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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Why Arresting the Pope Is a Great Idea

Derek Beres | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Derek Beres

Leave it to Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, the totems of the British Atheist movement, to once again point out common sense, noting that the Pope's political sidestep is not recognized by the UN.

Church Abuse: Predator Priests Shuffled Around The Globe

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS and ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — There he was, five decades later, the priest who had raped Joe Callander in Massachusetts. The photo in the Roman Catholic news...

Pedophilia and the Power of the Church

Joe The Nerd Ferraro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Joe The Nerd Ferraro

At some point, there needs to be recognition that an addiction to power plays a role in this massive tragedy.

The Great Vatican Death Spiral

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mark Morford

Is it almost time? Can we finally start making preparations, send out a global Evite welcoming millions to a grand ritual down by the beach, a fantas...

Learning from Molesters: What the Church and Scout Scandals Can Teach Parents

Patrick Boyle | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Patrick Boyle

But think about this: For 30 years, we've been hit by revelations about the sex abuse in youth institutions -- day care, schools, sports teams, churches and troops. Have we learned anything?

Richard Dawkins: Arrest The Pope During UK Visit

Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens, two of the world's most prominent atheist intellectuals, are seeking means to try the pope for crimes agains...

Pope's Ivory Tower Past Adds to His Detachment

AP | VANESSA GERA | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Long before entering Vatican life, Pope Benedict XVI won renown as a theologian and a German university professor, penning more t...

The New Yorker: Sexual Abuse and the Catholic Church

newyorker.com | Hendrik Hertzberg | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

It is not "anti-Catholic" to hypothesize that these things may have something to do with the Church's extraordinary difficulty in coming to terms with...

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.

The Catholic Church on the "Perils" of Same-Sex Marriage: Hypocrisy?

Carlos A. Ball | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Carlos A. Ball

It's hypocritical for the Church hierarchy to warn children about the perils of same-sex marriage when it has done so little to protect children from its own abusive priests.

Bishop Reportedly Blames Jews For Criticism Of Catholic Church Record On Abuse

Guardian | Tom Kington | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

A furious transatlantic row has erupted over quotes that were attributed to a retired Italian bishop, which suggested that Jews were behind the curren...

Bridgeport Diocese Fights to Protect "Property," But What About the Children?

Kim Stagliano | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kim Stagliano

I liked the Fr. Gary that I knew for one hour. I'm sad that he died under a shadow. But I will never accept that sex crimes, because they are old, should not be prosecuted.

Pope Begs Forgiveness Over Sex Abuse, Promises Action

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Addressing the clerical abuse scandal from the heart of the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI begged forgiveness Friday fr...

Pope Resignations Rare: After Several Centuries, Benedict XVI Unlikely To Break Tradition

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

NEW YORK — Only a few popes have resigned in the history of the Roman Catholic Church. Don't expect Pope Benedict XVI to join their ranks. The ...

Sexual Abuse and the Sacred Heart of Jesus

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

Permit me a meditation on the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and, believe it or not, the way that this traditional devotion can help the Catholic Church address some of the factors behind the sexual abuse crisis.

Maureen Dowd: 'Negating Women' At Core Of Catholic Church's 'Hideous And Criminal Indifference'

New York Times | MAUREEN DOWD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

When I was in Saudi Arabia, I had tea and sweets with a group of educated and sophisticated young professional women. ... How could such spirit...

The Catholic Church: Why Richard Dawkins Was Right and I Was Wrong

Michael Ruse | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Michael Ruse

The Catholic Church shows no concern whatsoever for its victims of abuse, only fear of the story getting out. It is corrupt and should be eradicated.

Vatican Denies Pope Covered Up Abuse

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS and BROOKE DONALD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

OAKLAND, Calif. — Even in his seminary days in the early 1970s, there were questions about California priest Stephen Kiesle: Colleagues said he ...

Frank Rich: Where's The New Era Of Responsibility?

New York Times | FRANK RICH | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

"I was right 70 percent of the time, but I was wrong 30 percent of the time," said Alan Greenspan as he testified last week on Capitol Hill. ... ...

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.

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...

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.

Why Benedict Must Call for Vatican III

Kevin Armento | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Kevin Armento

The final chapter of the Catholic Church's now quarter century-long quagmire will not arrive until the celibacy requirement for its priests is lifted.

German Church Abuse Victim Faults Pope, Demands Compensation

AP | JUERGEN BAETZ | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

GELSENKIRCHEN, Germany — A German man who says a priest sexually abused him as an altar boy is demanding an apology from Pope Benedict XVI and c...

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.