Catholic Church

PARIS | Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

PARIS (AP) — A gay French writer has lifted the lid on what he calls one of the world’s largest gay communities, the Vatican, estimating that most of its prelates are homosexually inclined and attributing much of the current crisis in the Catholic Church to an internecine war among them. In the explosive book, “In … Continue reading PARIS | Bombshell book alleges a Vatican gay subculture, hypocrisy

PANAMA CITY | Pope challenged on sex abuse as young take stage in Panama

PANAMA CITY—Jan 26, 2019— Young people challenged Pope Francis on the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandal and the plight of Christians in the Middle East as the youth took center stage Saturday in the final events of World Youth Day in Panama. After celebrating Mass for Panama’s priests and nuns, Francis had lunch with 10 young … Continue reading PANAMA CITY | Pope challenged on sex abuse as young take stage in Panama

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo’s Catholic church says official election result does not match its tally from 40,000 poll observers

KINSHASA, Congo—Jan 10, 2019—Congo’s Catholic church says official election result does not match its tally from 40,000 poll observers. By Associated Press

KINSHASA, Congo | Congo criticizes Catholic church over election statements

KINSHASA, Congo —Jan 04, 2019— Congo’s election commission on Friday scolded the Catholic church for saying its data show a clear winner in Sunday’s presidential election, asserting that the announcement could incite an “uprising.” The church, a powerful voice in the heavily Catholic nation, has called on the electoral commission to publish the true results … Continue reading KINSHASA, Congo | Congo criticizes Catholic church over election statements

PHILADELPHIA | Naming names: A reckoning is underway in US Catholic Church

PHILADELPHIA  —Jan 03, 2019—Over the past four months, Roman Catholic dioceses across the U.S. have released the names of more than 1,000 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children in an unprecedented public reckoning spurred at least in part by a shocking grand jury investigation in Pennsylvania, an Associated Press review has found. Nearly … Continue reading PHILADELPHIA | Naming names: A reckoning is underway in US Catholic Church

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Jerry Brown caps 5 decades on political scene

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was a matter of life and death in 2015 when California Gov. Jerry Brown pondered an assisted suicide bill granting terminally ill people the right to choose when they die. After much speculation, Brown signed the measure, a victory for “death with dignity” advocates and a blow to the Catholic Church, … Continue reading SACRAMENTO, Calif. | California’s Jerry Brown caps 5 decades on political scene

VATICAN CITY | Pope to priestly sex abusers: Turn yourselves in

VATICAN CITY  — Pope Francis is vowing that the Catholic Church will “never again” cover up clergy sex abuse and is demanding that priests who have raped and molested children turn themselves in. Francis on Friday dedicated his annual Christmas speech to the Vatican bureaucracy to abuse, evidence that a year of devastating revelations has … Continue reading VATICAN CITY | Pope to priestly sex abusers: Turn yourselves in

MANILA, Philippines | US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago

MANILA, Philippines— Three church bells seized by American troops as war trophies more than a century ago were returned to the Philippines on Tuesday in a move long demanded by Filipino leaders, including the current president, who is critical of Washington and has moved closer to China. U.S. defense officials and the American ambassador handed … Continue reading MANILA, Philippines | US returns 3 war bells seized from Philippines a century ago