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UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 21, 2020

Spokane’s Catholic bishop criticizes new LGBT legal clinic at Gonzaga

Bishop Thomas Daly expressed “concern that Gonzaga Law School will be actively promoting, in the legal arena and on campus, values that are contrary to the Catholic faith and natural …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 12, 2020

Pope avoids question of married priests in Amazon document

Pope Francis refused Wednesday to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has …


UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 30, 2020

NFL’s Saints accused of helping shape clergy sex abuse list

The New Orleans Saints say they only did “minimal” public relations work on the area’s Roman Catholic sexual abuse crisis, but attorneys suing the church allege hundreds of confidential Saints …


UPDATED: Sat., Jan. 4, 2020

Amid clergy abuse, survivors of color remain in shadows

Even as it has pledged to go after predators in its ranks and provide support to those harmed by clergy, the church has done little to identify and reach sexual …


Pope Francis equates violence against women to profaning God

Pope Francis is pinning much of his hopes for a more peaceful world in the new year on women, saying violence against them is akin to profaning God and calling …


Lawsuit: Famed Jesuit abused boy 1,000 times around world

A lawsuit filed Monday in state court in San Francisco alleges that a Jesuit priest with ties to Mother Teresa sexually abused an American boy “more than 1,000 times, in …


UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 26, 2019

Pennsylvania dioceses offer $84M to 564 clergy abuse victims

Pennsylvania’s Roman Catholic dioceses have paid nearly $84 million to 564 victims of sexual abuse, a tally that’s sure to grow substantially in the new year as compensation fund administrators …


UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 25, 2019

Pope offers hope against darkness in Christmas Day message

Pope Francis offered a Christmas message of hope Wednesday against darkness that cloaks conflicts and relationships in large parts of the world from the Middle East to the Americas to …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Vatican office lifts veil, revealing vast caseload of abuse

The Vatican office responsible for processing clergy sex abuse complaints has seen a record 1,000 cases reported from around the world this year, including from countries it had not heard …


Pope removes shroud of secrecy from clergy sex abuse cases

Pope Francis abolished the use of the Vatican’s highest level of secrecy in clergy sexual abuse cases Tuesday, responding to mounting criticism that the rule of “pontifical secrecy“ has been …


Lawsuit: Ex-Cardinal McCarrick abused boy in Newark in 1990s

Former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused a teenage boy in the 1990s when he was leader of the Archdiocese of Newark, according to a lawsuit filed under a newly …


Priests guilty of abusing deaf children at Argentine school

Two priests were found guilty on Monday of sexually abusing deaf children at a Catholic-run school in Argentina, a case that has shaken the church in Pope Francis’s homeland.


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 29, 2019

Timothy Egan shares stories of spiritual journey in hometown return to Spokane

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Spokane native Timothy Egan brought his sense of humor with him Tuesday when he spoke to a packed house at the Bing Crosby Theater about the …


Author and Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan: ‘My faith is complicated’

Unsettled by his mother’s deathbed words about her long-held beliefs, Timothy Egan, a New York Times winner of the Pulitzer Prize and bestselling author, packed his own lapsed faith, curiosity …


UPDATED: Sun., Oct. 20, 2019

Shawn Vestal: Family pushes parish to change course, after decision to stop allowing girls as altar servers

“I started to cry,” Emily Leonard said about her reaction hearing why girls could no longer be altar servers. “Before we left, I said, ‘Please let the girls who are …


UPDATED: Fri., Oct. 4, 2019

Accused of abuse, priests move on to teach, counsel, prey

Nearly 1,700 priests and other clergy members that the Roman Catholic Church considers credibly accused of child sexual abuse are living under the radar with little to no oversight from …


Vatican’s secretariat of state searched in financial probe

Vatican police seized documents and electronics during searches Tuesday of the Holy See’s secretariat of state and financial watchdog agency after receiving official complaints about “past financial operations,” officials said.


UPDATED: Mon., July 8, 2019

Vatican lifts French archbishop’s immunity in groping probe

The Vatican said Monday it has decided to lift the diplomatic immunity of its ambassador to France, who is accused of groping and inappropriate touching by multiple men.


UPDATED: Tue., June 11, 2019

As bishops gather, prosecutors step up scrutiny of church

Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse this month, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at …


Vatican rejects gender change to alarm of LGBT Catholics

The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual “complementarity” of men and women to make …


Pope wants to visit Iraq in 2020, berates arms exporters

Pope Francis says he wants to visit Iraq next year, although a date for a trip hasn’t been announced.


Suit seeks to hold Vatican at fault for abuse by US priests

A lawsuit in federal court in Minnesota seeks to trace a direct line from clergy sex abuse victims, through Minnesota church officials, to the Vatican, with claims made by three …


Pope requires sex abuse to be reported to church, not police

Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking new church law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church …


Gonzaga students worked with accused priests at Bea House

For years, Gonzaga University students held part-time jobs at Cardinal Bea House, a Jesuit-owned building on the school’s campus that has drawn attention as a retirement home for priests, including …


Muskrat love: Detroit-area Catholics permitted to eat rodent

Detroit-area Roman Catholics have one more dining option during Lent than most other followers of the faith. The culinary appeal of that item, however, is up for debate.


UPDATED: Tue., April 16, 2019

Gonzaga University forming panel to address clergy sex abuse

Four months after Gonzaga University was criticized for allowing sexually abusive priests to live on campus, Gonzaga President Thayne McCulloh announced Monday he is assembling a commission to address the …


Vatican meets lawyers opposed to the criminalization of gays

International lawyers researching the criminalization of homosexuality met Friday with the Vatican secretary of state and urged the Holy See to publicly oppose such laws and “conversion” therapies for gays.


Australian cardinal sentenced to prison for child sex abuse

The most senior Catholic to be convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced in an Australian court Wednesday to 6 years in prison for molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019

Leaders of Catholic, Mormon churches meet in Rome

The head of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints met with a pope for the first time on Saturday, an event that reportedly followed decades of behind-the-scenes relationship …


Kent Roberts: The Catholic Church cannot reform itself

Contrary to what Pope Francis believes, the Catholic Church is incapable of the reform necessary to stop sexual abuse.