Dec 18, 2014

British pedophile victim picked for Vatican abuse watchdog

Pope Francis has appointed eight new members from five continents to the Vatican’s child protection body, including a British victim of pedophile priests, the Holy See said Wednesday. The commission of experts, which is tasked with advising Francis on how to deal with a ...

Oct 17, 2014

Bishops slam brakes on reform push for gays and divorcees

Catholic bishops have spoken out against a landmark Vatican report calling for a more open approach to gay believers, presenting a series of strongly worded changes bound to disappoint progressives. A preliminary report on Monday for a special synod of bishops in the Vatican ...

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Oct 14, 2014

Catholic bishops in 'seismic' opening toward gays

Gay rights groups hailed a “seismic shift” by the Catholic Church toward gays on Monday after bishops said homosexuals had gifts to offer the church and that their partnerships, while morally problematic, provided homosexuals with “precious” support. In a preliminary report half-way through a ...

Aug 18, 2014

Pope makes biggest gesture yet to China, eyes ties

Pope Francis made his strongest gesture yet to reach out to China on Sunday, saying he wants to improve relations and insisting that the Catholic Church isn’t coming in as a “conqueror” but is rather a partner in dialogue. Francis outlined his priorities for ...

Benedict resignation effects still felt

Feb 11, 2014

Benedict resignation effects still felt

It was the quietest of announcements that had the effect of a thunderclap on the Catholic world: A year ago Tuesday, Pope Benedict XVI said in a voice so soft that cardinals strained to hear (and in a Latin not all could easily follow) ...