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Virginia attorney general opens investigation into possible child sex abuse and coverup in the Catholic Church

Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring announced Wednesday that his office is running an “ongoing investigation” into the state’s two Catholic dioceses and whether there has been any sexual abuse and …


UPDATED: Thu., Oct. 18, 2018, 9:24 p.m.

Federal prosecutors open clergy abuse probe in Pennsylvania

Federal prosecutors have opened an investigation of child sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania, using subpoenas to demand secret files and testimony from high-ranking leaders in what victims’ …


UPDATED: Tue., Oct. 2, 2018, 3:37 p.m.

Poll: U.S. Catholics fault pope’s handling of sex abuse crisis

As sex abuse scandals continue to buffet the Roman Catholic Church, Catholics in the U.S. are steadily losing confidence in Pope Francis’ handling of the crisis, according to a new …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 22, 2018, 7:23 p.m.

Vatican, China make breakthrough deal on bishop appointments

The Vatican and China said Saturday they had signed a “provisional agreement” over the appointment of bishops, a breakthrough on an issue that stymied diplomatic relations for decades and aggravated …


New York attorney general issues subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state

The New York attorney general’s office has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state, becoming the latest U.S. state to embark on a major investigation of sex crimes …


Michael Gerson: This is the cynic’s finest hour

The presidency held by a cruel bigot. Many evangelical leaders parasitic on his power. The current and previous pope, along with a generation of bishops, implicated in the cover up …


Pope on sex abuse: “We showed no care for the little ones”

Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics around the world Monday condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, seeking to respond to new revelations …


Catholics consider withholding donations amid scandals

Across the U.S., Catholics once faithful with their financial support to their churches are searching for ways to respond to the constant sex-abuse scandals that have tarnished the institution in …


Sex scandals fester at unhealthy organizations, experts say

When sex-abuse cases dominate headlines, a familiar pattern often emerges. If it took place at a large organization – be it a church, a large state university or a group …


What would Jesus do? Clean house in the Catholic Church.

“Anyone who welcomes one little child like this in my name welcomes me,” said Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew. “But anyone who is the downfall of one of these …


UPDATED: Sat., July 28, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Pope Francis accepts resignation of U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick after sex abuse claims

In a move described as unprecedented, Pope Francis has effectively stripped U.S. prelate Theodore McCarrick of his cardinal’s title and rank following allegations of sexual abuse, including one involving an …


Australian bishop sentenced to year’s detention for cover-up

The most senior Roman Catholic cleric to be convicted of covering up child sex abuse was sentenced to 12 months in detention by an Australian court Tuesday in a landmark …


UPDATED: Sat., June 16, 2018, 7:04 p.m.

Pope: Abortion is ‘white glove’ equivalent to Nazi crimes

Pope Francis denounced abortion on Saturday as the “white glove” equivalent of the Nazi-era eugenics program and urged families to accept the children that God gives them.


Chile’s bishops resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

In the biggest shake-up yet in the Catholic Church’s long-running sex abuse scandal, every active Chilean bishop offered to resign Friday over what Pope Francis said was their “grave negligence” …


UPDATED: Sun., May 6, 2018, 10 a.m.

Sisters of Bloomsday: Nuns, once regulars at the race, reflect on changes facing their order

For Bloomsdays untold, the 50,000 or so runners on May’s first Sunday were cheered on by nuns near the bottom of Doomsday Hill and spooked by the vulture at the …


Vatican nixes former Irish president from Women’s Day event

A group that advocates for greater leadership roles for women in the Catholic Church says the Vatican has refused to let former Irish President Mary McAleese to participate in an …


Pope on Epiphany: Don’t make money, career your whole life

Pope Francis on Saturday advised against making the pursuit of money, a career or success the basis for one’s whole life, urging in his Epiphany remarks to also resist “inclinations …


Doctor and priest Stan Malnar brought compassion to mothers and families from births to deaths

Starting in 1989, Stan Malnar ran the maternity clinic at Sacred Heart serving low-income women, worked at Hospice of Spokane helping families say goodbye to loved ones, and spent his …


Pope on Guadalupe feast: ‘Valiantly defend’ church’s diversity

Pope Francis urged Latin American and Caribbean Catholics to celebrate and defend their diversity, saying Tuesday the face of the Catholic Church is indigenous, mestizo and black.


Pope leaves Bangladesh laughing after diplomatic tightrope

Pope Francis urged Bangladeshi priests and nuns to resist the “terrorism of gossip” that can tear religious communities apart, delivering one of his trademark, zinger-filled spontaneous speeches to the country’s …


UPDATED: Sun., Nov. 19, 2017, 8:40 p.m.

‘Faithful’ Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

A priest known for his steadfast devotion to the needy cleared a threshold on the way to possible sainthood Saturday as the Roman Catholic Church beatified Solanus Casey, who is …


‘Faithful’ Detroit priest beatified by Catholic church

DETROIT – A priest known for his steadfast devotion to the needy cleared a threshold on the way to possible sainthood Saturday as the Roman Catholic Church beatified Solanus Casey, …


100 years ago in Spokane: Prohibition causes headaches for Catholic churches needing sacramental wine

The state’s prohibition law was having an unintended consequence. Churches were having trouble obtaining sacramental wine. Catholic Bishop Augustin F. Schinner of Spokane said that “local authorities in some of …


UPDATED: Wed., June 28, 2017, 8:46 p.m.

Australian police charge Vatican cardinal with sex offenses

Australian police charged a top Vatican cardinal on Thursday with multiple counts of historical sexual assault offenses, a stunning decision certain to rock the highest levels of the Holy See.


Merkel: Pope wants her to fight to save Paris climate deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel says Pope Francis encouraged her to work to preserve the historic Paris climate accord despite the U.S. withdrawal from it and shared her goal to “bring …


UPDATED: Sun., May 21, 2017, 10:11 p.m.

Pope names cardinals for Laos, Mali, Sweden, Spain, Salvador

In a surprise announcement Sunday, Pope Francis named new cardinals for Spain, El Salvador and three countries where Catholics are a tiny minority: Mali, Laos and Sweden.


El Salvador judge reopens case of archbishop’s 1980 murder

A Salvadoran judge on Thursday ordered a reopening of the case of the 1980 murder of Roman Catholic Archbishop Oscar Romero.


UPDATED: Sat., May 13, 2017, 9:59 p.m.

Pope makes 2 Fatima children saints on centenary of visions

Pope Francis added two Portuguese shepherd children to the roster of Catholic saints Saturday, honoring young siblings whose reported visions of the Virgin Mary 100 years ago turned the Portuguese …


Mary Sanchez: Girl Scouts unfairly trapped by politics

Nowhere does the organization Girl Scouts of the USA take a position on abortion or birth control, nor does it endorse political candidates.


SNAP, watchdog group that fought Catholic Church, faces upheaval

A victims’ support group that helped force the Roman Catholic Church to confront the problem of child-molesting priests is going through upheaval of its own, including the resignations of two …