clerical sexual abuse

The Latest

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for the opening of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, 2018.

Caggiano: Youth synod bishops must address sexual abuse crisis

Oct 5, 2018

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to... Read more

Pope Francis meets with American prelates at the Vatican, Sept. 13, 2018.

US Catholics' confidence in Francis shaken

Oct 3, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A recent poll has shown a drop in popularity for Pope Francis in the United States over the past year.... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin. CNA file photo

Cardinal Tobin will not attend Oct. Vatican synod

Sep 21, 2018

The Archbishop of Newark has announced that he will not attend an October gathering of bishops slated to discuss young... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Dolan 'impatient' waiting for apostolic visitation in response to McCarrick

Sep 20, 2018

The Archbishop of New York said Thursday that while he has confidence in the way Pope Francis is handling the... Read more

Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

'Leave no stone unturned,' Cardinal Dolan tells NY archdiocesan investigator

Sep 20, 2018

The Archbishop of New York has announced the appointment of an archdiocesan special counsel, who will be tasked with an... Read more


Commentary: Getting to forgiveness

Sep 19, 2018

By JD Flynn

I have spent most of this summer angry with Christ’s Church.  Read more

Archbishop Charles Scicluna talks with Pope Francis. Courtesy photo.

Scicluna: On abuse crisis, Church must go from words to action

Sep 18, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

According to Archbishop Charles Scicluna, the pope’s recent decision to call to Rome the presidents of bishops’ conferences from around... Read more

Church of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California.

Priest faces trial after alleged assault of San Diego seminarian

Sep 18, 2018

By JD Flynn

A California priest has been charged with sexual battery, after he is alleged to have sexually assaulted a San Diego... Read more

What do Church abuse policies mean by 'vulnerable adult'?

Sep 12, 2018

By JD Flynn

A Vatican summit this February will gather the presidents of bishops’ conferences from around the world. While a Sept. 12... Read more

Cathedral Church of St. Peter, Cologne, Germany.

Leaked German study documents thousands of sexual abuse cases

Sep 12, 2018

A study commissioned by the German bishops’ conference reports the sexual abuse of thousands of children in that country over... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein.

Gänswein: Sex abuse crisis is Church’s '9/11,' but seeking God is the only way forward

Sep 11, 2018

While the current sex abuse crisis is tantamount to the Church’s own ‘9/11,’ Catholics can maintain hope if they remain... Read more

Chilean civil court could get access to Vatican documents on Karadima case

Sep 10, 2018

The Archdiocese of Santiago in Chile has requested that the country’s Court of Appeals send an “exhorto” or judicial request,... Read more

Flag of Argentina.

Argentine abuse investigation involves priest previously reported to Pope Francis

Sep 10, 2018

An Argentine investigation into clerical sexual abuse involves a priest previously accused of abuse in Italy, who was the subject... Read more

Cheyenne diocese finds credible third allegation of child abuse by retired bishop

Aug 30, 2018

The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Wednesday that it has found credible a third allegation of child sexual abuse committed by... Read more

Archbishop Robert Carlson.

St. Louis archdiocese invites attorney general to review files

Aug 23, 2018

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson has invited the Missouri attorney general’s office to conduct an inspection of its files related to... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

Cardinal O’Malley apologizes for missed letter on McCarrick allegations

Aug 21, 2018

Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has issued an apology for not seeing a 2015 letter to his office, which detailed... Read more

Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

New allegations surface regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark priests

Aug 17, 2018

By Ed Condon

Recent allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick include reports that he made sexual advances toward seminarians during his tenure as... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. CNA file photo.

US bishops invite Vatican investigation into McCarrick scandal

Aug 16, 2018

By Courtney Mares

 The U.S. bishops’ conference called for a Vatican-led investigation into allegations of sexual abuse and cover-ups surrounding Archbishop Theodore McCarrick,... Read more

Pennsylvania bishops respond to sexual abuse grand jury report

Aug 14, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

Following the Aug. 14 release of a Pennsylvania grand jury report on sexual abuse allegations in six Catholic dioceses, the... Read more

Pittsburgh's Cathedral of Saint Paul.

Pennsylvania grand jury report details decades of clerical abuse allegations

Aug 14, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an... Read more