Key points of Vatican law on reporting sex abuse, cover-ups

Europe 05/09/19, 07:40

Pope Francis on Thursday issued a new church law about reporting clergy sex abuse and cover-up, outlining investigation procedures when the accused is a bishop or religious superior. It's the latest effort by the pope to respond to the global eruption of the sex abuse and cover-up scandal. Some key points ...

Pope celebrates Easter Sunday amid bloodshed in Sri Lanka

Europe 04/21/19, 03:27

Pope Francis is celebrating Easter Mass this year facing a fresh round of bloodshed targeting Christians in Sri Lanka.Hours after celebrating a late-night vigil, Francis processed into a flower-decked St. Peter's Square for the liturgy Sunday commemorating the resurrection of Christ after his crucifixion.This year the Easter season has been ...

Pope Francis blesses palm branches as he ushers in Holy Week

Europe 04/14/19, 03:57

Pope Francis is marking Palm Sunday Mass in St. Peter's Square, which is jammed with tens of thousands of faithful.Sprinkling holy water, Francis blessed palm fronds and olive branches clutched by pilgrims, tourists and Romans. He watched from steps at the foot of the obelisk in the center of the ...

Retired Pope Benedict wades into clergy sex abuse debate

Europe 04/11/19, 09:38

Retired Pope Benedict XVI has published an analysis on the Catholic Church's clergy sex abuse scandal, blaming it on the sexual revolution of the 1960s and church laws that protected priests. The essay immediately raised eyebrows, seeming to interfere with or even contradict Pope Francis' own efforts to confront one of ...

New Guam archbishop after predecessor’s sex abuse verdict

America 04/06/19, 06:48

Pope Francis has formally named Monsignor Michael Byrnes as Guam's archbishop following the definitive sex abuse verdict against his predecessor. Byrnes in 2016 had been named coadjutor bishop for the U.S. Pacific island territory, giving him the right of succession after Archbishop Anthony Apuron was removed pending the investigation into claims ...

Vatican upholds sex abuse conviction against Guam archbishop

Europe 04/04/19, 08:16

The Vatican has upheld its conviction of Guam's ousted archbishop for sexually abusing minors and has added a further penalty on appeal that effectively prevents him from presenting himself as a bishop. The Vatican announced the definitive decision against Archbishop Anthony Apuron Thursday. In doing so, it revealed for the first ...

Pope: Women have ‘legitimate claims’ for justice, equality

Europe 04/02/19, 04:35

Pope Francis says women have "legitimate claims" to seek more justice and equality in the Catholic Church, but has stopped short of endorsing more sweeping calls from his own bishops to give women decision-making roles.Francis on Tuesday issued a document inspired by an October 2018 meeting of bishops on better ...

Pope mandates reporting of sex abuse claims in Vatican City

Europe 03/29/19, 06:02

Pope Francis has issued sweeping new sex abuse legislation for Vatican personnel and Holy See diplomats overseas, requiring the immediate reporting of abuse allegations to Vatican prosecutors, a policy shift aimed at being a model for the Catholic Church worldwide. The mandatory reporting provision of the legislation published Friday marks the ...

Update: Vatican editor denies interfering in women’s mag

Europe 03/26/19, 06:05

The Latest on the resignation of the editorial board at the Vatican's women's magazine (all times local):12 p.m.The editor of the Vatican newspaper has denied accusations that he sought to discredit the female editors of a monthly magazine that was distributed by his daily.FILE - In this Wednesday, Feb. 28, ...

French cardinal convicted in sex abuse scandal to meet pope

Europe 03/18/19, 05:26

French cardinal Philippe Barbarin is meeting with the pope after having been convicted by a French court of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police. Barbarin has said he will resign after becoming the latest high-ranking churchman to fall in the global reckoning over clergy sex abuse and cover-ups. ...

Pope’s sex abuse summit: What it did and didn’t do

World 02/25/19, 05:50

Pope Francis' summit on preventing sexual abuse was never going to meet the expectations placed on it by victims groups, the media and ordinary Catholics outraged over a scandal that has harmed so many and compromised the church's moral authority so much. Indeed, no sweeping new law was announced to punish ...

Francis presides at final Mass to conclude sex abuse summit

Europe 02/24/19, 06:00

Pope Francis is celebrating a final Mass to conclude his extraordinary summit of Catholic leaders summoned to Rome for a tutorial on preventing clergy sexual abuse and protecting children from predator priests. The Mass was being celebrated Sunday in the Sala Regia, one of the grand, frescoed reception rooms of the ...

Pope’s sex abuse prevention summit explained

Europe 02/23/19, 08:21

Pope Francis is hosting a four-day summit on preventing clergy sexual abuse, a high-stakes meeting designed to impress on Catholic bishops around the world that the problem is global and that there are consequences if they cover it up. The meeting, which opened Thursday, comes at a critical time for the ...

Legal loophole may be closing for bishops who hide sex abuse

World 02/23/19, 03:59

The legal loopholes that have allowed Catholic bishops to escape sanction when they cover up clergy sex abuse cases may be closing. Two U.S. cardinals have confirmed that the Vatican is working on a "clarification" to a 2016 law that was supposed to hold bishops and religious superiors accountable when they ...

Vatican summit on sex abuse focuses calls for accountability

Europe 02/22/19, 04:58

Cardinals attending Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse have called for a new culture of accountability in the Catholic Church to punish bishops and religious superiors who fail to protect their flocks from predator priests. Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich said Friday that new legal procedures were needed, and that ...

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

Europe 02/22/19, 02:24

A French Catholic Church official says the country's bishops have "agreed in principle" to provide financial compensation to sex abuse victims whose cases are too old to be taken to court. Vincent Neymon, the deputy general secretary of the French bishops' conference, says he hopes a system for making "a financial ...

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