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Mosaics by alleged abuser Father Marko Rupnik are displayed at the shrine in Lourdes, France.

Stop using art by Father Rupnik, Cardinal O’Malley tells Vatican officials

Jun 28, 2024

By Matt McDonald, Kristina Millare

“We must avoid sending a message that the Holy See is oblivious to the psychological distress that so many are... Read more

Father Juan Carlos Garcia-Mendoza is being held in jail in Williamson County, Tennessee, on $2 million bond, the police said. He had previously served at St. Philip Catholic Church in the town of Franklin.

UPDATE: Tennessee priest indicted on additional sex crime charges

Jun 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The priest is being held in jail in Williamson County, Tennessee, on $2 million bond, the police said. He had... Read more


Diocese of Fresno to file for bankruptcy amid sex abuse claims, bishop says

May 29, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The bankruptcy filing comes after plaintiffs lodged 154 sex abuse complaints against the diocese. Read more

Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at the USCCB fall plenary assembly Nov. 14, 2023.

New report shows fewer abuse claims brought against U.S. Catholic clerics

May 28, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

The number of sex abuse allegations is down from 2,704 allegations brought the prior year, the report states, while some... Read more

Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

New Mexico priest dies by suicide amid child sex abuse investigation

May 28, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe said in a press release that Daniel Balizan had “taken his life” ahead of “a... Read more

Cardinal Gerald Lacroix is archbishop of Quebec, Canada.

Vatican: Investigation of Canadian cardinal found no ‘misconduct or abuse’ 

May 21, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Cardinal Gerald Lacroix was accused as part of a class-action lawsuit against the Quebec Archdiocese of abusing a 17-year-old girl... Read more

St. James Cathedral in Seattle.

Washington state asks court to force Seattle Archdiocese to comply with abuse inquiry

May 10, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The attorney general’s office said it had sent subpoenas to Washington’s three Catholic bishoprics but that the Seattle Archdiocese “refused... Read more

The St. Louis Cathedral, the oldest Catholic cathedral in continual use in the United States, on April 9, 2020, in New Orleans.

Archdiocese of New Orleans suspected of child sex trafficking, warrant shows

May 1, 2024

By Tyler Arnold

The affidavit requesting the warrant alleges that multiple victims claim they were transported to parishes and out of state, where... Read more

Capt. (Father) Daniel Mode — who remains a priest in good standing — has been reassigned to an “administrative position” in the U.S. Navy Chief of Chaplains Office, according to the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA.

Coast Guard chaplain reassigned after failure to report on sexual misconduct case

Apr 30, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

Capt. (Father) Daniel Mode, who remains a priest in good standing, has been reassigned to an “administrative position” in the... Read more

Father Leo Riley, 68, continued to serve as a priest for years after a 2020 sexual abuse lawsuit was filed against him and the Diocese of Venice, Florida.

Florida priest continued in active ministry for three years after sex abuse lawsuit filed

Apr 27, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Father Leo Riley, 68, continued to serve as a priest for years after a 2020 sexual abuse lawsuit was filed... Read more

On April 11, 2024, Bishop José Ornelas Carvalho Leiria-Fátima, Portugal, said that a “fundamental team” would be convened in order to determine the total amounts of compensation awarded to abuse victims. 

Portuguese bishops announce financial compensation fund for Church abuse victims

Apr 11, 2024

By Daniel Payne

An independent commission authorized by the Portuguese bishops found that thousands of children had been sexually abused by priests and... Read more


Baltimore archbishop attends bankruptcy hearing, listens to testimony from abuse victims

Apr 9, 2024

By Daniel Payne

“To the victim-survivors who long to hear that someone is sorry for the trauma they endured and for its life-altering... Read more

Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore, vice-president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, at the USCCB's fall meeting Nov. 15, 2023.

Baltimore Archdiocese sues insurers over abuse claims coverage

Apr 4, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy in September 2023 ahead of a state law that ended the statute of limitations for... Read more

Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in Sacramento, California.

Sacramento Diocese files for bankruptcy in wake of more than 250 abuse allegations

Apr 2, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

The process will create a fund “to be distributed to victim-survivors as equitably as possible,” the diocese stated.  Read more

Father Jerome "Jerry" Kaywell, a Grammy award-winning musician, had been placed on leave amid claims of sexual misconduct before his accuser apologized and said the accusations were based on a "false memory."

Grammy-winning Florida priest cleared of sexual misconduct charges

Mar 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Bishop Frank Dewane said that Father Jerome Kaywell’s accuser apologized and said the accusation of sexual misconduct was based on... Read more

The flag of Vatican City.

Pope Francis laicizes Toledo priest after life sentence for sexual abuse of minors

Mar 19, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis has laicized an Ohio priest, Michael Zacharias, who was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by a... Read more

A Colombian psychologist bishop and a retired colonel from the Illinois State Police are the new secretaries of the Pontifical Commission for the Guardianship of Minors.

Pope Francis names U.S. police professional, Colombian bishop to minor protection commission

Mar 15, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

Pope Francis on Friday made two appointments to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors.  Read more


Priest sues Indiana diocese after ‘no evidence’ found in sex abuse investigation

Mar 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

A priest in Indiana is suing his diocese for fraud and defamation after he was suspended over what the clergyman... Read more

Built in 1930, the Courier-Express Building is home to the Catholic Center of Buffalo.

Diocese of Buffalo announces sale of headquarters to pay sex abuse victims

Mar 14, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Diocese of Buffalo in New York has announced the sale of its headquarters in downtown Buffalo nearly four years... Read more


Pope Francis laicizes North Dakota priest after sexual assault guilty plea

Mar 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Diocese of Fargo Bishop John Folda said in a statement this month that former priest Neil Pfeifer “received a dispensation... Read more