• New Orleans archdiocese seeks laicization for all clergy credibly accused of sex abuse

    While allegations against two New Orleans-area priests have again raised questions about the Church’s response to clergy misconduct, the Archdiocese of New Orleans has confirmed that for the past two years it has been seeking to laicize clergy who have been removed from ministry for credible... Read more
  • After ‘demonic’ desecration, Louisiana church reconsecrated as details about priest emerge

    Archbishop Gregory Aymond on Saturday consecrated a new altar at the Louisiana parish where a priest reportedly filmed a pornographic video atop the parish altar with two women last month. Details have emerged about the priest, who is expected to face criminal and canonical charges after the... Read more
  • UPDATE: Archbishop Aymond: Priest’s desecration of altar ‘demonic’

    The Archbishop of New Orleans said Friday that a priest’s filming of a pornographic videotape atop a church’s altar was demonic, and that the priest will never again serve in Catholic ministry. Fr. Travis Clark’s “obscene behavior was deplorable,” Aymond said in a statement... Read more
  • New Orleans priest defiles altar with pornographic filmmaking, arrested for obscenity

     A priest in the Archdiocese of New Orleans has been arrested along with two women and charged with obscenity after he was discovered filming a pornographic video on a parish church altar. Fr. Travis Clark, 37, the pastor of Sts. Peter and Paul in Pearl River, Louisiana, was arrested... Read more
  • New Orleans priest removed for abuse sent messages to high school student

    The Archdiocese of New Orleans reportedly knew for months but did not inform school officials that a priest chaplain at a Catholic high school had sent texts to a student, in violation of archdiocesan policies. The priest was removed from ministry last week after admitting to have sexually... Read more
  • Analysis: Two Years After McCarrick Investigation Began, Report Not Yet in Sight

    On October 6, 2018, the Holy See announced a review of its files and archives pertaining to Theodore McCarrick, the former Archbishop of Washington, D.C, who is now laicized and living in disgrace, a known sexual abuser who has offered no public words of repentance. Since the... Read more
  • 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