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Queensland passes law requiring priests to break confessional seal

Sep 8, 2020

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

Sep 6, 2020

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

May 12, 2020

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

Feb 21, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Jan 10, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

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

Oct 14, 2019

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

Jun 27, 2019

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

Jun 14, 2019

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

The flag of Australia.

Australian bishops adopt new Safeguarding Standards

Jun 3, 2019

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

Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists, June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years imprisonment for sexual abuse

Mar 12, 2019

Cardinal George Pell was sentenced Wednesday to six years imprisonment, after being convicted in December of sexual abuse of two... Read more

Dec. 21, 2018: Pope Francis delivers his annual pre-Christmas address to the Roman Curia.

Pope Francis tells Curia: 'Spare no effort' in bringing abusers to justice

Dec 21, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis strongly condemned clerical sex abuse in his annual Christmas speech to the Roman Curia Friday, promising that the... Read more

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney at a Vatican press conference Oct. 5.

Youth synod bishop apologizes to young people on behalf of Church leaders

Oct 5, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Archbishop Anthony Fisher of Sydney apologized to young people on behalf of Church leaders in a speech at the Synod... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope accepts resignation of two more Chilean bishops

Sep 21, 2018

The removal of Bishop Carlos Pellegrín Barrera of Chillán and Bishop Cristián Contreras Molina of San Felipe was confirmed in... Read more

Archbishop Philip Wilson. Courtesy of the Archdiocese of Adelaide.

Australian court finds Archbishop Wilson guilty of concealing abuse

May 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Australian Archbishop Philip Wilson has been found guilty of failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse disclosed to him... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Australian court hears further testimony in Cardinal Pell abuse hearing

Mar 24, 2018

New accusations were brought forward and others were dropped this week, during a pre-trial hearing in an Australian court regarding... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, speaks with CNA at the Vatican, March 17, 2016.

Alleged abuse victims testify against Cardinal Pell at Australian court hearing

Mar 15, 2018

Alleged victims of abuse of Cardinal George Pell gave testimonies this week during a hearing in an Australian court which... Read more

Catholic Church in Australia commits to ensuring justice for sex abuse victims

Dec 15, 2017

In a wide-ranging report released Friday, Australia’s royal commission found serious failings in the protection of children from abuse in... Read more

Guam archdiocese adopts more stringent child protection policies

Oct 26, 2017

The Archdiocese of Agaña last week adopted a new policy on child protection, following a child sex abuse scandal which... Read more

Daniel Pittet. Photo courtesy of Mondadori Publishers.

Pope lauds 'courageous' witness of abuse victim who forgave

Feb 14, 2017

By Elise Harris

In his preface for a book written by a survivor of clerical sex abuse, Pope Francis once again lamented the... Read more

Vatican bars Sodalit founder from contact with members

Feb 10, 2017

A newly released decree from the Vatican's congregation for religious life states that the founder of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae,... Read more