First Ever Class Action Labor Lawsuit Filed Against Vatican

Forty-nine Vatican Museums employees have started an unprecedented labour dispute over what they say are unfair and poor conditions at their workplace, which could lead to an embarrassing lawsuit against Pope Francis’ administration. The workers, mostly museum attendants, have sent a petition to the Vatican’s “Governatorato”, the body that administers the Vatican City State, lamenting … Read more

Rockville Center Diocese Wants to End Bankruptcy Without Sex Abuse Deal

A Catholic diocese in Long Island, New York has asked a judge to end its Chapter 11 bankruptcy, after failing to get support from about 530 sex abuse survivors on a proposed $200 million settlement of their claims against the diocese. The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre, New York, which serves about 1.2 million … Read more

Portugal’s Catholic Church to Compensate Sexual Abuse Victims

Portugal’s Catholic Church said on Thursday it will financially compensate victims of child sexual abuse within the Church, setting the amounts to be paid on a case-by-case basis, an approach survivors’ groups have criticised. Members of Portugal’s Bishops’ Conference (CEP) have been meeting since Monday at the Shrine of Fatima in central Portugal to discuss … Read more

Polish Bishop Resigns for Negligence Over Abuse

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of a Polish bishop for negligence in handling cases of sexual abuse committed by some clergy against minors, his representatives in the country said on Saturday, March 9. Andrzej Dziuba, a bishop in Lowicz, had not informed law enforcement authorities about the case of a priest from his diocese who … Read more

Pope Defends Same-Sex Blessings, Claims He’s Misunderstood

Pope Francis on Sunday defended a landmark decision approving blessings for same-sex couples, suggesting that those in the Catholic Church who have resisted it have jumped to “ugly conclusions” because they do not understand it. In a television interview, Francis made his first public comments since the Dec. 18 declaration sparked widespread debate in the … Read more

Senior Vatican Official Makes Case for Married Priests

The Roman Catholic Church should “seriously think” about allowing priests to marry, a senior Vatican official and advisor to Pope Francis said in an interview published on Sunday. “This is probably the first time I’m saying it publicly and it will sound heretical to some people,” Archbishop Charles Scicluna of Malta, who is also adjunct … Read more

Baltimore Becomes 32nd Diocese to Files for US Bankruptcy in Wake of Sex Abuse Lawsuits

Baltimore is the oldest Catholic diocese in the United States. The Archdiocese of Baltimore filed for U.S. bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it intends to seek a settlement of sex abuse claims by people who allege they were abused as children by Catholic priests. The bankruptcy filing was spurred by a Maryland state law set … Read more

Victims March to Rome to Demand ‘Zero Tolerance’ on Church Abuse

A group of Catholic Church abuse victims and their advocates on Wednesday called on Pope Francis to enforce “zero tolerance” against clerical sex abuse, after completing a six-day pilgrimage to Rome carrying a large wooden cross. The 10 men and women walked 130 kilometres (81 miles) along the last stretch of the Via Francigena, a … Read more

‘Open Borders’ Pope Claims Europe Does Not Have a Migrant ‘Emergency’ and Impeding Migrant Rescues is ‘Gesture of Hate’

From Sky News: Pope Francis has challenged European leaders to open their ports to people fleeing hardship and poverty, insisting the continent does not face a migration “emergency” but rather a long-term reality governments must deal with humanely. Francis said talk of a migration “emergency” only fuels “alarmist propaganda” and stokes people’s fears. “Those who … Read more