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

French Bishop Accused of Attempted Rape of Adult Man

A French bishop has been given a preliminary charge of attempting to rape an adult man a decade ago, the Paris prosecutor’s office said Monday. It is the latest of a growing number of accusations of sexual abuse by clergy in France. The Bishops’ Conference of France said the accused bishop, Georges Colomb, contests the … 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

Less-Redacted Maryland Report Still Redacts Several Names of Church Leaders

Maryland’s attorney general released some previously redacted names in its staggering report on child sex abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore on Tuesday, but the names of five Catholic church leaders remained redacted amid ongoing appeals, prompting criticism of the church by victims’ advocates. While the names of the high-ranking church leaders already have been … Read more

Belgian Bishop Says Vatican Has Snubbed Pleas To Defrock Pedophile Ex-Colleague

A prominent Belgian bishop on Sept. 27 criticized the Vatican for failing to defrock a former bishop who admitted sexually abusing children, saying it had led to massive frustration with the highest Roman Catholic authorities. Disgraced bishop Roger Vangheluwe, who was brought down by a sexual abuse scandal 13 years ago, became a symbol in … Read more

German Priests Bless Same-Sex Couples in Defiance of Archbishop

Several Catholic priests held a ceremony blessing same-sex couples outside Cologne Cathedral on Wednesday night in a protest against the city’s conservative archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki. Their protest was triggered by Cologne church officials’ criticism of a priest from Mettmann, a town near Duesseldorf, who in March had held a “blessing ceremony for lovers” … Read more

Francis Claims ‘Backward’ U.S. Conservatives Have Replaced Faith With Ideology

Pope Francis has blasted the “backwardness” of some conservatives in the U.S. Catholic Church, saying they have replaced faith with ideology and that a correct understanding of Catholic doctrine allows for change over time. Francis’ comments were an acknowledgment of the divisions in the U.S. Catholic Church, which has been split between progressives and conservatives … Read more

Sex Abuse Revelations Unwelcome Distraction as Pope Francis Visits Scandal-Hit Portugal

When a panel of experts read aloud some of the harrowing accounts they had collected from recently discovered victims of child sex abuse in the Portuguese Catholic Church, the country’s senior bishops squirmed in the auditorium’s front-row seats. During a live television broadcast, the experts reported in February that at least 4,815 boys and girls … Read more