Did Pope Francis Actually Condemn Homosexuals Being Allowed in the Seminaries?

Pope Francis allegedly told Italian bishops to not permit gay men to train for the priesthood, with two Italian newspapers claiming that the 87-year-old pontiff made a homophobic slur in a closed-door meeting last week. Citing sources from inside the meeting, the Corriere della Sera and La Repubblica newspapers reported Monday that the Pope had … Read more

Former Priest Sentenced to 25 Years after Pleading Guilty to Drugging, Molesting 17 Men

A former Catholic priest in Louisiana has been sentenced to 25 years in prison after pleading guilty to drugging and molesting 17 men he had met in New Orleans’ French Quarter, according to prosecutors. Stephen Sauer, 61, admitted to targeting men who appeared to be “intoxicated, lost or in need of assistance,” according to a … Read more

Top German Catholic Cardinal Offers Resignation Over ‘Catastrophe of Sexual Abuse’

A number of U.S. prelates should follow Cardinal Marx’s example and tender their resignations. A top cleric in Germany’s Catholic Church has offered to resign as the Archbishop of Munich, saying he shared “responsibility for the catastrophe of sexual abuse” by church officials. In essence, it is important to me to share the responsibility for … Read more

Vatican Calls on Catholics to Divest from Fossil Fuels

We wish Pope Francis would show as much concern for cleaning-up the financial and sex abuse crisis. The Vatican is urging Catholics and the private sector to “progressively and without delay” divest from fossil fuel producers and other entities that perpetuate climate change. The announcement was made Thursday in “Laudato Si,” a Vatican encyclical written … Read more

How 2018 Became the Catholic Church’s Year from Hell

A prominent cardinal resigned in disgrace. Grand jurors accused hundreds of Catholic clerics of secretly abusing children. A former Vatican ambassador urged the Pope himself to step down. It was enough for New York’s Cardinal Timothy Dolan to call it the Catholic Church’s “summer of hell.” The cardinal may have been overly optimistic. In fact, the … Read more

D.C. Attorney General Launches Investigation into Catholic Church

Washington, D.C., Attorney General Karl Racine announced Tuesday he has launched a civil investigation into whether the Archdiocese of Washington violated the law by covering up the sexual abuse of minors. “While we generally don’t talk publicly about our confidential enforcement activity, I can report that our office has launched a civil investigation into whether … Read more

Cardinal Wuerl Met Privately with Pope Francis about Crisis in D.C. Diocese

Pope Francis met with embattled Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington last Thursday in Vatican City, where they discussed the cardinal’s personal situation, according to a source familiar with Wuerl’s presentation to local priests in Washington on Monday. Sign the petition asking Pope Francis to accept Cardinal Wuerl’s resignation Wuerl, who is archbishop of Washington, told … Read more

Pennsylvania Attorney General: Cardinal Wuerl is Lying

Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro is accusing Cardinal Donald Wuerl, the archbishop of Washington, of “not telling the truth” as he attempts to defend himself amid criticism and calls for his resignation over the release of a Pennsylvania grand jury reportdetailing allegations of widespread predatory behavior by more than 300 priests against more than 1,000 children. … Read more

USCCB President: Catholic Church Suffers from ‘Crisis of Sexual Morality’

The sexual abuse accusations against a prominent American archbishop reveal a “grievous moral failure” within the Catholic Church, the president of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops said on Tuesday. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the Catholic bishops conference, also said the conference “will pursue the many questions” about the accusations against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick … Read more