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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cardinal Sean O'Malley.

O’Malley sent concerns about NY priest to apostolic nuncio after NY Times report

The Archbishop of Boston this month forwarded to the pope’s U.S. representative concerns sent to him about a New York... Read more

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

NY archdiocese issued suitability letter for priest under abuse investigation

The Archdiocese of New York told a California college this month that a local priest had never been accused of... Read more

Caption- James Grein speaks at the Silence Stops Now rally in Baltimore, Nov. 13, 2018.

McCarrick abused youth during confession, lawyer charges

A man who says he was serially sexually abused by Archbishop Theodore McCarrick testified Thursday as part of a Vatican... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago. CNA file photo

Illinois AG report says dioceses failed abuse victims

Illinois’ attorney general released a report Wednesday outlining the early findings into an investigation into clerical sexual abuse in the... Read more

Pope Francis.

Analysis: How the Vatican is preparing for its February abuse summit

Preparations in the Vatican are underway for a summit of the bishops to discuss the problem of clerical sexual abuse.... Read more

California priest convicted of sexually assaulting San Diego seminarian

A California priest was convicted Monday of sexually assaulting a seminarian. After his conviction, Fr. Juan Garcia Castillo will be... Read more

Cardinal George Pell, prefect of the Secretariat for the Economy, outside Rome's Hotel Quirinale, March 3, 2016.

After guilty verdict, questions raised about Pell trial

After reports of a guilty verdict emerged in the trial of Australian Cardinal George Pell, some in Australia have questioned... Read more

Church of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, San Diego, California.

Trial begins for priest accused of assaulting San Diego seminarian

A trial began Tuesday for the San Diego priest accused of sexually assaulting a seminarian in February. The alleged victim... Read more