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Cardinal George Pell speaks with CNA at the Vatican March 17 2016.

Alleged Pell abuse victim to sue over Ballarat swimming claims

Mar 4, 2019

A man who says he was sexually assaulted in the 1970s by Australia’s Cardinal George Pell says he will file... Read more

New documents challenge Vatican claims about accused Argentine bishop

Feb 25, 2019

An Argentine newspaper has published documents purporting to show that the Vatican knew about allegations of sexual abuse by Bishop... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich during a press briefing at the Vatican abuse summit.

Analysis: In spite of itself, Vatican abuse summit may still do some good

Feb 22, 2019

By JD Flynn

The Vatican’s abuse summit this week will not solve the problems plaguing the Catholic Church in the U.S. In fact,... Read more

Participants at the Vatican abuse summit brief the media on Feb. 21, 2019.

Tagle: Confront the 'stench of filth' caused by abuse

Feb 21, 2019

An expert on abuse prevention offered “practical suggestions” to participants at a Vatican summit on child sexual abuse on Thursday,... Read more

Members of Have No Fear, a Polish organization for sex abuse victims and advocates, speak to media in Rome, Feb. 21, 2019.

Polish sex abuse victims meet Pope Francis, release abuse report

Feb 21, 2019

By Courtney Mares

A Polish delegation of sex abuse victims and advocates met Pope Francis Wednesday, and presented the pope with a report... Read more

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

Hoya no more: Georgetown rescinds McCarrick's honorary degree

Feb 20, 2019

Georgetown University announced on Tuesday that it would rescind the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters the school conferred on disgraced... Read more

Archbishop Samuel J. Aquila of Denver.

Colorado's Catholic bishops will open abuse records for review

Feb 19, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

An agreement between Colorado’s attorney general and the state’s Catholic bishops aims to investigate clergy sex abuse of minors in... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: As abuse summit looms, Farrell appointed and McCarrick case lingers

Feb 14, 2019

By Ed Condon

As Pope Francis prepares for his long-awaited Vatican summit on sexual abuse, Catholic commentators and U.S. bishops are waiting to... Read more

Cardinal Francis Spellman of New York, 1946. Photo courtesy of the Dutch National Archives. (CCO 1.0)

NY archdiocese responds to Cardinal Spellman groping allegation

Feb 11, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

The Archdiocese of New York has said it had only recently learned of an allegation that the deeply influential Cardinal... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, March 14, 2018.

Analysis: Archbishop McCarrick, Bishop Zanchetta, Pope Francis, and the Vatican abuse summit

Feb 8, 2019

By JD Flynn

A long-awaited summit on sexual abuse will take place at the Vatican two weeks from now.  Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNadro and Catholic University president John Garvey at the Role of the Laity in Responding to the Crisis conference, Feb. 6, 2019. Courtesy photo.

Lessons on the sexual abuse crisis from marriage and the cross

Feb 6, 2019

The Church can look to marriage and the cross for insights into restoring trust and addressing the sexual abuse crisis,... Read more

Pope Francis aboard the papal plane in 2017.

Vatican clarifies pope’s comments on sexual abuse of women religious

Feb 6, 2019

The Vatican clarified Wednesday Pope Francis’ comments on the sexual abuse of women religious made during his in-flight press conference... Read more

Fr. Federico Lombardi.

How the Vatican summit's moderator approaches the problem of clerical sexual abuse

Jan 22, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

The moderator of the Vatican’s February summit on child sexual abuse has written an article outlining his take on the... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl. CNA file photo

‘Unfathomable’ Wuerl forgot allegations, Ciolek says

Jan 16, 2019

By Ed Condon

The man who made a 2004 accusation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick said Wednesday he is in disbelief after... Read more

Archbishop William Lori. CNA file photo.

Lori announces whistleblower system for allegations against Baltimore bishops

Jan 15, 2019

The Archdiocese of Baltimore introduced Tuesday a third-party system for reporting allegations of abuse or misconduct against its archbishop and... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops in Rome, May 2018.

Pope Francis meets with Chilean bishops to discuss abuse crisis

Jan 14, 2019

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Pope Francis met for three hours Monday with leaders of the Chilean bishops’ conference, as the bishops face a sexual... Read more

Archbishop Carlo Vigano.

Vigano to McCarrick: Repent, for the sake of your soul

Jan 14, 2019

A former papal representative to the U.S. has written an open letter to Archbishop Theodore McCarrick that urges the archbishop... Read more

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building in Harrisburg.

Pennsylvania grand jury's Catholic sex abuse report gets a factcheck

Jan 11, 2019

By Kevin J. Jones

The 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on Catholic clergy sex abuse didn’t get the thorough scrutiny it deserved, and both... Read more

 Kardinal Walter Brandmüller Foto: CNA/Martha Calderon

The Church and sexuality: An interview with Cardinal Brandmüller

Jan 9, 2019

In an interview with CNA Deutsch, CNA’s German-language sister agency, the church historian explained his remarks - and pointed to... Read more

Mundelein Seminary.

Analysis: Their retreat accomplished, the U.S. bishops remain under siege

Jan 7, 2019

By JD Flynn

When their seven-day retreat at Mundelein ends Jan. 8, some of the U.S. bishops may be reluctant to leave the... Read more