Victims rights groups have long complained that criminal accountability for the sexual abuse of children by members of the Roman Catholic clergy has rarely extended above the level of priests, despite evidence that bishops and archbishops knew about many of the suspected crimes — and in some cases played a role...
  • Mass grave of young children found at former Catholic orphanage in Ireland

    DUBLIN — A mass grave containing the remains of babies and young children has been discovered at a former Catholic orphanage in Ireland, government-appointed investigators announced Friday in a finding that offered the first conclusive proof following a historian’s efforts to trace the fates of nearly 800 children who...
  • Abuse survivor resigns from commission for protection of minors

    Vatican City, Mar 1, 2017 / 06:42 am (CNA/EWTN News).- On Wednesday, the decision of clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins to resign from her post on the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors was announced, citing frustrations with “a lack of cooperation” by the Curia as leading factor....
  • Priest in Boston clergy sex abuse scandal faces 29 more charges of misconduct

    A priest at the center of the Boston clergy abuse scandal has been arrested on 29 more counts of sexual misconduct against young boys. Ronald Paquin served more than 10 years in prison for raping an altar boy, and faces more jail time for alleged abuse of two boys...
  • 7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of child abuse

    The statistics were released during the opening address of a hearing of Australia’s Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. The royal commission — which is Australia’s highest form of inquiry — has been investigating since 2013 how the Catholic Church and other institutions responded to the...
  • 5 more clergy abuse lawsuits filed in federal court

    Five former altar boys filed separate multimillion-dollar lawsuits in federal court Wednesday afternoon, alleging they were sexually abused or raped by Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and former island priest David Anderson decades ago. Each of the five clergy sex abuse lawsuit demands a jury trial and at least $5...
  • AP Impact: Italy grapples with priest sex abuse

    It happened night after night, the deaf man said, sometimes in the priest’s bedroom, sometimes in the bathroom, even in the confessional. When he was a young boy at a Catholic-run institute for the deaf, Alessandro Vantini said, priests sodomized him so relentlessly he came to feel “as if...
  • Clergy abuse victims will also vote on bankruptcy payment plans

    ST. PAUL—Competing bankruptcy payment plans drawn up by the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and victims of clerical sexual abuse will go to the victims as well as parishes, vendors and other creditors for a vote. Judge Robert Kressel, presiding over the archdiocese’s case in U.S. Bankruptcy Court...
  • Another former altar boy files sex abuse suit against a Guam priest

    HAGATNA, Guam — Another former altar boy and Boy Scout has alleged he was sexually abused from 1969 to 1973 by former island priest Louis Brouillard. The accuser said the priest was never formally disciplined by the Archdiocese of Agana or the Catholic Church, even decades after the priest told Bishop...
  • Argentina: 2 Priests Arrested for Allegedly Abusing Children

    BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Authorities in Argentina say they’ve arrested two Roman Catholic priests accused of sexually and physically abusing at least eight children at a school for youths with hearing disabilities. The priests are 82-year-old Nicolas Corradi and 55-year-old Horacio Corbacho. Three other men who worked at the...
  • 3 more child sex abuse lawsuits filed against Guam priests

    HAGATNA, Guam — Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron and former priest Louis Brouillard, along with the Archdiocese of Agana, face three new lawsuits alleging child sex abuse, which were filed Thursday afternoon by two former altar boys and by the estate of a deceased former altar boy. The lawsuits are possible because of a recently...

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