Illinois Priest Accused Of Child Sex Abuse Has Gone MissingA church official says Rev. Richard McGrath, who is under criminal investigation for sexual abuse, has gone "absent without leave" from his Augustinian order.
Catholic Bishops Won't Discuss Sexual Abuse At Upcoming Spiritual RetreatCardinal Blase Cupich is hosting 300 bishops at a spiritual retreat at Mundelein Seminary Jan. 2-8.
Bishops Won't Discuss Clergy Abuse Report At RetreatA spokeswoman for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan calls it "disappointing and absurd" not to discuss the findings at the gathering.
Illinois Attorney General Report Finds 500 More Catholic Clergy Accused Of AbuseIllinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan on Wednesday issued a report about clergy sexual abuse, saying that Catholic dioceses in Illinois received allegations by 500 more clergy than previously publicly identified.
Pope Picks Cupich For Committee On Catholic Sex Abuse CrisisEarlier this month the Vatican told the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to delay voting on any measures that would hold bishiops accountable for failing to protect children from sexual abuse.
Bishop Continues To Avoid Discussing Clergy Sexual Abuse AllegationsThe Attorney General promised a sweeping inquiry into the state's six diocese, and on Friday staff from the Attorney General's office was in Joliet looking at records.
Bishops Weigh Anti-Abuse Strategy After Delay Set By VaticanBishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, said that "we are not branch managers of the Vatican" and that "our people are crying out for some action."
Vatican Orders U.S. Bishops To Delay Taking Action On Sexual Abuse CrisisImmediately after DiNardo made the surprise announcement on Monday, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, one of the Pope's closest allies in the United States, said the bishops should still discuss the proposals, even if they are not voted on this week.
Padre Pio's Personal Items On Display In Naperville ChurchChurch historians say Padre Pio was said to have the ability to read souls and often spent up to 16 hours a day hearing confession.
All Illinois Catholic Dioceses Targeted In Sex Abuse LawsuitThe lawsuit seeking to compel church leaders to turn over the names of every priest accused of sexual abuse comes weeks after a similar one was filed in California.
Three Fort-Wayne, South Bend Priests Accused Of Sex Abuse Of Minors Had Ties To Northwest IndianaThe Diocese of Fort-Wayne-South Bend published a list of priests and deacons who have been credibly accused of sexual abuse of a minor, including three who once served in Northwest Indiana.
Pope OKs Investigation Into US Bishop, Meets With U.S. DelegationChurch historians questioned why such an urgent problem was being scheduled for discussion six months from now with the very bishops who are blamed for much of the scandal.
Dramatic Twists As Pope Meets With U.S. Cardinals Over Sex AbuseThe head of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, had requested the papal audience last month following revelations that McCarrick had risen through church ranks even though the allegations of sexual misconduct were known in U.S. and Vatican circles.
More States Launching Clergy Sex Abuse Investigations"For many of us, those earlier stories happened someplace else, someplace away."
Australian Catholic Church Rejects Calls For Priests To Report Abuse ConfessionsChurch leaders said that they would maintain the sanctity of confession, arguing to remove would infringe on religious liberties.