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Pope: Others Should Be Held To Same Abuse 'Standards'

Posted 11.28.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI told bishops from New York state that "all other institutions" in s...

Pope, Breaking Silence, Says Church Must 'Do Penance'

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

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Breaking his silence as an international clergy sex abuse scandal has roiled the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Ap...

Pope John Paul ‘Ignored Abuse Of 2,000 Boys' | Bojan Pancevski and John Follain | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

When John Paul II died five years ago the crowd that packed St Peter's Square for his funeral clamoured "Santo subito (Saint now)!" in a spontaneous t...

Learning From the Vatican's Problems: What the U.S. Must Do to Protect Children Now

Marci Hamilton | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Marci Hamilton

As the leader in the free world for human rights enforcement, the U.S. can no longer remain on the sidelines in the face of the breadth and depth of such appalling violations by the Catholic Church.

The Vatican's Deeds Don't Yet Match the Pope's Words

Clay Farris Naff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Clay Farris Naff

The Pope's turnabout is commendable. So are his efforts to convey apologies to victims. But until the church does what any other legal institution harboring criminals and their abettors would do, such speeches amount to empty gestures of piety.

Thousands Show Up To Support Beleaguered Pope

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

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) More than 150,000 people filled St. Peter's Square on Sunday (May 16), to show support f...

Forgive Not: A Catholic's Struggle With The Sins Of His Church

The New Republic | Garry Wills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Since the papacy has been frozen in a defensive crouch, defying historical fact and free inquiry, it has been opposed to anything that might diminish ...

Could I Raise My Children In The Catholic Church?

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jennifer Delaney

I now struggle with how I could raise my future children in the Roman Catholic Church. I know that most priests are good, decent men, but the rape of children by the depraved ones is sickening.

Sin Inside the Church

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

Yesterday Pope Benedict XVI called sexual abuse "truly terrifying." In his frank comments to reporters, he seemed to rebut Vatican curial officials who have sought to portray the crisis as somehow generated from the outside.