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Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021.

Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey

Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday,... Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory receives the red hat from Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 28, 2020.

Cardinal Gregory ‘embarrassed’ at McCarrick abuse charges

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday said he was “embarrassed” at the charges of sex abuse filed against his predecessor,... Read more

Theodore McCarrick arrives at Dedham District Court on Friday morning, Sept. 3 for his 9 a.m. arraignment

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes first court appearance, pleads not guilty

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded ‘not guilty’ on Friday to several charges of sexual assault, while appearing for the first... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

Lawsuits bring additional sexual battery allegations against Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick, a disgraced former cardinal, is facing criminal charges of sexual abuse of a minor, with his first court... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his dismissal from the clerical state.

Theodore McCarrick's court hearing is today: What to expect

Disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is expected to appear in a Massachusetts court on Friday morning for his arraignment. Read more

Fr Cesáreo Gabaráin, deceased hymn composer, credibly accused of abuse

The Marist Congregation in Spain has confirmed it has received credible accusations of the abuse of minors against Fr. Cesáreo... Read more

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Bishop Zanchetta faces trial on sexual abuse charges in October

The Argentine bishop was given a Vatican post by Pope Francis in 2017. Read more

The Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist in Milwaukee. Credit: Sulfur via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Despite criticism from Wisconsin AG, Milwaukee archdiocese stresses cooperation with new abuse cases

The Milwaukee archdiocese said that to its knowledge the Wisconsin attorney general’s inquiry into sexual abuse, which some critics say... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Patrick in Norwich, Conn. Credit: Farragutful via Wikimedia (CC BY-SA 4.0)

Diocese in Connecticut files for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

The Diocese of Norwich filed for bankruptcy Thursday amid several dozen sexual abuse lawsuits filed related to a former school... Read more

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

French Flag.

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