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Archbishop Carlo Vigano.

Viganò criticizes Pope Francis' handling of abuse allegations

Jul 5, 2019

Recently published remarks from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano take aim at two situations described by the former nuncio as “allegations... Read more

Corpus Christi Cathedral in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Three priests sue Corpus Christi diocese for inclusion in credibly accused list

Jun 22, 2019

Three priests have filed suits against the Diocese of Corpus Christi and its bishop, claiming that they were wrongfully included... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick before his laicization.

Disgraced ex-cardinal ‘Mr. McCarrick’ remains at Kansas friary, one year later

Jun 20, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

One year after credible allegations of sex abuse of a minor led to his public disgrace, the 88-year-old Theodore McCarrick... Read more

The flag of Scotland.

Church in Scotland urged to update sex abuse reporting and prevention protocols

Jun 18, 2019

A Scottish Catholic organization set up to prevent, report and audit allegations of sexual abuse within the Church can do... Read more

The USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 12, 2018.

Analysis: Bp. Bransfield, the USCCB, and the Holy Spirit

Jun 6, 2019

By JD Flynn

The U.S. bishops arrive in Baltimore next week for their second plenary meeting in the year of serious crisis that... Read more

March 17, 2016. Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican's Apostolic Palace on March 17, 2016.

In opening arguments, Cardinal Pell’s lawyers set out case for appeal

Jun 4, 2019

The legal team for Cardinal George Pell set out its case for appeal at the Supreme Court of Victoria Wednesday... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo.

DiNardo accused of mishandling clerical sexual misconduct case

Jun 4, 2019

The president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has been accused of mishandling an allegation of sexual coercion made against his... Read more

Pope Francis at the meeting on protection of minors in the Church in the Vatican's New Synod Hall, Feb. 21, 2019.

New global Catholic rules against sex abuse build on decades of work

May 31, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

The Vatican’s new global norms mandating sex abuse reporting take effect June 1, but two North American archdioceses say their... Read more

Cardinal Pell speaks with journalists after being charged with sexual abuse June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell will not ask for shorter sentence if appeal fails

May 28, 2019

Cardinal George Pell of Sydney, who was sentenced to six years in prison in March after being convicted of five... Read more

Bishop Edward J. Burns. CNA file photo.

Burns: 'Sensational' raid on Dallas chancery was 'traumatic' and unnecessary

May 21, 2019

The Bishop of Dallas says that a May 15 police raid on diocesan offices was sensationalism, traumatic, and a waste... Read more


California confession bill amended, but still would require priests to violate seal

May 20, 2019

By JD Flynn

California’s state senate will vote on a bill that would require priests to violate the seal of confession in certain... Read more

Fr. Hermann Geissler, FSO.

Signatura: Geissler 'acquittal' came after formal process

May 17, 2019

The Vatican announced Friday that a former Curial official accused of sexual solicitation in the confessional was found not guilty... Read more

Fr. Hermann Geissler, FSO.

After investigation, former CDF official won’t be tried on misconduct charges

May 16, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

A Vatican court has decided not to initiate canonical charges against a former Vatican official, after an investigation into allegations... Read more

Archbishop Stanislaw Gadecki. CNA file photo.

'I was deeply moved and saddened'- How Polish bishops react to documentary on clerical abuse

May 14, 2019

Catholics bishops in Poland are responding to a new documentary that addresses clerical sexual abuse in the country.  Read more

Archbishop José Horacio Gomez of Los Angeles. CNA file photo.

California bishops announce compensation program for abuse victims

May 14, 2019

By Jonah McKeown

Bishops in California announced May 14 a new program to compensate victims of clerical sexual abuse, through which any person... Read more

Demonstrators from Georgetown University outside the 2018 USCCB Fall General Assembly in Baltimore.

Analysis: Is Pope Francis' new abuse plan the answer Catholics are looking for?

May 9, 2019

By JD Flynn

Pope Francis, the “pope of surprises,” lived up to his nickname this morning, by releasing a comprehensive canonical plan to... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

May 9, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

The Catholic University of America.

Forgiving the unforgivable: Exhibit highlights stories of abuse survivors

May 3, 2019

By Christine Rousselle

The Catholic University of America hosted a recent special exhibit to share the stories of survivors of clerical sexual abuse... Read more

Esther Harber. Courtesy photo.

Speaking out, hopeful, and waiting for change

May 3, 2019

By JD Flynn

Esther Harber says she was raped by a priest, and spent years trying to be heard in the Archdiocese of... Read more

Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo.

Analysis: With bishops in a tight spot, will priests get squeezed?

May 1, 2019

By JD Flynn

As bishops address the clerical sexual abuse crisis, will they ensure the canonical rights of priests?  Read more