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Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal

Vatican Sex Abuse Record Under Investigation By UN

Religion News Service | Alessandro Speciale | Posted 07.12.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has been called to give detailed information on its record on child sexual abuse to a United Nations panel, a move that...

Ugandan Priest Suspended For Denouncing Sex Abuse?

The Huffington Post | Meredith Bennett-Smith | Posted 05.08.2013 | Religion

Father Anthony Musaala, a popular and charismatic priest in Uganda, awaits the final decision on his suspension following the publication of a letter ...

From Priests to Boy Scouts -- It's Time to Lock Up Child Molesters for Good

Steve Siebold | Posted 11.26.2012 | Crime
Steve Siebold

Until we stand up and start putting these criminals away for good, it's never going to stop. Until that happens, the message being sent is literally condoning this kind of behavior.

More Mistresses Than Pedophilia, Priest Sex Abuse A Problem In Asia

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 04.10.2012 | Religion

ROME — A culture of silence across Asia may be keeping many victims of clergy sex abuse there from coming forward, a top Asian church official t...

A Frock Does Not A Priest Make

Michele Somerville | Posted 09.27.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

According to the Vatican's own doctrine, it is God who turns men into priests. "Defrocking" Father Roy Bourgeois will not render him any less a priest. The dress does not make the man a priest.

The Tangled Web Tightens For The Vatican

patheos.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Headlines around the world this week have reported that Irish broadcaster RTE obtained a 1997 letter from the Vatican that instructed Irish bishops no...

Vatican Plays Damage Control On Irish Sex Abuse Letter

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY -- The Vatican on Wednesday (Jan. 19) tried to tamp down allegations a controversial 1997 lett...

For Top Religion Stories Of 2010, A Major Case Of Deja Vu

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Kevin Eckstrom Religion News Service (RNS) The calendar may have said 2010, but for Pope Benedict XVI and much of his global flock, it looked and ...

The Man Who Brought Down the Catholic Church

Tom Matlack | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Tom Matlack

Princess was one of the first brave sexual abuse victims to speak out. Without him, it's possible that the church would have continued its cover-up for years.

37 Things Worse Than The KFC Double Down

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Morford

Last week's column on the gut-clenching KFC Double Down got me thinking. What else can you shove into your body if you really despise yourself? Shall we list a few?

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...

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.

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.

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.

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.

Why The New York Times Is Not The Enemy

Roque Strew | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Roque Strew

For Catholics, what we need to acknowledge is that, without the interventions of the press, however flawed, we likely would not be up to speed on the problem -- its seriousness and its scale.

The Pope's PR Problem

Christopher Brauchli | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Christopher Brauchli

The days of papal apologies and expressions of contrition and shame have come and gone. The Church now lays blame on the reporters, not on the perpetrators and those who overlooked their transgressions.

Can We Fire the Pope?

Andy Ostroy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Andy Ostroy

Repentance, demotions to desk duty, and other meaningless slaps on the wrists: these undeserved courtesies that the Church affords abusing priests are an outrageous insult to victims.

The Devil In The Vatican

Sander Hicks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sander Hicks

If you claim the authority of God, but don't do what God would do, then what do you turn into? You are like a dog asleep in a manger, not eating the food of life, and blocking others as you sleep.

Why I Stay: A Parable From A Progressive Catholic

Mary C. Gordon | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Mary C. Gordon

How do some of us stay in the Church? In grief, in sadness, with a resolve not to be shut out by those who say they are speaking in the name of the Father. The Church is not an institution; it is the people.

Up to the Pope: Stop the Pandemic of Pedophilia

Rev. Debra Haffner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. Debra Haffner

The Pope now has an urgent responsibility -- and an extraordinary opportunity. He must not only move beyond apologies to action, but could also use his influence to urge all religious institutions to address sexuality in healthier, more open and responsible ways.

The World Needs a New Vatican Council

Fred Rotondaro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Fred Rotondaro

I'd like to propose a new Vatican Council, one that is needed for the Church but also for the world, as it would benefit greatly from an application of traditional Catholic values presented by a reinvigorated Church.

Celibacy Partly To Blame For Clerical Sex Abuse, Says Cardinal

timesonline.co.uk | Richard Owen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

A cardinal seen as a future candidate for the papacy has broken a Vatican taboo by raising the possibility that priestly celibacy is among the causes ...