News Story of the Day

Trial of ex-priest accused of child abuse in Timor postponed to May

The trial of a former US priest accused of child abuse in Timor-Leste due to resume tomorrow at the Oecusse Court has been postponed until May 24, according to judicial sources.

Ex-Vatican altar boy testifies in seminary sex abuse trial

ROME (AP) — A former Vatican altar boy has testified that an older seminarian would come into his bed at night to perform a sexual act on him in the Vatican’s youth seminary, saying his initial shock gave way to resignation because he feared being sent home.

Cologne Archdiocese awaits potentially explosive report on abuse

A potentially explosive report about sexual abuse in Germany's Cologne Archdiocese is set to be released March 18.

Southern Baptist pastor, former abuser resigns after church ousted from denomination

(RNS) — A Tennessee pastor who confessed two decades ago to statutory rape has resigned after his church was recently removed from the Southern Baptist Convention for hiring him.

Chicago parish fiercely backs priest after sex abuse claims

CHICAGO (AP) — When her teenage son was murdered outside a church in 2006, Pam Bosley contacted ministers around Chicago, hoping someone would help make sense of it.

Lawsuits filed against 2 S.I. Catholic churches allege cases of sexual assault by clergy

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- A woman and an altar boy filed separate, unrelated lawsuits against prominent Catholic schools on Staten Island and the Archdiocese under the protection of the Childs Victims Act.

400 clergy abuse claims stack up against Archdiocese of New Orleans in bankruptcy case

Roughly 400 people who allege that they were sexually preyed upon by local priests and deacons went to bankruptcy court and sought compensation from the Archdiocese of New Orleans before last week’s deadline for victims of clerical abuse to file such claims, church officials said Thursday.

Bankruptcy judge rules Buffalo diocese will not pay for retired bishops’ lawyers

.- A bankruptcy judge ruled this month that the Diocese of Buffalo has “no obligation” to retain a law firm on behalf of two retired bishops, whom the state attorney general is suing for alleged cover-up of sexual abuse. 

‘I apologized to my rapist’: ND alumna accuses former classmate, chair of BC theology department of sexual assault

The chair of theology at Boston College has been accused of sexually assaulting a former classmate in 1987 while the two were theology doctoral students at Notre Dame.

Advocates push for a clergy abuse investigation in memory of Notre Dame graduate who died one year ago

GREEN BAY - Supporters of a man who accused priests at St. Norbert Abbey of sexually abusing him gathered outside a Green Bay Catholic high school Sunday to call on state officials to pull back the curtain on clergy abuse in Wisconsin. 

SNAP Network is a GuideStar Gold Participant