Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case

A Polish court has ordered church authorities to hand over to prosecutors classified files regarding a paedophilia case, in a rare example of a clash between the state and the powerful Catholic Church in deeply devout Poland. The order came two days before the Vatican’s leading sexual abuse investigator, Archbishop Charles Scicluna, was due to… Read More Polish court orders Catholic Church to hand over files on paedophilia case

Former Pope Benedict XVI blames Catholic Church’s abuse scandal on 1960s sexual revolution

Former Pope Benedict has blamed the Catholic Church’s sexual abuse scandal on the effects of the sexual revolution of the 1960s, homosexual cliques in seminaries and what he called a general collapse in morality. Critics accused Benedict, who before becoming pope in 2005 was for 23 years in charge of the Vatican doctrinal office that… Read More Former Pope Benedict XVI blames Catholic Church’s abuse scandal on 1960s sexual revolution

U.S. jury convicts former New Mexico priest Arthur Perrault of child sexual abuse

A former Catholic priest who fled the United States after allegations he abused children in New Mexico was convicted on Wednesday by a U.S. jury of child sexual abuse, prosecutors said. After an eight-day trial, a federal jury in Albuquerque, New Mexico, found Arthur Perrault guilty of six counts of aggravated sexual abuse and one… Read More U.S. jury convicts former New Mexico priest Arthur Perrault of child sexual abuse

Vatican removes Archbishop of Guam Anthony Apuron following sexual abuse conviction

The Catholic archbishop of the U.S. island territory of Guam has been definitively convicted of sexual abuse of minors and removed from office, the Vatican said on Thursday in a ruling that advocates for abuse victims condemned as weak. Anthony Apuron, who was accused of abusing three young men decades ago, was first convicted by… Read More Vatican removes Archbishop of Guam Anthony Apuron following sexual abuse conviction

French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations

A French court convicted the Roman Catholic archbishop of Lyon on Thursday of failing to act on historic allegations of sexual abuse of boy scouts in his diocese, handing Cardinal Philippe Barbarin a six-month suspended jail sentence. Barbarin is the highest-profile cleric to be caught up in the child sex abuse scandal inside the Catholic… Read More French court convicts Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to act on sexual abuse allegations

Pope Francis expels Chilean priest over child sex abuse allegations

Pope Francis on Saturday expelled a Chilean priest under investigation in a case involving the sexual abuse of children, according to a report by local media on Saturday, amid a growing global abuse scandal that has shaken the Roman Catholic Church. The Archdiocese of Santiago said the Pope had decided to defrock the Reverend Cristian… Read More Pope Francis expels Chilean priest over child sex abuse allegations

Pope Francis promises no more cover ups on clergy sexual abuse 

​Pope Francis, facing sexual abuse crises in several countries, wrote an unprecedented letter to all Catholics on Monday, asking each one of them to help root out “this culture of death” and vowing there would be no more cover ups. In a highly personal letter addressed to the people of God, Church language for all… Read More Pope Francis promises no more cover ups on clergy sexual abuse 

Vatican expresses shame and sorrow over report on clergy sexual abuse

​The Vatican, in its first response to a damning report by a U.S. grand jury on sexual abuse of children by priests in Pennsylvania, on Thursday expressed shame and sorrow. The grand jury on Tuesday released the findings of the largest-ever investigation of sex abuse in the U.S. Catholic Church, finding that 301 priests in… Read More Vatican expresses shame and sorrow over report on clergy sexual abuse