sex abuse

The Latest

Pope Francis-

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Key abuse charge against Cardinal Pell withdrawn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

Priest collar.

Judge orders more mediation to resolve Minn. clergy abuse settlements

Jan 3, 2018

Disputes over clergy abuse settlements in the Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis have led a federal bankruptcy judge to order a... Read more

Release of Santa Fe court records a step in countering abuse, archdiocese says

Oct 24, 2017

The release of court records related to sex abuse allegations against three Catholic priests several decades ago will serve as... Read more

Priest collar.

Former Phoenix bishop 'categorically denies' sex abuse claim

Aug 7, 2017

Bishop Thomas O’Brien, the former bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, has denied allegations he sexually molested a young boy... Read more

President Donald Trump.

Pope says he hopes to find common ground with Trump

May 13, 2017

In a press conference on Saturday, Pope Francis voiced hope that he will find “open doors” in his meeting with... Read more

Blake Lively.

Watch Blake Lively's powerful speech against child pornography

May 1, 2017

In a deeply emotional speech in New York, award winning actress Blake Lively shone a spotlight on the crisis of... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke at EWTN studio in Rome during the Canonization of Pope St. John Paul II and Pope St. John XXIII.

Cardinal Burke sent to Guam to oversee sex abuse trial

Feb 16, 2017

The Vatican has sent Cardinal Raymond Burke to Guam to act as presiding judge at the trial of Archbishop Anthony... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

NY archdiocese offers compensation to sex abuse victims

Oct 7, 2016

Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced Thursday that the New York archdiocese is establishing an independent compensation program for victims of sexual... Read more

Guam priest admits guilt amid ongoing abuse scandal

Aug 11, 2016

A priest in Guam has admitted to abusing around 20 children, a revelation that comes amid an ongoing investigation into... Read more

Report of religious group 'sex slave' rattles Church in Spain

Nov 13, 2015

A man who identified himself as a former missionary with the pseudonym of “Paulino” recently made accusations to the Spanish... Read more

 Pope Francis at Vespers in St. Patrick's Cathedral, Sept. 24, 2015.

Pope in NYC: I'm with you in recovering from the abuse scandal

Sep 24, 2015

In his first address in New York, Pope Francis lamented the suffering caused by the sexual abuse scandal in the... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

In Vatican trial, former archbishop faces sex abuse charges

Jun 15, 2015

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Former papal nuncio Josef Wesolowski will be tried by the Vatican’s criminal court for sexual abuse of minors and for... Read more

Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski, papal nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Investigation of former Dominican Republic nuncio moves forward

Dec 3, 2014

The Vatican’s press officer provided an update on the trial of laicized former nuncio Jozef Wesolowski, saying that the case... Read more

Pope Francis prays at a General Audience at the Vatican Sept. 25, 2013.

Pope called alleged Spanish abuse victim, encouraged him to file charges

Nov 20, 2014

A Vatican source has confirmed to CNA that Pope Francis called a 24-year-old man in Spain who alleges he was... Read more