Clerical sex abuse

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

What the Church has done about sex abuse

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

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'

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

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell: I was not a part of Church's 'indefensible' cover up

On the first day of his video testimony to Australia's Royal Commission investigating institutional responses to child sex abuse cases,... Read more

View of St. Peter's Basilica.

Vatican aims for child protection norms to be custom-fitted per culture

When it comes to protection against abuse, guidelines need to be implemented according to the customs of each country if... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the United States bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington, D.C., Sept. 23, 2015.

US bishops echo Pope's words on sex abuse, accountability

Two committee heads of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced support for Pope Francis’ statement rejecting the sexual abuse of minors... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his way back from Strasbourg, Nov. 25, 2014.

I can forgive an abuser, but understand those who can't, Pope says

In his wide-ranging press briefing en route from the United States to Rome, Pope Francis spoke on the difficult subject... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia to bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families, Sept. 27, 2015.

Help youth be brave in opting for marriage and family, Pope tells bishops

Pope Francis told bishops Sunday that a widespread consumerism and desire to follow new fads has rendered youth fearful of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to bishops in Philadelphia Sept. 17, 2015.

'God cries' for victims of abuse, Pope says after meeting survivors

Pope Francis this morning met with 5 survivors of sexual abuse during his visit to Philadelphia, telling bishops afterward that... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Former nuncio awaiting Vatican trial died of natural causes, autopsy says

Initial autopsy findings indicate that disgraced former apostolic nuncio Jozef Wesolowski died of natural causes from a “cardiac event,” the... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Former nuncio Wesolowski, facing sex abuse trial, dies

Jozef Wesolowski, the laicized, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who faced criminal charges in Vatican City of possession... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Vatican postpones criminal trial of ex-nuncio on pedophilia charges

The criminal court of Vatican City State held on Saturday the first hearing in the trial of Jozef Wesolowski, the... Read more

St. Peter holding the keys.

Pope Francis approves greater bishop accountability in abuse cases

Bishop accountability in the mishandling of abuse cases and abuse allegations were key themes in the Vatican’s latest round of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, says Mass at the St. Lorenzo Youth Centre in Rome, Jan. 30, 2015.

Australian bishops stress Cardinal Pell’s determination to fight sex abuse

A group of Australian bishops have emphasized Cardinal George Pell’s record of leadership against clergy sex abuse following critical news... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2105.

Confirmed priest abuse allegations in single digits for 2014

There are tens of thousands of Catholic clergy in the U.S. – but there were fewer than 10 substantiated allegations... Read more

Priests celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Jan. 17, 2015.

Is priestly celibacy the cause of clerical sex abuse? Not likely, victim says

One survivor of priestly sexual abuse says that despite a common perception that clerical celibacy can lead to sex abuse... Read more