clergy sex abuse

Abuse survivors cycle to Rome, deliver ‘broken heart,’ ask for action

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — A group of survivors of abuse by priests and religious cycled hundreds of miles from southern Germany to Rome to urge the pope “to do everything in your power” to make the Catholic Church a safe ...
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Bishop Franz-Josef Bode of Osnabrueck, Germany, vice president of the German bishops' conference, is pictured in a 2019 file photo. Bishop Bode has become the first Catholic bishop in Germany to resign in connection with the abuse scandal. (OSV News photo/Lars Berg, KNA)

Pope Francis accepts German bishop’s resignation over errors in handling abuse

The vice president of the German bishops' conference, Bishop Franz-Josef Bode, has become the first Catholic bishop in Germany to resign in connection with the abuse scandal.
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Bishop Robert F. Vasa of Santa Rosa, Calif. concelebrates Mass in the crypt of St. Peter's Basilica during an "ad limina" visits to the Vatican Jan. 27, 2020. Bishop Vasa announced the diocese would file for bankruptcy on March 13, 2023, in order to address potentially 200 new claims brought against the diocese by survivors of child sexual abuse. (CNS photo/Stefano Dal Pozzolo)

Santa Rosa Diocese files for bankruptcy in face of potentially 200 abuse claims

The Diocese of Santa Rosa filed for bankruptcy March 13, days after its bishop finally concluded the decision was necessary in order to address potentially 200 new claims brought against the diocese by survivors of child sexual abuse.
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Polish experts reject claim JPII ‘covered up abuse,’ urge all church records be opened to give full context 

KRAKOW, Poland (OSV News) — The fact that Cardinal Karol Wojtyla — the future Pope John Paul II — knew about abuse when he was an archbishop of Krakow, Poland, is neither new nor surprising, experts say. What remains to ...
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McCarrick admits knowing victim as a child, denies sexual assaults

(OSV News) — Disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, whose attorneys have argued he should not stand trial due to “progressive and irreparable cognitive deficits,” recalled the name of the man he allegedly sexually abused as a child, although he denied ...
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Father Pfleger is reinstated; archdiocesan board finds no proof of abuse

CHICAGO (CNS) — Father Michael Pfleger, 73, has been reinstated as senior pastor of the Faith Community of St. Sabina after the Chicago Archdiocese’s Independent Review Board determined the accusations of sex abuse lodged against him in October are not ...
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