Sexual Abuse Scandal

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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

Yeshiva University’s Norman Lamm resigns amid sex abuse scandal

NEW YORK — The chancellor and head of the seminary at Yeshiva University, the flagship U.S. school for Orthodox Judaism, … Continued

Bhutan’s Buddhist monks accused of sexually molesting boys

The South Asian nation of Bhutan has been rocked by a sexual abuse scandal in which young Buddhist monks molested … Continued

Pope Francis to wash feet of incarcerated youth on Holy Thursday

Pope Francis will hold Mass on Holy Thursday at Casal del Marmo Detention Center in Rome and will wash the … Continued

The pope’s unfinished business: Outreach to traditionalist SSPX

VATICAN CITY — On his first day on the job, Pope Benedict XVI’s successor will find a long to-do list … Continued

Pope Benedict XVI, the great

Uncredited AP In this photo provided by the Vatican newspaper L’Osservatore Romano, Pope Benedict XVI delivers his blessing during his … Continued

Joseph Ratzinger, the last of the traditional popes

Pope Benedict XVI battled severe headwinds during his eight-year reign as pontiff. The first was simply his age and physical … Continued

Do Catholics need penance?

VINCENZO PINTO AFP/GETTY IMAGES Pope Benedict XVI arrives to lead an ordination Mass at St Peter’s basilica at the Vatican … Continued

Lou Holtz gives Catholics a pep talk, encourages them to ‘come home’

Catholics! Get in the game! That’s the latest message from Catholics Come Home–a group that seeks to “evangelize inactive Catholics … Continued

Lawyer for pope’s accused butler quits

VATICAN CITY — A lawyer for Pope Benedict XVI’s former butler announced Thursday (Aug. 30) that he was resigning over … Continued

Vatican blames lack of priests on secularism, abuse, parents

VATICAN CITY — The sexual abuse scandal has tarnished the image of the priest and contributed to a crisis of … Continued

Are Americans in Rome behind the nuns crackdown?

When the Vatican last month announced a doctrinal crackdown on the leadership organization representing most of the 57,000 nuns in … Continued

Philly archbishop clears 3 priests, removes 5 others

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput announced Friday (May 4) that five priests accused of sexually abusing children last year would be … 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 website hacked for church’s ‘crimes’

VATICAN CITY — The secretive hackers group Anonymous targeted the Vatican website on Wednesday (March 7), cutting off access from … 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

Woman charged with embezzling $1 million from NY archdiocese

NEW YORK — A 67-year-old woman with a criminal record for theft has been charged with siphoning $1 million in … Continued

The priesthood’s dark valley

Last Friday, at the liturgy marking the end of “The Year of the Priest,” Pope Benedict XVI once again addressed … Continued

After scandal, hope for Church renewal

By John GehringCatholics in Alliance for the Common Good These are dark days for Catholics and our church. The clergy … Continued

Chatter, inspiration and the pope

Q:A senior Vatican priest last week compared outrage at Pope Benedict’s handling of sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church … Continued