Clerical sex abuse

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

Cardinal Parolin says Vatican will issue declaration on McCarrick investigation

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

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

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

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California advances bill to violate sacramental seal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

Chilean archdiocese: court judgement for sex abuse victims a step toward reform

The Santiago archdiocese has accepted a court ruling that the Catholic Church in Chile must compensate victims of former priest... Read more

The Cathedral of Christ the King in Lubbock, Texas.

Former deacon's $1 million lawsuit challenges Texas diocese's sex abuse claim

A former Catholic deacon has charged that the Diocese of Lubbock wrongly named him on its list of clergy credibly... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, then-Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, in St. Peter's Square, Feb. 22, 2014.

Cardinal Ezzati leaves Santiago with 'head held high'

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, whose resignation as Archbishop of Santiago was accepted Saturday, said he is leaving office “very grateful”... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati, former archbishop of Santiago de Chile.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of Chilean cardinal accused of cover-up

Pope Francis Saturday accepted the resignation of the Archbishop of Santiago de Chile, Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello, who has faced... Read more

St. John Paul II in St. Peter's Square circa 1978.

St John Paul II’s abuse record defended by his long-time secretary

Cardinal Stanislaw Dziwisz, a personal friend and close collaborator of St. John Paul II, this week defended the Polish pope’s... Read more

Archdiocese of Milwaukee removes names of two bishops from buildings

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday that it will remove from archdiocesan buildings the names of two former archbishops who... Read more

Archbishop Stanisław Gądecki at the Synod of Bishops, Oct. 16, 2018.

Polish bishops release ‘tragic’ report on sexual abuse

Nearly 400 Polish priests were accused of sexual abuse of minors from 1990 until 2018, a study commissioned by the... Read more

Gretchen Whitmer, Governor of Michigan. (Official portrait)

Michigan governor asks for additional $2m to investigate clergy sex abuse

Michigan’s Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the state’s legislature for an additional $2 million in funding for the state’s ongoing... Read more