Clerical sex abuse

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The Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Minn. archbishop announces moves to end culture fostering clergy abuse

Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis announced Friday several changes meant “to change the culture that fostered the... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

Los Angeles archdiocese updates list of priests credibly accused of abuse

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles announced Thursday that it has updated its list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse... Read more

Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide Philip Wilson. Photo Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Archbishop Wilson's conviction of not reporting abuse overturned

A district judge overturned Thursday the conviction of Archbishop Philip Wilson for failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse... Read more

The flag of Venezuela.

Venezuelan archbishop condemns sex abuse committed by religious priest

Archbishop José Luis Azuaje Ayala of Maracaibo on Wednesday condemned the abuse of a female minor by Fr. Iván Marino... Read more

Archbishop Emeritus of Adelaide Philip Wilson. Photo Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Australian archbishop appeals conviction of not reporting abuse

Lawyers representing Archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted in May of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Abusive former bishop to return to Chile to face civil prosecutors

The Schönstatt movement confirmed Monday that Francisco José Cox Huneeus, a former bishop who was dismissed from the clerical state... Read more

Bishop Coyne, Cardinal DiNardo, and Bishop Doherty at the USCCB press conference in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.

Analysis: On sexual abuse, what will U.S. bishops, and the pope, do next?

After several confusing and turbulent weeks in the Church, it is worth asking where reform efforts stand, and where they... Read more

The Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Winona, Minn.

Winona-Rochester diocese to file for bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, it was announced Sunday. Bishop John Quinn wrote a letter... Read more

The Polish bishops' conference gathered for a plenary assembly as Jasna Gora, November 2018. Photo courtesy Polish Bishops' Conference.

Polish bishops ask forgiveness of sexual abuse victims

The bishops of Poland published Monday a statement on the sexual abuse of minors by some clerics, asking forgiveness of... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin of Newark at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, August 2018.

NJ dioceses to form compensation program for child victims of clerical abuse

The Archdiocese of Newark announced Monday that New Jersey’s five dioceses will together form a Victim Compensation and Counseling Program... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Church in Chile to sign accord with prosecutor's office for investigation of abuse

The Chilean  bishops' conference has announced the signing of a collaboration agreement with the prosecutor's office for the investigation of... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean cardinal called to testify on abuse case, leaves papal advisory committee

A close advisor of Pope Francis has left the “C9”, the pope’s body of cardinal advisors, as he faces charges... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Vatican, US bishops face class-action lawsuit from victims of clergy sex abuse

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they... Read more

Voting at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 13, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

'What are people to make of our silence?' Bishops discuss McCarrick in Baltimore

The bishops of the United States resumed their open-floor discussion on the recent sexual abuse scandals facing the Church in... Read more

Voting at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 14, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

US bishops punt resolution encouraging Holy See to release McCarrick documents

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged”... Read more

The USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.  (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

'No words for depth of our anger' National Advisory Council tells US bishops

As the bishops of the United States continued their fall general assembly in Baltimore Tuesday, the leaders of the National... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh.

Lamenting clergy sex abuse, Pa. bishops announce victim compensation funds

Seven of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania will create compensation funds for victims of clergy sex abuse, following... Read more

Exposition and Adoration at the USCCB general assembly in Baltimore, Nov. 12, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Listen to victims, learn from your mistakes, women plead to USCCB

In the afternoon of the first full day of the US bishops' autumn general assembly, two speakers pleaded with the... Read more

Archbishop Robert Carlson of St. Louis, one of the signatories of the letter.

Missouri bishops release letter urging USCCB action on sex abuse crisis

The bishops of Missouri released a letter Monday expressing support for proposals meant to help address the sexual abuse crisis... Read more

The USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.

Abuse victims challenge US bishops to confront problems

Two victims of clerical sexual abuse addressed members of the US bishops’ conference Monday and shared how the bishops' action,... Read more