Clerical sex abuse

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Brenda Noriega (far R) speaks at a World Youth Day Press Conference in Panama City, Jan. 26, 2019.

Youth minister: Pope Francis emphasized prayer in response to sex abuse crisis

Jan 26, 2019

A diocesan youth minister who lunched with Pope Francis Saturday said that he spoke about the necessity of prayer in... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. (public domain)

Guam archdiocese files for bankruptcy following sex abuse lawsuits

Jan 16, 2019

The Archdiocese of Agaña has filed for bankruptcy in federal court in the wake of numerous sex abuse allegations. The... Read more

Fr. Raniero Cantalamessa, apostolic preacher, gives an Advent sermon at Redemptoris Mater Chapel of the Vatican, Dec. 15, 2017.

Father Cantalamessa preaching to US bishops on retreat this week

Jan 2, 2019

The bishops of the US are gathered near Chicago for a week-long retreat directed by Father Raniero Cantalamessa, OFM Cap.,... Read more

Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Salt Lake City diocese releases list of priests credibly accused of abuse

Dec 18, 2018

Following suit with many other Catholic dioceses throughout the United States in recent months, the Diocese of Salt Lake City,... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, NJ.

New Jersey bishops finalizing plans to compensate sex abuse victims

Dec 15, 2018

In the wake of sex abuse allegations against a former cardinal, the Catholic bishops of New Jersey have announced the... Read more

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

Minn. archbishop announces moves to end culture fostering clergy abuse

Dec 14, 2018

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

Dec 7, 2018

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

Dec 6, 2018

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

Nov 28, 2018

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

Nov 28, 2018

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

Nov 27, 2018

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?

Nov 26, 2018

By JD Flynn

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

Nov 20, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Nov 20, 2018

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

Nov 19, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Nov 19, 2018

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

Nov 15, 2018

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

Nov 15, 2018

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

Nov 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

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

Nov 14, 2018

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