Clerical sex abuse

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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

The Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral in Santiago, Chile.

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

Mar 28, 2019

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

Mar 27, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

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'

Mar 25, 2019

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

Mar 23, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Mar 21, 2019

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

Mar 19, 2019

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

Mar 15, 2019

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

Mar 15, 2019

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

What Catholic universities are doing to address the sex abuse crisis

Mar 15, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Late last summer, as accusations of abuse against then-cardinal Theodore McCarrick surfaced, a grand jury report from Pennsylvania detailed decades... Read more

Former New Jersey priest, credibly accused of abuse, shot dead

Mar 13, 2019

John Capparelli, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, was found dead in his Nevada home Saturday. Caparelli had... Read more

Pope Francis greets the pilgrims during his weekly general audience in St Peter's square at the Vatican on Feb. 26, 2014.

Pope Francis: Martyred seminarians provide a witness for priests, bishops

Mar 10, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis said Sunday that the nine Spanish seminarian martyrs beatified this weekend provide a witness to priests and bishops... Read more