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The cross of the German “Synodal Way.”

Critics challenge German Synodal Way in light of abuse study

Jan 30, 2024

By AC Wimmer

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that... Read more

Bolivian bishops express their support for Bishop Robert Flock on Nov. 13, 2023.

Bolivian Bishops’ Conference criticizes 5-hour interrogation of fellow bishop in abuse case

Nov 15, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The Bolivian Bishops’ Conference expressed its solidarity and closeness to the bishop of San Ignacio de Velasco, Robert Flock, saying... Read more

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Church in Bolivia criticizes excesses of raids on Jesuits in sexual abuse cases

Aug 30, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The Bolivian bishops questioned the procedures carried out “under the rationale ... to collect evidence” in cases of alleged sexual... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick outside the Dedham District Court on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021.

UPDATE: McCarrick’s alleged victim ‘left with nothing’ after ex-prelate ruled incompetent to face trial

Aug 30, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is not competent to stand trial on criminal sexual abuse charges in Massachusetts, a state district... Read more

Father Bernardo Mercado, the Jesuit provincial in Bolivia.

Jesuit provincial in Bolivia says he would not have entered order if he knew about abuse

Aug 17, 2023

By Julieta Villar

Father Bernardo Mercado was interviewed recently by the special commission for the investigation of sexual abuse in ecclesial environments. Read more

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Prosecutor in Bolivia asks for Church’s cooperation in clerical sexual abuse cases

Jul 31, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The prosecutor for Chuquisaca asked the Archdiocese of Cochabamba for the names of the Jesuit provincials during the years 1999,... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Syracuse, New York

Diocese of Syracuse to pay $100 million to trust fund for survivors of child sexual abuse

Jul 28, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The diocese will contribute $50 million to the trust, while parishes will contribute $45 million. Other entities will contribute $5... Read more

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UPDATED: Which U.S. dioceses have declared bankruptcy? Here’s a map

Jul 24, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

More than two dozen U.S. dioceses, including two in U.S. overseas territories, have entered into bankruptcy proceedings, the vast majority... Read more

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Clerical sex abuses crisis: Spanish priests hit with sanctions

Jul 13, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The Diocese of Mallorca in Spain has sentenced one priest to three years of not celebrating Mass other than in... Read more

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Sex abuse scandal in Bolivia: Who had the Jesuit priest’s diary, and when?

Jul 11, 2023

By Julieta Villar

The personal diary of the Jesuit priest Alfonso “Pica” Pedrajas, who died in 2009, has been at the center of... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet, who has led the Vatican’s office for choosing bishops for over a dozen years, talks with Hannah Brockhaus, CNA Rome correspondent, and EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser at the Dicastery of Bishops in Vatican City on Feb. 23, 2023.

Quebec cardinal says new claims of sexual assault are ‘defamatory’

Jun 20, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Cardinal Marc Ouellet responded to the new allegations saying he intends to demonstrate his innocence in a court of law. Read more

Pope Francis at his general audience in St. Peter's Square on May 17, 2023.

Pope Francis expresses ‘shame and dismay’ over sexual abuse of minors in Bolivia

Jun 16, 2023

By Ary Waldir Ramos Díaz

Pope Francis sent a letter Friday to the president of Bolivia expressing a firm promise to work with the government... Read more

Jesuits accused of abuse in Bolivia in May 2023.

Six Jesuits reportedly under investigation for cover-up of sexual abuse in Bolivia

Jun 7, 2023

By Abel Camasca

In addition to allegations of the sexual abuse of minors by a number of deceased Jesuits in Bolivia, six others... Read more

Bishop Giovani Arana of El Alto, Bolivia.

Bolivian bishop on clerical sex abuse: We know asking forgiveness is not enough

May 30, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

“We have asked for forgiveness; we know that it’s not enough,” said Bishop Giovani Arana of El Alto, Bolivia. Read more

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Bolivia Jesuits ask victims of two priests implicated in scandal to make formal complaint

May 20, 2023

By Diego Lopez Marina

The Jesuits asked the victims to make a formal complaint with the Society of Jesus and offered their assistance in... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Rupnik superior: ‘From an ecclesial point of view it’s illegal’ for priest to own business

Apr 27, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The superior of Father Marko Rupnik, a Jesuit priest and artist accused of sexually abusing numerous nuns, said Rupnik owned... Read more

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Legionaries of Christ present annual report on sexual abuse of minors by priests

Apr 23, 2023

By Nicolás de Cárdenas

The report gives an account of the commitments made regarding victims of abuse by the congregation and the creation of... Read more

Cathedral of Christ the King in Atlanta.

Report finds 28 credible child sex abuse claims of Georgia priests in last 70 years

Mar 29, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

A new report says that 28 Catholic priests have faced credible child sex abuse allegations while serving in Georgia since... 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

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Who was Father Marko Rupnik’s superior while he was being investigated?

The ministry of Jesuit Father Marko Rupnik was and continues to be under restrictions, according to the Jesuit order. Read more