victims in Ireland, during his visit to the country for the... Read more

President's Hall, Seton Hall University.

Seton Hall announces ‘independent review’ of seminary accusations

Seton Hall University has announced an independent review of accusations of sexual abuse and harassment against seminarians. The university is... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl. Courtesy of Archdiocese of Washington.

Cardinal Wuerl's name vandalized on Catholic high school sign

A Catholic high school named after Cardinal Donald Wuerl was vandalized Monday, following continued criticism of the cardinal’s handling of... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the Vatican in 2013.

Welcoming pope's letter on abuse, head of US bishops pledges action

Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to all the... Read more

St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.

Investigation launched into sexual harassment claims at Philadelphia seminary

Bishop Timothy Senior, auxiliary bishop of Philadelphia, has announced that the archdiocese is investigating a claim of sexual harassment made... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

House arrest for Australian archbishop convicted of not reporting abuse

An Australian court ruled Tuesday that Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of... Read more

Montana plaintiffs vote on $20m sexual abuse settlement

The Diocese of Great Falls-Billings is awaiting the result of a vote by plaintiffs on whether to accept a $20... Read more

Hands in prayer.

After McCarrick resigns, DC archdiocese praises abuse victims' courage

Alleged abuse victims are “courageously stepping forward” with new claims of abuse by former cardinal and retired Archbishop Theodore McCarrick,... Read more

A cardinal's biretta rests on an empty chair.

Texas bishop: hold McCarrick and his enablers accountable

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick’s alleged crimes might merit removing him from the clergy entirely—and they require accountability for all Church... Read more

New complaints of abuse among Good Samaritan Sisters in Chile

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

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.

What’s next for Cardinal McCarrick? How the Church addresses sex abuse allegations

The allegation that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a teenager is a bombshell for the Catholic Church in America.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (L) and Msgr Jordi Bertomeu at a press conference at the Catholic University of Chile on June 13, 2018.

Papal investigators meet with laity, priests and religious of Osorno

As part of their special mission to help bring healing to the troubled Chilean diocese of Osorno, Archbishop Charles Scicluna... Read more

Presidential flag of Chile in St. Damasso Court, Vatican City during the President of Chile, Michelle Bachelet's visit to Vatican City on June 5, 2015.

Police in Chile raid church offices during sex abuse investigation

Authorities raided Catholic church offices in Chile on Wednesday in an effort to obtain documents relating to the recent sex... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna.

In Osorno, Pope's investigators offer legal advice on responding to abuse

The archbishop tasked with investigating the Chilean clerical abuse crisis said the main objective of his visit to the diocese... Read more

The Cathedral of St. Ambrose in Linares, Chile.

Chilean diocese opens investigation of priest accused of sexual abuse

The Diocese of Linares confirmed Wednesday the receipt of a complaint of alleged sexual abuse by Fr.  Germán Cáceres Fuentes.  Read more

Did Planned Parenthood cover up child abuse and sex trafficking?

In 2011, after undercover footage appeared to show Planned Parenthood officials failing to report suspected sex abuse of minors, the... Read more