Louisiana Grand Jury Charges Disgraced Priest With Sexual Assault of Teenage Boy

A state grand jury has charged a now-91-year-old disgraced priest with sexually assaulting a teenage boy in 1975, an extraordinary prosecution that could shed new light on what Roman Catholic Church leaders knew about a child sex abuse crisis that persisted for decades and claimed hundreds of victims. The priest, Lawrence Hecker, has been at … Read more

Top Expert Resigns From Vatican Sex Abuse Committee, Raising Serious Questions About Cardinal O’Malley’s Leadership

Father Hans Zollner, one of the leading members of the Vatican committee against child sexual abuse, said on Wednesday he had resigned from the group, citing concerns over the way it was operating. Zollner was one of the founding members of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, which Pope Francis established in 2014 … Read more

McCarrick Asks Court to Dismiss Sex Assault Case

Lawyers for former Roman Catholic Cardinal Theodore McCarrick filed a motion Monday to dismiss a case charging him with sexually assaulting a boy decades ago, saying the 92-year-old once-powerful American prelate has dementia and is not competent to stand trial. McCarrick pleaded not guilty in September 2021 in the Massachusetts case that alleges the priest … Read more

Midterm Elections Expose Bishops’ Epic Failure To Catechize The Laity

When a majority of Catholics vote to kill children, Bishops must acknowledge most Catholics are on the highway to Hell. In the midterm elections, evangelical Christians across the nation reconfirmed their allegiance to conservative candidates and causes, while Catholic voters once again showed how closely divided they are — even on abortion. On a successful, … Read more

Biden Says Pope Told Him He’s a ‘Good Catholic’ and Should Continue to Receive Communion

U.S. President Joe Biden said on Friday that Pope Francis had told him he should keep receiving Communion, amid fierce debate in the U.S. Church over Biden’s position on abortion. Biden has come under pressure from conservatives at home and his most ardent critics in the U.S. Church hierarchy have said he should be banned … Read more

Pope Taps Former Bank of Italy Exec to Head Watchdog Agency

Pope Francis has tapped a former Bank of Italy executive to take over the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit following a scandal that resulted in the Vatican being suspended from an international anti-money laundering network. Pope Francis has tapped a Bank of Italy executive to take over the Vatican’s financial intelligence unit following a scandal that … Read more