sexual abuse

Vatican tightens laws on sexual abuse of minors

The Vatican issued tougher, comprehensive laws Friday governing the sexual abuse of minors within the Vatican City State, Vatican offices and its diplomatic embassies abroad.

R. Kelly has left jail after posting bail

R. Kelly, the singer facing multiple legal cases including charges of sexually abusing teens, bailed out of Chicago's Cook County Jail for the second time in less than a month late Saturday morning and made a brief statement about his intent to rise above his legal troubles.

Pope calls abusive clergy 'tools of Satan'

Pope Francis, speaking on the final day of a historic summit on clergy sexual abuse, called priests and other Catholics who abuse children "tools of Satan," but offered no concrete steps to address the church's massive and morally damning abuse crisis.

US ambassador to the Vatican meets with abuse survivors

The US ambassador to the Vatican met Friday with survivors of clergy sexual abuse, saying she hopes a historic summit at the Vatican this week will lead to a "renewed commitment" in the Catholic Church to end the scourge of clergy sexual abuse.

Catholic leaders admit 'errors in judgment' over child sex abuse

Ahead of a Vatican summit on clerical sex abuse, the top leadership of Catholic nuns and priests worldwide admitted to making "errors in judgment" regarding cases of sexual abuse of children and say that more women should be involved in the process of evaluating cases.