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

Trial begins for priest accused of assaulting San Diego seminarian

Dec 13, 2018

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

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

Reports of Pell guilty verdict emerge, despite gag order

Dec 12, 2018

By Ed Condon

Cardinal George Pell has been convicted by an Australian court on charges of sexual abuse of minors, according to media... Read more

American priest arrested in the Philippines for sexual abuse

Dec 5, 2018

An American priest was arrested in the Philippines Wednesday, amid allegations that he sexually assaulted dozens of boys over a... Read more

The Supreme Court Chamber in the Pennsylvania State Capitol building.

Pa. court orders 11 names permanently redacted from grand jury report

Dec 4, 2018

Citing due process, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court on Monday wrote that the names of 11 former and current priests in... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.

Santa Fe archdiocese to file for bankruptcy

Nov 29, 2018

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe announced Thursday it will file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.  Read more


Analysis: How sexual misconduct reforms might begin in U.S. dioceses

Nov 29, 2018

By Ed Condon

Some U.S. bishops have told CNA they now realize that if they want to initiate new reforms, they’ll have to... Read more

St. Peter's Square. CNA file photo.

Italian bishops’ conference establishes national center for youth protection

Nov 17, 2018

By Andrea Gagliarducci

With the intention of “providing a radical solution” to the sex abuse issue, the Italian bishops’ conference established Thursday a... Read more

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

Cupich and Wuerl collaborated on alternative sex abuse proposal

Nov 16, 2018

By Ed Condon

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling... Read more

Bishops from across the United States take part in the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on November 11, 2013.

What do Catholics expect from USCCB meeting on abuse crisis?

Nov 9, 2018

By Jonah McKeown

CNA spoke with theologians, priests, and other prominent Catholics about what they hope to see at the upcoming meeting of... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. CNA file photo.

Analysis: DiNardo's promise, and the USCCB's pending policies

Nov 9, 2018

By JD Flynn

As the bishops hold their first formal meeting since this summer’s scandal began to unfold, many Catholics are incredulous at... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal. CNA file photo.

Indian bishop accused of rape has not turned over key evidence

Oct 29, 2018

The Indian bishop charged with serially raping a nun has not yet produced a laptop that government investigators say could... Read more

Nigerian bishops: Catholic schools should form and protect all children

Oct 27, 2018

Bishops and lawmakers in Nigeria gathered Oct. 15-18 to discuss the educational needs of children in the country in light... Read more

October 3, 2018 - The opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Be proactive on sex abuse in Asia, Malaysian bishop tells synod

Oct 26, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Catholic leaders in Asia need to be proactive in implementing preventative sex abuse policies, a bishop from Malaysia told the... Read more

Cathedral of St. Matthew, Washington, D.C.

U.S. attorney for D.C. announces federal hotline for victims of clergy sex abuse

Oct 22, 2018

Following the launch of a federal investigation into several Catholic dioceses last week, federal prosecutor Jessie K. Liu has announced... Read more

The flag of California.

Lawsuit accuses Calif. bishops of sex abuse cover-up

Oct 10, 2018

A lawsuit in California is accusing bishops from all of the state’s dioceses, as well as the California Catholic Conference... Read more

Cardinal Daniel DiNardo. CNA file photo.

Analysis: Do Vatican officials see abuse crisis as a referendum on the pope?

Oct 8, 2018

By JD Flynn

Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta told reporters Monday that Catholics should “trust Pope Francis that there is going to be... Read more

Cardinal Marc Ouellet.

Cardinal Ouellet: Vigano in ‘open and scandalous rebellion’ against Pope Francis

Oct 7, 2018

The Vatican’s prefect for the Congregation for Bishops released a letter Sunday morning refuting charges Pope Francis lifted sanctions against... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Square for the opening of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on Oct. 3, 2018.

Caggiano: Youth synod bishops must address sexual abuse crisis

Oct 5, 2018

Bishop Frank Caggiano of Bridgeport said Thursday that the Church must discuss its sexual abuse crisis if it is to... Read more

Pope Francis meets with American prelates at the Vatican, Sept. 13, 2018.

US Catholics' confidence in Francis shaken

Oct 3, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

A recent poll has shown a drop in popularity for Pope Francis in the United States over the past year.... Read more

Cardinal Joseph Tobin. CNA file photo

Cardinal Tobin will not attend Oct. Vatican synod

Sep 21, 2018

The Archbishop of Newark has announced that he will not attend an October gathering of bishops slated to discuss young... Read more