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US bishops divided on how to deal with sex abuse accusations

Nov 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

Wednesday afternoon, the bishops of the United States resumed their discussions of the proposals for policies which were intended to... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

National Review Board offers suggestions for bishops' accountability

Nov 13, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Speaking on Tuesday at the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Dr. Francesco Cesareo, chairman of the National Review Board,... Read more

CNS photo / Bob Roller.

Reporting hotline for complaints against bishops debated at USCCB meeting

Nov 13, 2018

A third-party complaint hotline could solve a major problem in the Church when it comes to reporting abuse - namely,... Read more

Bishop Joseph Strickland of Tyler, Texas.

Tyler bishop: Our main job is to focus on salvation of souls

Nov 13, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

About three months after calling for an investigation into the claims made by former Apostolic Nuncio Carlo Vigano, Bishop Joseph... Read more

Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the US, delivers the opening keynote at the National V Encuentro in Grapevine, Texas, Sept. 20, 2018.

Apostolic Nuncio: Bishops need to regain trust of their faithful

Nov 12, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Bishops in the United States need to work hard to regain the trust of their flocks and combat a culture... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo at the March 2013 Vatican conclave.

Cardinal DiNardo to US bishops: Avoid despair, presumption in addressing abuse crisis

Nov 12, 2018

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo opened the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with a speech calling for... Read more

A pilgrim prays the Rosary in St. Peter's Square before the Wednesday general audience with Pope Francis. Oct. 29, 2014.

Youth synod final document addresses 'all types of abuse'

Oct 27, 2018

By Courtney Mares

The prevention of sex abuse and abuse in all its forms is a topic of the 2018 Synod of Bishops’... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich and Bishop Alain de Raemy Oct. 20, 2018.

Bishops talk abuse crisis, same-sex attraction at youth synod

Oct 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

As the youth synod wrapped up its third week, the bishops and auditors discussed the sexual abuse crisis in parts... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna.

Scicluna: Don't look to youth synod for answers on abuse crisis

Oct 8, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta said that while the youth synod is not ignoring the sexual abuse crisis, Catholics... Read more

Former priest pleads not guilty to abuse charges in NM after extradition

Sep 24, 2018

A former priest is back in the United States after he fled to Morocco in 1992 to escape accusations of... Read more

Brooklyn Cathedral.

Brooklyn diocese reaches $27.5m settlement over abuse by lay volunteer

Sep 19, 2018

The Diocese of Brooklyn and an after-school program reached a $27.5 million settlement Tuesday with four men who were sexually... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, prefect of the Congregation for Bishops.

Canadian cardinal: Women should help screen, train priest applicants

Sep 18, 2018

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

Sep 7, 2018

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'

Sep 6, 2018

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

Aug 25, 2018

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

Aug 23, 2018

By Ed Condon

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

Aug 21, 2018

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

Aug 20, 2018

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

Aug 17, 2018

By Ed Condon

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