Catholic Church sex abuse cases

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The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY.

Facing hundreds of sex abuse lawsuits, Albany Diocese to declare bankruptcy

Mar 16, 2023

By Kevin J. Jones

The diocese has been named in more than 400 lawsuits filed from August 2019 to August 2021 under the Child... Read more


Priest who served in Diocese of Charleston charged with sexual abuse of 11-year-old girl 

Jan 9, 2023

By Joe Bukuras

Father Jaime Adolfo Gonzalez-Farias, a visiting priest from Chile who served in the Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, has been... Read more

A view of Baltimore's Basilica nestled amid the city's famed row houses

Baltimore seals documents related to clerical sexual abuse report

Dec 6, 2022

By Jonah McKeown

A judge in Baltimore this week ordered everything related to the release of a major attorney general’s report on clerical... Read more


More clergy accused of child sexual abuse in California as important deadline nears

Dec 2, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

As California’s three-year window to file child sex abuse lawsuits past the statute of limitations nears its conclusion, 66 Catholic... Read more

St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo

New York State to assume some oversight of Buffalo Diocese after sex abuse settlement

Oct 26, 2022

By Joe Bukuras

The Diocese of Buffalo has settled a two-year-old lawsuit with New York Attorney General Letitia James over charges that it... Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe.

Denouncing clergy sex abuse, Santa Fe Archdiocese files $121 million settlement plan

Oct 13, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Lamenting the damage that abusive Catholic clergy have caused to sexual abuse victims, the Archdiocese of Santa Fe submitted its... Read more


Pope Francis orders new canonical process in abuse case at Opus Dei school in Spain

Sep 16, 2022

By CNA Staff

Bishop Joseba Segura Etxezarraga of Bilbao has announced that Pope Francis has ordered a new canonical process for an abuse... Read more

Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston.

Cardinal O’Malley urges Italian Catholic bishops to ‘make things right’ for abuse survivors

May 26, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

‘We have nothing to fear by telling the truth,’ said the head of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of... Read more

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising.

Germany’s Munich archdiocese spent around $1.5 million on abuse report

May 23, 2022

By CNA Staff

The report, published in January, faulted Pope emeritus Benedict XVI and Cardinal Reinhard Marx. Read more

The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi in Santa Fe, N.M.

For sexual abuse victims in Santa Fe archdiocese, $122 million settlement a 'next step'

May 18, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

The Archdiocese of Santa Fe has agreed on a $121.5 million bankruptcy settlement to provide compensation for hundreds of sexual... Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, speaks to EWTN Rome Bureau Chief Andreas Thonhauser.

Full text: EWTN’s exclusive interview with Archbishop Gänswein

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary discusses the Munich abuse report. Read more

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, personal secretary of Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Archbishop Gänswein tells inside story of Benedict XVI’s response to the Munich abuse report

Feb 14, 2022

By CNA Staff

Benedict XVI’s personal secretary said the 94-year-old was ‘doing well’ despite the recent media firestorm. Read more

Jean-Marc Sauvé.

French abuse report authors respond to critics who challenged 330,000 victims estimate

Feb 10, 2022

By CNA Staff

A 15-page critique claimed the report lacked ‘scientific rigor.’ Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

Benedict XVI asks abuse survivors for forgiveness as advisers defend handling of Munich cases

Feb 8, 2022

By CNA Staff

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has personally requested forgiveness from abuse survivors in a letter responding to a report that faulted... Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI.

German Catholic bishop: Benedict XVI did not want to cover up clerical abuse

Feb 4, 2022

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Bishop Stefan Oster noted that Benedict had fought abuse ‘against no small opposition in the Vatican.’ Read more

Cardinal Fernando Filoni. Photo credits: Daniel Ibáñez/CNA.

Who is Benedict XVI? Cardinal Filoni shares his testimony

Jan 28, 2022

By Cardinal Fernando Filoni

‘I have never found in him any shadow or attempt to hide or minimize anything.’ Read more

Cardinal Friedrich Wetter.

Munich abuse report: Cardinal Wetter apologizes for mishandling case

Jan 25, 2022

By CNA Staff

Cardinal Friedrich Wetter was archbishop of Munich and Freising from 1982 to 2007. Read more

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI, pictured in summer 2017.

Benedict XVI confirms he attended disputed 1980 meeting in Munich

Jan 24, 2022

By CNA Staff

A statement said that the mistake was the result of an editing error. Read more

The Supreme Court of Victoria, Australia.

Catholic diocese in Australia found vicariously liable for clerical abuse

Jan 21, 2022

By CNA Staff

The ruling is believed to be the first of its kind in the country. Read more