SNAP and the Center for Constitutional Rights brought the case against four Vatican officials, including Pope Benedict XVI, to the court.
The International Criminal Court declined a request from victims of clergy sexual abuse to investigate Vatican officials and their responsibility for the abuse of children by Catholic priests around the world.
In a two-page letter May 31, the court told the New York-based Center for Constitutional Rights, which represented the victims, that the offenses alleged in the survivor's petition "do not appear to fall within the jurisdiction of the court."
A Philadelphia judge issued sentences Wednesday for an Oblates priest and former Catholic school teacher embroiled in the region’s clergy sex abuse scandal.
Common Pleas Court Ellen Ceisler sentenced Bernard Shero to eight to 16 years for sexually assaulting a former altar boy in 2000, and Fr. Charles Engelhardt to a six-to-12 year prison term for abusing the same child in the late 1990s. Both also received five years probation following their sentences’ conclusions.
The sentences exceeded the guidelines for both men.
The Catholic church has led the way in addressing the sexual abuse of minors, said the new chairman of the National Review Board.
Francesco Cesareo, president of Assumption College in Worcester and a member of the review board for one year, succeeded Al Notzon III as board chairman Sunday at the conclusion of the board's June meeting. Since the board meets four times a year, the first meeting Cesareo will oversee as chairman will be in September.
Auxiliary Bishop Edgar da Cunha will replace Fr. Michael Fugee, who resigned May 2 after violating a court order banning him from ministry with children.
Once representing only English-speaking countries, the Anglophone Conference on the Safeguarding of Children, Young People and Vulnerable Adults is going global.
A group calling itself "Catholic Whistleblowers," which plans to keep tabs on the sexual abuse of minors in the church, launched in May.
We say: The recent resignations in the Newark, N.J., scandal raises serious questions about accountability and transparency in Newark.
Newark archbishop announces his vicar general's resignation amid "operational failures" in a case of a priest accused of sexual assault on a minor.
Catholic Whistleblowers aim to bird-dog church leaders on sexual abuse of minors cases. Bishops must be accountable, they say.