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Attorney General Dana Nessel of Michigan.

Michigan AG to announce new abuse charges against Catholic priests

Sep 30, 2020

Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel told local news this week that she plans to announce new charges against “a dozen... Read more

Omaha priest files $2.1 million defamation suit against archdiocese

Sep 9, 2020

A priest in Omaha who was removed from ministry in 2018 following claims of boundary violations is suing the Archdiocese... Read more

Bishop Jaime Soto.

Excommunicated priest rejects Pope Francis, misconduct allegations

Aug 11, 2020

By JD Flynn

A Sacramento priest excommunicated last week says he stands by his claim that Pope emeritus Benedict XVI is the true... Read more

St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Mass.

Deceased Massachusetts bishop accused of sexual abuse had roots in New York archdiocese

Aug 11, 2020

Archbishop-designate Mitchell Rozanski, who will take over the Archdiocese of St. Louis this month, oversaw an investigation into the late... Read more

International Seminary of Saint Pius X, in Écône, Switzerland.

SSPX accused of intimidating would-be whistleblowers amid abuse investigation

Aug 6, 2020

After an official with the Society of St. Pius X told priests and staff they should speak with criminal investigators... Read more

Governor Andrew Cuomo speaking at press conference, May, 2019.

New York extends window for abuse lawsuits

Aug 3, 2020

On August 3, Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed legislation extending the one-year window for Child Victims Act lawsuits until August 14, 2021.... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization.

Lawsuit claims McCarrick headed abusive ‘sex ring,’ names alleged ‘procurer’

Jul 22, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

A lawsuit filed Tuesday charges that former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a boy and aided his abuse by several... Read more

Then-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at the Vatican on March 5, 2013. CNA file photo.

What Ted McCarrick's 'social networks' could teach the Church

Jul 17, 2020

By Kevin J. Jones

The bishops of the Catholic Church form that kind of social network. And mapping that network can provide some insight... Read more

Fr. Josef Kentenich.

Schoenstatt Movement rejects accusations of sex abuse against founder

Jul 2, 2020

The Schoenstatt Movement has rejected a researcher’s claims that its founder engaged in sexual abuse, saying that any past allegations... Read more

Fr. Josef Kentenich. CNA file photo.

Founder of Catholic Schoenstatt movement faces allegations of coercion

Jul 1, 2020

A German historian says that recently opened Vatican archives include documents that suggest the German founder of the Schoenstatt ecclesial... Read more

Analysis: Two years after McCarrick, questions are unanswered

Jun 19, 2020

By JD Flynn

Two years after McCarrick, questions remain: For Church leaders, and for faithful Catholics.  Read more

Cathedral of St. Mary in the Diocese of St. Cloud.

St. Cloud diocese reaches settlement on abuse claims, will file for bankruptcy

May 28, 2020

The Diocese of St. Cloud, Minnesota will pay $22.5 million into a trust for sexual abuse survivors, under a plan... Read more

International Seminary of Saint Pius X, in Écône, Switzerland.

Kansas investigating sexual abuse claims in breakaway Society of St. Pius X

May 20, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Society of St. Pius X (SSPX) is under investigation in Kansas, amid allegations that members of the group perpetrated... Read more

St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans.

Bankruptcy filing stalls case involving New Orleans Saints, archdiocese

May 6, 2020

By CNA Staff

The New Orleans archdiocese’ recent declaration of bankruptcy will freeze a court case alleging executives for the New Orleans Saints... Read more

The exterior of the New York Supreme Court.

Buffalo diocese seeks permanent injunction of abuse lawsuits

May 4, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The diocese of Buffalo is asking a federal court to halt all outstanding clergy sex abuse litigation against it as it... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger, Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Accused priests cannot be left 'destitute', Buffalo diocese clarifies

May 1, 2020

By Matt Hadro

The Diocese of Buffalo clarified on Friday that priests accused of sexual abuse cannot be left “destitute,” even as the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral in downtown Buffalo.

Buffalo diocese cuts off 'all financial support' for accused priests

Apr 29, 2020

By Matt Hadro

During its bankruptcy process, the Diocese of Buffalo has announced it will end financial support and health benefits for priests... Read more

The Diocese of Lincoln's former Newman Center chapel, which Msgr. Kalin led for nearly three decades.

Lincoln diocese reports on 'wrong and inappropriate conduct' of former vocations director

Apr 29, 2020

The Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska today released the results of an independent investigation into alleged misconduct by a deceased longtime... Read more

The flag of Colombia.

Colombian archbishop removes from ministry 15 priests accused of sexual abuse

Apr 6, 2020

The president of the Colombian bishops’ conference, Óscar Urbina, suspended 15 priests of his archdiocese from ministry who have been... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin meets with Pope Francis March 18, 2019.

Pope accepts resignation of Cardinal Barbarin as Archbishop of Lyon

Mar 6, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Philippe Barbarin as archbishop of Lyon after... Read more