clerical sexual abuse

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St. Louis priest to have arrest record expunged after sexual abuse cases dropped

Aug 30, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A circuit judge ruled Aug. 25 that Father Xiu Hui “Joseph” Jiang had met the legal burden to have his... Read more

Bishop Emil Stehle

German bishop, accused of abuse, found to have helped wanted pedophile priests escape to Latin America

Aug 8, 2022

By AC Wimmer

The now-deceased prelate allegedly used money from the German Bishops' Conference to financially support other alleged perpetrators. Read more

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

Two-year-old lawsuit accusing Theodore McCarrick of repeatedly raping boy still pending in NJ

Aug 5, 2022

By Shannon Mullen

The nearly two-year-old lawsuit, one of several against McCarrick, has received significant media coverage due to the graphic nature of... Read more

Father Andrew Small, O.M.I.

The Church must do more for survivors of sexual abuse, Vatican official says

Jul 22, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The Church must do more for anyone affected by sexual abuse, “even when the Church can appear tarnished because of... Read more

Pope Francis speaking to participants of the General Chapters of three religious congregations in audience at the Vatican on July 14, 2022.

Pope Francis tells religious congregations to have ‘zero tolerance’ on abuse

Jul 14, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

In a meeting with three male religious congregations on Thursday, Pope Francis emphasized the importance of taking a “zero tolerance”... Read more

Pope Francis meets members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors at the Vatican, April 29, 2022.

Pope Francis says measures against sexual abuse in the Church are 'irreversible'

Jul 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope Francis has said the Catholic Church will continue implementing measures against clerical sexual abuse, even if there may be... Read more

Bishop Robert McElroy. CNA file photo.

What to know about Bishop Robert McElroy, who will soon be a cardinal

May 29, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

McElroy has led the San Diego diocese since 2015. Read more

The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles.

California Catholic dioceses ask Supreme Court to hear statute of limitations extension case

May 2, 2022

By Katie Yoder

California Catholic bishops are asking the U.S. Supreme Court to consider a case challenging the state for permitting victims of... Read more

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Church in Spain expresses its will that 'the truth shine forth' concerning cases of clerical abuse 

Mar 15, 2022

By Cynthia Perez

Addressing the 506 cases of clerical abuse that the Spanish Bishop’s Conference has on record, conference spokesman Bishop Luis Argüello,... Read more

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Laicized former priest serving life term dead of apparent suicide

Feb 8, 2022

By Christine Rousselle

Robert McWilliams, 41, was about three months into a life sentence for sex trafficking of youths under 18, child pornography,... Read more

Clerical sexual abuse survivor Phil Saviano at the premiere of "Spotlight" in 2015.

Phil Saviano, survivor of clerical abuse featured in 'Spotlight,' dies at 69

Nov 29, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Phil Saviano, a survivor of clerical sexual abuse whose story was featured in the 2015 film “Spotlight” died on Sunday,... Read more

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Cleveland priest sentenced to life in prison for child pornography, exploitation

Nov 10, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Tuesday, Father Robert McWilliams was sentenced to life in prison on convictions of sex trafficking of youths under 18,... Read more

Archbishop emeritus Marian Gołębiewski of Wrocław, Poland

Vatican sanctions retired Polish archbishop after ‘Vos estis’ cover-up inquiry

Aug 21, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican has imposed penalties on another Catholic bishop in Poland for mishandling abuse cases. Read more

Cathedral of St. Joseph the Workman, La Crosse.

Wisconsin attorney general to investigate sex abuse by Catholic clerics

Apr 23, 2021

Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul will launch an investigation of sexual abuse in the state's five Catholic dioceses, and at... Read more

Rhode Island State House in Providence, Rhode Island. Via Shutterstock

Providence diocese won't comment on bill expanding liability for child sex abuse

Mar 3, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Diocese of Providence is refusing to comment on a bill that would provide increased opportunities for victims of child... Read more

Vatican exonerates retired bishop of multiple abuse claims but issues canonical rebuke

Jan 26, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has exonerated retired Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne over numerous accusations of the sexual abuse of... Read more

Father Michael Pfleger / Photo: Daniel X. O'Neil CC BY 2.0

Father Michael Pfleger, activist Chicago priest, faces claim of abusing minor

Jan 5, 2021

By Kevin J. Jones

The outspoken activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger faces an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years... Read more

Fr. Marcin Garbacz.

Priest jailed for theft blames Catholic doctrine, also facing sex abuse charges

Nov 25, 2020

By JD Flynn

A South Dakota priest has been sentenced to almost eight years in federal prison, after he was convicted of 65... Read more

Abuse survivor: ‘All Catholics will be grieving’ when McCarrick report is released

Nov 6, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

One clerical abuse survivor and advocate told CNA that as hard as it will be to read the McCarrick Report... Read more

Fr. Josef Kentenich.

Details of Schoenstatt founder abuse and coercion allegations emerge

Nov 5, 2020

A Church historian has published some details regarding the allegations of abuse made against  Fr. Josef Kentenich, founder of the... Read more