Roman Catholicism

June 13, 2019 - 7:24 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has demanded obedience from Vatican ambassadors and reminded them of their duties before him, God and the faithful after years of scandal have tarnished the reputation of the Holy See's diplomatic corps. Francis told envoys they may have reservations about papal...
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This undated photo courtesy of the Diocese of Springfield in Springfield, Ill., shows Quincy's Father Augustine Tolton. Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black priest in America. The pontiff on Wednesday, June 12, 2019, declared the Rev. Augustine Tolton of Quincy "venerable." The Diocese of Springfield announced that the designation means that Tolton lived a life of "heroic virtue." Church officials are investigating possible miracles attributed to Tolton which could lead to his canonization.(photo courtesy the Diocese of Springfield via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 3:58 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Pope Francis has positioned for sainthood a former slave and the first known black Roman Catholic priest in America. The pontiff on Wednesday declared the Rev. Augustine Tolton, of Quincy, to be "venerable." The Diocese of Springfield announced that the designation means...
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J. D. Greear, president of the Southern Baptist Convention, speaks during an Executive Committee plenary meeting at the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday, June 10, 2019, in Birmingham, Ala. ( Jon Shapley/Houston Chronicle via AP)
June 12, 2019 - 3:20 am
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (AP) — Confronting an unprecedented sex-abuse crisis, delegates at the Southern Baptist Convention's national meeting voted Tuesday to make it easier to expel churches that mishandle abuse cases. The Rev. J.D. Greear, president of the nation's largest Protestant denomination,...
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In this June 4, 2019, photo, Dana Nessel, Attorney General of Michigan, listens to a question from reporters in Detroit. Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Texas to Michigan this month, attorneys general are sifting through "secret" files, nondisclosure agreements between the church and families, heart wrenching letters from parents begging for action, priests' own psychiatric evaluations. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
June 11, 2019 - 1:42 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Hundreds of boxes. Millions of records. From Michigan to New Mexico this month, attorneys general are sifting through files on clergy sex abuse, seized through search warrants and subpoenas at dozens of archdioceses. They're looking to prosecute, and not just priests. If the boxes...
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Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, right, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, accompanied by Jose Gomez, archbishop of Los Angeles, make a gesture before the morning prayer during the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), 2019 Spring meetings in Baltimore, Tuesday, Jun 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)
June 11, 2019 - 10:34 am
BALTIMORE (AP) — The nation's Roman Catholic bishops convened a high-stakes meeting Tuesday under pressure to defuse the ever-widening child sexual abuse crisis that has weakened the church. The bishops "face the task of rooting the evil of sexual abuse from the church," Cardinal Daniel DiNardo,...
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Pope Francis is silhouetted as he spreads incense on the altar during a Pentecost Mass in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, June 9, 2019. The Pentecost Mass is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
June 10, 2019 - 10:19 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican issued an official document Monday rejecting the idea that people can choose or change their genders and insisting on the sexual "complementarity" of men and women to make babies. The document, published during LGBT Pride Month, was immediately denounced by LGBT...
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FILE - In this Saturday, June 1, 2019 file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo presides over a Mass of Ordination for seven candidates for the priesthood at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston. On June 4, The Associated Press reported on a Houston woman's allegations that DiNardo mishandled her case alleging sexual and financial misconduct by his deputy. The archdiocese say it "categorically rejects" the story as biased and one-sided. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)
June 09, 2019 - 11:25 am
As the Roman Catholic church's sex abuse scandal grows ever wider in scope in the U.S., bishops convene for a national meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday under heavy pressure to acknowledge their oversight failures and give a larger role to lay Catholics and secular authorities in confronting the...
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FILE - In this Feb. 27, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell, the most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse will soon ask an Australian appeals court to reverse convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a cathedral more than 20 years ago. (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)
June 06, 2019 - 9:06 am
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic to be found guilty of child sex abuse will spend his 78th birthday in an Australian prison on Saturday as three judges consider whether to overturn his convictions on charges of molesting two choirboys in a Melbourne cathedral two decades ago...
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Pope Francis leaves at the end of his weekly general audience in St. Peter square at the Vatican, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. At left is Francis' butler Sandro Mariotti. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
June 06, 2019 - 3:43 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin next month. The meeting comes a day before Catholic leaders from Ukraine meet at the Vatican to discuss the fallout from the schism between the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox Churches. The Vatican confirmed the July 4...
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Laura Pontikes pauses during an interview in the prayer section of her apartment in Houston on April 13, 2019. The 55-year-old Texas construction company executive and mother of three had been seeking God when she began spiritual counselling with Monsignor Frank Rossi. The Galveston-Houston archdiocese acknowledged a sexual relationship between Rossi and Pontikes, but asserted that it was consensual. (AP Photo/Wong Maye-E)
June 06, 2019 - 2:55 am
VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Texas couple that accused top U.S. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of mishandling a sexual misconduct case involving his former deputy is denying his office's claims against them, saying the church is mistreating them the way it mistreats other victims. DiNardo's Galveston-Houston...
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