(RNS) — Imagine a church where everyone, including the senior pastor, was required to have a person they confessed to. For one, it would help avoid some of the major crises in the failures of leadership.
(RNS) — For these progressive Christians, the language of social justice is a way of translating the gospel message of a kingdom of heaven on earth into a contemporary world.
(RNS) — It's unlikely that Catholic bishops will ever regain credibility until they have adopted full disclosure, made amends and done penance for their and their predecessors’ failures.
(RNS) — Even covering confession under mandatory reporting rules would have little effect, since few abusers would confess such a sin if they thought their confidences were not secure.
(RNS) — We know for a fact that noncelibate men, including married men, also abuse children.
MEMPHIS — Let the confession and repentance begin this Sunday.
(RNS) To compel a priest to report crimes -- even child sexual abuse -- that he learns in the confessional is a violation of religious freedom, ruled a Louisiana court.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) A person who has confessed “with a sincere heart” and is repentant cannot be denied forgiveness, the pope said.
NEWARK, N.J. – Asked if he realized he was committing a crime by having sex with a 15-year-old boy when he was 40, the priest said, "I just came fr (sic) my country and really in Ecuador a person at 15 years old is not consider (sic) so innocent."
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) "How can you hear a confession about somebody abusing a child and the matter must be sealed up and you mustn’t talk about it?" asked Archbishop of York John Sentamu.
ROME (RNS) As part of Pope Francis' pastoral reforms, all 44 members of the Roman curia, or governing body, must take turns hearing confession at a church near the Vatican.
DERBY, Conn. (RNS) The Rev. Janusz Kukulka can't say his parishioners are sinning more -- but they sure are lining up at the new confessional booth that's decidedly old-school.