'Barbaric' Duterte wants daily executions in Philippines

Dec 19, 2016

'Barbaric' Duterte wants daily executions in Philippines

Philippine Catholic leaders and rights groups on Monday condemned as "barbaric" President Rodrigo Duterte's plan to restore the death penalty and execute "five or six" criminals daily. Duterte, 71, has made reviving the death penalty in the mainly Catholic nation his top legislative priority as ...

/ Jul 7, 2016

Divorcees must avoid sex, says U.S. archbishop

The head of the Roman Catholic Church in Philadelphia is closing the door opened by Pope Francis to letting civilly remarried Catholics receive Communion, saying the faithful in his archdiocese can only do so if they abstain from sex and live "as brother and ...

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

/ Jun 17, 2016

Pope's comments on modern marriage raise storm of criticism

Pope Francis has said the "great majority" of Catholic marriages being celebrated today are invalid because couples do not fully realize it is a lifetime commitment, drawing sharp criticism from Church conservatives. The pope, who has come under fire before for making spontaneous comments about ...

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Jun 4, 2016

Pope OKs procedures to remove bishops who botch sex abuse cases

Pope Francis has established legal procedures to remove bishops who botch handling sex abuse cases, saying they can be kicked out of office if the Vatican finds they were negligent in doing their jobs. In a law published Saturday, Francis answered a long-running demand by ...