Clerical Abuse

Queensland Parliament

Queensland passes law to jail priests for not reporting confessions of child sexual abuse

By Allyson Horn, ac.net.au ews, September , 2020A photo is taken from the back of a church showing the backs of the crowd of people who attended the service.Queensland priests are being compelled to break the seal of the confessional to protect children.(ABC News: Matthew Eaton)Share Priests in... read more

Bishop Bransfield offers ‘apology’, repays $400k to W Virginia diocese

CNA Staff, August 20, 2020- Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful. The apology comes nearly two years after Pope Francis accepted his resignation amid accusations of personal and financial... read more

Ohio Priest Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges

Fr. Zacharias has served as pastor at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, in Findlay, Ohio since 2017. Catholic News Agency, August 19, 2020 TOLEDO, Ohio — A priest in the Diocese of Toledo, Ohio was arrested and charged with sex trafficking on Tuesday. The diocese has placed him on... read more
Former Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus

Ex-archbishop in Chile dies before facing trial for sex abuse

By Inés San Martín, Crux, August 14, 2020 Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus, died age 87 in Chile, on Aug. 12, 2020. He died two years after being defrocked by Pope Francis. He faced several allegations of sexually abusing minors. ROSARIO, Argentina – A former powerful Chilean archbishop... read more

Catholic Church was warned about McCarrick decades ago, yet promotions, honors kept coming

New Jersey Herald, August 10, 2020 In the late 1980s, several seminary students approached one of their professors imploring him for help, saying they didn’t want to take any more trips to Newark Archbishop Theodore McCarrick’s Jersey shore home, but feared reprisals if they complained to... read more

Abuse victims say Archdiocese of New Orleans must reveal ‘secret’

WDSU Digital, July 31, 2020 Local victims of Catholic clergy abuse want to see investigation records the Archdiocese of New Orleans has shared with the Vatican. Members of the Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests (SNAP) held a news conference Friday at Notre Dame Seminary, where area... read more

Catholic Church Hesitant to Publish McCarrick Report as Survivors Continue to Sue

By Joseph H. Saunders, Los Angeles Injury Law News, July 27, 2020 Insiders say the Vatican sponsored investigation of disgraced and former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been completed for months and sits gathering dust on Pope Francis’ desk. In the meantime, survivors come forward and file... read more

Eradicating the McCarrick Virus

The Editors, National Catholic Register, Juy 26, 2020 Two years after the former cardinal’s sexual predilections were revealed, the Vatican still hasn’t released its report.It has now been two years since Pope Francis accepted Theodore McCarrick’s resignation from the College of... read more

McCARRICK UPDATE: Major Interview of Archbishop Viganò by Marco Tosatti

By Marco Tosatti, The Remnant, July 24, 2020 Introduction by Marco Tosatti Marco Tosatti: The commitment of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Apostolic Nuncio to the United States of America, to denounce the veil of silence and cover-ups in the management of abuse cases by members... read more

New sex abuse accusation surfaces against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick

By Rhina Guidos, Catholic News Service, July 22, 2020 WASHINGTON (CNS) -- A firm that has filed previous legal complaints against former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick and church entities added another complainant July 21 against the defrocked prelate, leveling a new accusation that he... read more

‘Pray for Your Poor Uncle,’ a Predatory Priest Told His Victims

As former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became a powerful figure in the church, several boys from one family say he targeted them. By Elizabeth Bruenig, New York Tmes, July 15, 2020 Rain fell in New York City four days before Christmas of 2018. Francis M. had planned to be in the city that day... read more

It’s an issue

Pope Francis is with U.S. bishops during their “ad limina” visits to the Vatican Feb. 10, 2020.

U.S. bishops ask pope about Amazon synod, discuss range of issues