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It's Not About Homosexuality: Blaming the Wrong People for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

There were clearly some gay priests who were attracted to adolescent boys, and who preyed on them. But not the vast majority of gay priests, who never abused anyone. This is a critical point.

Vatican Backtracks On Linking Abuse Scandal To Gays

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A day after the Vatican's No. 2 official suggested a link between pedophilia and homosexuality, the pope's top spokesman issued a c...

A Fallible Pope, an Imperfect Church

Rabbi Shmuley Boteach | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

The Catholic Church might be terrible at crisis management and the pope may not be perfect. But what might emerge from this dark episode is a more transparent, more accessible, and more sensitive Church.

It's Not About Celibacy: Blaming the Wrong Thing for the Sexual Abuse Crisis

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Celibacy does not cause pedophilia. But that hasn't stopped otherwise thoughtful pundits and commentators, and among them even some Catholics, from opining on celibacy as a cause of the crisis.

Why Fallen Catholics Like Me Must Insist On Reforming The Catholic Church

Cindy Rodriguez | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Cindy Rodriguez

Just like a true patriot speaks out when its government fails the people it is supposed to serve, it is necessary for Catholics -- fallen and otherwise -- to call for Vatican reform.

The Catholic Church's Approach To Communications: Cloister

Heidi Sinclair | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Heidi Sinclair

The Catholic Church has chosen the comfortable approach to its communications during this ongoing sex abuse scandal: to cloister itself. Systematically, it has closed down any venue or platform for discussion.

Report: Pope Benedict XVI Stalled California Pedophile Case

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing co...

Cartoon: Vatican Upheavals

Shan Wells | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Shan Wells

I'm not Catholic, or even Christian for that matter, but it seems to me that being forgiven for whatever you did sort of revolves around the idea of doing "it" right the next time.

Putting Aside a Scandal-Ridden Church, Among Other Childish Things

Leonce Gaiter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Leonce Gaiter

With evidence that the Pope enabled the rape of children through inaction, it is appropriate to examine the Church's authority on morality and spirituality.

Pope Paul VI May Have Been Warned Of Pedophile Priests In 1963

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

LOS ANGELES — The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with then-Pope Paul VI nearly 50...

The Catholic Church's Waterloo: Why The Pope Should Step Down

Keli Goff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Keli Goff

The Vatican -- not a local parish, or a local papal leader, but the Vatican itself -- stands accused of halting an investigation into a Wisconsin priest believed to have molested 200 deaf boys over a 20-year period.

The Catholic Church: A Crisis Of Trust

Vinnie Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Vinnie Rotondaro

The Church acts like a corporation fighting for survival at the expense of what is right, at the expense of its shareholders. The Church has lost its way.

Pedophile Priest Lives Near Manhattan Catholic High School

nydailynews.com | Lore Croghan and Corky Siemaszko | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York

Rev. Aaron Cote, an unrepentant pedophile priest on probation for molesting a 14-year-old altar boy, is living right around the corner from an East Si...