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What to Watch for During the Catholic Church’s Sex-Abuse Meeting

VATICAN CITY—This week, 190 bishops and other prelates from around the world are gathering for a meeting on the protection of minors in the Catholic Church. Called by Pope Francis, the meeting is the first of its kind at the Vatican, and a sign that the pope and the Church hierarchy are finally ackn


Pope Francis: People Constantly Accusing Church of Wrongdoing Are Friends, Relatives to Devil

Pope Francis acknowledged that problems with the Catholic Church need to be reported, but said those who constantly attack the church are friends or related to the devil. While addressing pilgrims from the Italian diocese of Benevento on Wednesday, Francis said people cannot live their whole lives c


Pope Francis Asks for the Faithful for Prayers Ahead of Vatican Abuse Summit

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday asked for prayers for a meeting of the presidents of bishops’ conferences around the world, which is slated to take place later this week and focus on the global problem of sex abuse of minors in the Catholic Church.


Those who spend their life accusing the Church are the devil's friend, says Pope

Pope Francis, referring to the words of saint Padre Pio, said that in order to love the Church mistakes should be corrected, but that those who spend their lives accusing the Church are friends of the ''great accuser''. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).


Francis inherits decades of abuse cover-up

Editor's note: Jason Berry was the first to report on clergy sex abuse in any substantial way, beginning with a landmark 1985 report about the Louisiana case involving a priest named Gilbert Gauthe. In 1992, he published Lead Us Not into Temptation: Catholic Priests and the Sexual Abuse of Children,


Catholic cardinals say 'homosexuality' is to blame for sexual abuse committed by priests - not the clerics themselves

Two Catholic cardinals claim homosexuality is to blame for the sexual abuse scandal engulfing the Church - not the clerics themselves. American Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke and German Cardinal Walter Brandmueller wrote in an open letter on Wednesday that the approach to the paedophilia crisis was wron


National Emergency Hit with First Lawsuits; Pope Francis makes Rare Move of Defrocking Ex-Cardinal Guilty of Sex Abuse

President Trump’s Declaration of National Emergency Hit with First Lawsuits. Just a day after President Trump declared a National Emergency, advocacy groups had already filed lawsuits against it, The Washington Post reports.


Pope defrocks former D.C. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick over sex abuse

The Vatican has defrocked disgraced former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, who had served in the Catholic Church for 60 years before resigning in 2018 over accusations of child sex abuse, the AP reports.


What survivors plan to demand in unprecedented meeting on clergy sex abuse

Shaun Dougherty never imagined his very personal crusade against Catholic clergy sexual abuse would lead him to the Vatican. He traveled about 4,000 miles from Pennsylvania for an unprecedented meeting between bishops and survivors of alleged clergy sexual abuse in Vatican City.


The Stakes Are High for Pope Francis and Catholic Church Bishops Worldwide in Crucial Summit on Clergy Sex Abuse

A crucial summit on clergy sexual abuse, which opens Thursday at the Vatican, will draw church leaders from around the world in an effort to break a “code of silence” that allowed the misconduct to take place over decades.


Survivors disappointed to not meet Francis; call Vatican summit conversational

Vatican City — Catholic clergy abuse survivors who met Feb. 20 with the bishops organizing Pope Francis' global summit on child protection expressed disappointment over not being able to meet with the pope personally, but said the encounter was marked by a conversational atmosphere.


Pope Francis, Vatican defrock former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

In the latest development to rock the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis has defrocked former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, the longtime archbishop of Washington, D.C., who resigned from the church's College of Cardinals last year amid sexual misconduct allegations.


To know God is to know love, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When speaking to God as a father, Christians experience a love that goes beyond human love and affection, which can be unpredictable and mired by selfishness, Pope Francis said.


Pope Francis says people who make accusations against Catholic Church 'without love' are related to the devil

POPE Francis has claimed that anyone who makes accusations against the Roman Catholic Church "without love" is a relation of the devil. Speaking on the eve of a landmark Vatican summit on the prevention of clerical sex abuse, the pontiff told a congregation of 2,500 pilgrims in Saint Peter's Basilic


Newark cardinal thanks pope for leadership as McCarrick is defrocked

Newark Cardinal Joseph Tobin celebrated Mass on Sunday in Newark and thanked Pope Francis for his leadership following allegations against the ex-Arch Bishop of Newark Theodore McCarrick.


As Vatican meets on sex abuse, Pope must defrock Guam's Apuron, groups say

HAGATNA, Guam –Two leading U.S. organizations protecting victims and documenting the sexual abuse crisis in the Catholic priesthood have called on Pope Francis to sustain the guilty verdict on Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron in a case involving sexual abuse of minors, and to defrock or expel him from t


Pope Francis lifts suspension imposed on Nicaragua’s Ernesto Cardenal

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Pope Francis has lifted the canonical penalties imposed 34 years ago on Father Ernesto Cardenal, 94, the Nicaraguan poet and former member of the Sandinista government.


Pope: Even if you resent your dad, you can still have the experience of the Father’s love

When we pray “Our Father who art in heaven,” we aren’t expressing that God is distant or removed from us, Pope Francis explains. Instead, we’re affirming that God’s love is other, well beyond anything that we could experience from even the most loving of fathers on earth.


Will the summit on abuse bring meaningful changes in Rome?

Members of the Ending of Clergy Abuse organization and survivors of clergy sex abuse outside St. Peter's Square on Feb. 18. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia) “So much is at stake this week...I hope something important comes from it,” Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of BishopAccountability.org, told rep


What is in the pope's hand?

Pope Francis is increasingly showing his hand. He came into the papacy promising to clean up the church, especially on matters of sexual abuse. In doing so, he raised hopes among the laity, especially in America and Latin America. He said all the right things or at least many of the right things. He