Clerical sex abuse

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

Cardinal DiNardo: Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on... Read more

The Ladder of Divine Ascent (12th century)

Fear God, not Rome – advice for the US bishops

A former senior staffer at the USCCB wrote Friday to the country's bishops ahead of their general assembly, urging them... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica, the seat of the Archbishop of Agana, Guam. Public Domain.

Amid abuse lawsuits, Guam archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

The Archdiocese of Agaña, Guam has announced that it will file for bankruptcy, following mediation efforts in September regarding clerical... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015.

Clergy sex abuse on the rise again, and Church leaders are ignoring why, sociologist says

After years in decline, Catholic clergy sex abuse could be on the rise again, warns a professor-priest’s analysis of relevant... Read more

 The Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption, San Francisco, Calif.

Amid lawsuit, firm publishes list of California priests accused of abuse

A Minnesota-based law firm released a report Tuesday compiling the names of over 200 priests from the San Francisco Bay... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Washington archdiocese releases the names of 28 accused clergy

Just days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, the D.C. archdiocese has... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

The Michigan capitol building in Lansing.

Each Catholic diocese in Michigan raided in abuse investigation

Police raided diocesan properties at all seven Catholic dioceses in Michigan this week as part of an ongoing investigation into... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster, England at a Vatican press conference in 2015.

Cardinal Nichols to face questions about British abuse case

Amid a British investigation into sexual abuse, Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster is expected to face questions regarding the way... Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Rapid City, S.D.,

Priest in South Dakota charged with child sex abuse

A priest in Rapid City, South Dakota has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual contact with a... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Minn. archbishop affirms abuse victims' courage as settlement approved

At a hearing in US bankruptcy court Tuesday, Archbishop Bernard Hebda of Saint Paul and Minneapolis told clergy abuse victims... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising at the Holy See press office, Oct. 27, 2017.

Cardinal Marx apologizes for sex abuse by clerics in Germany

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, chairman of the German bishops' conference, personally apologized Tuesday for “failure and pain”... Read more

Bishop Andrew Cozzens, Auxiliary Bishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.

Bishop Cozzens: The light shines in the darkness

In a column in The Catholic Spirit last week, Auxiliary Bishop Andrew Cozzens of Saint Paul and Minneapolis reflected on... Read more

Interior of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Indiana diocese releases names of credibly accused clerics

The Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend published Tuesday the names of the 18 priests and deacons who have served in... Read more

Half of Dutch bishops in late 20th century linked to abuse, report claims

A report published Saturday by a Dutch daily claims that just over half of the Netherland's bishops between 1945 and... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean officials raid four dioceses in sex abuse investigation

As part of the investigation into sexual crimes against minors committed  by members of the Catholic Church in Chile, the... Read more

Texas priest arrested for alleged child sex abuse

A priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was arrested Tuesday in connection with allegations that he sexually abused at least... Read more

A view of St. Peter`s Basilica and Vatican City flag.

Former nunciature official: 'Vigano said the truth'

Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio,... Read more

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin speaks at the Holy See press office, March 30, 2017.

Dublin archbishop sorrowed by clerical abuse

Amid clerical sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and the US, the Archbishop of Dublin lamented the scale of... Read more