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NGO names ‘Dirty Dozen’ top contributors to sexual exploitation

Feb 23, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The National Center on Sexual Exploitation (NCOSE) on Tuesday announced its annual “Dirty Dozen” ranking of the top mainstream contributors... Read more

City skyline in Sydney, Australia.

Australian Catholic bishops establish new agency to fight abuse

Dec 4, 2020

On Thursday, the Catholic bishops of Australia and two other Catholic entities launched Australian Catholic Safeguarding Limited, a company charged... Read more

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

Questions of abuse cover-up directed at incoming St. Louis archbishop, but details unclear

Aug 7, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski is set to take over the Archdiocese of St. Louis, after heading the Diocese of Springfield in... Read more

Catholic composer David Haas performs.

Archdiocese drops music, prohibits concerts, after new allegations against David Haas

Jul 10, 2020

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis said Thursday it has received new allegations of misconduct on the part of... Read more

David Haas in a concert at the Ateneo de Manila University, Quezon City, Philippines.

Alleged David Haas sexual assault victim speaks out

Jul 2, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

A former music and youth minister, who alleges that Haas aggressively kissed and groped her when she was 19, spoke... Read more

LA archdiocese to lead novena for sexual abuse healing

Apr 17, 2020

The Archdiocese of Los Angeles will lead nine days of prayer and reflection for healing from sexual abuse, from April... Read more

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn. CNA file photo

Bishop DiMarzio denies allegations of sexual abuse

Nov 13, 2019

By CNA Staff

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of Brooklyn is rejecting an allegation that he sexually molested a minor in the 1970s, calling it... Read more

Sex abuse scandal leaves Australian Church, gov’t scrambling for solutions 

Sep 25, 2019

In the wake of a major clergy sex abuse scandal and the high-profile, controversial trial and conviction of sex abuse... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.

Erie district attorney investigating seminarian's sexual harassment claims

Sep 25, 2019

The district attorney in Erie County has begun a criminal investigation into claims of sexual harassment raised by a former... Read more

Mural of first Memphis bishop removed after abuse allegations

Sep 9, 2019

After being included several months ago on a Virginia list of priests credibly accused of sexual abuse, the first Catholic... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo.

Second Buffalo whistleblower says he was abused as seminarian

Sep 6, 2019

By Matt Hadro

New allegations have surfaced that the second whistleblower reporting a cover-up of clerical sexual abuse by the Diocese of Buffalo,... Read more

Franciscan Province paid poor abuse victims $15,000 in nondisclosure agreement

Aug 27, 2019

The Associated Press has uncovered the cases of two men whom the Franciscans of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin... Read more

Sleeping arrangements at the Downtown Hope Center women's shelter.

Federal court: Women's-only shelter not required to admit men

Aug 12, 2019

A federal court has issued a preliminary injunction protecting a women’s overnight shelter in Anchorage from the city’s demands that... Read more

Cincinnati auxiliary Bishop Joseph Binzer.

Auxiliary bishop did not disclose Cincinnati priest accusations

Aug 5, 2019

By Ed Condon

An auxiliary bishop in the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, and member of the USCCB committee on child protection, is facing accusations... Read more

Iowa bishops to cooperate with attorney general’s request for abuse records

Jun 5, 2019

The Catholic bishops of Iowa have agreed to voluntarily hand over records on clerical sex abuse allegations in their dioceses,... Read more

Archbishop William Lori speaks at a Legatus conference on Feb 8, 2013.

‘No excuse, no adequate explanation’: Lori releases findings of Bishop Bransfield investigation

Jun 5, 2019

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore has released a letter to the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston addressing the findings of a preliminary... Read more

President Donald Trump.

Abortion language nixed from UN resolution after Trump admin threatens veto

Apr 24, 2019

Language referring to abortion was removed from a United Nations resolution on the care of sexual abuse survivors in wartime,... Read more

Pope Francis greets the then-Archbishop of Agana, Anthony Apuron, at the Vatican Feb. 7, 2018.

Former Guam archbishop 'deeply saddened' by conviction, maintains innocence

Apr 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Emeritus Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agaña said Thursday that despite the failure of his appeal and the confirmation of a... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Apuron greets Pope Francis Feb. 7, 2018.

CDF upholds guilty verdict of Guam archbishop for abuse of minors

Apr 4, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith announced Thursday that, following an appeal, the Vatican's court has upheld last... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield.

New lawsuit claims Bishop Bransfield sexually abused seminarians

Mar 28, 2019

A new lawsuit against the former bishop of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia, claims that the prelate sexually assaulted seminarians, a claim... Read more