clergy sex abuse

A huge cross is seen overlooking the Eastern Irish coastline of Counties Wicklow and Dublin in Bray, Ireland, Aug. 19, 2018. In response to the Feb. 8, 2024, release of a report on abuse claims, the head of Ireland's Jesuits is "ashamed" of order's failure to act on clergy sex abuse. The report documents abuse claims received by the society between 1965 and 2023 that were reported to have occurred between 1940 and 1991. (OSV News photo/Clodagh Kilcoyne, Reuters)

Head of Ireland’s Jesuits ‘ashamed’ of order’s failure to act on abuse

The head of the Jesuits in Ireland has said he is "ashamed" at the order's failure to confront abuse after the release of a new report revealing 93 complaints of sexual, physical and emotional abuse against a now deceased priest.
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Grammy-winning Florida priest placed on leave for alleged misconduct with minor

A Florida priest and Grammy-winning recording artist has been placed on administrative leave due to alleged sexual misconduct with a minor a decade ago.
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Peter Isely, a survivor of clergy sexual abuse, attends a march with other survivors and activists near the Vatican in Rome Sept. 27, 2023. (OSV News photo/Guglielmo Mangiapane, Reuters)

McCarrick trial dead-end a double blow to clergy abuse victims, say advocates

With a Wisconsin judge suspending his last remaining criminal trial for sexual abuse, former cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been granted a legal reprieve.
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Vatican finds Archbishop Nienstedt acted ‘imprudently’ but not criminally under canon law

A multiyear investigation overseen by the Catholic Church into Archbishop John C. Nienstedt, who resigned from the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 2015, has ended with the Vatican finding that he acted "imprudently" in several instances but not ...
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Former Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick arrives at Dedham District Court in Dedham, Mass., Sept. 3, 2021, after being charged with molesting a 16-year-old boy during a 1974 wedding reception. A Massachusetts judge dismissed a criminal case against the former cardinal Aug. 30, 2023, ruling he no longer has the cognitive capacity to stand trial. (OSV News photo/Brian Snyder, Reuters)

Judge Dismisses Criminal Abuse Charges against Theodore McCarrick

The Massachusetts sex abuse case against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick fell apart Wednesday as all criminal charges were dismissed due to the disgraced former cleric being deemed no longer mentally competent.
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Pope Francis at a news conference

On flight to Rome, pope responds to questions about abuse, his health

After a five-day trip to Portugal, which recently came to terms with its own clerical sex abuse crisis, Pope Francis said the Catholic Church must abandon its practice of covering up abuse and instead be "very open" about how it ...
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