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Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption in San Francisco.

Archbishop Cordileone: Chapter 11 bankruptcy for San Francisco ‘very likely’

Aug 5, 2023

By Daniel Payne

San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone on Friday revealed that it was “very likely” that the archdiocese would be filing for... Read more


UPDATED: Which U.S. dioceses have declared bankruptcy? Here’s a map

Jul 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

More than two dozen U.S. dioceses, including two in U.S. overseas territories, have entered into bankruptcy proceedings, the vast majority... Read more

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany

Albany bishop asking to be laicized isn’t barred from publicly celebrating sacraments, as he claims

Nov 21, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard says he is “not able” to publicly exercise his priestly functions, but the diocese says he... Read more

Archbishop Paul Fitzpatrick Russell.

Detroit auxiliary bishop denies allegation of sexually abusing minor

Aug 2, 2022

By Carl Bunderson, Shannon Mullen

The sexual assaults are alleged to have taken place from 1989 to 1990 while Paul Russell was a priest in... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide.

Charged with concealing abuse, Australian archbishop affirms innocence

Apr 11, 2018

During court proceedings in Australia this week, Archbishop Philip Wilson of Adelaide maintained his innocence, denying allegations that he concealed... Read more

Australian bishop affirms innocence amid charges of concealing abuse

Mar 18, 2015

An Australian bishop is strongly denying accusations that he concealed a serious sexual abuse offense allegedly disclosed to him in... Read more

US Bankruptcy Court.

Stockton diocese faces possible bankruptcy over abuse lawsuits

Sep 11, 2013

The bishop of Stockton, California has told his parishioners that all the funds for settling sexual abuse lawsuits have been... Read more

Bill Donahue of the Catholic League.

Catholic League urges veto of 'discriminatory' Calif. abuse bill

Sep 11, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown should veto an abuse lawsuit bill that is “flagrantly discriminatory” and “targeted at the Catholic Church,”... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

Calif. advances abuse bill that could bankrupt Catholic dioceses

Sep 10, 2013

A California sex abuse bill that has been described as discriminatory against the Catholic Church has passed the legislature and... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

California abuse bill could still threaten Catholic Church

Aug 16, 2013

A California bill accused of unfairly targeting the Catholic Church and other groups with lawsuits on decades-old abuse charges has... Read more

Bishop Robert W. Finn of Kansas City-Saint Joseph. File Photo/CNA.

Judge drops charge against Bishop Finn, forcing settlement

May 16, 2013

A Missouri judge has dropped a charge that Bishop Robert Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph aided and... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. File Photo /CNA.

Archbishop Chaput finalizes three priests' ministry removal

Apr 8, 2013

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia has finalized three priests' removal from archdiocesan ministry: one who faces a “substantiated” allegation... Read more

Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, California.

LA archdiocese settles sex abuse case for nearly $10 million

Mar 13, 2013

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay $9.99 million to settle a case brought by four supposed sex... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican flag.

Federal judge dismisses abuse lawsuit against Vatican

Aug 21, 2012

By Kevin J. Jones

A federal judge dismissed a sex abuse lawsuit against the Holy See on grounds that the Vatican was not an... Read more

Fr. Thomas Euteneuer.

Fr. Euteneuer's accuser seeks damages from diocese, former ministry

Jun 29, 2012

Former Human Life International President Father Thomas Euteneuer is accused of abusing a woman employed by the organization, in a... Read more