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 ...

Update: Pope demands bishops act now to end sex abuse

Europe 02/21/19, 04:25

The Latest on the Vatican's conference on dealing with sex abuse by priests (all times local): 9:20 a.m. Pope Francis has warned bishops and religious superiors summoned to a landmark sex abuse prevention summit that the Catholic faithful around the world are demanding more than just condemnation of the crimes but concrete ...

Vatican’s legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

World 02/21/19, 03:31

For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics. These days, the Vatican office that eventually replaced the Roman Catholic Inquisition is knee-deep in processing clergy sex abuse cases. The procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine ...

Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

Europe 02/20/19, 05:47

Pope Francis is summoning church leaders from around the world this week for a tutorial on how to deal with cases of sex abuse by clergy. Many Catholic church leaders around the world continue to protect the church's reputation by denying that priests rape children and by discrediting victims, and the ...

Sex abuse survivors to meet with Vatican summit organizers

Europe 02/18/19, 01:07

Organizers of Pope Francis' summit on preventing clergy sex abuse will meet this week with a dozen survivor-activists who have come to Rome to protest the Catholic Church's response to date and demand an end to decades of cover-up by church leaders. These survivors will not be addressing the summit of ...

Vatican expels former US cardinal Mccarrick

U.S. 02/16/19, 07:21

The Vatican said in a statement that in January 2019 it had found McCarrick guilty of '. . . solicitation in the Sacrament of Confession and sins against the Sixth Commandment with minors and with adults, with the aggravating factor of the abuse of power'

Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

U.S. 02/16/19, 04:25

The Vatican says Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick after Vatican officials found him guilty of soliciting for sex while hearing Confession. The punishment announced on Saturday for the once-powerful prelate and Archbishop of Washington comes a few days before Pope Francis is to lead an extraordinary gathering ...

Cardinal expects ‘significant progress’ at sex abuse summit

U.S. 02/14/19, 20:17

The U.S. archbishop helping to organize next week's summit of the world's bishops at the Vatican on sexual abuse by clergy said Thursday he expects to make "significant progress" in responding to the scandal that's riven the church, and that lay Catholics will help to hold the hierarchy accountable. Chicago Cardinal ...

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