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Journalist Peter Steinfels analyzes context of Pa. abuse report, what lies...

PHILADELPHIA -- The clergy sex abuse crisis that engulfed the U.S. church -- and has since spread globally -- requires understanding it as context...

U.S. attorney, federal grand jury subpoena all eight dioceses in Pennsylvania

PHILADELPHIA -- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has received a subpoena as part of a federal grand jury investigating allegations of child sexual abuse and...

Cardinal Wuerl says he’ll meet with Pope Francis to discuss pending...

WASHINGTON -- In an effort to bring healing and best serve the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington announced he plans to...

In Pa., victims fund proposed instead of nixing statute of limitations

The Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania should set up a fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse in lieu of the legislature lifting the...

Washington Cardinal Wuerl asks forgiveness, looks for ‘ways of healing’

WASHINGTON -- In an Aug. 30 letter to priests in the archdiocese, Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl asked for "forgiveness for my errors in...

Catholics express despair, disbelief, anger at new abuse revelations

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- After the first allegations of abuse against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick were publicized in mid-June, employees at the U.S. bishops' conference...

Report details rape of children, culture of secrecy that fanned it

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- The report begins dramatically, imploring its readers: "We, the members of this grand jury, need you to hear this." Plain and simple,...

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