Clerical sex abuse

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Dominican Republic priest arrested on suspicion of killing teen

Aug 10, 2017

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

Aug 8, 2017

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

Jun 16, 2017

By Matt Hadro

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

May 17, 2017

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

Mar 7, 2017

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

Feb 6, 2017

By Elise Harris

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

Jan 17, 2017

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

Nov 29, 2016

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

Oct 7, 2016

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?

Sep 21, 2016

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

Aug 25, 2016

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

Aug 19, 2016

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

Jul 31, 2016

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

Jul 21, 2016

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

May 4, 2016

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

Apr 4, 2016

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

Mar 4, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City on June 19, 2014.

What the Church has done about sex abuse

Mar 4, 2016

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The movie Spotlight’s Best Picture win at the Academy Awards has brought renewed attention to the Catholic sex abuse scandals... 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.

Cardinal Pell shares emotional meeting with abuse survivors

Mar 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

Cardinal George Pell and a dozen survivors of clerical sex abuse met in Rome on Thursday, where they shared an... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, departs Rome's Hotel Quirinale, where he attended a hearing on sex abuse responses, March 3, 2016.

As abuse hearing ends, Cardinal Pell says he 'should have done more'

Mar 3, 2016

By Elise Harris

Speaking to an Australian committee investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell has expressed his regret... Read more