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Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021.

Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey

Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday,... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

More than 900 abuse claims filed against Buffalo diocese under Child Victims Act

At Saturday’s close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, more than 900 child sex abuse... Read more

The New York capitol building.

NY bishop hopes Child Victims Act deadline will close a ‘painful and sordid chapter’

At the close of the “lookback” window created by New York’s Child Victims Act, Bishop Michael Fisher of Buffalo said... Read more

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New sex abuse lawsuit names Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Michael Barrett

A new civil sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, also naming Opus Dei priest Fr.... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y.

Priests of Buffalo diocese continue to face sex abuse accusations

Since June more than 90 sex abuse lawsuits involving the Diocese of Buffalo have been filed under New York’s Child... Read more

Press Conference about amendments to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law on June 1, 2021 at the Holy See Press, Rome.

'A welcome necessity': Canon law society praises revisions to Church penal sanctions

The Canon Law Society of America on Tuesday expressed gratitude for the Vatican’s new revisions to Book VI of the... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, New York

Syracuse diocese to hold Mass for Healing amid nearly 400 sex abuse claims

The Diocese of Syracuse will hold a Mass for Healing on April 29 after nearly 400 sex abuse claims involving... Read more

New York state capitol, Albany.

Law firm tallies 2,800 suits filed against Catholic entities under NY Child Victims Act

A law firm that frequently represents victims of clerical sexual abuse announced April 6 that it had counted at least... Read more

Church in Australia to implement nationwide protocol for responding to abuse allegations

Starting in February, the Catholic Church in Australia will have a national protocol for responding to allegations of sexual abuse,... Read more

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Camden.

Majority of Camden diocese abuse claims left unprocessed amid bankruptcy filing

The Diocese of Camden filed for bankruptcy last week, leaving abuse settlements unpaid for about two-thirds of the alleged victims... Read more

Western Australian legislative committee recommends preserving confessional seal

Religious ministers should not be required to violate the seal of confession to report child sex abuse, a committee of... Read more

Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

The legislature of the Australian state of Queensland on Tuesday passed a law requiring priests to violate the seal of... Read more

Holy See upholds confessional seal in response to Australian royal commission

The Australian bishops have provided the federal government with the Holy See’s observations on 12 recommendations of a 2017 report... Read more

Saginaw diocesan employee alleges retaliation after reporting abuse

An employee of the Diocese of Saginaw, Michigan is suing the diocese, alleging that his fellow employees retaliated against him... Read more

Victims of clergy sexual abuse, activists, and lawyers gather in Rome, Feb. 21, 2020.

Argentine clergy abuse victims in Rome, one year after Vatican summit

One year after the Vatican hosted a summit on the abuse crisis, three former students of an Argentine institute which... Read more

Montana high court reverses sex abuse judgement against Jehovah’s Witnesses

The Montana Supreme Court has unanimously reversed a $35 million judgement against the Jehovah’s Witnesses, on the grounds that the... Read more

California state capitol.

California expands statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse

California Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law on Sunday a measure extending the statute of limitations for childhood sex abuse... Read more

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in New Ulm, Minn.

New Ulm diocese reaches $34m settlement with victims of clergy sex abuse

The Diocese of New Ulm announced Wednesday it has reached a $34 million settlement with victims of clerical sexual abuse.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna (R) addresses the Polish bishops' plenary assembly in Wałbrzych, June 14 2019.

Lead by example, not documents, Vatican abuse expert tells Polish bishops

As the Catholic Church in Poland continues to respond to sex abuse by clergy, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, a leading Vatican... Read more

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Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards

Last week the Australian bishop' conference and Catholic Religious Australia adopted new standards to combat the sexual abuse of children... Read more