Clerical sex abuse

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In Minnesota, young people respond to abuse scandals with prayer

More than 100 young adults in Saint Paul, Minnesota, gathered this week to pray for the healing of sexual abuse... Read more

The heart of St. John Vianney.

Knights of Columbus announce St John Vianney relic tour

The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus announced Tuesday that the fraternal organization will sponsor a US tour of... Read more

Safeguarding commission member: bishops' role in crisis must be acknowledged

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have... Read more

Pope Francis makes the Sign of the Cross April 18, 2018.

Pope calls entire Church to pray and fast after clerical sex abuse revelations

Pope Francis called Monday for every member of the Catholic Church to pray and fast in penance for the evil... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl.

Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, has been named more than 200 times... Read more

St. Paul's Catherdral, Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh bishop says not all grand jury accusations are 'substantiated'

Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh has confirmed that some of the priests named in the Pennsylvania grand jury report into... Read more

Bishop Santiago Silva of Chile's military diocese (L) and Bishop Fernando Ramos arrive for a bishops' assembly in Punta de Tralca, Chile, Aug. 3, 2018.

Chile's military diocese raided in abuse investigation

Police seized documents and equipment from the office of the bishop of Chile's military diocese Thursday as part of an... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Chilean bishops in the sacristy of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Jan. 16, 2018.

Chilean bishops' efforts to prevent sex abuse affirmed by Pope Francis

Pope Francis on Friday wrote to the Chilean bishops' conference to express his approval of their newly-adopted plan to prevent... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean bishops express concern over number of sex abuse victims

After the Chilean prosecutor's office announced that it has compiled a list of 266 victims of sexual abuse by Church... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston says a Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Cardinal O'Malley calls for 'clearer procedures' in bishop abuse cases

After numerous accusations of sexual abuse of minors and adults have arisen against a former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Sean... Read more

Augustinians reach $1m settlement with sex abuse victims

The Order of Saint Augustine has reached a $1 million settlement with eight people who were sexually abused by two... Read more

Ex-chancellor of Chilean archdiocese arrested for child sex abuse

A priest who served in the chancery of the Archdiocese of Santiago de Chile for 15 years was arrested by... Read more

St. Mary's Cathedral in Sydney.

Australia's national compensation plan for child sex abuse victims begins

On Sunday Australia launched a program to compensate the victims of institutional child sex abuse.  Read more

Fathers Eugenio de la Fuente Lora, Alejandro Vial Amunátegui, and Francisco Javier Astaburuaga Ossa speak at a press conference in Santiago de Chile, May 23, 2018.

Clerical abuse arose from misuse of authority, Chilean priest says

One of the Chilean priests affected by the abuses of Fr. Fernando Karadima who will meet with Pope Francis in... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican March 17 2016.

Court to consider request for media gag order in Cardinal Pell trial

An Australian court will determine Wednesday whether to accept a request by prosecutors for a “super injunction” against all media... Read more

Abuse survivor: Forgiveness, positive outlook key to healing

At the age of 16, Deborah Kloos was a distraught young woman who turned to the Church in hopes of... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Full text of Pope Francis' letter to Chilean bishops

In a letter addressed to Chile's bishops, Pope Francis admitted to making “serious mistakes” in handling the nation's massive sex... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Australian court hears further testimony in Cardinal Pell abuse hearing

New accusations were brought forward and others were dropped this week, during a pre-trial hearing in an Australian court regarding... Read more

Why priests can’t break the seal of confession, despite UK lawyers’ recommendation

Lawyers in the United Kingdom have recommended that mandatory reporting laws apply to priests in the confessional, in order to... Read more

Vatican City.

Australian bishops meet in Rome as Church reels from recent crisis

Last week, Church leaders from Australia traveled to Rome to meet with Vatican authorities to discuss the various crises Catholics... Read more