Episcopal sex abuse

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Liberian priest's wide-ranging accusations against two bishops include sexual harassment

Jun 14, 2019

Liberian Church leaders have visited the Vatican after a priest claimed to have been mentally and psychologically abused by two... Read more

Bishops at the USCCB General Assembly in Baltimore, June 12, 2019.

US bishops authorize reporting mechanism for episcopal abuse cases

Jun 12, 2019

By Matt Hadro

The US bishops voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to authorize a national third-party system for victims confidentially to report cases of abuse... Read more

Pope Francis meets with Bishop Gustavo Zanchetta.

Pope Francis says Argentine bishop will go to trial for sexual misconduct

May 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said a preliminary investigation against Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta has concluded and will now proceed to trial.  Read more

Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington who was dismissed from the clerical state in February.

Pope Francis: 'I knew nothing about McCarrick'

May 28, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has said that he did not know anything about accusations of sexual abuse by Theodore McCarrick, the former... Read more

Cardinal George Pell outside the Hotel Quirinale in Rome, March 3, 2016.

Analysis: What's next for Cardinal Pell?

Mar 13, 2019

By Ed Condon

On Wednesday, Cardinal George Pell was sentenced to six years in prison following his conviction on five charges of sexual... Read more

Cardinal George Pell speaks with journalists, June 29, 2017.

Cardinal Pell sentenced to six years imprisonment for sexual abuse

Mar 12, 2019

Cardinal George Pell was sentenced Wednesday to six years imprisonment, after being convicted in December of sexual abuse of two... Read more

Nuns protest, demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, outside the High Court in Kochi, Sept. 13, 2018.

Order explains transfer of nun who spoke against rape-accused bishop in India

Mar 11, 2019

Last month a provincial superior of the Franciscan Clarist Congregation explained that the recent transfer of Sister Lissy Vadakkel was... Read more

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, then-Apostolic Nuncio to Canada, speaks at a Mass and Concert held in Ottawa, April 2, 2009.

French European minister calls on Holy See to revoke nuncio's diplomatic immunity

Mar 4, 2019

France's European affairs minister encouraged the Holy See last week to aid in an investigation of the apostolic nuncio to... Read more

French president Emmanuel Macron (L) greets Archbishop Luigi Ventura, Apostolic Nuncio to France, in Paris, Jan. 4, 2018.

French nuncio accused of sexual misconduct during time in Canada

Mar 1, 2019

Archbishop Luigi Ventura, apostolic nuncio to France, has been accused of sexual misconduct against an adult male while he was... Read more

Cardinal Blase Cupich with Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square, Sept. 2, 2015.

Cardinal Cupich lays out framework for bishops' accountability

Feb 22, 2019

The Church needs to establish a new rules and standards for the accountability of bishops regarding sex abuse and its... Read more

Argentine bishop at Holy See financial office investigated for sex abuse

Jan 4, 2019

Bishop Gustavo Oscar Zanchetta, an Argentine native appointed to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See in 2017,... Read more

Voting at the USCCB autumn General Assembly in Baltimore, Md., Nov. 14, 2018. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

US bishops punt resolution encouraging Holy See to release McCarrick documents

Nov 14, 2018

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged”... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Indian bishop accused of rape arrested

Sep 21, 2018

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur was arrested by Kerala police Friday over allegations that he raped a nun repeatedly over... Read more

Nuns protest, demanding the arrest of Bishop Franco Mulakkal, who is accused of raping a nun, outside the High Court in Kochi, Sept. 13, 2018.

Indian bishop accused of rape steps aside, requests leave from Vatican

Sep 18, 2018

A Catholic bishop in India accused of raping a nun repeatedly over the course of two years has written to... Read more

Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jullundur.

Nuns in India protest bishop accused of rape

Sep 10, 2018

Seven nuns gathered in a public square in Kochi on Saturday to protest how both police and the Church have... Read more

Cheyenne diocese finds credible third allegation of child abuse by retired bishop

Aug 30, 2018

The Diocese of Cheyenne announced Wednesday that it has found credible a third allegation of child sexual abuse committed by... Read more

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver.

Denver archbishop reflects on McCarrick abuse crisis

Aug 14, 2018

Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver issued a letter to the archdiocese on Monday, offering practical advice on and spiritual insights... Read more

Bishop James Checchio of Metuchen.

NJ bishop: Independent avenue for reporting abuse is needed

Aug 9, 2018

In light of a scandal involving one of its former bishops, Theodore McCarrick, the Diocese of Metuchen is working to... Read more

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Albany.

Albany bishop: Clerical sex abuse a 'profoundly spiritual crisis'

Jul 30, 2018

Bishop Edward Scharfenberger of Albany wrote to the clerics of his local Church Sunday, saying that abuse of authority and... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston says a Mass of Ordination in St. Peter's Basilica, Sept. 29, 2016.

Cardinal O'Malley calls for 'clearer procedures' in bishop abuse cases

Jul 24, 2018

After numerous accusations of sexual abuse of minors and adults have arisen against a former Archbishop of Washington, Cardinal Sean... Read more