Belgium Bishop Defrocked 14 YEARS after Admitting to Abuse

Pope Francis on Thursday defrocked a notorious Belgian bishop who admitted 14 years ago that he sexually abused his nephew but faced no Vatican punishment. The case of Roger Vangheluwe, the emeritus bishop of Bruges, long ago became a symbol of the Catholic Church’s hypocrisy and dysfunction in dealing with cases of abuse. Not only … Read more

Pope Francis Defended Bishop Who Admitted Abuse Cover-Ups

The clergy sexual abuse scandal is slowly gathering steam in Italy with increasing media coverage, criminal convictions and the launch Monday of an investigative podcast dedicated to a case that tangentially involved Pope Francis. A Sicilian court last week convicted a priest of sexual violence and attempted sexual violence against three minors and sentenced him … Read more

Pope Meets With Child Protection Board As Events Show Abuse Scandal Isn’t Going Away

Pope Francis sought to encourage his child protection board on Thursday to continue helping victims, as new developments outside the Vatican underscored that the Catholic Church’s clergy sex abuse scandal isn’t going away anytime soon. Francis met with his Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which is expected to soon release the first-ever audit … Read more

No Justice? Vatican Rejects Auditor’s Lawsuit In Case Exposing Dirty Laundry

The Vatican tribunal has rejected a wrongful termination lawsuit brought by the Holy See’s former auditor general and ordered him to pay restitution in a case that exposed the unseemly side of Pope Francis’ financial reforms. Libero Milone and his late deputy had sued the Holy See for 9.3 million euros, claiming they were essentially … Read more

Pope’s Doctrine Chief In Hot Water Over Unearthed Orgasm Book

The Vatican’s new doctrine chief is raising eyebrows over a book he wrote as a young priest describing orgasms in graphic terms. The out-of-print, Spanish-language book penned by now-Cardinal Victor Manuel Fernandez, entitled “The Mystical Passion: Spirituality and Sensuality,” is similar in tone to another Fernandez book that sparked scandal soon after he was appointed, … Read more

The Pope’s Absolute Power, And The Problems It Can Cause, On Display In Two Vatican Trials

Two Vatican trials are coming to a head this week and posing uncomfortable questions for the Holy See, given they both underscore Pope Francis’ power as an absolute monarch and the legal, financial and reputational problems that can arise when he wields it. On Wednesday, the Vatican’s former in-house auditor was in court for a … Read more

Vatican Prosecutor Seeks 7 Years in Jail for Cardinal, Confiscation of $460 Million from 10 Defendants

The Vatican prosecutor asked a court Wednesday to convict 10 people, including a cardinal, of a range of financial crimes, sentence them to three to 13 years in prison and order the confiscation of some 415 million euros ($460 million) to pay the Holy See back for bad investments and financial losses over the past … Read more

Vatican Questions How Priest Moved $17 Million Meant For Missionary Work Into Investment Fund

The Vatican is seeking clarity after the former director of its U.S. missionary fundraising office oversaw the transfer of at least $17 million of its endowment and donations into a new nonprofit and private equity fund that he created and currently manages, The Associated Press has learned. The new management of the Pontifical Mission Societies … Read more

Pope Tries to Encourage Abuse Prevention Board Amid Turmoil

Pope Francis sought to encourage his embattled child protection advisory board Friday, following weeks of turmoil sparked by the latest resignation of a founding member and fresh questions about its direction. Francis urged his Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors to pursue a “spirituality of reparation” with abuse survivors and build a culture of … Read more

Vatican Takes Away Paint Brushes of Serial Abuser

Pope Francis’ Jesuit religious order has decided to prohibit a prominent Jesuit artist whose mosaics decorate churches around the globe from pursuing his artistic activity after 15 more people came forward with fresh accusations against him of spiritual, sexual and psychological abuse. The Jesuits told The Associated Press that they are weighing further disciplinary measures … Read more