Chile's bishops offer to resign en masse over sex abuse cover-up

In a leaked document, the pope blamed the Chilean church hierarchy for ‘grave defects’ in handling sex abuse cases. All Chilean bishops have offered to resign over a sex abuse and cover-up scandal, in the biggest shakeup ever in the Catholic Church’s long-running abuse saga. The bishops announced at the end of an emergency summit with Pope Francis on Friday […]

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Historic deal between China and Vatican 'in the making'

Agreement could include Beijing giving the Vatican more say in picking bishops in state-approved churches. Beijing, China – After 67 years of acrimony, signs have emerged of improving relations between the Chinese government and the Vatican that could determine the future of the 10 million Catholics in China. Francesco Sisci, an Italian academic and a China-Vatican relations analyst, said there are […]

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Vatican defrocks former US cardinal McCarrick over sex abuse

Cardinal Theodore Edgar McCarrick is seen in Rome, Feb. 13, 2013. (Associated Press) 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. The punishment for the once-powerful prelate was announced Saturday, […]

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Vatican priest quits after ‘making advances on NUN during confession’

Vatican priest who oversaw Catholic moral doctrine resigns ‘after making advances towards a NUN during confession’ Father Hermann Geissler quit as chief of office that handles sex abuse cases Austrian priest said he resigned ‘to limit damage already done to congregation’ Accused of soliciting sex from nun Doris Wagner at sex abuse survivor meeting A senior Vatican priest who oversaw […]

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Vatican delays taking action on sexual abuse by priests

Conference of Catholic Bishops told to wait until next year to ensure more oversight and accountability. The Vatican has delayed a vote by Catholic Church leaders in the United States on measures to tackle sexual abuse by priests. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops has been told to wait until next year, to ensure more oversight and accountability.   Shihab Rattansi […]

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Pope Francis changes Catholic teaching on death penalty

Pope Francis on Thursday changed the Roman Catholic Church’s teaching to declare that the death penalty can never be sanctioned because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said the pontiff changed the Catechism of the Catholic Church — the compilation of official Catholic teaching. Previously, the catechism said the church didn’t exclude the use of capital […]

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Nuns break decades of silence over abuse by priests

Vatican faces #MeToo backlash: Nuns break decades of silence over abuse by priests after being inspired by worldwide movement Nun tells how she has been put off going to regular confession after priest forces himself on her She is one of a handful to come forward on the issue of the sexual abuse of religious sisters by priests and bishops […]

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