VATICAN CITY (RNS) A lawyer has dropped a lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI and other church officials responsible for a clergy sexual abuse case.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic bishops from all over the world will meet next week at a Vatican summit aimed at preventing abuse and protecting children.
(RNS) Ten years after the sex abuse scandal erupted in the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean O’Malley has written a contrite public letter.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) The director of a leading victims’ advocacy group refused to answer some questions or turn over documents in a deposition.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI said that “all other institutions” should be held to the same “exacting standards” as the Roman Catholic Church.
MORRISTOWN, N.J. (RNS) For four years, Jose Feliciano told a jury, his rage grew.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Cardinal Bernard F. Law has stepped down from his controversial post as head of a prominent basilica in Rome.
(RNS) Shori defended her decision to allow a former Roman Catholic monk to become an Episcopal priest even after he admitted to sexual misconduct with a minor.
(RNS) Hundreds of people around the country who were sexually abused as children will watch in legally imposed silence, says a Boston attorney and expert on such cases.
(RNS) The grand jury report reads like a textbook profile of child sexual abuse.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop avoided a second criminal charge for failing to report suspected child abuse.
(RNS) Penn State coaching legend Joe Paterno is out in the university’s burgeoning sex abuse scandal, and comparisons to the Roman Catholic Church’s own abuse scandals are in.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) After months of tense relations over the clergy sex abuse scandal, the Irish government announced that it will close its embassy to the Vatican.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A campaign to hold the pope responsible for “crimes against humanity” is not a publicity stunt, sex abuse victims say.
(RNS) The Roman Catholic Diocese could have put children in jeopardy when it failed to follow guidelines for reporting clergy sexual abuse.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has recalled its ambassador to Ireland for “consultations” on the official church response to the government report.
(RNS) The most obvious reason he was sent to take over the prestigious Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the clergy sexual abuse scandal.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland’s prime minister said Catholic priests could be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during confession.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A special commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sex abuse.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The Episcopal Church is rejecting charges that its top leader mishandled the ordination of a former priest who is now accused of sexual abuse.
(RNS) A Roman Catholic bishop in California resigned, saying he is “exhausted” from dealing with clergy sexual abuse cases in his Santa Rosa diocese.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops voted to maintain current church policies on the sexual abuse of children.
BELLEVUE, Wash. (RNS) The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops began a review of church sex abuse policies.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican will use online education and other methods to help bishops and the heads of religious orders deal with clerical sex abuse.
(RNS) Jeremiah Scott was 11 when the abuse and molestation began in 1990 at the hands of an elder in his Mormon church in Portland, Ore.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A Vatican investigation of clerical sex abuse in Ireland has finished its “first phase,” the Vatican announced.
(RNS) The Rev. Bernice King announced that she is leaving an Atlanta-area megachurch whose leader has been embroiled in scandal.
(RNS) Bishop Eddie Long, an Atlanta-area megachurch pastor, has settled suits out of court with four young men who accused him of sexual misconduct.
WASHINGTON (RNS) A sweeping new report on the clergy sex abuse scandal compares the Roman Catholic Church to police departments.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
NEW YORK (RNS) A comprehensive report on the scandal is set for release hoping to provide answers about a crisis that has raised numerous questions.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world’s Catholic bishops have one year to set national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors.
WASHINGTON (RNS) The nation’s leading advocacy group for victims of clergy sexual abuse is opposing an Oregon Jesuit’s bid to serve as House chaplain.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium’s Catholic bishops declared themselves “extremely shocked” by comments from a former bishop.
WASHINGTON (RNS) U.S. Catholic bishops announced that sexual abuse accusations against Catholic clergy increased in 2010.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) Lawyers representing a group of people who accuse Jesuit priests of sexual abuse filed 37 lawsuits.
(RNS) Advocates for victims of clergy sexual abuse are hailing the indictment of a senior Roman Catholic official.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican tried to tamp down allegations a letter to Irish bishops was meant to discourage prelates from reporting sexual abuse.
PORTLAND, Ore. (RNS) A man who secured a $900,000 settlement for alleged abuse at the hands of a Catholic priest has yet to see a penny more than seven years after the church paid out the money.
BERLIN (RNS) The Catholic Church in Germany is seeing membership plunge as 2010 comes to a close.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI deplored the sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests and linked it to other vices.
TRENTON, N.J. (RNS) New Jersey lawmakers will consider a bill that would eliminate any statute of limitations on when sex abuse victims can sue.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for defrocking priests.
TORONTO (RNS) A Canadian Orthodox archbishop has been charged with sexual assault on two 10-year-old boys about 25 years ago.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican announced that it is preparing international guidelines to prevent sexual abuse.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Catholic archbishops of New York and Boston will meet personally with victims of abusive priests.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican’s top spokesman appealed to victims of pedophile priests who demonstrated near the Vatican.
(RNS) Belgian church leaders announced they would establish a center of recognition, reconciliation and healing.
BERLIN (RNS) Officials of Germany’s Roman Catholic Church will be required to immediately report suspicions of child abuse.
(RNS) Secret recordings show the church leader asking a sex abuse victim not to expose the crimes of his assailant.
(RNS) The embattled Episcopal bishop of Philadelphia brushed aside calls for his resignation.
(RNS) SNAP blasted the Episcopal Church for reinstating the bishop of Philadelphia.
(RNS) Three Kentucky men have dropped their six-year effort to sue the Vatican over sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy.
(RNS) The Episcopal bishop was reinstated after a church court dismissed the charges.
A child is sexually abused in the United States every four minutes. And Protestant churches, as part of the larger society, are not immune from this sin – no matter how some may try to camouflage it.
Many people would rather not talk about sexual abuse in the church – and that is part of the problem. When we don't talk about it, people get away with victimizing others.
Conservative columnist Cal Thomas wrote that the sexual scandals in Catholicism and Protestantism were different, but Catholic and Baptist leaders have more similarities than differences on the child-abuse front.
Oregon lawmakers passed a law prohibiting schools from making deals that hide the sexual misconduct of teachers who resign. The practice is called passing the trash. Why can't Southern Baptists do something similar?
The relentless stories of abuse mirror the dread that missionaries’ kids, some as young as 5, experienced for nine months at a time, hundreds of miles away from their missionary parents.
A woman who accused a Kentucky Baptist youth minister last year of sexually abusing her teenaged daughter now says she made the story up.