Clerical sex abuse

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

Jan 15, 2020

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

Jan 3, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Nov 15, 2019

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

Nov 8, 2019

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

Oct 24, 2019

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

Aug 12, 2019

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

Aug 8, 2019

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

Aug 8, 2019

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

Jun 28, 2019

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

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