VATICAN CITY (RNS) — Pope Francis laid out his international agenda for the new year by addressing mounting concerns about the situation in Iran, the impact of climate change in Australia and the necessary steps to ensure peace.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The pope began his speech with the acceptance of the resignation of the 92-year-old Cardinal Angelo Sodano as dean of the College of Cardinals.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Full of flattery, familiarity and boasts about his own power, the letters provide visceral evidence of how a globe-trotting bishop made young, vulnerable men feel special — and then allegedly took advantage of them.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — The acknowledgment comes just two weeks before he hosts an unprecedented gathering of bishops to craft a global response to the scandal of priestly predators.
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's sexual abuse case against ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has expanded significantly after a man testified that the retired American archbishop sexually abused him for years.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The lawsuit alleges the dioceses haven't met their obligations to report child sexual abusers under state law.
(RNS) — No proponent of transparency while U.S. nuncio, Archbishop Vigano now paints himself a born-again defender of the abused. The Vatican's only credible response is to say what it knew and when.
(RNS) — The truly bad news of the scandal, of course, has been the horrible abuse of children and the negative effects of the abuse will be with them for the rest of their lives. The good news is that perpetrators have been caught and exposed. Accusations are being investigated and the guilty are being punished.
(RNS) — Unfortunately, the bulk of Albert Mohler’s agony and call for mercy focused not on the pain suffered by women and girls at the hands of church leadership, but on the 'humiliation' of his tribe, the SBC, which is led exclusively by men.
(RNS) — Apuron retains the right to appeal the ruling.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Pell has not yet entered a plea. But his lawyers have told the court that the cardinal plans to formally plead not guilty if he is ordered to stand trial.
(RNS) — The fundamental problem is that the church has no process for judging bishops that is transparent and has legitimacy with the public.
LIMA, Peru (AP) — Sean O'Malley's carefully worded critique was remarkable since it is rare for a cardinal to publicly rebuke the pope in such terms.
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up the sex crimes of the Rev. Fernando Karadimas, such accusations against Barros are "all calumny."
(RNS) — The Republican Party has not learned from the mistakes of the Catholic bishops in dealing with sexual abuse. They are operating out of the same playbook as the bishops did before they wised up and changed their policies.
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