Clergy abuse

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The associated pastor of St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin, Tennessee, has been removed from his duties after being indicted on charges of sexual abuse.

Tennessee priest indicted on multiple sexual abuse charges

Feb 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Father Juan Carlos Garcia was associate pastor at St. Philip Catholic Church in Franklin at the time the allegations were... Read more


Former South Carolina priest sentenced to 21 years in prison over child sex abuse

Feb 12, 2024

By Daniel Payne

Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias “was sentenced to more than 21 years in federal prison” following his conviction. Read more

Father Jerome "Jerry" Kaywell, a Grammy award-winning musician, has been placed on leave amid claims of sexual misconduct with a minor that allegedly occurred years ago.

Florida diocese places Grammy-winning priest on leave amid sexual misconduct allegations

Feb 9, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Diocese of Venice “received notification from a law firm of an allegation of sexual misconduct by Rev. Jerome Kaywell... Read more

Sculpture of St. Peter outside of St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican.

Vatican appeals court sentences priest to prison for sexual abuse of teen

Jan 24, 2024

By Matthew Santucci

Father Gabriele Martinelli was accused of forcing the former altar server, identified as L.G., to have sexual relations with him... Read more

Theodore McCarrick before his laicization.

McCarrick found incompetent to stand trial in Wisconsin, case suspended

Jan 10, 2024

By Joe Bukuras

The suspension practically ends the last standing criminal case against 93-year-old Theodore McCarrick, who once held offices at the highest... Read more

St. Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cathedral in Gaylord, Michigan.

Michigan attorney general releases second report of clergy abuse in state

Jan 9, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Michigan attorney general is conducting investigations of abuse allegations in each of the seven Catholic dioceses in the state. Read more


Franciscan Friars of California announce bankruptcy filing over dozens of sex abuse claims

Jan 3, 2024

By Daniel Payne

The Franciscans of the Province of St. Barbara said on its website on Tuesday that it had filed a Chapter... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

Vatican closing down Loyola Community co-founded by Rupnik

Dec 15, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The shutdown, which must take place within one year, is “due to serious problems concerning the exercise of authority and... Read more

Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick outside the Dedham District Court in Massachusetts on Sept. 3, 2021.

Theodore McCarrick case in Wisconsin hangs in the balance after new competency exam

Dec 6, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

If the Wisconsin case is dismissed, McCarrick could avoid any criminal penalties for the accusations of sexual abuse that saw... Read more

St. Agnes Cathedral, Diocese of Rockville Centre

New York diocese offers $200 million to abuse victims in largest-ever settlement offer

Nov 30, 2023

By Tina Dennelly

The plan includes an immediate cash payout of a minimum of $100,000 to claimants with a lawsuit and a $50,000... Read more

Bishop Georges Colomb of La Rochelle and Saintes was reportedly charged on Nov. 17, 2023, with attempted rape of an adult man in 2013.

French bishop charged with attempted 2013 rape of adult man

Nov 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Pope Francis has appointed an apostolic administrator of the La Rochelle and Saintes Diocese, while Bishop Georges Colomb will retain... Read more


Ohio priest sentenced to life in prison for sex trafficking 

Nov 20, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Parish priest Michael Zacharias was convicted on five counts of sex trafficking by a federal jury in the Northern District... Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption, the seat of the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

Baltimore Archdiocese shuts down Mass at city parish after priest abuse scandal

Nov 6, 2023

By Daniel Payne

In a statement on Saturday, the archdiocese announced that “a pastor will not be named for St. Benedict Church” following... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik, SJ.

Vatican: Pope Francis has lifted the statute of limitations on Rupnik case

Oct 27, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The Vatican announced Friday that Pope Francis has decided to lift the statute of limitations in the case of Father... Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

UPDATE: Rupnik ‘presumed innocent’ until proven guilty, says diocese that welcomed him

Oct 25, 2023

By Hannah Brockhaus

Mosaic artist Father Marko Rupnik, who has been accused of serious abuses against women, was dismissed from the Jesuits in... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley briefs reporters during a Vatican abuse summit.

Boston Archdiocese opposes bill eliminating time limits for child sex abuse claims

Oct 5, 2023

By Matt McDonald

The current bill being considered by the Legislature would eliminate the time limit and allow lawsuits at any time against... Read more

Theodore McCarrick arrives at Dedham District Court in Massachusetts on Sept. 3, 2021, for his 9 a.m. arraignment.

Theodore McCarrick to undergo competency exam for Wisconsin criminal case

Sep 29, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The alleged victim in the Wisconsin case was also the one in a recently dropped Massachusetts criminal case. Read more


Archdiocese of Baltimore files for bankruptcy amid clergy sex abuse claims

Sep 29, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Archbishop William Lori said in a statement on Friday that after consulting with lay leaders and clergy, he had made... Read more

Father Hans Zollner.

Celibacy is not a direct cause of sexual abuse, Jesuit expert says

Sep 29, 2023

By Walter Sanchez Silva

The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a... Read more

Basilica of the National Shrine of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Baltimore.

Names of accused in Maryland AG’s sex abuse report on Baltimore Archdiocese are released

Sep 27, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

The report outlines a four-year investigation of the Archdiocese of Baltimore that alleges more than 600 children were abused by... Read more