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Facade of the Plurinational Legislative Assembly of Bolivia.

Analysis: Jesuit sex abuse scandal in Bolivia could be used politically to repress Church

Journalists from ACI Prensa, CNA’s Spanish-language news partner, traveled to Bolivia to look into the implications of the case of... Read more

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in Vatican City's Paul VI Hall on Feb. 22, 2023.

Pope Francis extends ‘Vos estis’ decree to counter both lay and clerical abuse

Mar 25, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The decree promulgated March 25 extends the Church’s norms for handling of abuse to cover lay leaders of international associations.  Read more

Bishops at the USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, June 2019.

Analysis: The laity - the who and the how in sexual abuse reform

Jun 11, 2019

By Ed Condon

Two major themes emerged at the USCCB Tuesday: a desire to see a defined role for laity in the process of... 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

Virginia State Capitol building in Richmond, Virginia.

Virginia dioceses pledge to cooperate with attorney general

Oct 29, 2018

In a statement released last Wednesday and repeated at Masses over the weekend, Bishop Michael Burbidge of the Diocese of... Read more

Bishop Robert Barron responds to a question about Wuerl's resignation at the Vatican on Oct. 12, 2018.

U.S. bishops hope Wuerl’s resignation is a step toward healing

Oct 12, 2018

Several U.S. bishops responding to the official resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C. expressed hope Friday that the... Read more

Pope Francis meets youth in Tallinn, Estonia Sept. 25, 2018.

Pope: The Church hears the outrage of young people at scandal

Sep 25, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said in Estonia Tuesday he is aware of the negative feelings many young people have toward the Catholic... Read more

Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati Andrello of Santiago de Chile greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square

Chilean cardinal to be questioned by prosecutors over abuse cover-up

Jul 25, 2018

Cardinal Enrico Ezzati, Archbishop of Santiago, has been summoned by local authorities to answer questions about the ongoing sexual abuse... Read more

Pope Francis before leading the Regina Coeli in St. Peter's Square April 30, 2017.

Pope lands in Chile with plea for forgiveness after abuse scandal

Jan 16, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

In the first official encounter of his apostolic visit to Chile, Pope Francis expressed his shame and sorrow for the... Read more