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California ‘confession bill’ viewed as violation of religious liberty

LOS ANGELES — A bill making its way through the California Legislature would make the state the first since 1999 to require priests to...

Retired Pope Benedict publishes reflection on abuse crisis

VATICAN CITY — Retired Pope Benedict XVI, acknowledging his role in helping the Catholic Church come to terms with the clerical sexual abuse crisis...

Polish cardinal, St. John Paul’s aide, defends pontiff’s record on abuse

WARSAW, Poland — A close aide to St. John Paul II has vigorously defended the late pope’s handling of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy...

Nuns hope more women at summit sets standard for future Vatican...

ROME — The Catholic sisters who took part in Pope Francis’ summit on clergy sexual abuse say they hope the presence of a dozen...

Clericalism, abuse of power, at heart of sex abuse crisis, cardinal...

VATICAN CITY — The abuse crisis in the Catholic Church is a call for bishops to unmask the deep-seated clericalism that placed protection of...

Head of U.S. bishops says new ‘season’ could come after abuse...

WASHINGTON — The laity may be angry over the most recent revelations of the Catholic Church’s sex abuse crisis, but bishops, particularly younger ones,...

Vatican abuse summit will underline need to end cover-ups, official says

VATICAN CITY — The aim of Pope Francis’ February meeting on abuse and safeguarding is to clarify and underline what must and must not...

Pope Francis at meeting with Curia: Church will spare no effort...

VATICAN CITY  — Acknowledging the gravity of the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis told members of the Roman Curia that the church's strength...

Update: Illinois attorney general releases report on clergy sex abuse

CHICAGO (CNS) — A preliminary report released Dec. 19 by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan shows clergy sexual abuse of minors in the state...

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