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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

Cardinal George Pell in the Vatican, 2016.

Cardinal Pell 'surprised' by Royal Commission findings

May 7, 2020

By CNA Staff

Cardinal George Pell has expressed his “surprise” at newly released findings of an Australian investigation, which concluded that the cardinal... 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

Flagpole and the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of Virgin Mary in Mexico City, Mexico.

Mexican bishops back repeal of statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases

Feb 22, 2020

The Church in Mexico has expressed its support for several bills to eliminate the statute of limitations in cases of... Read more

New Orleans saints NFL club logo.

Retired judge hears arguments about NFL emails in clergy abuse case

Feb 20, 2020

A retired New Orleans judge heard arguments on Thursday on whether private correspondence between an NFL franchise and the Archdiocese... Read more

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin arrives in court Jan. 7, 2019.

French cardinal acquitted by appeal court of failing to report abuse

Jan 30, 2020

Cardinal Philippe Barbarin has been acquitted by a French appeals court of failing to report sexual abuse by a diocesan... Read more

No reform possible without new leaders in Legionaries of Christ, advocates and survivors say

Jan 27, 2020

Advocates and survivors of abuse perpetrated by priests of the Legion of Christ say that the religious order has no... Read more

St. Paul’s Cathedral in Minnesota.

Minnesota abuse survivors to speak at 'restorative justice' conference

Jan 22, 2020

By Jonah McKeown

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis is set to open a conference for survivors of clerical sexual abuse on... Read more