Clerical sex abuse

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

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

Aug 20, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 14, 2018

By Ed Condon

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'

Aug 13, 2018

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

Aug 11, 2018

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

Aug 6, 2018

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

Jul 25, 2018

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

Jul 24, 2018

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

Jul 18, 2018

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

Jul 13, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jul 2, 2018

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

May 23, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

May 14, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Apr 24, 2018

By Elise Harris

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

Apr 11, 2018

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

Mar 24, 2018

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

Nov 27, 2017

By Mary Farrow

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

Oct 8, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

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

Sep 21, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Sep 18, 2017

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'

Aug 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

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