He’s Not Laughing Now: Court Ruling Devastating Blow for Dolan’s Archdiocese

A state appellate court delivered a devastating blow to the Archdiocese of New York in a unanimous decision Tuesday that found the Catholic organization’s longtime insurer can move forward with its case challenging whether its policies covered claims for systemic child sexual abuse that may have been enabled and covered up by church leaders for … Read more

Albany Becomes 28th U.S. Diocese to Declare Bankruptcy

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany on Wednesday filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy as it grapples with the financial impact of hundreds of civil claims resulting from decades of child sexual abuse and cover-ups, both admitted and alleged. Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger announced the decision, which follows months of negotiations between attorneys for the diocese … Read more

Albany Diocese Offered $20M For ‘Global Settlement’ With Victims Of Abuse

A longtime attorney for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany inadvertently disclosed during a court conference last week that it had recently offered $20 million toward a “global settlement” involving hundreds of alleged child sexual abuse victims who have filed claims against the organization or the priests and other employees accused of sexually assaulting them. … Read more

Judge Orders Archdiocese to Turn Over Records on Howard Hubbard

A state Supreme Court justice has ordered the Archdiocese of New York to turn over roughly 1,400 pages of internal records related to its investigations of Howard J. Hubbard, rejecting the organization’s arguments that the documents regarding the former Albany bishop are constitutionally protected under the religious clauses of the First Amendment. State Supreme Court … Read more

New York AG Reaches Out to State DAs to Investigate Catholic Clergy Sex Abuse

The state attorney general on Friday announced a preliminary step into investigating sex abuse by Catholic priests in New York in the wake of a grand jury investigation undertaken by the Pennsylvania Attorney General that revealed more than 300 priests abused more than 1,000 children during a 70-year period. Attorney General Barbara Underwood “has directed … Read more