The U.S. Catholic church has incurred nearly $4 billion in costs related to the priest sex abuse crisis during the past 65 years, according to an extensive NCR investigation.
Thousands of Catholic abuse scandals in parish communities across the U.S. are leading to direct, localized disaffiliation from the church, in turn precipitating substantial decline in charitable giving.
Accusations of physical, psychological and sexual abuse by leaders of a Catholic movement founded here in the 1970s led the group to pledge an internal investigation.
A news channel aired a recording of Pope Francis defending Bishop Juan Barros, recently assigned to Osorno, Chile, despite allegations that Barros covered up clergy sex abuse.
Commentary: Francis could do something meaningful about child sexual abuse — change canon law by abolishing the pontifical secret over allegations of the sexual abuse of children by clergy and religious.
Analysis: During his U.S. visit, Pope Francis missed a number of opportunities to address the clergy sex abuse scandal from victims' standpoint, instead praised church leaders for their endurance.
2016 will be the first time since the first audit, in 2003, that the diocese is undergoing the audit.
The Knoxville diocese has removed a displayed life-size bronze bust of the founding bishop of its diocese, who admitted to sexually abusing teenage boys in 2002, but photos remain.
Kansas City, Mo. -- Newly appointed bishop pledges to serve "with generosity, kindness, and charity," and recognizes healing is still "a great need."
NCR Today: My first football-related brain trauma occurred when I was a seventh grader playing on the Saint Sebastian grade school football team in Milwaukee.