Posts Tagged ‘clergy sexual misconduct’

New complaints of abuse by Father Rupnik presented to Vatican

Thursday, April 11th, 2024

Five new complaints of alleged abuse committed by Father Marko Rupnik have been presented to the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, where an investigation into the case is being carried out after Pope Francis decided to lift the statute of limitations. The new cases mark the latest development in the case Read more

Quebec cardinal says new claims of sexual assault are ‘defamatory’

Thursday, June 22nd, 2023

Attorneys representing a woman who has accused retired Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet of sexual assault say two other women have come forward with accounts of alleged sexual assault and other misconduct. The cardinal has denied the claims and contended that the allegations of such “reprehensible behavior” only further defame him. He stressed the need for Read more

Carmelite nuns face dismissal over alleged sexual misconduct by superior

Monday, May 29th, 2023
sexual misconduct allegations

A Texas bishop has issued dismissal threats against an entire monastery of Carmelite nuns as he investigates sexual misconduct allegations by their superior. The Carmelite Monastery of the Most Holy Trinity, located in Arlington, Texas, is embroiled in a conflict with Bishop Michael Olson of Fort Worth. Olson claims to be investigating allegations of sexual Read more

German bishop resigns over handling of sexual abuse cases

Monday, March 27th, 2023
German bishop resigns

Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Franz-Josef Bode(pictured) of Osnabrueck, Germany, who has been under pressure due to his handling of clerical sexual abuse in his diocese. In a personal statement, Bode said that his decision to resign had “matured in me in recent months,” and he hoped that his departure would have Read more

Jury finds priest not guilty in child sex abuse case dating to 1990s

Thursday, November 17th, 2022

An Allegheny County jury on Monday acquitted a Pittsburgh Catholic Diocese priest who had been accused of sexually abusing a child in the 1990s. The Rev Robert Cedolia, 71, was found not guilty of indecent assault and corruption of minors. He was accused of assaulting an 8-year-old boy in 1998 at Our Lady of Joy Read more

Church opens canonical investigation into Bishop Saunders

Thursday, September 29th, 2022
canonical investigation into Bishop Saunders

The Holy See has initiated a canonical investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders. In a rare statement released on Saturday night, the Australian Catholic Bishops Conference said a Vos Estis Lux Mundi investigation was underway. “The Holy See has initiated a canonical investigation into former Broome Bishop Christopher Saunders, with Read more

Vatican concludes inquiry into Polish Catholic bishop

Monday, July 26th, 2021

The Vatican has concluded that sexual abuse accusations against a Polish Catholic bishop are “not proven.” In a July 23 statement, the apostolic nunciature in the Polish capital, Warsaw, disclosed that Bishop Jan Szkodoń was the subject of an administrative penal process after he was accused of sexual abuse of a minor. “After a thorough Read more

Bishop of Broome on leave after sexual misconduct allegations

Monday, November 30th, 2020
Broome sexual misconduct allegations

The Bishop of Broome, who is at the centre of a police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct, has taken a sabbatical. Bishop Christopher Saunders will take six months leave away from his outback diocese, effective immediately. No charges have been laid, and Bishop Saunders has strenuously denied the allegations. The Vatican says the bishop’s Read more