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Guam's Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica

Guam archbishop denies allegations of rape, sexual abuse

Jan 18, 2018

An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his... Read more

Pope taps Colombian bishop to oversee Sodalitium amid ongoing crisis

Jan 10, 2018

By Elise Harris

The Vatican announced Wednesday that Colombian Bishop Noel Antonio Londoño Buitrago C.Ss.R. has been appointed papal commissioner for the Sodalitium... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell accuser dies before sexual abuse trial begins

Jan 8, 2018

The legal case against Cardinal George Pell of Australia has taken an unexpected turn, after the death of Damian Dignan,... Read more

Peruvian prosecutor requests jail for Sodalitium founder

Dec 13, 2017

Criminal prosecutors in Peru have requested that Luis Fernando Figari be incarcerated by a court order, while he is investigated... Read more

Activist group apologizes to priest after lawsuit dismissed

Nov 27, 2017

By Mary Farrow

An advocacy group has issued an apology to a St. Louis priest for "any false or inaccurate statements" regarding allegations... 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 will plead not guilty to abuse charges in Australia

Jul 26, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a brief hearing in a court in Melbourne Wednesday morning, Cardinal George Pell said he will be pleading not... Read more

New Mexico bishop takes charge in fighting sex abuse, healing wounds

Jun 29, 2017

By Carl Bunderson

The Diocese of Gallup, New Mexico added three names earlier this year to its list of workers against whom there... Read more

Cardinal Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell to take leave while facing abuse charges in Australia

Jun 29, 2017

By Elise Harris

After Australian police announced that they have charged him on multiple counts of sexual abuse, Cardinal George Pell has maintained... Read more

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, Australia speaks to CNA Oct. 25, 2016 in Rome.

Australian police charge top Vatican official with sexual abuse

Jun 28, 2017

By Elise Harris

After years of fighting allegations of sexual abuse and negligence in handling abuse cases, Cardinal George Pell, the Vatican's top... 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

Former Boston priest faces more sex abuse charges

Feb 8, 2017

A former priest previously convicted of sex abuse of an altar boy was indicted on 29 counts of sexual misconduct... Read more

Barbara Blaine of SNAP protests on the steps of St Mary's Metropolitan Cathedral on September 15, 2010 in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Another resignation at SNAP as controversy continues

Feb 6, 2017

Another leader of a controversial group representing survivors of clergy sexual abuse has resigned, denying that the resignation is related... Read more

Kickbacks for suing the Church? Lawsuit claims major misbehavior at SNAP

Jan 19, 2017

By Kevin J. Jones

A former employee of the controversial Survivors’ Network of those Abused by Priests has filed a lawsuit claiming wrongful termination... Read more

A victory for the seal of Confession in Louisiana

Nov 1, 2016

By Matt Hadro

Catholic priests do not have to break the seal of Confession to report the alleged abuse of minors, the Louisiana... Read more

Minneapolis cathedral. Photo

No, we didn’t hide money, Minnesota archdiocese says of abuse settlement

May 25, 2016

The Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says his archdiocese has followed the law in its bankruptcy process, responding to... 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

Bishop Fortunato Pablo Urcey, Prelate of Chota, who was appointed apostolic visitor of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae April 22, 2015.

Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has an apostolic visitor to investigate its founder

Oct 27, 2015

The superior general of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae has made public that the community has had an apostolic visitor since... Read more

LGBT activist leader faces sex crimes charges involving teen

Nov 25, 2014

A founder of the Human Rights Campaign, an influential gay advocacy group that has begun targeting Catholic bishops for protests,... Read more

Abuse allegations were addressed immediately, Spanish archbishop says

Nov 19, 2014

The Archdiocese of Granada, Spain, has defended its response to the case of three priests accused of abusing an underage... Read more

LA priest cleared by Vatican of sexual misconduct claims

Nov 10, 2014

A Vatican tribunal has “definitively determined” that there is no proof of sexual misconduct by Monsignor Richard Loomis, a prominent... Read more