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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Las Cruces, N.M. Credit: Peter Potrowl via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0).

Las Cruces diocese says abuse records disclosed voluntarily, despite New Mexico attorney general's claims

While New Mexico’s attorney general has taken credit for securing Catholic Church documents on sex abuse by clergy, saying they... Read more

Pope Francis unveils sweeping reform of Catholic Church’s penal sanctions

Pope Francis wrote in the apostolic constitution introducing the changes that those who have committed a crime “need both mercy... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi

Santa Fe archdiocese continues to list hundreds of unused pieces of land for sale

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe is continuing to list for sale many unused parcels of church property in an effort... Read more

St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Mass.

Former priest, a sex offender, killed Massachusetts altar boy in 1972, investigators conclude

A Massachusetts prosecutor announced Monday that a convicted sex offender who had been dismissed from the clerical state, and who... Read more

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Calls mount for Chicago-area religious orders to publish lists of members credibly accused of abuse

Recent reporting from the Chicago Sun-Times has highlighted several religious orders active in Chicago that have not yet released lists... Read more

Jesuits in Chile to compensate four victims of sexual abuse by former priest

Four victims sexually abused by former priest Jaime Guzmán Astaburuaga will be compensated with 15 million pesos each (about $21,000). Read more

Providence diocese opposes bill expanding liability for child sex abuse

The Diocese of Providence is opposing a bill that would allow survivors of child sex abuse to sue institutions which... Read more

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Investigator: There could be 10,000 abuse victims in French Catholic Church since 1950

The head of an independent commission said on Tuesday that there could be at least 10,000 victims of sexual abuse... Read more

Fr. Pat Wattigny.

New Orleans priest removed for abuse sent messages to high school student

The Archdiocese of New Orleans reportedly knew for months but did not inform school officials that a priest chaplain at... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden.

Majority of Camden diocese abuse claims left unprocessed amid bankruptcy filing

The Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy last week, leaving abuse settlements unpaid for about two-thirds of the alleged victims... Read more

The final press conference of the German bishops’ fall general assembly Sept. 24, 2020 in Fulda.

Germany’s Catholic bishops agree on uniform compensation system for abuse victims

Germany’s Catholic bishops agreed this week to a uniform system for compensation payments to abuse survivors.  Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

The flag of France.

French investigation: sex abuse of minors in Catholic Church tops 3,000 victims over 70 years

Over the last seven decades at least 3,000 children were sexually abused by Catholic clergy or officials in France, according... Read more

The Cathedral of Christ the King in Lubbock, Texas.

Texas Supreme Court to hear case of former deacon suing diocese for abuse claim

The Texas Supreme Court will hear the Diocese of Lubbock’s appeal of a legal decision allowing a former deacon to... Read more

The Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, N.Y.

NY judge upholds Child Victims Act after challenge by Rockville Centre diocese

A judge ruled Wednesday that New York's Child Victims Act is constitutional, rejecting a suit filed by the Diocese of... Read more

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, pictured in 2016.

Cuomo orders expanded window for NY sex abuse lawsuits, citing coronavirus

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has issued an executive order to extend for five months the legal window for victims... Read more

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

Bankruptcy filing stalls case involving New Orleans Saints, archdiocese

The New Orleans archdiocese’ recent declaration of bankruptcy will freeze a court case alleging executives for the New Orleans Saints... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, S.D.

S. Dakota dioceses focus on healing, after statute of limitations bill fails

The South Dakota legislature has killed a bill that would have opened a two-year window for childhood victims of sexual... Read more

New Orleans Saints defend assistance of archdiocese as disclosure

The New Orleans Saints have said assistance that team personnel offered to the Archdiocese of New Orleans on communications strategy... Read more