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Vatican Sex Abuse

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...

UN Issues Scathing Report On Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 02.05.2014 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican "systematically" adopted policies that allowed priests to rape and molest tens of thousands of children over decades...

Pope Cracks Down On Sex Abuse And Leaks In Vatican

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 07.11.2013 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Francis overhauled the laws that govern the Vatican City State on Thursday, criminalizing leaks of Vatican information and specif...

At the Vatican Noir: UN Seeking Disclosure of Thousands of Pedophile Cases Related to Clergy

Alison Winfield Burns | Posted 09.09.2013 | World
Alison Winfield Burns

The United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) will investigate widespread sexual assault against children by Catholic clergy. "We ...

BLOCKED: Access To Clergy Sex Abuse Site Limited At Vatican

National Catholic Reporter | Joshua J. McElwee | Posted 03.08.2013 | Religion

ROME -- One of the domain names of a website that is the primary source of information on clergy sex abuse cases has been blocked on the Vatican's web...

No One Can Know Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.21.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

All we outside Vatican who cherish our church have to go by are hunches, beliefs, speculation, conjecture and opinions. We can examine the Ratzinger's legacy and theorize, but no one can know why he resigned. The pope is the pope, accountable to no one. Not even God.

WATCH: Filmmaker Slams 'Zero Dark Thirty' Torture Portrayal

Posted 02.01.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

Oscar-winning filmmaker Alex Gibney has taken on corruption and torture in his documentaries "Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room" and "Taxi to the D...

Josh Zepps

WATCH: The Vatican Can’t Be Held Responsible For Things It Couldn’t Have Known. The Problem Is… It Knew A Lot.

HuffingtonPost.com | Josh Zepps | Posted 08.24.2012 | Religion

Where does accountability begin and end? I hosted a heated HuffPost Live discussion about that question with Marci Hamilton, a lawyer trying to hold t...

Vatican Values: Homosexuality 'Disordered,' Lying Totally Fine

Michelangelo Signorile | Posted 08.19.2012 | Gay Voices
Michelangelo Signorile

Gays are the scapegoat, blamed for the child-abuse scandal, despite the fact that the vast majority of pedophiles are heterosexual, and despite the fact that the church leadership shuffled around the criminal priests without bringing them to justice.

Whose Religious Freedom Is Under Attack?

Rabbi Arthur Waskow | Posted 08.11.2012 | Religion
Rabbi Arthur Waskow

As a rabbi, I am deeply conscious of the transcendent value of religious freedom. I believe that the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution is indeed one of God's best creations. So I listen with great care to claims it is being violated.

Just Buy 'Just Love'

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.08.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Sister Dr. Margaret Farley has done the unforgivable. She's challenging the way the Vatican looks at sex. Not abortion, not contraception -- sex. Farley is, in a sense, using "dirty words."

Trouble At The Vatican

Pastor Don Mackenzie | Posted 08.04.2012 | Religion
Pastor Don Mackenzie

What is happening at the Vatican is an illustration of the problem of balancing maintenance and attention to substance. But those who are involved at the levels of decision making in Vatican City are not evil people.

Walking The (Catholic) Plank

Sarah O'Leary | Posted 06.26.2012 | Religion
Sarah O'Leary

Why doesn't my Catholic Church get its own house in order first? Get the plank/log/boulder/semi truck/elephant out of its own eye before it tries to remove a speck from another's eye?

Radical Disobedience: Why Roman Catholics Won't Heed The Pontiff's Call For 'Radical Obedience'

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.16.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

There's not a thing Joseph Ratzinger can do to stop Roman Catholic women from becoming Roman Catholic priests. Alleluia. Alleluia.

Prominent Sex Abuse Attorney Drops Case Against Vatican

Posted 02.13.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) A prominent sex abuse lawyer has dropped a high-stakes lawsuit that sought to hold...

WATCH: Vatican Holds Global Summit On Sexual Abuse

Posted 02.08.2012 | Religion

Feb. 6 marked the beginning of "Towards Healing And Renewal," a four-day Vatican global summit on sexual abuse. The purpose of the summit is aimed at ...

Vatican To Host Global Summit On Sexual Abuse

Posted 02.04.2012 | Religion

By Alessandro Speciale Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Cath...

Vatican Investigates Sex Abuse Claims In London

AP | By JILL LAWLESS | Posted 12.25.2011 | World

LONDON -- The Vatican has ordered an inquiry into decades of sexual abuse by clerics at a Benedictine abbey in London, whose former head monk has disa...

Belgian Bishop Says Abuse Of Nephew Was A 'Game'

Posted 06.16.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium's Catholic bishops declared themselves "extremely shocked" on Friday (Apr. 15...

Christian Sacrifice And The Unholy Crusade To Defrock Roy Bourgeois

Michele Somerville | Posted 06.05.2011 | Religion
Michele Somerville

What is Father Bourgeois' transgression? Did he travel the world with a pet altar boy in tow? No. He committed a truly grave sin. One the Vatican deems intolerable.

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...

US: Vatican Relations Strong Despite Cable Leak

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

ROME — Washington's relationship with the Holy See is too strong to be undermined by WikiLeaks revelations, the U.S. ambassador to the Vatican s...

Vatican Tried To Keep Notorious Child Rapist A Priest

AP | SHAWN POGATCHNIK | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

DUBLIN — The Vatican tried to stop Dublin church leaders from defrocking a particularly dangerous pedophile priest and relented only after he ra...

Vatican Defends Pope's Record On Sexual Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) Pope Benedict XVI, while still a cardinal, sought in vain to expedite the process for de...

Facing Protests, Vatican Seeks To Be 'Ally' With Victims On Abuse

Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

By Francis X. Rocca Religion News Service VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican's top spokesman appealed to victims of pedophile priests who demonstrated...