Clerical sex abuse

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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

Jun 27, 2019

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

Jun 14, 2019

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

Jun 14, 2019

By Ed Condon

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

Jun 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

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

Jun 11, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

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

Jun 10, 2019

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

Jun 8, 2019

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

Jun 7, 2019

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

Cardinal Pietro Parolin in St. Peter's Basilica April 27, 2017.

Cardinal Parolin says Vatican will issue declaration on McCarrick investigation

May 30, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Pietro Parolin said Wednesday that the Vatican is still investigating the documentation concerning Theodore McCarrick and will issue a... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Pope Francis says Argentine bishop will go to trial for sexual misconduct

May 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said a preliminary investigation against Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta has concluded and will now proceed to trial.  Read more

A press briefing by the Polish bishops' conference held in Warsaw, May 22, 2019.

Polish bishops pledge greater sensitivity for abuse victims

May 24, 2019

The bishops of Poland are speaking out against sexual abuse, pledging to continue to “eliminate factors conducive to crime” as... Read more

California State Capitol building in Sacramento. Via Shutterstock

California advances bill to violate sacramental seal

May 24, 2019

State senators in California have voted to approve a law that would require priests to violate the seal of confession.... Read more

New Jersey State House Capitol.

New Jersey extends statute of limitations for child sex abuse claims

May 14, 2019

New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law this week a bill relaxing the state’s statute of limitations for child... Read more

The Lancaster County courthouse in Lincoln, Neb.

Nebraska dioceses: Privacy law impedes providing AG with some records

May 6, 2019

At a hearing in Lincoln on Thursday, the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Diocese of Lincoln explained that they have... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean bishops, prosecutors to cooperate in abuse investigations

May 1, 2019

The Chilean bishops' conference signed a collaboration agreement with public prosecutors Tuesday to streamline the investigation of clerical sexual abuse.  Read more

Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect emeritus of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

To renew the Church we must be guided by her faith, morals – Cardinal Müller

Apr 26, 2019

Countering critics of Benedict XVI's recent essay on the scandal of sex abuse in the Church, Cardinal Gerhard Müller on... Read more

Japanese pilgrims at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Oct. 11, 2017.

In Japan, Catholic Church plans to investigate sex abuse

Apr 13, 2019

Catholic bishops in Japan have said they will investigate reports of clergy sex abuse of minors dating back at least... Read more

Once a fugitive, former New Mexico priest convicted of sex abuse

Apr 11, 2019

A federal jury found a former priest of New Mexico guilty on multiple charges of sexual abuse involving minors, Reuters... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. CNA file photo.

Indian bishop formally charged with rape

Apr 9, 2019

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, India has been charged with raping a nun nine times over a two-year period and... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, Jan. 31, 2018.

Pope says responses to abuse crisis cannot forget the influence of evil

Mar 31, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Returning from Morocco to Italy Sunday night, Pope Francis said the problem of child sexual abuse, in all its forms,... Read more