Abuse Allegations

The Latest

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


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

A bishop's pectoral cross.

L.A. Auxiliary Bishop Salazar resigns after misconduct allegation found credible

Dec 19, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Auxiliary Bishop Alexander Salazar of Los Angeles Wednesday after the archdiocese’s oversight board found... Read more

A bishop's pectoral cross.

Pope accepts resignation of Bishop Bransfield as inquiry into misconduct claims launched

Sep 13, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis Thursday accepted the resignation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield from the pastoral government of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston,... Read more

Texas priest missing amid abuse allegations

Aug 23, 2018

A Texas priest under investigation for sexual abuse has disappeared, the Diocese of Dallas announced this week. Officials believe he... Read more

Bishop James Conley of Lincoln. File photo.

Bishop Conley gives update on diocesan allegations, review policies

Aug 13, 2018

In a listening session at a local church in Lincoln, Nebraska, Bishop James Conley updated members of his diocese on... Read more

 Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston says a Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Cardinal O’Malley orders inquiry into Boston seminary, places rector on 'sabbatical'

Aug 10, 2018

Cardinal Séan O’Malley has announced a major investigation into St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston, following allegations made... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral, Harrisburg.

Harrisburg Bishop releases names of 71 accused priests, deacons, seminarians

Aug 1, 2018

The Diocese of Harrisburg has released the names of 71 priests, deacons, and seminarians accused of sexual misconduct involving children... Read more

Cardinal Theodore McCarrick.

Abuse allegation against Cardinal Theodore McCarrick 'credible'

Jun 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Archdiocese of New York announced Wednesday that an investigation it conducted into an allegation of sexual abuse against Cardinal... Read more

Minn. bishop rejects claim he pressured alleged abuse victim

May 10, 2017

Bishop Michael Hoeppner of Crookston, Minn. has rejected a lawsuit’s assertion that he coerced a deacon candidate into renouncing his... Read more

Guam archdiocese receives administrator after bishop accused of abuse

Jun 6, 2016

After sex abuse and other allegations were leveled against Guam's archbishop, Pope Francis on Monday appointed a Vatican official to... Read more