Clerical sex abuse

The Latest

Pope Francis at the general audience in the Paul VI Hall on Aug. 9, 2017.

In abuse cases there should be no recourse to appeals, Pope Francis says

There should be no opportunity for appealing canonical cases of sexual abuse against minors when allegations have been proven by... Read more

In fight against sex abuse, Australian archbishop sees progress, challenges

Amid ongoing controversy surrounding clerical sex abuse in Australia, one of the country's archbishops believes the local Churches are making... Read more


Australian priest rips confession proposal as government 'intrusion'

An Australian priest has called the Royal Commission's recent proposal to enforce law requiring that clergy face criminal charges if... Read more

Dominican Republic priest arrested on suspicion of killing teen

The National Police of the Dominican Republic have arrested a priest on suspicion of killing a teenager, who was allegedly... Read more

Priest collar.

In predominantly Catholic Guam, clergy sex abuse lawsuits near 100-mark

Nearly 100 lawsuits have accused Catholic clergy in Guam of sex abuse over a 50 year timespan, alleging assault, manipulation... Read more

US bishops ask forgiveness from survivors of clergy sex abuse

The Beatitudes call us to own our responsibility for suffering in the world, Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta preached on... Read more

Archdiocese speaks ahead of Netflix series on murdered nun

No one knows who killed Sister Catherine Ann Cesnik.  Read more

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minnesota.

Minnesota diocese, facing abuse lawsuits, files for bankruptcy

Facing over one hundred lawsuits concerning sex abuse claims dating back to the 1950s, the Diocese of New Ulm has... Read more

Australian bishops apologize for Church's failure in sex abuse crisis

Days before Australia’s Royal Commission on institutional sex abuse begins their final hearing into the Church’s response to their abuse... Read more

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

Cardinal Pell's office dismisses attacks as opposition to reform

In reaction to a new book claiming that Pope Francis has in fact done little to combat clerical sex abuse,... Read more

How the Catholic Church in Australia aims to enhance anti-abuse efforts

In Australia, the Catholic Church has established a new independent non-profit to protect children and vulnerable adults from abuse.  Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York.

NY archdiocese offers compensation to sex abuse victims

Cardinal Timothy Dolan announced Thursday that the New York archdiocese is establishing an independent compensation program for victims of sexual... Read more

Does the Mexican priest who allegedly abused minors even exist?

After the Mexican branch of the “hacktivist” group Anonymous reported that the Archdiocese of Mexico had let off an alleged... Read more

St. Louis priest falsely accused by anti-sex abuse group

A group for clergy sex abuse victims made false statements “negligently and with reckless disregard for the truth” against a... Read more

Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising, who may have failed to remove an abusive priest in 2006, at a press conference in Rome, Oct. 5, 2015.

Cardinal Marx faces accusations over handling of alleged abuse case

Accusations have been raised in a number of German media that Cardinal Reinhard Marx of Munich and Freising failed to... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the economy secretariat, speaks to reporters outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale after meeting with sex abuse survivors, March 3, 2016.

Let's not rush to judge Cardinal Pell, Pope Francis says

In response to news that Australian authorities are investigating multiple allegations of child abuse leveled against Cardinal George Pell, Pope... Read more

The Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota.

Minn. archdiocese apologizes for failures, as prosecutors drop abuse charges

Prosecutors have dropped criminal charges against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as its present and past archbishops apologized... Read more

Salvatorians apologize for failing to protect Irish children from abusive priest

The Salvatorians have offered their “deepest apology” for failing to stop a priest who sexually abused children in Ireland until... Read more

Bishop Mulkearns, accused of sex abuse cover-up in Australia, dies

Bishop Ronald Mulkearns, who led the Diocese of Ballarat in Australia's Victoria state from 1971 to 1997, died Monday at... Read more

A view of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Jan. 25, 2015.

Vatican: the Church has been anything but indifferent to clerical abuse

Vatican spokesman Fr. Federico Lombardi cautioned Friday that the recent Oscar-win for “Spotlight” and the lengthy deposition of a top... Read more