Aug 31, 2011 15:33 EDT
PARIS (Reuters) - Dissident Austrian priests defying their Catholic Church with calls for married clergy, women priests and other reforms enjoy wide public support, according to a new poll on a dispute that could lead to their dismissal.
Aug 29, 2011 17:23 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Chicago's Catholic archdiocese will allow dozens of former priests accused of child sexual abuse to be identified as part of a settlement that moves the church closer to naming all offending clergy, a lawyer for abuse victims said on Monday.
Aug 29, 2011 14:11 EDT
A drive for reform by Austrian priests, urging the ordination of women and an end to celibacy, is meeting with widespread support, according to a new survey published Monday.
Aug 25, 2011 15:59 EDT
BOSTON (Reuters) - The Catholic Archdiocese of Boston published for the first time on Thursday a comprehensive list of 159 names of its clergy accused of sexually abusing children.
Aug 22, 2011 17:19 EDT
MINNEAPOLIS (Reuters) - A lawyer representing a victim of priest abuse in a lawsuit against the Roman Catholic church said on Monday Vatican documents show the church hierarchy and the pope were ultimately responsible.
Aug 19, 2011 16:47 EDT
MADRID (Reuters) - Pope Benedict listened to prayers for victims of sexual abuse on Friday as he presided at a huge procession for tens of thousands of young people in Spain.
Aug 19, 2011 15:41 EDT
Pope Benedict XVI, seated before a sea of young pilgrims in Madrid, led a service Friday recalling Christ's crucifixion and the world's sins, including rape and crimes against children.
Aug 17, 2011 16:34 EDT
The Vatican on Wednesday took the unprecedented decision to release confidential files about an abuse case in the United States in an attempt to defend itself against accusations of a cover-up.
Aug 17, 2011 13:28 EDT
PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Catholic Diocese of Trenton, New Jersey, has agreed to pay $1 million to five men who said they were molested by a priest when they were altar boys, their attorney said on Wednesday.
Aug 16, 2011 06:57 EDT
AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A Dutch commission investigating sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests has found an unusually high number of deaths of minors at a church-run hospital in the early 1950s, the public prosecutor said.
Jul 25, 2011 12:39 EDT
The Vatican on Monday recalled its envoy to Ireland to formulate an official response to a damning report on the Catholic Church's handling of child abuse by priests that sparked government outrage.
Jul 20, 2011 23:52 EDT
Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny launched a blistering attack on the Vatican, accusing it of "dysfunction, disconnection and elitism" in its failure to tackle clerical child sex abuse.
Jul 20, 2011 07:28 EDT
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict will meet Jews and Muslims on his visit to his German homeland in September, the Vatican said on Wednesday.
Jul 19, 2011 16:19 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - The Vatican's choice of a strict conservative to lead the scandal-tainted Philadelphia archdiocese reflects the church's overall approach to the sex abuse crisis, church critics and analysts said.
Jul 19, 2011 12:28 EDT
Jul 17, 2011 18:58 EDT
BERLIN (Reuters) - A German Catholic priest has been arrested on suspicion of sexually abusing a child, police said Sunday.
Jul 17, 2011 10:02 EDT
BERLIN (Reuters) - German police have arrested a Catholic priest on suspicion of sexually abusing a child, Der Spiegel magazine reported on its website, citing the prosecutor's office.
Jul 15, 2011 21:35 EDT
CHICAGO (Reuters) - An Illinois-based Catholic group agreed on Friday to pay $1.75 million to the father of a 14-year-old boy who was allegedly sexually abused by one of its priests in Florida after the two met in an Internet chatroom.
Jul 13, 2011 17:43 EDT
DUBLIN (Reuters) - The Catholic Church in Ireland concealed the sexual abuse of children by priests as recently as 2009, a decade after it introduced rules to protect minors, and the Vatican was complicit in the cover-up, a government report said on Wednesday.
Jul 02, 2011 14:16 EDT
The Vatican is turning to the Internet in its struggle against child abuse with a new website allowing clergy around the world to share information on eradicating the problem.