- May 31, 2020
Two weeks after Pope Francis’s papacy was thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Francis has refused to respond, his accuser has changed his story and a host of new characters have entered the fray.
Pennsylvania’s sweeping grand jury report on child sexual abuse in Catholic dioceses is drawing growing attention from prosecutors elsewhere as a court battle looms that could curtail such investigative reports in the future.
Countless Catholics in the U.S. are raising their voices in prayer and protest to demand change amid new revelations of sex abuse by priests and allegations of widespread cover-ups.
Pope Francis told newly ordained bishops Saturday that they must reject all forms of abuse and work in communion to fight the clerical culture that has fueled the sex abuse and cover-up scandal rocking his papacy.
The New York attorney general’s new investigation into clergy sex abuse allegations in the Catholic Church could be massive, delving into confidential church files in a state where hundreds of people have already made claims through programs run by the Church itself.
Prosecutors questioned Roman Catholic bishop emeritus Juan Barros as part of an investigation into sex abuse allegations against a former Chilean military chaplain.