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Pope Rejects Resignation of French Cardinal Convicted of Abuse Cover-Up

ROME — Pope Francis has rejected the resignation of a French cardinal, the Vatican announced on Tuesday, despite the cardinal’s conviction this month for covering up decades-old allegations of sexual abuse by a priest in his diocese. A [...]

Cardinal George Pell Is Jailed to Await Sentencing on Sexual Abuse Conviction

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the highest ranking Catholic clergyman convicted of sexually abusing children, left a courtroom in Melbourne, Australia, on Wednesday flanked by police officers to spend his first night [...]

Cardinal George Pell Sex Abuse Conviction Unsealed in Australia

MELBOURNE, Australia — Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever convicted of sexual abuse, will not face a second trial on an additional round of assault allegations involving young boys. The earlier verdict [...]

Pope Francis Calls for ‘All-Out Battle’ to Fight Scourge of Sexual Abuse

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis ended a landmark Vatican meeting on clerical sexual abuse with an appeal “for an all-out battle against the abuse of minors,” which he compared to human sacrifice, but he did not offer concrete policy [...]

In the Catholic Church’s Homeland, Clerical Abuse Is Barely a Scandal

SAVONA, Italy — On camping trips, Francesco Zanardi and other boys from his local parish always dreaded being called to sleep in their priest’s tent. “We all knew what would happen to the boy in the tent,” said Mr. Zanardi, [...]

Pope Opens Meeting on Clerical Sex Abuse Under Great Pressure From Victims for Change

VATICAN CITY — Cloistered inside the Vatican on Thursday, Roman Catholic Church leaders heard searing prerecorded video testimonials from abuse survivors, including one made pregnant three times by a priest who started abusing her [...]

Pope Francis Opens Summit on Sexual Abuse: ‘Hear the Cry of the Little Ones’

VATICAN CITY — With his moral authority in question and his papal legacy in the balance, Pope Francis opened a historic summit meeting at the Vatican on Thursday devoted to clerical child sexual abuse, an issue that has for decades devastated [...]

Church Sex Abuse Survivors Want Reform Now. Here’s Why That Might Not Happen.

VATICAN CITY — In parts of the vast Catholic world, some bishops view clerical sexual abuse as more of a sin than a crime. Others attribute it to homosexuality or question that it exists at all. Where Catholics are a minority, as [...]

Vatican Hopes Meeting on Child Sex Abuse Will Be a Turning Point

On Monday, a Vatican spokesman declined to answer when asked if Msgr. Joseph Punderson remained in his post at the Supreme Tribunal of the Apostolic Signatura, where he has worked since 1993. The diocese of New Jersey listed him this [...]

Pope Defrocks Theodore McCarrick, Ex-Cardinal Accused of Sexual Abuse

On Saturday, the Vatican spokesman, Alessandro Gisotti, told reporters that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith had extended Mr. McCarrick a penal process in which “all his rights were respected” and that his “lawyers [...]