Clerical Abuse

The Frauenkirche, the cathedral of the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising. | Diliff via Wikimedia (CC BY 2.5)

Prosecutors Drop Case of Alleged "cover up" Against Benedict XVI

Mar 22, 2023

A potential legal case against Pope Benedict XVI over his handling of abuse during his time as archbishop of Munich has been dropped.

Pope St. John Paul II in 1979. | L'Osservatore Romano

In Poland, Lawmakers Condemn Disputed Report about John Paul II Abuse Cover-up

Mar 10, 2023

Polish lawmakers denounced a documentary alleging that when he was a cardinal and archbishop in Poland, Pope St. John Paul II covered up alleged child sexual abuse committed by priests.

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Pope Francis Wants Seminarians to Read This Letter from a Clerical Abuse Survivor

Oct 20, 2021

The letter urges them to ‘Please be a good priest.’

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Pope Francis Unveils Sweeping Reform of Catholic Church’s Penal Sanctions

Jun 1, 2021

The Vatican published Tuesday major revisions to Book VI of the Code of Canon Law, which covers penal law in the Church, including sanctions related to clerical sexual abuse.

Archbishop Stefan Heße of Hamburg, Germany, makes his announcement on March 18, 2021 / YouTube screenshot

German Catholic Archbishop Offers to Resign from Office after Abuse Report Findings

Mar 18, 2021

A German archbishop has announced that he is offering his resignation to Pope Francis and requesting “immediate release” from all duties.

Analysis: How Will Ordinary Catholics Respond to the Disappointment of McCarrick Report?

Nov 11, 2020

Ordinarily, a news analysis attempts to bring some context or expertise to a situation, in order to assess why something has happened, what might happen next, and whether any of it will prove to be important.

The Cupola of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City on June 18, 2015. Credit: Bohumil Petrik/CNA.

Victim Petitions to Sue Pre-seminary and Religious Group at Vatican Abuse Trial

Oct 27, 2020

At a hearing Tuesday of an ongoing abuse and cover-up trial against two Italian priests, the Vatican court accepted a request from the victim’s lawyer to sue the institution where the alleged abuse took place, as well as the group which oversees it.