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Chicago archdiocese releases documents on older sex abuse cases

Nov 7, 2014

The Archdiocese of Chicago released new documents involving 36 priests with substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct involving minors with most... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica as seen from the Vatican gardens.

Catholic Church the only body 'effectively acting to eradicate pedophilia'

Sep 29, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

A former Vatican spokesman has written, against the backdrop of the house arrest of a former nuncio being investigated for... Read more

Józef Wesolowski, former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic.

Former Dominican Republic nuncio on house arrest over sex abuse charges

Sep 23, 2014

The Holy See press officer announced Tuesday that Jozef Wesolowski, the former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic who was... Read more

Former apostolic nuncio to the Dominican Republic Josef Wesolowski.

Disgraced nuncio does not have immunity, Vatican counters

Aug 25, 2014

The Vatican countered media reports that it protected a former nuncio who faces sex abuse charges through diplomatic immunity, saying... Read more

People pray outside Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains in Denver.

Suit claims Colo. Planned Parenthood ignored sex abuse

Jul 15, 2014

A lawsuit charges that a Colorado Planned Parenthood affiliate failed to recognize and report the sexual abuse of a 13-year-old... Read more

Bishop Robert Finn.

Kansas City diocese questions legality, accuracy of abuse penalty

Jul 3, 2014

Attorneys for the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph have questioned the legality of a $1 million abuse penalty against the... Read more

Pope Francis preaches during a Penitential service at St. Peter's Basilica, March 28, 2014.

Sex abuse will not be tolerated, Pope Francis says

May 27, 2014

Pope Francis strongly denounced clerical sex abuse of children, saying that such abuse will not be tolerated and announcing a... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston at the U.S. bishops' Fall General Assembly  2013.

Vatican child protection commission seeks global reach

May 3, 2014

Pope Francis’ new advisory commission on the protection of minors is expanding its membership to include representatives from around the... Read more

Pope Francis gives the Wednesday general audience in St. Peter's Square on October 2, 2013.

Pope apologizes for priests' sex abuse, promises strong response

Apr 11, 2014

Pope Francis called April 11 for an “even stronger” Catholic Church response to combat sexual abuse, saying he felt compelled... Read more

St. Peter's Square.

Frontline episode on Church scandals one-sided, critic says

Mar 6, 2014

By Kevin J. Jones

The PBS Frontline documentary series’ recent episode “Secrets of the Vatican” largely covered old scandals in a one-sided way, said... Read more

Puerto Rico bishops hand over accused priests to civil authorities

Feb 28, 2014

Archbishop Roberto Gonzalez Nieves of San Juan and Bishop Daniel Fernandez Torres of Arecibo in Puerto Rico have handed over... Read more

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput at a May 2012 press conference.

Archbishop Chaput finds two priests unsuitable for ministry

Feb 25, 2014

Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia had found two local priests to be unsuitable for ministry following separate, substantiated allegations... Read more

Cardinal Seán O'Malley at the Ecclesia in America Conference Dec 12, 2012.

Cardinal O'Malley: UN report showed ideological influence

Feb 11, 2014

A United Nations commission report on the Vatican’s response to abuse of children was not “fair or particularly helpful,” but... Read more

Cardinal reaffirms child protection pledge as documents release

Jan 22, 2014

Responding to the release of documents about Chicago priests accused of abusing minors over the past 50 years, Cardinal Francis... Read more

Minn. archbishop grieves, issues apology over clergy sex abuse

Dec 17, 2013

Archbishop John Nienstedt has apologized for sex abuse by clergy in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis, urging Catholics to be hopeful... Read more

   Pope Francis greets children as they arrive in Vatican City aboard a train during the Journey of Beauty event June 23, 2013.

Priest lauds Pope's commitment to protection of children

Dec 9, 2013

By Elise Harris

The founder of a new center aiding victims of abuse and their families praised the “courageous” actions of Pope Francis... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2013.

US bishops' head supports Vatican anti-abuse commission

Dec 8, 2013

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference, has welcomed Pope Francis’ new commission to fight the sexual... Read more

Legion of Christ reaffirms commitment to addressing sex abuse

Dec 5, 2013

The acting general director of the Legion of Christ has shared the steps the order has taken to prevent sexual... Read more

California State Capitol.

Calif. governor vetoes 'unfair' abuse lawsuit bill

Oct 15, 2013

California Gov. Jerry Brown has vetoed a controversial bill that would have allowed more decades-old sexual abuse charges against Catholic... Read more

Priest's arrest shows Philadelphia reforms, attorney says

Sep 27, 2013

The Philadelphia archdiocese drew praise for its swift reporting of an inactive priest to authorities after a young man said... Read more