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Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick arrives at Massachusetts' Dedham District Courthouse for his arraignment, Sept. 3, 2021.

Theodore McCarrick faces new sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey

Three sex abuse lawsuits, including one naming disgraced former archbishop Theodore McCarrick as the alleged abuser, were filed on Thursday,... Read more

Cardinal Wilton Gregory receives the red hat from Pope Francis in St. Peter's Basilica on Nov. 28, 2020.

Cardinal Gregory ‘embarrassed’ at McCarrick abuse charges

The Archbishop of Washington on Wednesday said he was “embarrassed” at the charges of sex abuse filed against his predecessor,... Read more

Theodore McCarrick arrives at Dedham District Court on Friday morning, Sept. 3 for his 9 a.m. arraignment

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick makes first court appearance, pleads not guilty

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick pleaded ‘not guilty’ on Friday to several charges of sexual assault, while appearing for the first... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his dismissal from the clerical state.

Theodore McCarrick's court hearing is today: What to expect

Disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick is expected to appear in a Massachusetts court on Friday morning for his arraignment. Read more

Bishop Michael Fisher at the 2019 USCCB spring general assembly, June 2019.

‘Tragedy of epic proportions’: Buffalo bishop responds to deluge of abuse lawsuits

After nearly 1,000 abuse claims were filed against clergy in the Diocese of Buffalo in the last two years, the... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo

Former Buffalo seminary professor pleads guilty to stalking investigative reporter

A former New York seminary professor pleaded guilty this week to charges of stalking a local news reporter, after a... Read more

Screenshot of Jeff Anderson & Associates press conference.

New sex abuse lawsuit names Theodore McCarrick, Fr. Michael Barrett

A new civil sex abuse lawsuit has been filed against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, also naming Opus Dei priest Fr.... Read more

Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, Albany

Retired Albany bishop admits returning accused priests to ministry without notifying law enforcement

The bishop emeritus of Albany says that the diocese once handled allegations of sexual abuse against priests without notifying law... Read more

Theodore McCarrick

Theodore McCarrick faces new civil sex abuse lawsuit

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick now faces a fifth civil sex abuse lawsuit in New Jersey, after he was criminally charged... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick charged with sexual assault of a minor

Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has reportedly been charged with sexual assault of a teenage boy, a crime alleged to have... Read more

Belvedere College, Dublin

Irish Jesuits apologize for ‘shameful’ mishandling of abuse case

Following the leak of the Irish Jesuits’ draft inquiry into sexual abuse committed by a deceased member, the order on... Read more

Concerns raised about using surveillance technology to track clergy

The prospect of private parties using national security-style surveillance technology to track the movements and activities of Catholic bishops, priests,... Read more

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Springfield bishop appoints co-chairs of sex abuse task force

The bishop of Springfield in Massachusetts has announced the appointment of two social workers to lead an independent task force... Read more

Cathedral of St. Peter in Kansas City, Kansas

Now agreeing with former priest’s victim, Kansas City archdiocese says abuse claim was substantiated

Crediting a sex abuse victim for his challenge of a review board’s ruling in 2002, the Archdiocese of Kansas City... Read more

Members of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops pray at their fall meeting in Baltimore, Maryland on Nov. 11, 2019

Lay advisor urges U.S. bishops to reconcile with all Catholics over clergy abuse

In responding to clergy sex abuse, U.S. bishops must expand their reconciliation efforts to include not only victim survivors, but... Read more

Louisiana state capitol

Louisiana poised to create window for sex abuse lawsuits

The Louisiana state legislature last week passed a bill allowing for new lawsuits in old cases of child sex abuse... Read more

Cathedral of Christ the King, Lubbock, Texas

Texas supreme court rejects defamation lawsuit against Lubbock diocese

The Texas supreme court on Friday rejected a defamation lawsuit against the Lubbock diocese, filed by a former deacon who... Read more

Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

In pushback against AG inquiry, Wisconsin Catholics cite decades of church vigilance against abuse

The Archdiocese of Milwaukee is citing decades of Catholic efforts to prevent sex abuse, along with judicial statements and reviews... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo diocese

Buffalo diocese places three priests on leave following accusation

The Diocese of Buffalo has placed three diocesan priests on administrative leave, following a new abuse accusation that dates back... Read more

Fr. Michael Pfleger

Chicago archdiocese reinstates Father Pfleger after investigating sex abuse allegations  

Outspoken activist priest Father Michael Pfleger will return to the pulpit, after a Chicago archdiocese investigation concluded there was “insufficient... Read more