Ailing Pope Francis Hurries to Bolster His Progressive Legacy

Pope Francis is moving to shore up his progressive legacy as his health problems increase, making key appointments that could shape the Catholic Church well past the end of his pontificate. Following hospitalizations in March and June, the pope named a new Vatican doctrinal chief, members of a Vatican synod that could consider major changes to church governance and … Read more

Vatican Bank’s Ex-President Convicted of Embezzlement, Money Laundering

A Vatican court found a former president of the Vatican bank guilty of embezzlement and money laundering during the pontificates of St. John Paul and Pope Benedict XVI, closing a chapter in the long-term cleanup of its finances. The court said that Angelo Caloia and his lawyer, Gabriele Liuzzo, had manipulated sales of the scandal-plagued … Read more

Vatican Loses Access to International Financial Watchdog Information

An international network of financial watchdogs has suspended the Vatican’s access to its information, dealing a major blow to the Vatican’s financial credibility under Pope Francis. The Egmont Group, a Toronto-based network of more than 160 national financial intelligence units around the world, has decided to suspend the Vatican watchdog from access to its secure … Read more

Vatican Allows Guam Archbishop to Keep Rank Despite Child-Abuse Verdict

An archbishop in Guam who was found guilty of sexual abuse of minors by a Vatican court and permanently removed from his post remains a priest with the rank of archbishop, underscoring wide inconsistencies in the Catholic Church’s approach to abuse around the world. The sentence, in the latest abuse case involving senior Catholic hierarchy, … Read more

Pope Francis Tries To ‘Dial Down’ Expectations for February’s Abuse Summit

Pope Francis tried to play down next month’s Vatican summit on sex abuse, describing the meeting’s purpose as primarily educational even amid widespread calls for bishops to face greater accountability for the scandal that has shaken the Catholic church. The pope made the comments Sunday evening to reporters accompanying him on his flight back from … Read more

Vatican Panel Faces Criticism Over Leniency for Priests Guilty of Abuse

A little-known Vatican appeals panel established by Pope Francis has sharply reduced penalties meted out to priests convicted of sexual abuse under church law in more than a third of the cases that have come before it, drawing criticism from some bishops who favor a harder line. The pontiff has promised a policy of zero … Read more