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Vatican Sex Abuse Scandal

Catholic Church Slammed At UN Over Sex-Abuse Handling

AP | John Heilprin | Posted 01.25.2014 | Religion

GENEVA (AP) - The Vatican came under blistering criticism from a U.N. committee Thursday for its handling of the global priest sex abuse scandal, faci...

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...

Meet The New Pope, Same As The Old Pope?

Michele Somerville | Posted 05.20.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

When my 14-year-old, who is not Catholic, asked me whether I "liked the new guy," I told her I didn't l know yet, but that it was unlikely that any guy I liked would ever get that job.

Deaf Ears And A Sinking Ship: Why Pope Benedict XVI Resigned

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.15.2013 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I'd like to imagine he took a sweeping look at his career as a priest and prelate, and while not discounting the value of this contributions as an intellectual, took note of the degree to which he permitted the "power" to snuff out so much of the "glory."

Vatican Official Thanks Media For Uncovering Priest Abuse

Reuters | Philip Pullella | Posted 04.08.2013 | Religion

By Philip Pullella ROME, Feb 5 (Reuters) - The Vatican's new sexual crimes prosecutor on Tuesday acknowledged that the U.S. media "did...

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...

The Child Victims Act: Justice Requires More Time

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.19.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

I agonized over what I felt about the Child Victims Act. Why wouldn't I, a teacher and mother of three, not leap to support legislation (against which the Roman Catholic Church in New York is currently lobbying hard) that protects the victims of child abuse? Because I did have reservations.

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.

Pope Tells Irish That Cause Of Child Abuse By Clergy A 'Mystery'

AP | FRANCES D'EMILIO | Posted 08.17.2012 | Religion

VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI told Irish Catholics on Sunday it is a mystery why priests and other church officials abused children entrusted in t...

Cardinal Dolan Has A Lot Of Explaining To Do

Michele Somerville | Posted 08.12.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Timothy Dolan has been curiously silent since the highly damning news that he may have paid pedophile priests in his (former) Milwaukee Archdiocese as much as $20,000 to go away broke on May 31.

Timothy Dolan: God's 'Beabull'

Michele Somerville | Posted 04.25.2012 | Religion
Michele Somerville

Although I'd never put a nickel in his collection basket, I almost like Timothy Dolan sometimes. And that's the point.

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...

Pope, Breaking Silence, Says Church Must 'Do Penance'

Religion News Service | Francis X. Rocca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Breaking his silence as an international clergy sex abuse scandal has roiled the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI on Thursday (Ap...

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...

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.