Sexual Abuse Scandal

Priests testify at Vatican trial on abuse in minor seminary

By Junno Arocho Esteves, Crux, June 7, 2021ROME — Several priests, some of whom were former students at a minor seminary located in the Vatican, testified at the ongoing trial of Father Gabriele Martinelli, who is accused of sexually abusing a younger student at the St. Pius X... read more

Lawsuits make new sex abuse claims against Legion of Christ

By Dave Collins, Crux, April 27, 2021 HARTFORD, Connecticut — The Legion of Christ, a Catholic order disgraced by sexual abuse committed by its founder and other clergy, is facing new allegations of molestation of children in lawsuits filed this month in Connecticut, where it is... read more

Head of Elite Catholic School Is Fired Over Sexual Misconduct Charges

The Rev. Daniel Lahart, the president of Regis High School, targeted multiple adults, including subordinates, an investigation found. By Liam Stack, New York Times, April 12, 2021 Regis High School, one of the most prominent Catholic schools in the country, said it planned to fire the Jesuit... read more

How to React When Priests and Prelates Act Badly

By Jonathon B. Coe. Crisis Magazine, March 22, 2021 Several years ago, when I was received into the Catholic Church, I thought I had come into the experience with my eyes fully open. The scandals of 2002 had already happened, and their details and significance were being truthfully unpacked by... read more

Cardinal Marx’s Handling of Abuse Cases Under Scrutiny

A criminologist who was commissioned by the German bishops to investigate clergy abuse cases has alleged that the cardinal intervened to undermine his investigation. By Edward Pentin, National Catholic Register, March 17, 2021 VATICAN CITY — German Cardinal Reinhard Marx has rejected as... read more

Argentine court clears former priest in sexual abuse case

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — A court on Tuesday cleared a retired priest of sexual abuse charges on grounds the statute of limitations on the alleged crimes had expired. Former priest Carlos Eduardo José, 62, had spent more than a year in custody during the legal process and the ruling by a... read more

Ampleforth College: Catholic school in child abuse scandal fails new inspection

By Nicola Woolcock, The Times (UK) March 9, 2021 Ampleforth College, the Catholic school that is banned from taking new pupils after a child sex abuse scandal, has failed another Ofsted inspection. The school said that the latest findings related to “procedural” issues rather than... read more

Toxic Chanceries

By Michele McAloon, Crisis, March 8, 2021 Despite sincere efforts by many to curb the sexual abuse crisis and initiate reform in the institutional Church, the true disease has yet to be cured. A significant problem still lies in the work environments of the chanceries and tribunals in dioceses... read more

Vatican probes sex allegations against Indian bishop

Bishop William claims baseless allegations come from priests upset by his efforts to reform the local Church UCA News reporter, UCA News, March 01, 2021 The Vatican is to investigate allegations against an Indian bishop two years after some priests and laypeople accused of him fathering two... read more

Dodge City bishop under investigation for alleged abuse of a minor

By Matt Hadro, Catholic News Agency, February 9, 2021 The Bishop of Dodge City is under a Vatican-ordered Vos estis investigation over allegations of sexual abuse of a minor. The Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas announced Feb. 8 that it was “made aware” that Bishop John Brungardt of... read more

American seminary in Rome to defend itself against lawsuit alleging ‘predatory homosexuality’

By CNA Staff, February 6, 2121 The American seminary in Rome has said it will defend itself “vigorously” against a lawsuit filed by a former student who says he was blocked from continuing his studies there after he had witnessed inappropriate homosexual contact on the part of the vice... read more

Coming Out of the Closet