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Corpus Christi Cathedral in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Three priests sue Corpus Christi diocese for inclusion in credibly accused list

Jun 22, 2019

Three priests have filed suits against the Diocese of Corpus Christi and its bishop, claiming that they were wrongfully included... Read more

The flag of Argentina.

Trial date set for Argentine priests accused of abusing deaf children

Jun 15, 2019

Two priests accused of sexually abusing minors at a school for deaf children in Argentina will stand trial Aug. 5.  Read more

Derrick Decoste. Photo via Oakland County Sheriff's Office.

Suspect in shooting death of former New Jersey priest answered a Craigslist ad

Jun 7, 2019

By CNA Staff

The man suspected in the March shooting death of a former priest who was credibly accused of sexual abuse of... Read more

Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington who was dismissed from the clerical state in February.

Pope Francis: 'I knew nothing about McCarrick'

May 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said that he did not know anything about accusations of sexual abuse by Theodore McCarrick, the former... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay speaks at a Vatican press conference, Oct. 22, 2015.

Indian police investigate claim against Cardinal Gracias of failure to report abuse

May 23, 2019

Police in India are investigating a claim that Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay and two auxiliary bishops covered up an... Read more


Former New Jersey priest, credibly accused of abuse, shot dead

Mar 13, 2019

By CNA Staff

John Capparelli, a former priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, was found dead in his Nevada home Saturday. Caparelli had... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, March 3, 2016.

Analysis: What's next for Cardinal Pell?

Mar 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison following his conviction on five charges of sexual... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

Analysis: Pell's appeal for justice

Mar 4, 2019

By Ed Condon

The verdict in Pell’s case has raised serious questions about how a legal system can adapt to cope with a... Read more

Argentine bishop calls for pro-life commitment after C-section on young girl

Mar 2, 2019

After an 11-year-old rape victim in Argentina received a Caesarean section Wednesday, the local bishop has called for society to... Read more

Vatican press conference led by interim press director Alessandro Gisotti, 18 Feb. 2019.

Analysis: Abuse summit ends with more questions than answers

Mar 1, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican sex abuse summit promised to give victims, Catholics, and journalists answers to their questions about the crisis of... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Cardinal Pell awaits sentencing in police custody

Feb 27, 2019

After the revocation of his bail Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was taken into police custody for the first time while... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Prosecutors drop second trial against Cardinal George Pell

Feb 25, 2019

By Ed Condon

Prosecutors have abandoned a planned second trial against Australian Cardinal George Pell, who was convicted in December 2018 on five... Read more

Pope Francis makes closing remarks for the Vatican abuse summit in the Sala Regia Feb. 24, 2019.

Pope Francis: Church will focus on 8 points in 'all-out battle' against abuse

Feb 24, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis Sunday outlined eight points that the Church will focus on in an “all-out battle” against the sexual abuse... Read more

Pope Francis at the meeting on protection of minors in the Church in the Vatican's New Synod Hall, Feb. 21, 2019.

Pope proposes 21 'reflection points' for discussion at abuse summit

Feb 21, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis on Thursday gave participants in a Vatican summit on protection of minors in the Church a list of... Read more

California state senate chamber.

California bill would remove reporting exemption for priests in confessional

Feb 21, 2019

A state senator in California introduced a bill Wednesday which would seek to force priests to violate the sacramental seal... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the Chilean bishops in the sacristy of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Jan. 16, 2018.

Chilean whistleblower to meet with bishops, victims ahead of abuse summit

Feb 19, 2019

Juan Carlos Cruz, a clerical sex abuse whistleblower and a victim of Fr. Fernando Karadima, will meet with bishops and... Read more

Religious superiors voice shame over child abuse failings

Feb 19, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Superiors general of men’s and women’s religious communities expressed sorrow Tuesday for sexual abuse committed within religious congregations and orders... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich at a Vatican press conference ahead of the meeting of the heads of the world's bishops' conferences. Feb. 18, 2019.

Ahead of summit, Cupich discusses sex abuse, homosexuality, priestly formation

Feb 18, 2019

By Courtney Mares

Cardinal Blase Cupich said Monday that this week’s Vatican sex abuse summit needs to be focused on the protection of... Read more

Pope Francis walks in St. Peter's Square Sept. 12, 2018.

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'

Jan 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit’s goal is... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. CNA file photo.

Cupich named to organizing group of Vatican's February meeting on abuse crisis

Nov 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Friday Pope Francis’ selection for the organizing committee of the Vatican’s February meeting of bishops on abuse... Read more