Clerical sex abuse

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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

Cardinal George Pell.

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

Feb 29, 2016

By Elise Harris

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

Sep 29, 2015

By Michelle La Rosa

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

Sep 28, 2015

By Ann Schneible

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

Sep 27, 2015

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

Sep 27, 2015

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

Aug 29, 2015

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

Aug 28, 2015

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

Jul 11, 2015

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