Episcopal sex abuse

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Theodore McCarrick outside Dedham District Court, Friday, Sept. 4, 2021.

Judge: Newark archdiocese can be held liable for McCarrick's misconduct

Oct 1, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

A New Jersey federal judge ruled this week that the Archdiocese of Newark can be held financially responsible for the... Read more

Theodore McCarrick.

Lawsuits bring additional sexual battery allegations against Theodore McCarrick

Sep 2, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Theodore McCarrick, a disgraced former cardinal, is facing criminal charges of sexual abuse of a minor, with his first court... Read more

Bishop Tomé Ferreira da Silva, who resigned as Bishop of São José do Rio Preto Aug. 18, 2021. Credit: Diocese de São José do Rio Preto via Facebook.

Brazilian bishop resigns after leak of explicit video

Aug 18, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of the Bishop of São José do Rio Preto on Wednesday, five days after a... Read more

Bishop Peter Libasci of Manchester. Credit: Jeff Dachowski.

Lawsuit brings sex abuse allegations against New Hampshire bishop

Jul 23, 2021

By Jonah McKeown

Bishop Peter Libasci has been accused in a lawsuit of committing sexual abuse while a priest in New York during... Read more

St. Michael's Cathedral in Springfield, Mass.

Alleged Massachusetts abuse victim requests outside judge in suit, citing diocese's influence

Apr 27, 2021

Lawyers for an alleged abuse victim in the Diocese of Springfield in Massachusetts have asked the state’s chief justice to... Read more

Vatican exonerates retired bishop of multiple abuse claims but issues canonical rebuke

Jan 26, 2021

By Christine Rousselle

The Vatican’s doctrinal congregation has exonerated retired Bishop Joseph Hart of Cheyenne over numerous accusations of the sexual abuse of... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

In India, Catholic bishop accused of rape asks Supreme Court to intervene

Jul 27, 2020

After several failures to secure dismissal of charges in lower courts, a Catholic bishop whom a nun has accused of... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Catholic bishop in India charged with rape tests positive for coronavirus

Jul 15, 2020

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who has been charged with the rape of a nun, has tested positive for coronavirus.... Read more

Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica in Hagatna, Guam. (public domain)

Catholic archdiocese in Guam stopping monthly payments to former archbishop

Jun 30, 2020

The Archdiocese of Agaña announced Tuesday it will no longer give a monthly honorarium to its emeritus Archbishop Anthony Apuron.  Read more

No sex abuse charges for former Wyoming bishop, but successor praises 'courageous' victims

Jun 12, 2020

While Wyoming prosecutors have declined to press criminal sexual abuse charges against Bishop emeritus Joseph Hart, Bishop Steven Biegler of... Read more

The USCCB autumn general assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

US reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases launched

Mar 16, 2020

A national third-party reporting system for allegations of abuse, neglect, or misconduct against bishops in the US has launched.  Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Indian bishop charged with rape faces allegation from second nun

Feb 25, 2020

It has emerged that a second nun of the Missionaries of Jesus has accused Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur of... Read more

The USCCB autumn general assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 11, 2019.

US reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases could go live by February

Nov 13, 2019

By Matt Hadro

A national third-party reporting system for allegations of abuse, neglect, or misconduct against bishops could be activated by February 2020,... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Police raid former offices of Argentine bishop charged with fraud, sex assault

Nov 8, 2019

Local civil authorities on Thursday raided the chancery of the Diocese of Orán, where Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta was bishop from... Read more

The USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 13, 2018.

US bishops counter narrative of resistance to Pope Francis

Nov 7, 2019

The USCCB issued Thursday a statement responding to a recent book which the conference says perpetuates a myth that it... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Trial of Indian bishop charged with rape to begin in November

Oct 24, 2019

The trial of Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur, who was charged with rape in April, will begin Nov. 11 in... Read more

New Zealand bishop resigns over 'unacceptable behaviour' with young woman

Oct 4, 2019

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a bishop in New Zealand, following an investigation... Read more

Bishop Michael Bransfield. CNA file photo.

Bishop Bransfield facing new abuse allegation

Oct 3, 2019

Former Bishop of Wheeling-Charleston Michael Branfield is facing an allegation that he touched inappropriately a nine year-old girl during a... Read more

Cheyenne diocese finds credible three abuse allegations against emeritus bishop

Sep 10, 2019

The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Tuesday it has found credible and substantiated three allegations of child sexual abuse against Emeritus... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Nun alleges evidence tampering in case of Indian bishop charged with rape

Aug 1, 2019

A nun representing a reported rape victim of Bishop Franco Mulakkal has accused the defense of evidence tampering in the... Read more