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Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

House arrest for Australian archbishop convicted of not reporting abuse

Aug 14, 2018

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

Aug 2, 2018

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

Jul 29, 2018

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

Jul 28, 2018

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Jul 26, 2018

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

Jul 6, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 21, 2018

By Ed Condon

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

Jun 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 14, 2018

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

Jun 12, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Jun 8, 2018

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?

May 30, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

Australian bishops join national program to compensate child sex abuse victims

May 30, 2018

The Australian Catholic bishops confirmed Wednesday that they will participate in a national compensation program for survivors of child sexual... Read more

Pope Francis with Chilean bishops, May 17, 2018.

Pope to Chilean bishops: Serve Christ in victims of abuse

May 17, 2018

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis thanked Chile's bishops for their “frank” dialogue during a 3-day Vatican meeting on the Chilean abuse scandals, and... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell's lawyer argues no grounds for trial as hearing ends

Apr 17, 2018

As Cardinal George Pell’s pre-trial hearing closes, his lawyer told an Australian court Tuesday that the charges being brought against... Read more

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Pope Francis admits 'serious mistakes' in Chile sex abuse case

Apr 11, 2018

By Elise Harris

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, meets with child abuse victims outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Cardinal Pell begins hearing in Australia over abuse charges

Mar 5, 2018

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, arrived at a Melbourne court Monday to begin the first... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn

Mar 2, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

On Friday, an Australian prosecutor withdrew a charge of abuse against Cardinal George Pell, who is currently undergoing a trial... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Court likely to withdraw charge of key accuser in Cardinal Pell abuse case

Feb 15, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George... Read more

Australian bishops dedicate start of Lent to abuse victims

Feb 13, 2018

The bishops of Australia have called on the faithful of the country to begin the season of Lent with four... Read more