Clerical sex abuse

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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

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany, who has served as apostolic administrator of the Buffalo diocese since December 2019. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Buffalo administrator: Catholic Charities donations will not go to abuse settlements

The apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo said this week that despite the possibility the diocese could file for... Read more

Mexican bishops call for ending statute of limitations for sex abuse of minors

The bishops’ conference of Mexico has called on the country’s government to get rid of the statute of limitations in... Read more

Bishop emeritus Donald Trautman of Erie.

Lawsuit charges Bishop Trautman, Buffalo diocese with abuse cover-up in 1980s

A lawsuit against the Diocese of Buffalo and retired Bishop Donald Trautman claim they covered up a New York priest’s... Read more

The Nassau County Courthouse in Mineola, N.Y.

Rockville Centre diocese challenges Child Victims Act over due process

The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed a suit challenging New York's Child Victims Act on Tuesday, claiming it is barred... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Police raid former offices of Argentine bishop charged with fraud, sex assault

Local civil authorities on Thursday raided the chancery of the Diocese of Orán, where Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta was bishop from... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Trial of Indian bishop charged with rape to begin in November

The trial of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was charged with rape in April, will begin Nov. 11 in... Read more

Exterior of the New York State Capitol in Albany.

Window opens for abuse victim suits as New York law comes in to effect

A one-year window that allows adults in New York state who were sexually abused as children to file lawsuits against... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. (public domain)

Guam archdiocese faces more than 200 lawsuits amid bankruptcy

The Archdiocese of Agaña is facing dozens of lawsuits related to clerical sexual abuse, and is encouraging any other alleged... Read more

The flag of Argentina.

In Argentina, Catholic priests face trial for deaf children's sexual abuse

The trial has begun for two Catholic priests and a former employee allegedly involved in sexual abuse of 10 students... Read more

Opening Mass for the synod of bishops on the family Oct. 8, 2015.

Richmond diocese to stop naming buildings after bishops

In the wake of recent sexual abuse scandals throughout the U.S., the Diocese of Richmond has announced that it will... Read more

Dolores Delgado, Spain's Justice Minister, who called for an investigation of sex abuse in the Church.

Spanish bishops offer collaboration with attorney general in abuse investigation

The spokesman for the Spanish bishops' conference has expressed the desire of the Church in Spain to collaborate with the... Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (R) addresses the Polish bishops' plenary assembly in Wałbrzych, June 14 2019.

Lead by example, not documents, Vatican abuse expert tells Polish bishops

As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican... Read more

Bishops at the USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, June 2019.

Analysis: 'Job begun' not 'job done' in Baltimore

The passage of several worthy policy documents to one side, there is much work left for the bishops to do... Read more

Bishops at the USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, June 2019.

USCCB passes three measures in response to abuse crisis

The bishops voted overwhelmingly in favor of three measures aimed at building processes to address episcopal misconduct or neglect, and... Read more

Msgr Walter Erbi, chargé d'affaires at the apostolic nunciature in Washington, delivers the remarks of Archbishop Christophe Pierre to the USCCB Spring General Assembly in Baltimore, June 11, 2019.

Nuncio recommends synodality, 'walking together' to US bishops

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops 2019 Spring General Assembly kicked off in Baltimore Tuesday with a brief address... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Bishop Zanchetta to stand trial in Argentina for sexual abuse of seminarians

Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta has been criminally charged with sexually assaulting two seminarians before a court in Argentina.  Read more

Costa Rica considers bill threatening seal of confession

A bill in Costa Rica would require Catholic priests to violate the seal of confession to report cases of suspected... Read more

Derrick Decoste. Photo via Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect in shooting death of former New Jersey priest answered a Craigslist ad

The man suspected in the March shooting death of a former priest who was credibly accused of sexual abuse of... Read more