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Pope defrocks disgraced cardinal who now lives in Kansas

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been found guilty by the Vatican of sex abuse and defrocked, as calls rose Saturday for Pope Francis to reveal what he knew about the once-powerful American prelate’s apparently decades-long predatory sexual behavior.


Catholic Church credibility on the line at abuse meeting

FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis holds a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi. FILE PHOTO - Pope Francis holds a mass at Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February 5, 2019. REUTERS/Tony Gentile.


Expectations high for pope’s sex-abuse conference, but some brace for disappointment

In what could be a defining moment for his papacy, more than 100 top Catholic bishops from around the world will travel to the Vatican in Rome this week for a conference aimed at dealing with the issue of clergy sex abuse.


Excerpt: 'In the Closet of the Vatican'

Editor's Note: We are running an excerpt from the new book In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel. The book, to be released Feb. 21, will be much talked about. The author claims to have done exhaustive interviewing and research both personally and with a lar


The Latest: US cardinal hails pope's leadership on abuse

VATICAN CITY – The Latest on the defrocking of former U.S. cardinal Theodore McCarrick (all times local):. The cardinal of Newark, New Jersey, is thanking Pope Francis for his leadership on the church investigation of ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick.


Ending the silence on sex abuse: Vatican holds summit

VATICAN CITY (AP) - If Pope Francis needed a concrete example to justify summoning church leaders from around the globe to Rome for a tutorial on clergy sex abuse, Sister Bernardine Pemii has it.


McCarrick becomes most senior cleric to be defrocked over abuse scandals

In a widely expected yet still dramatic move, the Vatican announced Saturday that Pope Francis has approved the removal of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the clerical state, colloquially known as “laicization” or “defrocking.”


Vatican defrocks US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse claims

The Vatican has dismissed former US cardinal Theodore McCarrick after a church trial found him guilty of sexually abusing minors. McCarrick, who once led the Archdiocese of Washington and was recognized as a powerful advocate of the Catholic Church's political priorities in the United States, become


New book claims gay subculture flourishes at Vatican

ROME — A new book, whose release is timed to coincide with the start of Pope Francis’s major summit on sex abuse on February 21, contains sweeping, although unverified, claims that 80 percent of the Vatican clergy are gay.


Reporter's Notebook: Catholic Church faces its demons in clergy-abuse summit

ROME – In less than 48 hours, about 200 bishops, the heads of Catholic Conferences from around the world, and prominent clergy, will gather in Rome at the Vatican to begin an unprecedented summit on clergy abuse. The official title of the three-day event is the Meeting on the Protection of Minors. B


Pope Francis Tells Followers To Overcome “Fear of Migrants”, Welcome Them In!

This Pope is really something. And I’m sorry but I don’t mean that in a good way. Francis is pushing the open-borders, globalist migrant agenda very hard. It’s funny, any time I read an article about this guy, he’s always pushing the globalist agenda…..but I rarely hear him talking about Jesus!


Chilean whistleblower to meet with bishops, victims ahead of abuse summit

Pope Francis meets with the Chilean bishops in the sacristy of the Santiago Metropolitan Cathedral, Jan. 16, 2018. Credit: Vatican Media. .- Juan Carlos Cruz, a clerical sex abuse whistleblower and a victim of Fr. Fernando Karadima, will meet with bishops and with fellow victims of clergy sexual abu


Analysis: Pope Francis' position on Venezuela

.- Pope Francis’ recent letter to Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro confirmed the Holy See’s position on the Venezuelan crisis, while demonstrating that Maduro has become an increasingly isolated global figure.


Pope, Cardinal DiNardo and church leaders meet to discuss sex abuse

ROME, Italy (KTRK) -- Church leaders are talking about this week's summit on the priest sex abuse scandal. The first of its kind summit begins Thursday in Rome. Church leaders spent about 90 minutes talking and taking questions from reporters on Monday.


“The Catholic death penalty”: Vatican defrocks McCarrick in sex-abuse scandal

The Vatican made a dramatic move this morning ahead of the upcoming synod dealing with the sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church. Former cardinal Theodore McCarrick got expelled from holy orders in a decision finalized by Pope Francis late yesterday and announced early this morning. McCarrick


Former U.S. Cardinal McCarrick defrocked for sex crimes

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has been expelled from the Roman Catholic priesthood after he was found guilty of sexual crimes against minors and adults, the Vatican said on Saturday.


Happy Catholics Don’t Make the Pope More than He Is

A one-year-old blog known as “Where Peter Is” — a sort of inverse image of OnePeterFive — features writing from ardent defenders of Pope Francis. Recognizing that Catholicism is inherently a religion of Tradition, the blog avoids the awkwardness of patent contradiction by arguing that Tradition equa


The Latest: Survivors of clergy abuse meet summit organizers

VATICAN CITY (AP) - The Latest on the Vatican summit on dealing with sex abuse of minors (all times local):. A dozen survivors of clergy sexual abuse are meeting with organizers of Pope Francis' landmark summit on preventing abuse and protecting children.


Pope Francis defrocks ex-Cardinal McCarrick over sexual abuse allegations

Pope Francis has dismissed ex-cardinal Theodore McCarrick from the priesthood after the Vatican found him guilty of sexual abuse of minors and adult seminarians over a decades-long span.