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Roman Catholic Church Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Francis Personally Called A Spanish Sex Abuse Victim

The Associated Press | Posted 11.26.2014 | Religion

ROME (AP) - Pope Francis says he personally called a Spaniard who said he was sexually abused by a priest and urged him to report it to the diocese. ...

'For I Have Sinned' Delivers a Memorable Pageturner

Greg Archer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Books
Greg Archer

It's refreshing to discover a noteworthy female protagonist in Cate Harlow. She's the fiery private investigator in author Kristen Houghton's latest endeavor, For I Have Sinned.

Los Angeles Monsignor Reinstated A Decade After Abuse Claim

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 11.10.2014 | Religion

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A high-ranking Roman Catholic official has been exonerated of clergy sex abuse allegations by a Vatican tribunal after a decade o...

Minnesota Archdiocese, Sex Abuse Victims Reach Settlement

AP | AMY FORLITI and JAMES NORD | Posted 10.14.2014 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Victims of clergy sex abuse stood next to Catholic church leaders in Minnesota on Monday to announce a settlement to a novel ...

The Term Homophobia Is Improper

Mark Baer | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics
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Mark Baer

Religion aside, I firmly believe that those who argue that homosexuality is a choice do so in order to justify senseless beatings of gays and lesbians, and continued discrimination and mistreatment against them. I also believe without a doubt that it is a choice to be a nasty human being.

Another Bishop Is Under Vatican Investigation

AP | Rachel Zoll | Posted 09.29.2014 | Religion

The Vatican is investigating Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City, Missouri, two years after he was convicted of failing to report suspected abuse. Fi...

Pope Francis Gives The Boot To Bishop Who Protected Priest Accused Of Sexual Abuse

The Associated Press | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 09.25.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis on Thursday forcibly removed a conservative bishop from a Paraguayan diocese who had clashed with his fellow bishops ...

Former Archbishop Accused Of Sex Abuses Put Under House Arrest

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 09.23.2014 | Religion

(Reuters) - The Vatican on Tuesday arrested a former archbishop accused of paying for sex with children while he was a papal ambassador in the Dominic...

Dispute Over Decency

Richard J. Rosendall | Posted 11.11.2014 | Gay Voices
Richard J. Rosendall

Religious radicals are marketers of mistreatment, and it's time to call them on it. It is amazing what indecent things some people say and do in the name of decency.

Sinead O'Connor Calls Catholic Church Reforms 'Laughable'

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Religion

Irish singer Sinead O'Connor has no faith in Catholic Church reforms under Pope Francis, she told Billboard in an interview for the August 16 issue. ...

Pope Benedict Gets Unwelcome Attention In Sex Abuse Case

Religion News Service | David Gibson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Religion

(RNS) A showdown between Pope Francis and a conservative bishop in Paraguay is heating up as the bishop rejected charges that he sheltered a priest ac...

Vatican Orders Removal Of Paraguay Priest Accused Of Sex Abuse

Religion News Service | Josephine McKenna | Posted 07.31.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has ordered a Roman Catholic diocese in eastern Paraguay to remove a priest accused of sex abuse in the U.S. and to res...

Minnesota Archbishop Will Not Resign Despite Mishandled Sex Abuse Claims

AP | Posted 07.30.2014 | Religion

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - The Roman Catholic archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis says he won't resign despite criticism over the archdiocese's handlin...

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 09.12.2014 | 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 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...

Finally: Pope Francis will Meet With Sex Abuse Victims

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.26.2014 | 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.