$121.5M Settlement in New Mexico Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

One of the oldest Catholic dioceses in the United States announced a settlement agreement Tuesday to resolve a bankruptcy case in New Mexico that resulted from a clergy sex abuse scandal. The tentative deal totals $121.5 million and would involve about 375 claimants. The proposed settlement comes as the Catholic Church continues to wrestles with … Read more

Lawsuit Claims Bishop Stika Allowed Priest Admitting To Sexual Battery To Remain At Parish

A priest at St. Mary’s Catholic Church was named in a lawsuit claiming that the priest sexually battered a parishioner in 2020 and Bishop Richard Stika allowed him to continue to work for the church after receiving the assault report from law enforcement, according to court documents obtained by WVLT News. In February of 2020, … Read more

Priest and Nun Named in New Hope Haven Sexual Abuse Lawsuit

  If you’re driving through Jefferson Parish, you’ll spot beautiful, abandoned buildings that sit on Barataria Boulevard. Although the striking exterior of the buildings can quickly catch your eye, it’s the stories that happened inside that are haunting. “As a child, I wanted to take my own life,” said Larry Polizzi. A new lawsuit filed … Read more

Former Omaha Archdiocesan Chancellor Arrested for Allegedly Abusing a Vulnerable Adult

The first of possible multiple charges came this week for Michael Gutgsell, a longtime priest in the Archdiocese of Omaha. The 73-year-old Gutgsell is charged with theft of over $154,000 and the abuse of a vulnerable adult. It stems from Gutgsell being a personal representative to a now-deceased priest’s finances. Prosecutors said in court Friday, … Read more

Former Baltimore Priest Pleads Guilty To Preying On A Minor

Fernando Cristancho, a former Catholic priest in Harford County, pleaded guilty on Monday to coercion and enticement of a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office announced on Tuesday. According to Cristancho’s guilty plea, the former priest sexually abused a young lector even after the Archdiocese of Baltimore said he … Read more

Historic Mission San Juan Capistrano Vandalized

Over 100 incidents of attacks on Catholic statues and structures have occurred in North America in 2020. A 244-year-old Spanish mission in Orange County that was already shuttered due to COVID-19 rules was found vandalized early Friday morning. Orange County sheriff’s deputies were called about 6:30 a.m. Friday when the vandalism was discovered, according to … Read more