(RNS) Take your sexuality seriously, the church advises young people.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) La Repubblica, a top left-leaning daily, came under criticism from the Vatican last month when its media conglomerate, L’Espresso, published an advance copy of the pope’s environmental encyclical.
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.
Pope Francis' Christmas Day outreach to atheists was off script but not out of character for the pontiff. He often invites all to work for the common good.
(RNS) Pope Francis made clear that a chief evil in the church was the “narcissism” of its leaders, even calling the papal court a "leprosy of the papacy."
(RNS) "I believe in God, not in a Catholic God; there is no Catholic God. There is God and I believe in Jesus Christ, his incarnation."
ROME (RNS) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI disputed the claim that abuse is pervasive in the Catholic Church, noting that "according to research by sociologists, the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than those present in other similar professional fields."
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The pope's letter is especially notable for its open and honest assessment of the spiritual state of nonbelievers, and for seeming to open the door to the idea that notions of sin, conscience and forgiveness can be decided outside of the Catholic Church.