Clergy abuse

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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

St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City.

Vatican launches investigation into Australian bishop accused of child sex abuse  

Sep 19, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Former bishop Christopher Saunders of the Diocese of Broome has been accused of sexually assaulting indigenous men and boys. Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

Rupnik’s victims say Diocese of Rome’s statement ‘ridicules’ their pain

Sep 19, 2023

By Courtney Mares

The diocese described the Aletti Center — where Father Marko Rupnik has been accused of abuse — as having “a... Read more


Swiss bishops’ study finds more than 1,000 cases of clergy sexual abuse

Sep 12, 2023

By AC Wimmer

The 136-page report documents 1,002 cases of abuse since the mid-20th century involving 510 accused and 921 victims. Read more


New Orleans Archdiocese says parishes will be asked to help pay for clergy abuse settlements

Sep 11, 2023

By Jonah McKeown

Archbishop Gregory Aymond announced that parishes, schools, and ministries will have to help pay out the archdiocese’s clergy abuse claims. Read more


91-year-old ex-priest indicted in New Orleans for alleged rape of boy in 1970s

Sep 11, 2023

By Tyler Arnold

Lawrence Hecker was indicted on charges of aggravated rape, aggravated kidnapping, an aggravated crime against nature, and theft by a... Read more

The Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus in Lungern, Switzerland

Vatican investigating Swiss bishops’ handling of sex abuse cases

Sep 11, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The primary purpose of the investigation is “the accusations of covering up cases of abuse,” the Swiss Bishops’ Conference announced. Read more

Father Nathan Brooks, 36, faces several misdemeanor charges filed Aug. 31 in Cortland County Court in central New York related to allegations of sex abuse, including that of a minor.

New York priest arrested on child sex abuse charges

Sep 5, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

Father Nathan Brooks, 36, faces several misdemeanor charges filed Aug. 31 in Cortland County Court in central New York. Read more

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

Theodore McCarrick: ‘I have trouble with words’

The former cardinal’s eloquence made him a force in the Catholic Church. Now, his loss for words appears to have... Read more


Names of Baltimore clergy in sexual abuse report can be revealed, judge rules

Aug 24, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Maryland Attorney General Anthony Brown will be releasing all but three of the redacted names following last week’s Circuit Court... Read more

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone meets with people experiencing homelessness at St. Anthony’s Dining Hall in San Francisco's Tenderloin neighborhood on Nov. 6, 2021.

San Francisco Archdiocese announces Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing

Aug 22, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone earlier in August had warned that the filing was “very likely” in response to “more than 500... Read more

Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard of Albany.

Retired Albany bishop, accused of covering up and committing abuse, has died

Aug 21, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Bishop Howard Hubbard made headlines last year after he announced that he asked the Vatican if he could return to... Read more

San Fernando Cathedral is the mother cathedral of the Archdiocese of San Antonio.

San Antonio Archdiocese removes two priests over allegations of child sex abuse

Aug 14, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Father Alejandro Ortega and Father Jesus Eduardo “Lalo” Martinez-Solis were both accused of sexually abusing minors. Read more


Priest pleads guilty to federal child sex exploitation charges

Aug 11, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Jamie Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias entered a guilty plea on charges of transportation of a minor with intent to engage in criminal... Read more

Prior to a private meeting with survivors later in the day, Pope Francis addressed the clergy sex abuse scandal in his address during a vespers service in Lisbon, Portugal, on Aug. 2, 2023.

Pope meets with clerical abuse survivors, urges Church to hear victims’ ‘anguished cry’

Aug 3, 2023

By Courtney Mares

Earlier Pope Francis called for “a humble, ongoing purification, starting with the anguished cry of the victims, who must always... Read more

Bishop-emeritus Howard Hubbard of the Diocese of Albany.

Retired bishop of Albany who is accused of abuse says he is married 

Aug 1, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

In a statement on Monday, Albany Bishop Edward Scharfenberger said Bishop Emeritus Howard Hubbard remains a bishop and his “marriage”... Read more

The Diocese of Richmond, Virginia, says it has received allegations of child sexual abuse against Father Walter Lewis, a retired priest.

Retired priest in Diocese of Richmond accused of sex abuse against a minor

Jul 24, 2023

By Daniel Payne

Father Walter Lewis was immediately removed ministry, the diocese said. Read more

Father Marko Rupnik.

Jesuit superior blames ‘Vatican norms’ for blocking harsher penalties for Rupnik

Jul 24, 2023

By Jonathan Liedl

Famed mosaic artist Father Marko Rupnik remains a priest and could be put into ministry by a sympathetic bishop. Read more

Pope Francis invited young people from Portugal to join him in the window of the Apostolic Palace for the World Youth Day announcement in October 2022.

Pope Francis expected to meet with abuse victims at World Youth Day in Portugal

Jul 21, 2023

By Daniel Payne

The Holy Father will meet with victims as part of his multi-day visit to Lisbon, Portugal, in early August.  Read more