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Pope Francis names assisting bishop for troubled Newark, N.J., archdiocese

NEWARK, N.J. — Pope Francis on Tuesday (Sept. 24) named a partner to Archbishop John J. Myers to govern the … Continued

Embattled Archbishop John Myers lashes out at media, critics

NEWARK, N.J. — In a sharply worded offensive, Newark Archbishop John J. Myers lashed out at the media and his … Continued

International Criminal Court dismisses abuse claims against the Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A campaign to hold former Pope Benedict XVI responsible for crimes against humanity floundered on Thursday (June … Continued

Abuse watchdogs say bishops’ ‘failings’ hurt their credibility

Even as an annual review this week gave Catholic bishops high marks on sex abuse prevention policies, officials with the … Continued

Pope Francis: Church must act decisively on sex abuse

Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against the … 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

Controversy over Cardinal Mahony’s conclave vote reaches Vatican

VATICAN CITY — The controversy over Cardinal Roger Mahony’s vote in the conclave that will elect a new pope has … Continued

Catholic bishop tries to explain how a priest ended up in’self-bondage’

After all three Masses on the weekend of Jan. 19-20, parishioners of St. Aloysius Catholic Church in Springfield, Ill., were … 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

My top 10 picks for 2012

Here are my picks for the top 10 religion stories of 2012: 1. Islam dominated the year, with power struggles … Continued

From nuns to ‘nones,’ 10 ways religion shaped the news in 2012

WASHINGTON — From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in … Continued

Monsignor William Lynn sentenced to 3-6 years for Catholic sex abuse cover-up

Monsignor William J. Lynn, the first U.S. Catholic official convicted for covering up the sexual abuse of children, was sentenced … Continued

Bishops’ ‘religious liberty’ point man gets a promotion

BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — If there is any Catholic bishop in the U.S. who probably didn’t need a bigger platform, it … Continued

Vatican ends probe of clergy abuse in Ireland

VATICAN CITY — Following a yearlong investigation into decades of rampant abuse in the Roman Catholic Church in Ireland, the … Continued

Attorney drops abuse suit against Vatican

VATICAN CITY — A prominent sex abuse lawyer has dropped a high-stakes lawsuit that sought to hold Pope Benedict XVI … 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

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, ex-leader of Philadelphia archdiocese, dies at 88

Cardinal Anthony J. Bevilacqua, whose 15 years as shepherd of the 1.5 million-member Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia was marked by celebration … Continued

Penn State, my final loss of faith

I’m 31, an Iraq war veteran, a Penn State graduate, a Catholic, a native of State College, acquaintance of Jerry … Continued