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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Tom Petty's New Song Blasts Catholic Church For Sex Abuses

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.21.2014 | Religion

Rocker Tom Petty has taken on a weighty and controversial topic in the bonus track to his new album, "Hypnotic Eye," and it's not bound to win him any...

Pope Francis: 2 Percent Of Priests Are Pedophiles

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 07.15.2014 | Religion

ROME, July 13 (Reuters) - About 2 percent of Roman Catholic clerics are sexual abusers, an Italian newspaper on Sunday quoted Pope Francis as saying...

Vatican Ex-Ambassador Convicted Of Sex Abuse

AP | Nicole Winfield | Posted 06.27.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican's former ambassador to the Dominican Republic has been convicted by a church tribunal of sex abuse and has been defroc...

Archdiocese To Pay Millions To Settle Sex Abuse Claims

Reuters | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion

By Eric M. Johnson SEATTLE, June 25 (Reuters) - The Archdiocese of Seattle has agreed to pay about $12.125 million to 30 men who alleg...

Finally: Pope Francis will Meet With Sex Abuse Victims

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis announced Monday he would meet soon with a group of sex abuse victims at the Vatican and declared "zero t...

The Sexual Violence Culture and How It Empowers Abuse

Trish Kinney | Posted 07.15.2014 | Women
Trish Kinney

My advocacy has taken many forms but is mostly based on doing what sexual abusers hate the most. I talk about it because I have learned that doing so is the most immediate and effective way to unempower abusers.

Pope Francis I, the Nun-Busters and Why Catholics Should Buy "Quest For the Living God"

Michele Somerville | Posted 07.12.2014 | Religion
Michele Somerville

We have seen a great shift in this Vatican's tone. But what have we not seen? We have not seen the shift fully extend to the women of the church.

Vatican Has Defrocked Over 800 Priests Since 2004

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.06.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — The Vatican revealed Tuesday that over the past decade, it has defrocked 848 priests who raped or molested children and sanctioned ano...

UN Grills Vatican On Sex Abuse As Torture

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 07.05.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) — A U.N. committee compared the Vatican's handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal with torture Monday, raising the possibility t...

Mother Teresa's Canonization Dissed

Irene Monroe | Posted 07.02.2014 | Religion
Irene Monroe

While it might be argued that the Pope Francis's understanding about human sexual orientation, especially LGBTQ's is expanding, and his concern for the dignity and humanity of LGBTQ people is genuinely shown, the pontiff is still a doctrinal conservative when it comes to women.

Vatican Urges U.N. Not To Link Sex Abuse With Torture

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 05.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned inve...

Saints and Sexuality

Ronald A. Lindsay | Posted 06.26.2014 | Religion
Ronald A. Lindsay

When we have a pope who finally recognizes that human sexual desire is not a bad thing, that sexual relations between loving couples is a good thing, whether they're seeking to produce a child or not, and that there's nothing inherently evil about masturbation, then maybe we'll have a pope who's worthy of admiration, if not veneration.

Victims Demand Action From Vatican Sex Abuse Panel

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.30.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) As Pope Francis prepares to address the new Vatican panel charged with tackling the clergy sexual abuse scandal, victims are demand...

Pope Francis Best Thing to Happen to Catholic Church

Steve Siebold | Posted 06.25.2014 | Religion
Steve Siebold

Religious or not, one can't help but be drawn to how the Pope has humanized his role as the leader of the Catholic Church, one of the most powerful organizations in the world.

Unsteady Halo: The Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Charles J. Reid, Jr. | Posted 06.22.2014 | Religion
Charles J. Reid, Jr.

In retrospect, had John Paul II chosen to do what his immediate successor did -- retire at an appropriate time -- he would have stepped down around 1995. Our assessment would be different. But we must assess his legacy in its totality.

After Pope Francis' Apology, Abuse Victim Still Has One Question For The Church

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 04.14.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis asked for forgiveness last week from those who have been sexually abused by priests and vowed to make changes to prevent future assaults....

Pope Francis Can't Be The Savior of the Catholic Church

Lauren Boyle | Posted 05.10.2014 | Religion
Lauren Boyle

Despite his rampant popularity and sound bytes that give lapsed Catholics great hope, Pope Francis cannot save a Church by himself, nor should he have to.

Pope Defends Church's Actions In Fight Against Pedophile Priests

AFP | Posted 03.05.2014 | Religion

Pope Francis has defended the Catholic Church's record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, saying "no-one else has done more" to root...

Puerto Rico Probes Church Sex Abuse Allegations

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 02.21.2014 | Religion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) — Puerto Rico's justice secretary said Thursday that he has ordered an investigation into alleged sex abuse allegations i...

Catholic Church Slammed At UN Over Sex-Abuse Handling

AP | John Heilprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) - The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, faci...

Vatican Faces Bruising Showdown On Sex Abuse Record

AP | John Helprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Vatican is gearing up for a bruising showdown over the global priest sex abuse scandal, forced for the first time to defend it...

30 Minnesota Priests Accused Of Sexually Abusing Minors

Reuters | David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski | Posted 02.04.2014 | Religion

By David Bailey and Mary Wisniewski Dec 5 (Reuters) - The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis on Thursday identifie...

Steubenville Rape Scandal: Enablers Have Consequences

Christine Pelosi | Posted 01.25.2014 | Politics
Christine Pelosi

It is a teaching moment that school officials covering up Steubenville rapes were indicted on the International Day to Eliminate Violence Against Women. It is infuriating that in the year 2013 we still have to teach the teachers that rape is rape. But it must be done.

Is Vatican Shielding Archbishop From Sex Abuse Investigation?

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.12.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican said Thursday it was cooperating with prosecutors in the Dominican Republic who are investigating its ambassador for alleg...

Pope Francis, the Reformer

Dr. Joe Wenke | Posted 10.06.2013 | Religion
Dr. Joe Wenke

The Catholic Church is greatly in need of self-examination and reform, indeed Reformation, on a host of issues. Sadly I see no reason to believe that Pope Francis is the reformer who could lead that change.