• Cardinal Pell to return to Rome this week

    Cardinal George Pell is set to return to Rome on Tuesday, his first time back in the Vatican since 2017, when he took a leave of absence from his role as prefect of the Vatican’s Secretariat for the Economy to travel to Australia.  The cardinal is set to fly on Sept. 29, sources close... Read more
  • Report abuse learned in confession or go to jail, says Australian state

    A new law requires priests in the state of Queensland to break the seal of confession to report child sex abuse to police or face three years in jail. The law was passed by Queensland Parliament Sept. 8. It had support from both major parties and was opposed by the Catholic Church. One... Read more
  • Pope Francis accepts resignation of Duluth Bishop-elect Michel Mulloy after abuse allegation

    Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of the Bishop-elect of Duluth, Minnesota, Michel J. Mulloy, after an accusation that he abused a minor in the 1980s surfaced in early August. Mulloy, 66, was appointed to lead the Minnesota diocese on June 19, and his consecration and installation as... Read more
  • Bishop Bransfield Offers ‘Apology’, Repays $400K to W Virginia Diocese

     Bishop Michael Bransfield has repaid more than $400,000 to his former diocese and issued a narrowly-worded apology to the faithful. The apology comes nearly two years after Pope Francis accepted his resignation amid accusations of personal and financial misconduct. The letter... Read more
  • Ohio Priest Arrested on Sex Trafficking Charges

    FINDLAY — The Federal Bureau of Investigation on Tuesday arrested the pastor of St. Michael the Archangel Parish, alleging that he groomed and sexually assaulted minors for years, beginning in Toledo. Special Agent in Charge Eric Smith said the Rev. Michael Zacharias, 53, is believed... Read more
  • Cardinal Pell speaks on maintaining hope in prison, Vatican finances

    Cardinal George Pell, who was acquitted this year after becoming the highest-ranking Catholic cleric ever to be convicted of sexual abuse, spoke this week about how he maintained hope during his 400 days in prison. “The virtue of Christian hope is different than Christian optimism. No... Read more
  • Suspended priest wins $125K from cop for defamation: She framed me

    Father Eduard Perrone says he's been vindicated in a sex abuse case against him, and he wants his job back. The embattled priest found absolution in the justice system after suing a detective for defamation, alleging she fabricated the rape claim that got him... Read more
  • Waiting for the McCarrick Report

    NY’s Cardinal Dolan held an online held a video conference for the clergy Tuesday and said that his sources tell him that the McCarrick report will be out later this month. He said he does not know what is in it. The latter seems believable; the former remains to be seen. It has been two... Read more
  • Lawsuit claims McCarrick headed abusive ‘sex ring,’ names alleged ‘procurer’

    A lawsuit filed Tuesday charges that former cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually abused a boy and aided his abuse by several other priests, and claims that a principal at a Christian Brothers high school helped procure the victim for McCarrick and the other clergy abusers in the early... Read more
  • ‘I now understand why abuse victims leave the Church’: Susanna’s story

    The following is a first-person account by Susanna*, the young woman who alleges Fr Kevin McGoldrick sexually assaulted her in August of 2017. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia found her accusation credible early this year. We received the document unsolicited, and present it to our readership... Read more