(RNS) — "We can't effectively prevent the sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable adults by clergy while habitual and widespread failures in celibacy are quietly tolerated," said a Catholic seminary official.
(RNS) — Sex between a Catholic priest and adult can be more than simply a violation of celibacy. It can also be a violation of professional ethics. The church needs to learn from the “#MeToo” movement about the danger of sex between adults who are not equal in power.
(RNS) We asked senior analyst Father Tom Reese to consider what 2018 will mean for religion.
(RNS) — We know for a fact that noncelibate men, including married men, also abuse children.
ROME (RNS) The surprise visit to meet several men who left the priesthood and started a family could send a powerful message to church leaders.
KAMPALA, Uganda (RNS) In a society that places a high value on marriage and childbearing, some in Africa hope to present Pope Francis with a petition this week asking that priests be allowed to wed.
Pope Francis exudes a fresh take on a very old Catholic tradition. But here's why tradition is a double-edged sword.
In 2010, Wesley Hill helped fan the flames of a growing movement of celibate gay Christians. Now he's taking his arguments a step further.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) “Obedience and closed environments also seem to have had a role in the prevalence of abuse within some religious orders and dioceses," the report said. "Obligatory celibacy may also have contributed to abuse.”
BELEM, Brazil (RNS) Brazil's National Conference of Bishops is considering a proposal to ordain married community elders as a way to ease the shortage of Catholic priests in rural areas.
(RNS) A new claim that Jesus and Mary Magdalene were married (and had kids!) has been widely dismissed by experts. But that won't be the last we'll hear of this theory. Here's why.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Francis has made a habit of personally answering letters sent to him from around the world -- but not from a group of two dozen Italian women who say they are married to or involved with Catholic priests.
(RNS) With "ex-gay" ministries falling out of favor -- even by their biggest proponents -- many Christians are encouraging gays and lesbians to adopt a life of celibacy instead, without ever trying to change their sexual orientation.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) "Many of my advisers who are fighting it with me are giving me reliable data that estimates pedophilia inside the church at a level of 2 percent,” Pope Francis was quoted as saying.
ROME (RNS) Even when their love is reciprocated by a man of the cloth, the women known as "God's rivals" are frequently rejected by family and friends. They're sidelined in their careers and forced to hide emotional and sexual expression.