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Pope: Child Sex Abuse Scandal Is A 'Test'

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals across Europe used their Holy Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he played a role in coverin...

Bill Donohue: 'There's A Connection Between Homosexuality And Sexual Abuse Of Minors' (VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

***UPDATED BELOW*** Bill Donohue has been vigorously defending the Catholic Church and Pope Benedict XVI as the child sexual abuse scandal continue...

Pope Paul VI May Have Been Warned Of Pedophile Priests In 1963

AP | GILLIAN FLACCUS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

LOS ANGELES — The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with then-Pope Paul VI nearly 50...

Vatican Lashes Out At New York Times Over Sex Abuse Coverage

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Cardinals across Europe used their Holy Thursday sermons to defend Pope Benedict XVI from accusations he played a role in coverin...

Jason Linkins

This 'Blame The Gays' Defense Of The Vatican Basically Makes No Sense At All | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

The novel defense of the Catholic Church being mounted by Bill Donohue of the Catholic League over the Vatican officials covering up the crimes of a Wisconsin priest who molested upwards of 200 deaf boys is to blame the gays.

Bill Donohue: Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal Is Not A Pedophilia Crisis But A Homosexual Crisis

Huffington Post | Nicholas Graham | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

Bill Donohue, president of the Catholic League, has emerged as one of the most vigorous defenders of Pope Benedict XVI, formerly Cardinal Ratzinger, a...

Vatican Launches Legal Defense Over US Lawsuit

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Dragged deeper than ever into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that it hopes will shield ...

Pillar of Truth

Wayne Trujillo | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Wayne Trujillo

Earlier this month, a Boulder Catholic school created a stir when it expelled a student whose parents are lesbians. The Catholic hierarchy should be quicker to kick out wayward priests rather than children.

Deaf Boys Tried For Decades To Tell Of Priest's Sexual Abuse

New York Times | LAURIE GOODSTEIN and DAVID CALLENDER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

They were deaf, but they were not silent. For decades, a group of men who were sexually abused as children by the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy at a school ...

Vatican Newspaper Hits Back On Allegations Of Pope's Role In Cover Ups

BBC News | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

The Vatican has attacked the media over charges that the Pope failed to act against a US priest accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys two decades ago...

How Could It Happen? Tracing the Causes of Sexual Abuse by the Clergy

Rev. James Martin, S.J. | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rev. James Martin, S.J.

Buried beneath the shock and anger, especially for Catholics, however, is a searing question: How could this happen?

Vatican Hits Back: No Cover-Up In US Priest Molestation Case

AP | DINESH RAMDE and GRETCHEN EHLKE | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ST. FRANCIS, Wis. — Arthur Budzinski says the first time the priest molested him, he was 12 years old, alone and away from home at a school for ...

Pope Implicated In Cover-Up Of Wisconsin Sex Abuse Case

Huffington Post / AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

As a cardinal, Pope Benedict XVI and other Vatican officials did not punish or even hold a trial within the Catholic church for a Wisconsin priest who...

Sorry Pope, It Hasn't Worked

Sandeep Gopalan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Sandeep Gopalan

I apologize, but His Holiness's "I am truly sorry" has not persuaded his Irish flock. Regrettably, victims have already denounced it as inadequate, and the letter promises to be a PR disaster.

Vatican Investigates Virgin Mary Sighting In Medjugorje, Bosnia

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican has begun formally investigating reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the Medjugorje shrine in southern Bosnia....

Brazil Church Sex Scandals: Video Allegedly Shows Abuse

AP | BRADLEY BROOKS | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian authorities are investigating three priests accused of sexually abusing altar boys after a video allegedly showing on...

Vatican Probes Scandalized Legionaries

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion

VATICAN CITY — Vatican investigators have completed their probe into the Legionaries of Christ, the conservative order that was once hailed by R...

Germany Abuse: Diocese Suspends Convicted Sex Abuser

AP | MELISSA EDDY | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BERLIN — A German archdiocese that Pope Benedict XVI oversaw from 1977 to 1982 said Monday that a priest convicted in 1986 of sexually abusing c...

Exorcising The Vatican (PHOTO)

Jeff Danziger | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Jeff Danziger


Pope's Former Diocese Admits Error In Letting Child Abuse Priest Return

AP | NICOLE WINFIELD | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Germany's sex abuse scandal has now reached Pope Benedict XVI: His former archdiocese disclosed that while he was archbishop a su...

Hey, you sickos! Real men marry women!

Mark Morford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Morford

Some days it's just so very difficult to choose. The toxic tales come so fast, slippery and weird, you don't know which way to flip your personal drun...

Condom Machine In Rome School Incurs Pope's Wrath

AP | ALESSANDRA RIZZO | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

ROME — The decision by a Rome high school to install condom vending machines has set off a storm in Italy, with the Catholic Church charging the...

Celibacy Partly To Blame For Clerical Sex Abuse, Says Cardinal | 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 ...

Church Abuse Scandal 'Creeping Ever Closer' To The Pope

AP | VICTOR L. SIMPSON | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

VATICAN CITY — Church abuse scandals in Germany have reached the older brother of Pope Benedict XVI and are creeping ever closer to the pontiff ...

A True Catholic Education (I'm Looking at You, Denver)

Scott Janssen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Scott Janssen

I have a message for the Archdiocese of Denver: you're wrong. Dead wrong. Punishing a child for the "sin" of the parents is immoral.