Sexual Abuse

The cross of the German “Synodal Way.” | Credit: Maximilian von Lachner/Synodaler Weg

Critics Challenge German Synodal Way in Light of Abuse Study

Jan 30, 2024

A new study looking at survivors of abuse within the Evangelical Church in Germany calls into doubt the narrative that abuse is “specific to Catholic factors.”

Pope Francis speaks at the general audience in Vatican City's Paul VI Hall on Feb. 22, 2023. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis Extends Norms to Prevent, Counter Sexual Abuse to Cover Lay Leaders

Mar 25, 2023

Pope Francis permanently decreed Saturday an updated version of Vos estis lux mundi, his landmark legislation to counter sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. 

Bishop Franz-Josef Bode speaks during a press conference on Sept. 22, 2022, following the release of a report that said he mishandled abuse cases in the Diocese of Osnabrück, in northwestern Germany, which he has led since 1995. | Screenshot of YouTube video

German Bishop Must Face Vatican Investigation, Abuse Council Demands

Dec 12, 2022

An advisory body of sexual abuse survivors on Monday called for canonical procedures against the vice president of the German Bishops’ Conference.

Pope Francis visits Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI at the Mater Ecclesiae monastery in Vatican City to exchange Christmas greetings Dec. 23, 2013. | Vatican Media

Pope Francis: Benedict XVI was "leader" in Responding to Sexual Abuse

Nov 29, 2022

In a recent interview Pope Francis said his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI was a leader in “taking responsibility” and responding with transparency to clerical sexual abuse — the latest defense by the Holy Father of his predecessor, who is facing criticism in his native Germany for his handling of several abuse cases as an archbishop decades ago. 

Cardinal Jean-Pierre Ricard | YouTube / KTOTV (screenshot)

French Cardinal Confesses to Sexual Abuse

Nov 7, 2022

A French cardinal said on Monday that he had abused a 14-year-old girl several decades ago and was making himself available to authorities.

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka. Credit: Courtesy Photo

Catholic Priest in Tanzania Suspended Over Allegations of Sexual Abuse of Minors

Sep 30, 2022

Fr. Sostenes Bahati Soka, a member of the Clergy of Tanzania’s Catholic Diocese of Moshi, has been stopped from practicing his Priestly ministry over allegations of sodomizing a section of children who were preparing for their First Holy Communion and Confirmation.

Fr. John Selemela, Rector of St. John Vianney Major Seminary located in South Africa’s Pretoria Archdiocese. Credit: IMBISA

Sexual Abuse of Minors “dark chapter” in History of Church: Rector in South Africa

Nov 29, 2021

The cases of sexual abuse of minors constitute a “dark chapter” in the history of the Catholic Church, a Rector in South Africa has told ACI Africa in an interview.