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Cardinals Debate Marriage Before Crucial Meeting

By Nicole Winfield | Friday Sep 19, 2014
The battle lines are being drawn before a major church meeting on family issues that represents a key test for Pope Francis.

Sex Abuse Files On 30 Chicago Priests Going Public

By Tammy Weber | Tuesday Jan 21, 2014
Thousands of pages of documents showing how the Archdiocese of Chicago handled the sexual abuse of children by priests will be made public Tuesday, providing the broadest look yet into the details of what the archdiocese knew and did - or didn’t do

Gay-Friendly Father Robert Nugent Dies on New Year’s Day

By Winnie McCroy | Thursday Jan 2, 2014
Gay-friendly advocate Father Robert Nugent, who co-founded New Ways Ministry for gay Catholics, passed away on Jan. 1 in Wisconsin.

Anti-Gay Minn. Archbishop Denies Touching Minor

By Amy Forliti | Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a public photo session four years ago, an accusation he strongly d

Pope Excommunicates Priest Who Supports LGBT, Women’s Rights

By Jason St. Amand | Wednesday Sep 25, 2013
Nearly a week after Pope Francis made international headlines for saying the Catholic Church is "obsessed" with abortion rights and gays, reports allege the pontiff excommunicated a priest who advocates for women’s rights and marriage equality.

PA Priest Jailed After Being Caught with Pantsless Boy

By Winnie McCroy | Sunday Sep 22, 2013
A Catholic priest whose ministry included counseling troubled youths is facing charges in northeastern Pennsylvania after police say he admitted to sex acts with a 15-year-old boy.

Vatican Abruptly Ousts Dominican Republic Envoy

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Nicole Winfield | Friday Sep 6, 2013
Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country following his abrupt removal from his post by the Vatican, the attorney general said Wednesday.

Church Tells Scout Troop to Find New Meeting Place

Tuesday Aug 13, 2013
A Boy Scout troop that holds its meeting at a Catholic church in northwestern Wisconsin has been told to start looking for a new place to gather.

Religious Order Files Reveal Decades of LA Abuse

By Gillian Flaccus | Wednesday Jul 31, 2013
Hundreds of pages of secret church files released Wednesday shed light on the troublesome careers of a dozen religious order priests, brothers and nuns accused of sexually abusing children while working in the nation’s largest Roman Catholic archdiocese.

Clergy, Faithful Digest Francis’ Brazil Message

By Bradley Brooks | Tuesday Jul 30, 2013
In word and deed during his trip to Brazil, Pope Francis put clergy and faithful alike on notice: Get energized, go out and spread the Gospel, give the Roman Catholic Church a more active role in society.