clerical sexual abuse

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Fr. Geoff Drew.

Cincinnati priest arrested and indicted for sexually abusing minor

Aug 19, 2019

A Cincinnati priest removed from ministry last month for grooming behavior has been indicted on nine counts of raping an... Read more

Buffalo Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo

RICO suit against Buffalo diocese alleges conspiracy in sexual abuse cases 

Aug 15, 2019

Twenty-two plaintiffs filed a lawsuit Aug. 14 against the Diocese of Buffalo, a province of the Society of Jesus, multiple... Read more

Abuse survivor: Some 'victim advocacy' groups 'have their own agendas'

Aug 2, 2019

By Ed Condon

A survivor of clerical sexual abuse told CNA he found healing in the Church. But he said some 'victim advocacy'... Read more


'Freedom to forgive' - How one man abused by a priest found healing

Aug 1, 2019

By Ed Condon

After decades, how one victim of clerical sexual abuse found healing, through forgiveness.  Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Crookston, Minn. CNA file photo

Embattled Crookston diocese reaches $5m abuse settlements, will release depositions and files

Jul 17, 2019

The Diocese of Crookston, Minnesota announced Wednesday that a $5 million settlement has been reached in 15 sexual abuse lawsuits... Read more

Blessed Sacrament Parish, New York, N.Y.

UPDATED: NY priest found guilty of sexual misconduct previously raised funds for Lady Gaga non-profit

Jul 5, 2019

A New York priest who told a prospective seminarian to lie to Church officials about his sexuality has been indefinitely... Read more

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