Daily guide to media coverage of clergy abuse worldwide, and especially in the US Roman Catholic church. More than 100,000 articles blogged since 2006.
Documents from the secret archives of dioceses, religious orders, and the Vatican, totaling tens of thousands of pages, with an informative introduction.
Database of Accused
Profiles of every U.S. bishop, priest, nun, brother, and seminarian accused of child sexual abuse. More than 7,000 detailed records with sources, updated daily.
Cardinals and bishops publicly accused of child abuse and sexual misconduct with adults globally, with links to over 1,000 sources.
Church Lists of Accused
Definitive guide to the lists of accused persons published by 158 U.S. dioceses and 24 religious orders, with over 2,000 links to past and present lists.
Library of survivor witness and media accounts of survivor experience, including a preview and invitation to our Oral History of the Crisis.
Key events of the abuse crisis in the U.S. and worldwide, including investigations, survivor activism, litigation, and church responses.
Portraits of dozens of clergy, religious, and lay people who have chosen justice and transparency.
Archive of lawsuits that have identified accused priests and revealed documents, from Gauthe to the Santa Fe archdiocese bankruptcy to the NY SOL window.
Welcome! BishopAccountability.org is the largest public library of information on the Catholic clergy abuse crisis. We are a digital collection of documents, survivor witness, investigative reports, and media coverage. We also do basic research on abuser histories and church management, and we maintain definitive databases of persons accused in the United States, Argentina, Chile, and Ireland, with other databases in development.
We are not an advocacy organization, and we take no position on possible remedies for the crisis. We are a library open to everyone looking to understand the problem of clergy abuse of children.
The materials we have collected also provide insight into child protection generally and Catholic history beyond the abuse crisis, and they comprise a unique case study of institutional response to misconduct and demands for change.
Please see our note about plans for 2023, this homepage, the site redesign, and some legacy content.