Philippine Catholic groups criticize Canadian agency for 'opaque' review

In a letter addressed to the Canadian bishops and the leaders of their Caritas affiliate, prominent leaders of the Catholic Church in the Philippines criticized a moratorium on at least four Philippine associations.

Five Quebec dioceses to allow external audit of sex abuse cases

Five dioceses from the province of Quebec will allow an external audit of their files regarding sex abuse cases, the Archdiocese of Montreal announced March 27.

Quebec bishops denounce abuses aired in broadcast on Oblates

In a statement issued a few minutes after the broadcast of a story from Radio-Canada investigating sexual abuse allegedly committed by 10 Oblate missionaries in First Nation communities, the Quebec Assembly of Catholic Bishops told of their "indignation and shame" for the "terrible tragedy of sexual and physical abuse of minors by members of the clergy or religious communities."

Canadian bishops issue tighter rules for media accreditation

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued stricter rules for media who want to cover its annual plenary assembly to be held in Cornwall, Ontario, Sept. 24-28.