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A devotee is seen in Immaculate Conception Cathedral in Concepcion, Bolivia, one of many historic Jesuit missionary sites within the country declared a World Heritage Site in 2019. (OSV News photo/David Mercado, Reuters)

Deceased Spanish Jesuit accused of abusing ‘hundreds’ of Indigenous girls

A Spanish Jesuit has been discovered to have documented his abuse of hundreds of Indigenous girls while serving as a missionary in rural Bolivia.
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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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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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Abuse victim asks pope to hear ‘adults who were wronged,’ show ‘the way’ in Rupnik case  

It took 10 months for the Vatican to reopen Father Marko Rupnik's case -- from the first reports on the case of Slovenian mosaic artist in December 2022 and the first alleged victims' testimonies at that time, to dismissal of ...
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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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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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