Director of Institute for Spiritual Direction Charged with Stealing $830,000 from Retired Priests

The former director of the Lansing Catholic Diocese’s St. Francis Retreat Center has been arrested for allegedly embezzling $830,000 from three fellow priests, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel announced Thursday. Father David Rosenberg, 70, of Dewitt, was arraigned in the 65-A District Court in Clinton County on the following charges: Three counts of Embezzlement from … Read more

Teen Sues Cleveland Diocese Saying It Failed To Protect Him From Sexual Abuse

A Northeast Ohio teenager has filed a civil lawsuit against the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland that alleges the diocese failed to protect him against his abuser: former priest Robert McWilliams. A federal judge sentenced McWilliams to a life sentence last November for numerous child pornography, child exploitation and child sex trafficking charges. McWilliams took his … Read more

Cardinal Cupich Denies Vax Exemptions To His Flock

Cardinal Blase Cupich sent a message to priests in the Chicago Archdiocese Wednesday about Catholics and the COVID vaccine. He said religious exemptions for the vaccine go against church teachings, and priests should not provide them to parishioners. In the letter, Cupich said the Catholic Church supports the vaccine, adding it promotes the common good. … Read more

Former Priest – Monsignor Craig Harrison – Subject of Two New Sexual Abuse Lawsuits

The law firm Jeff Anderson & Associates announced that on Wednesday it will file two lawsuits against former Bakersfield priest Craig Harrison and the Roman Catholic Diocese of Fresno for ignoring and concealing his alleged sexual abuse against minors. Attorney Jeff Anderson confirmed with 23ABC the suit involves a new alleged victim. Harrison resigned from … Read more

Minnesota Diocese Settles Abuse Claims for $21.5 Million

The Diocese of Winona-Rochester in Minnesota says it has reached a $21.5 million settlement with 145 individuals who were sexually abused by its clergy members. It’s the last Catholic diocese in the state to settle its abuse claims, filed in response to a 2013 law that temporarily extended the statute of limitations on abuse cases. … Read more

Leaked Transcript Shows NY Church Effort to Block Child Victims Act

When Cardinal Timothy Dolan, the longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York, introduced the Independent Reconciliation and Compensation Program to the public in Oct. 2016, he expressed his hope that offering financial settlements to the victims of sexual abuse by clergy would both “promote healing” and “bring closure” after more than a … Read more

WATCH: Chicago South Side Church Tagged With Graffiti

  Chicago police are looking for the person who vandalized a church on the city’s South Side. The damage was spotted outside Saint Mary’s Catholic Church just before 11 a.m. in the 1000-block of West 32nd Street in the Bridgeport neighborhood. Parishioners said it was vandalized overnight. The exterior walls of the church were tagged … Read more