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Billy Graham’s grandson: Evangelicals ‘worse’ than Catholics on Sex Abuse

AUSTIN, Texas — The Christian mission field is a “magnet” for sexual abusers, Boz Tchividjian, a Liberty University law professor … Continued

Benedict XVI emerges to defend his record on sexual abuse

ROME — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, responding to a noted atheist mathematician and philosopher who had criticized his handling of … Continued

When the new pope meets the old pope: Awkward?

Now that the cardinals have elected and installed their new boss, Pope Francis can get to work being the Roman … Continued

Catholic Church still plagued by cardinal sin

View Photo Gallery: Cardinals from around the world gathered inside the Vatican for their first round of meetings before the conclave … Continued

U.N. faults U.S. for failure to prosecute abusive clerics

WASHINGTON — The U.S. is failing to pursue and prosecute clergy guilty of child sexual abuse, according to a recent … Continued

New Vatican sex abuse prosecutor praises media

VATICAN CITY — In his first public appearance since arriving in Rome, the new Vatican prosecutor for sexual abuse cases … Continued

Four priests, four friends: Bishops witness historic changes in Catholic life

Whether by accident, serendipity or divine design, four future heavyweights of American Catholicism found themselves in the Class of 1962 … Continued

Orthodox rabbis laud conviction of Hasidic man on sexual abuse charges

The world’s largest group of Orthodox rabbis is lauding the process that led to the conviction of a Hasidic Jewish … Continued

Monsignor William Lynn convicted in landmark Catholic sex abuse case

A Philadelphia priest was convicted Friday (June 22) of one count of child endangerment, becoming the first cleric in the … Continued

Philadelphia trial revives Catholic Church sex abuse scandal

Ten years ago, the Roman Catholic sex abuse scandal dominated the headlines with horrific stories of priests preying on vulnerable … Continued

Analysis: Bishops’ accountability still missing from abuse scandal

As the nation’s Catholic bishops mark 10 years since they adopted sweeping reforms to address the sexual abuse of children … Continued

10 years after Catholic sex abuse reforms, what’s changed?

When the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Atlanta next week (June 13-15) for their annual spring meeting, a top agenda … Continued

Scotland Yard says witchcraft abuse a hidden crime

LONDON — British police say they have investigated more than 80 witchcraft-based child abuse cases in the last decade, and … Continued

Bishops seek forgiveness for clergy abuse

VATICAN CITY — Bishops and religious leaders on Tuesday (Feb. 7) held an unprecedented service of repentance in Rome, seeking … Continued

Cardinal says bishops must ‘cooperate’ with police on abuse

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican’s doctrinal chief on Monday (Feb. 6) told Catholic bishops from all over the world that … Continued

Vatican to host global summit on sexual abuse

VATICAN CITY — Ten years after the clergy sexual abuse scandal erupted in the United States, Catholic bishops from all … Continued

A priest’s view of Penn State

Gene J. Puskar AP Penn State’s Malcolm Willis (10) and Silas Redd, right, kneel in prayer before an NCAA college … Continued

Tangled web tightens for the Vatican

By Marci A. Hamiltonauthor, professor and Patheos columnist Headlines around the world this week have reported that Irish broadcaster RTE … Continued

Sin, secularization and the Vatican’s PR problem

By Michele Dillon Over the past few months, following years of evidence of sexual abuse of children by Catholic priests … Continued

Child sex abuse and women’s ordination: the Vatican’s immoral equivalency

Open mouth and insert foot–again and again and again. That must be the Vatican motto under Pope Benedict XVI. How … Continued