Irish clerical abuse survivor Marie Collins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, spoke to NCR and called Vatican bureaucracy "very difficult."
The advocacy group's petition alleges that the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops hasn't honored its zero tolerance policy toward abusive priests and deacons.
Updated: The former heads of the St. Paul-Minneapolis and Kansas City-St. Joseph, Mo., dioceses each resigned amid clergy sex abuse scandals.
An independent lawyer reported that 231 members of the famous German "Regensburger Domspatzen" boys choir were abused between 1953 and 1992, three times the diocese's official reported number.
Philadelphia District Attorney R. Seth Williams said, "We will fight to keep Msgr. Lynn in state custody, where he belongs."
Reaching an agreement with the abuse claimants is a major step toward achieving a consensual plan of reorganization for the diocese, which filed its Chapter 11 petition on Nov. 12, 2013.
Parish Diary: I went to see "Spotlight" by myself. As a parish priest I found it painful to watch. I was ashamed.
A Pennsylvania appeals court has vacated the conviction of Msgr. William J. Lynn, and ordered a new trial for the Philadelphia archdiocese’s former secretary for clergy.
The agreement gives local authorities oversight for three years of archdiocesan procedures aimed at protecting children from sexual abuse.
An autopsy revealed the ex-papal nuncio, laicized former archbishop, Jozef Wesolowski, awaiting trial on charges including the sexual abuse of minors, died of a heart attack, the Vatican said.