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GRACE Against Sex Abuse

Martin Marty | Posted 07.28.2014 | Religion
Martin Marty

This post originally appeared in Sightings, an online publication of the Martin Marty Center for the Advanced Study of Religion, University of Chicago...

Pope To Sex Abuse Victims: 'I Beg Your Forgiveness'

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 09.06.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis begged forgiveness Monday in his first meeting with Catholics sexually abused by members of the clergy and went fur...

Archdiocese To Pay Millions To Settle Sex Abuse Claims

Reuters | Posted 08.25.2014 | 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...

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.

Vatican Faces Second UN Hearing On Sex Abuse Policies

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 04.16.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican next month will face yet another crucial United Nations hearing that will scrutinize the Catholic Church’s response t...

Muslim Leader Accused of Sexual Misconduct

Harris Zafar | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
Harris Zafar

There is no wonder that people continue to lose faith in religion due to the actions of leaders across the religious spectrum. But does the misconduct of these disgraced individuals reflect poorly upon the religion they serve?

Pope Benedict Defrocked Nearly 400 Priests For Sex Abuse In Just 2 Years

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN and NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A document obtained by The Associated Press on Friday shows Pope Benedict XVI defrocked nearly 400 priests over just two years f...

Vatican Called Before the UN

The Center for Constitutional Rights | Posted 03.19.2014 | Religion
The Center for Constitutional Rights

By Barbara Blaine, President of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) Since 1988, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests...

Catholic Church Begins To Make Amends

AP | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion

WARSAW, Poland -- A senior official of Poland's Catholic Church apologized Friday to the victims of pedophile priests, and prosecutors said they have ...

La Leyenda Negra and the Queen of the Missions

Sam Slovick | Posted 07.16.2013 | Los Angeles
Sam Slovick

Noxious fumes assault my senses as I pull up to Old Mission Santa Barbara on a foggy Monday morning. The 'Queen of the Mission's' website said to expect "graceful lines with soft, blending colors" but I was still rubbing my eyes as I approached the front of the Spanish Colonial Revival buildings.

'Broadest Attempt At Transparency By Any Part Of The American Church'

AP | RACHEL ZOLL | Posted 06.19.2013 | Religion

NEW YORK -- A Roman Catholic religious order released an unusually candid report Tuesday outlining how its leaders failed for decades to stop sex abus...

Justice?

Chaim Levin | Posted 08.13.2013 | Religion
Chaim Levin

Just under 10 years ago, I came forward with a secret that haunted the majority of my life. A secret that I once swore I'd never tell anyone, it ate at the fiber of my soul every single second of every day. Now, I am proud of myself for doing what I once believed I'd never be able to do.

Secrets Don't Get Better With Age: Why I'm Choosing Leadership Over Secrecy

David M. Gordon | Posted 08.12.2013 | Religion
David M. Gordon

I kept my secret for eight years. For eight years I suffered in silence through the horrors of my own personal Hell. I endured close to a decade of rage, tears and ultimately self-destruction. The memories are nauseating, the shame unparalleled. The trauma didn't stop when my abuse did.

The Church Should Take Responsibility For Its Pedophiles

Jonathan Wolfman | Posted 08.11.2013 | Religion
Jonathan Wolfman

Unless civil society is prepared swiftly to try, convict and imprison these men -- all of them and for decades -- the Church should not be permitted to foist pederasts, one after the next, on the rest of us.

Possible 'Vatican III' Called To End Child Abuse

Reuters | Posted 08.04.2013 | Religion

By Tom Heneghan, Religion Editor June 4 (Reuters) - A retired Australian bishop urged Roman Catholics around the world on Tuesday to ...

Prophetic Recoil And The Need For Boldness

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.30.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

I have this tendency to speak out strongly against something that seems to be an injustice that is causing others real harm or pain. I have this tendency to function prophetically -- and to then pull back out of fear, out of self-doubt and second-guessing my motive or mood.

A False Gospel Of Reconciliation

Zach J. Hoag | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Zach J. Hoag

There's a false gospel on the loose in the evangelical church. And it is nothing less than a diabolical doctrine that comes clothed in a bright, angelic, counterfeit message of "reconciliation."

Real Christian Heroes Step Forward

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.21.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Twelve new apostles of truth -- they call themselves The Catholic Whistleblowers -- are raising their voices against a system of cover-up and denial, calling on Pope Francis to follow a six-point plan for ending the era of scandal caused by priests who have sexually abused children.

To Understand The Catholic Hierarchy's Troubles, Look To Newark's Scandal

Michael D'Antonio | Posted 07.09.2013 | Religion
Michael D'Antonio

Often lost in the shadow of the Archdiocese of New York, and its larger-than-life cardinal, Timothy Dolan, the Catholic Archdiocese of Newark, N.J., is attracting national attention these days for all the wrong reasons.

Puerto Rican Catholics Rally Around Beleaguered Archbishop

AP | DANICA COTO | Posted 07.08.2013 | Religion

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Roman Catholics in Puerto Rico rallied Wednesday around an archbishop who is apparently under pressure from the Vatican ...

Some Tips For Journalists Covering The Catholic Church (Hint: It's Complicated)

Julie Leininger Pycior | Posted 07.01.2013 | Religion
Julie Leininger Pycior

"The Catholic Church: What Everyone Needs to Know" makes clear that this institution is less monolithic than it seems; no wonder the book's mantra is: "It's complicated."

May Dreamworks Get It Right

Sister Mary Ann Walsh | Posted 06.10.2013 | Religion
Sister Mary Ann Walsh

Word is that Dreamworks, a sub-studio of Disney, is about to make a movie on the Boston Globe's January 2002 investigative report on pedophilia and the Archdiocese of Boston. If Dreamworks practices moviemaking artfully, then grace might shine through.

A Regular Guy This Francis

Marco Cáceres | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Marco Cáceres

The new pope can do small, seemingly trivial things that can have a huge symbolic effect and show people that, while he may not be able to fix everything that is wrong and unjust within the Church, he "gets it."

Pink Smoke And Protestant Popes

Carolyn Custis James | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Carolyn Custis James

The key to achieving the reform so desperately needed by both Catholic and Protestant churches was right under Pope Francis' nose the moment he stepped out on the Vatican balcony. Clues can be found in a cloud of pink smoke and in the legacy of his patron saint, Francis of Assisi.

UK Priest Surprises Court With Secret Marriage

AP | Posted 05.15.2013 | Religion

LONDON — A jury in northern England got a surprise at the trial of a Roman Catholic priest accused of sexually assaulting a teenage girl: The cl...