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Bishop Jaime Soto.

Diocese of Sacramento to file for bankruptcy amid over 250 clergy abuse lawsuits

Dec 11, 2023

By Peter Pinedo

The bishop of the Diocese of Sacramento, California, announced on Saturday that the diocese will file for bankruptcy amid a... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik

Alleged Rupnik victim: Many of the abused women have never received help

Sep 28, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The letter from alleged victims was published following a report by the Diocese of Rome on the Aletti Center, founded... Read more

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Catholic ‘cult’ in California: What do we know?

Sep 11, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Reports emerged earlier this month about alleged sexual abuse that purportedly took place at a commune run by a Catholic... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik

Father Marko Rupnik can no longer appeal his dismissal from the Jesuits

Jul 17, 2023

By Almudena Martínez-Bordiú

According to canonical norms, Rupnik had until Friday, July 14, to appeal the June 15 decision to dismiss him from... Read more

Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.

Report finds 28 credible child sex abuse claims of Georgia priests in last 70 years

Mar 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A new report says that 28 Catholic priests have faced credible child sex abuse allegations while serving in Georgia since... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Jesuits in Slovenia apologize for Rupnik abuse, say they believe victims

Jan 11, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

“We fully accept and understand the indignation, anger, and disappointment of the victims and their loved ones,” the Slovenian Jesuits... Read more

Jesuit Father Marko Ivan Rupnik with the official image of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome.

Former Jesuit provincial on the Rupnik case: It is a ‘tsunami’ of lack of transparency

Dec 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

A former provincial for the Society of Jesus demanded full transparency from his community in dealing with the current situation... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Who is Father Marko Rupnik, the Jesuit priest and artist accused of abuse?

Dec 7, 2022

By CNA Staff

Who is the Jesuit priest and artist that has been accused of abusing at least nine consecrated women in the... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ, in an interview with EWTN in 2020.

Jesuit artist Father Rupnik’s ministry restricted following reports of abuse allegations

Dec 5, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

A prominent Jesuit priest and artist had his ministry restricted, reportedly after an investigation by his religious order into allegations... Read more

St. Peter's Cathedral in Marquette, Michigan

Report details decades of alleged clergy sex abuse in Michigan diocese

Oct 27, 2022

By Jonah McKeown, Shannon Mullen

The Michigan attorney general’s report, which does not make a judgment on which allegations are credible, names 44 priests from... Read more

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Catholic Church apologizes ‘unreservedly’ after English child sex abuse inquiry

Oct 20, 2022

By CNA Staff

The Catholic Church in England and Wales has offered an “unreserved apology” to all sexual abuse victims who have suffered... Read more

Carlos Ximenes Felipe Belo, who won the Nobel Peace Prize for efforts related to East Timor, speaks during an Indonesian Commission of Truth and Friendship (CTF) public hearing in Jakarta, March 26 March.

Vatican confirms East Timor bishop under ‘restrictions’ related to sexual abuse of minors

Sep 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

Two alleged victims, now in their 40s, say the bishop abused his position of power over boys in the area... Read more

Our Lady Queen of Peace Cathedral in Broome, Australia.

Vatican opens canonical investigation into Australian bishop

Sep 26, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The Vatican has appointed Archbishop Mark Coleridge of Brisbane to oversee an investigation into former Bishop of Broome Christopher Saunders. Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in the Diocese of Charlotte.

Lawsuit alleges Jesuit priest committed sex abuse in North Carolina in the 1990s

Nov 19, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

A new lawsuit alleges that a long-serving Jesuit priest sexually abused a boy at a Catholic school in Charlotte, North... Read more

Bishop Jan Szkodoń, auxiliary bishop of Kraków, Poland.

Vatican concludes inquiry into Polish Catholic bishop

Jul 23, 2021

By CNA Staff

Investigators concluded that the accusations were “not proven.” Read more

Archbishop Polak, center, at a press conference presenting a report on clerical abuse in Poland, June 28, 2021.

Catholic Church in Poland reports 100s of new abuse allegations

Jun 29, 2021

By CNA Staff

The claims relate to abuse reportedly committed by 292 clergy between 1958 and 2020. Read more

Catholic safeguarding commission reports rise in abuse allegations in England and Wales

Feb 19, 2021

The number of people facing concerns or allegations of abuse against children rose by 29% in a year, according to... Read more

Bishop Mitchell T. Rozanski at the tomb of St. Peter during an ad limina visit Nov. 7, 2019.

Lawsuit highlights abuse cover-up allegations against St. Louis archbishop

Feb 12, 2021

By CNA Staff

Archbishop Mitchell Rozanski of St. Louis is accused in a new lawsuit of covering up abuse allegations in his former... Read more

Father Michael Pfleger / Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil CC BY 2.0

After abuse accusation, Fr. Michael Pfleger says he's 'devastated, hurt, angry' 

Jan 6, 2021

Father Michael Pfleger, an outspoken activist Chicago priest, has issued a short response after the Archdiocese of Chicago announced it... Read more

Catholic Church in Detroit, MI. Via Shutterstock

Detroit pastor, founder of accused priest support group, under investigation

Jul 9, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

A priest in the Archdiocese of Detroit who helped to found a nonprofit to support priests accused of abuse, has been... Read more