Clerical sex abuse

Delegates at the Synod on Synodality participate in small-group round table discussions Oct. 9, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican Safeguarding Group Calls on Synod on Synodality to Address Abuse in the Church

Oct 10, 2023

The Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors has called on the synod to discuss sexual abuse this month.

Father Hans Zollner. | Credit: Daniel Ibáñez / ACI Prensa

Celibacy is not a Direct Cause of Sexual Abuse, Jesuit Expert Says

Sep 29, 2023

The psychologist said that “celibacy is not a direct cause of abuse; what can become a risk factor is a ministry poorly lived and not fully accepted.” 

Pope Francis meets with the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors in an audience May 5, 2023. | Credit: Vatican Media

Vatican’s Child Protection Commission Invites Public Feedback on Safeguarding Principles

Jun 27, 2023

The Vatican’s child protection commission is inviting the public to provide feedback on Church safeguarding principles for the creation of updated diocesan guidelines

Pope Francis greeted victims of sexual abuse by members of the Church after the general audience on May 17, 2023. The victims arrived in Rome after making a pilgrimage by bicycle from Munich, Germany. | Archdiocese of Munich and Freising

Abuse Victims Share "wounded heart" with Pope Francis After Bike Trek from Germany

May 17, 2023

Pope Francis on Wednesday met briefly with a group of abuse victims who undertook a bicycle pilgrimage from Germany to Rome this month to ask the pope to do everything in his power to heal and prevent abuses in the Catholic Church.

Catholic Clergy in France Set to Carry ID Cards Indicating They're in Good Standing

May 16, 2023

Catholic clergy in France will soon carry a standardized identification card linked to a national database that shows whether they are currently in good standing and can celebrate Mass and hear confessions.

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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.