How Pope Francis Opened the Vatican to Transgender Sex Workers

Sea gulls soared over St. Peter’s Square as Laura Esquivel, clad in tight leather pants, aimed herself toward the high walls of the Holy See. “It’s not too much? My makeup?” she asked, self-consciously touching a rouged cheek. “I don’t care what people think. But this is the pope.” She hurried into the Vatican’s cavernous … Read more

Argentine Court Convicts Sexual Predators Ignored by Pope Francis

An Argentine court on Monday found two priests and a lay worker guilty of the sexual abuse and rape of 10 former students of a Catholic institute for the deaf, the first legal victory for a string of hearing-impaired victims stretching from Italy to the Andes whose denunciations against one of the clerics to church … Read more

Vatican Seeks to Indict Two Priests in Abuse Case Within Its Own Walls

The Vatican’s criminal prosecutors have requested the indictment of a priest accused of abusing an altar boy at a youth seminary steps away from St. Peter’s Basilica — a rare case involving claims of abuse within the city-state’s walls. A Vatican statement Tuesday said prosecutors were also seeking an indictment of the youth seminary’s former … Read more

This Archbishop Called on the Pope to Resign – Now He’s in an Undisclosed Location

In the instant he became one of the most controversial figures in modern Catholic Church history, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò went dark. The retired Vatican ambassador to Washington wrote a bombshell letter last summer calling on Pope Francis to resign on the grounds that he had tolerated a known sexual abuser. As that letter was … Read more