Following "appropriate diplomatic channels," the Vatican's nuncio to Australia on Dec. 6 turned over requested documents to a state sex abuse commission.
Copies of correspondence show the papal nuncio to Australia, Archbishop Paul Gallagher, claimed diplomatic immunity in response to repeated requests for archival documentation.
The diocese of San Isidro publicly apologized for the actions of Fr. Jose Mercau, a priest sentenced to 14 years in jail in 2006 for sexually abusing of four children.
"The San Isidro diocesan community, and especially the bishop and priests, publicly apologize to the young victims who were affected by the conduct of a priest within our diocese, Father Jose Mercau, when he was a priest at St. John the Baptist Church," said the document signed by Bishop Oscar Ojea and read at diocesan Masses Dec. 14-15.
Updated: Archbishop John Nienstedt removed himself from public ministry while authorities investigate an accusation that he touched a young man's buttocks in 2009.
Archbishop John Nienstedt of St. Paul-Minneapolis apologized for the archdiocese's handling of clergy sexual abuse allegations in a homily delivered at two Masses at the parish church.
Archbishop Mark Coleridge's statement to a Royal Commission about the mishandling of child sexual abuse could be the strongest a serving Australian bishop has made.
The Royal Commission has been granted permission to look into any private, public or nongovernmental organization that is involved or has been involved with children.
The archdiocese of Omaha has found two archdiocesan priests -- in separate cases -- guilty of sexual abuse of a minor, dismissing one from the priesthood.
The Vatican recently called for a broad-based world-wide parish-level input in preparation for the bishops meeting next year on pastoral challenges to the family.
The group Catholic Whisteblowers proposed three American clergy sex abuse activists to be appointed to advise Pope Francis on clergy abuse.