Clerical sex abuse

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Abuse survivor: Forgiveness, positive outlook key to healing

Apr 24, 2018

By Elise Harris

At the age of 16, Deborah Kloos was a distraught young woman who turned to the Church in hopes of... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to Chilean bishops

Apr 11, 2018

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, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Australian court hears further testimony in Cardinal Pell abuse hearing

Mar 24, 2018

New accusations were brought forward and others were dropped this week, during a pre-trial hearing in an Australian court regarding... Read more

Why priests can’t break the seal of confession, despite UK lawyers’ recommendation

Nov 27, 2017

By Mary Farrow

Lawyers in the United Kingdom have recommended that mandatory reporting laws apply to priests in the confessional, in order to... Read more

Vatican City.

Australian bishops meet in Rome as Church reels from recent crisis

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

Last week, Church leaders from Australia traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican authorities to discuss the various crises Catholics... Read more

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Aug. 9, 2017.

In abuse cases there should be no recourse to appeals, Pope Francis says

Sep 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

There should be no opportunity for appealing canonical cases of sexual abuse against minors when allegations have been proven by... Read more

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

Sep 18, 2017

Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country's archbishops believes the local Churches are making... Read more


Australian priest rips confession proposal as government 'intrusion'

Aug 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission's recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if... Read more

Dominican Republic priest arrested on suspicion of killing teen

Aug 10, 2017

The National Police of the Dominican Republic have arrested a priest on suspicion of killing a teenager, who was allegedly... Read more

Priest collar.

In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

Aug 8, 2017

Nearly 100 lawsuits have accused Catholic clergy in Guam of sex abuse over a 50 year timespan, alleging assault, manipulation... Read more

US bishops ask forgiveness from survivors of clergy sex abuse

Jun 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

The Beatitudes call us to own our responsibility for suffering in the world, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta preached on... Read more

Archdiocese speaks ahead of Netflix series on murdered nun

May 17, 2017

No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.  Read more

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Minnesota diocese, facing abuse lawsuits, files for bankruptcy

Mar 7, 2017

Facing over one hundred lawsuits concerning sex abuse claims dating back to the 1950s, the Diocese of New Ulm has... Read more

Australian bishops apologize for Church's failure in sex abuse crisis

Feb 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

Days before Australia’s Royal Commission on institutional sex abuse begins their final hearing into the Church’s response to their abuse... Read more

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

Cardinal Pell's office dismisses attacks as opposition to reform

Jan 17, 2017

In reaction to a new book claiming that Pope Francis has in fact done little to combat clerical sex abuse,... Read more

How the Catholic Church in Australia aims to enhance anti-abuse efforts

Nov 29, 2016

In Australia, the Catholic Church has established a new independent non-profit to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.  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

Does the Mexican priest who allegedly abused minors even exist?

Sep 21, 2016

After the Mexican branch of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous reported that the Archdiocese of Mexico had let off an alleged... Read more

St. Louis priest falsely accused by anti-sex abuse group

Aug 25, 2016

A group for clergy sex abuse victims made false statements “negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth” against a... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who may have failed to remove an abusive priest in 2006, at a press conference in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Cardinal Marx faces accusations over handling of alleged abuse case

Aug 19, 2016

Accusations have been raised in a number of German media that Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising failed to... Read more