Vatican’s Archives Shed Light on the Legion of Christ Scandal

The recently opened archives of Pope Pius XII have shed new light on claims the World War II-era pope didn’t speak out about the Holocaust. But they’re also providing details about another contentious chapter in Vatican history: the scandal over the founder of the Legionaries of Christ. Entire books have already been written about the … Read more

Women Who Say They Were Abused By Rupnik Ask For His Mosaics To Be Removed

Five women who say they were psychologically, spiritually and sexually abused by a famous ex-Jesuit artist asked Catholic bishops around the world on Friday to remove his mosaics from their churches, saying their continued display in places of worship was “inappropriate” and retraumatizing to victims. Separately, the pope’s top anti-abuse adviser urged Vatican offices to … Read more

Claiming Religious Freedom, US Bishop Concerned Their Illegal Immigration Gravy Train Is In Jeopardy

Government officials would be infringing on religious freedom if they were to restrict the Catholic Church’s work serving migrants along the U.S.-Mexico border, says a top U.S. bishop. Archbishop Timothy Broglio, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, addressed the issue this week while in Louisville, Kentucky, for a USCCB meeting where migration issues, … Read more

Why US Catholics are Planning Pilgrimages in Communities Across the Nation

A long-planned series of Catholic pilgrimages has begun across the United States this weekend, with pilgrims embarking on four routes before converging on Indianapolis in two months for a major gathering focusing on Eucharistic rites and devotions. The National Eucharistic Pilgrimage is beginning with Masses and other events in California, Connecticut, Minnesota and Texas. A … Read more

WATCH: Guatemala Authorities Raid NGO Over Concerns of Child Trafficking

  From the Associate Press: Guatemalan prosecutors raided the offices of the charity Save the Children on Thursday, citing a complaint alleging the violation of migrant children’s rights. Prosecutor Rafael Curruchiche said in a video to media that the complaint filed by an unidentified foreigner had raised serious concerns because it involved allegations of abuse … Read more

Polish Catholics Get New Leader as Church Struggles to Reckon with Sexual Abuse

The leaders of Poland’s influential Catholic Church on Thursday chose moderate Archbishop Tadeusz Wojda to be their new principal, at a time when the church is still struggling to reckon with the abuse of minors by some Polish clergy, while the number of Poles going to church has fallen sharply. At a two-day conference, bishops … 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

Sex Abuse by Catholic Nuns Often Overlooked, so Survivors Band Together to Raise Awareness

On Wednesdays, the support group meets over Zoom. The members talk about their lives, their religious families and their old parochial schools. But mostly, they are there to talk about the sexual abuse they suffered at the hands of Catholic nuns. The topic deserves more attention, they say. The sexual abuse of children by Catholic … 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