Diocese of Sacramento Officially Files for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy Protection

Sacramento is the 33rd U.S. diocese to declare bankruptcy as a result of the sexual abuse scandal. The Diocese of Sacramento announced on Monday that they had officially filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. It comes months after the diocese announced its intentions to file for bankruptcy in the wake of more than 250 lawsuits … Read more

Sacramento to be the 33rd US Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy

The Diocese of Sacramento will seek Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection after more than 250 lawsuits claiming sexual abuse by clergy and other staff, Bishop Jaime Soto said on Saturday. Soto said the diocese intends to seek Chapter 11 protection by March 2024. “There are many victim-survivors awaiting compensation for the reprehensible sins committed against them,” Soto … Read more

Ohio Priest Sentenced to Life in Prison for Sex-Trafficking Boys

A Roman Catholic priest received a life sentence Friday for his convictions on five counts related to sex-trafficking charges in the molestation of three boys who prosecutors say he met at an Ohio preschool and coerced to continue sexual activity as adults. Rev. Michael Zacharias, 56, received concurrent life sentences for counts of sex trafficking … Read more

WATCH: New Orleans Priest Admits to Sexually Abusing Minors

  After years of denial, a notorious former New Orleans church leader admitted in an interview that he sexually molested or harassed several teenagers during his career. CBS affiliate WWL-TV in New Orleans was interviewing Lawrence Hecker with the British newspaper the Guardian about a statement he gave to New Orleans church leaders in 1999 when … Read more

Judge Orders Most Names Made Public in Maryland Abuse Report: Calls for ‘More Transparency, Not Less’

A Baltimore judge on Tuesday ordered that redactions be lifted for all but three of the names blacked out from a report on the history of sex abuse within the Archdiocese of Baltimore. The Maryland Attorney General released the 456-page investigation that details 158 clergy, teachers, seminarians and deacons within the Archdiocese of Baltimore allegedly … Read more

WATCH: Attorney Says New Orleans Archdiocese Clergy Abuse Much Greater Than We’ve Been Told

A secret memo written by attorneys for victims of clergy sexual abuse says more than 300 New Orleans Catholic clerics have been accused of abuse in the archdiocese’s bankruptcy case. The number of clerics accused by 450 claimants in the Archdiocese of New Orleans’ bankruptcy case dwarfs the 77 names announced publicly by the Archdiocese … Read more

WATCH: New Orleans Archdiocese’s Lawyers Make Millions While Hundreds of Sex Abuse Victims Have Received Nothing

As hundreds of sexual abuse survivors keep waiting for years to see any money from a bankrupt New Orleans Archdiocese, new court filings show the church is paying $25 million to lawyers and consultants in federal bankruptcy court. That includes $13 million and counting to the church’s own bankruptcy lawyers and accountants, who have fought … Read more

WATCH: ‘It’s Going to be Sickening’ – Maryland Priest Abuse Report Under Review by Judge

Your browser does not support the video tag.   A judge will review the Maryland Attorney General’s report on alleged sexual abuse by priests within the Catholic Archdiocese of Baltimore. Circuit Court Judge Robert Taylor will release a redacted version of the 456-page report, titled “Clergy Abuse in Maryland,” once he determines those redactions are … Read more