Clerical sex abuse

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Half of Dutch bishops in late 20th century linked to abuse, report claims

Sep 17, 2018

A report published Saturday by a Dutch daily claims that just over half of the Netherland's bishops between 1945 and... Read more

The flag of Chile.

Chilean officials raid four dioceses in sex abuse investigation

Sep 15, 2018

As part of the investigation into sexual crimes against minors committed  by members of the Catholic Church in Chile, the... Read more

Texas priest arrested for alleged child sex abuse

Sep 12, 2018

A priest of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston was arrested Tuesday in connection with allegations that he sexually abused at least... Read more

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Former nunciature official: 'Vigano said the truth'

Aug 26, 2018

By Ed Condon

Monsignor Jean-François Lantheaume, the former first counsellor at the apostolic nunciature in Washington D.C., has said that the former nuncio,... Read more

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin speaks at the Holy See press office, March 30, 2017.

Dublin archbishop sorrowed by clerical abuse

Aug 24, 2018

Amid clerical sexual abuse scandals in Ireland, Chile, Australia, and the US, the Archbishop of Dublin lamented the scale of... Read more

In Minnesota, young people respond to abuse scandals with prayer

Aug 22, 2018

More than 100 young adults in Saint Paul, Minnesota, gathered this week to pray for the healing of sexual abuse... Read more

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Knights of Columbus announce St John Vianney relic tour

Aug 21, 2018

The Supreme Knight of the Knights of Columbus announced Tuesday that the fraternal organization will sponsor a US tour of... Read more

Safeguarding commission member: bishops' role in crisis must be acknowledged

Aug 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

A member of Pope Francis’ commission for the protection of minors said Tuesday that the role bishops and superiors have... Read more

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