Church Prosecutor: Parents Have Duty to Report Abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholic parents have a “right and duty” to report the sexual abuse of minors, in spite of any “ill-informed and misplaced considerations of loyalty” to their church, the Vatican’s chief sex abuse investigator said. Monsignor Charles J. Scicluna...

New Orleans Bids Adieu to Legendary Archbishop

NEW ORLEANS (RNS) Thousands of mourners paid their final respects Thursday (Oct. 6) to legendary Archbishop Philip M. Hannan as his casket was slowly lowered beneath the sanctuary of St. Louis Cathedral to rest near eight predecessors. “We thank God this day for...

Amnesty International Slams Irish Catholic Church on Abuse

VATICAN CITY (RNS) A new report by the Irish branch of Amnesty International says the sexual abuse of children by Ireland’s Roman Catholic priests “included acts that amounted to torture and inhuman and degrading treatment.” The 430-page report, released Monday (Sept....

Bishop Says Anti-abortion Activist not Facing Charges

(RNS) Just days after prominent anti-abortion activist Rev. Frank Pavone was ordered to suspend his work as head of Priests for Life, Pavone and his bishop, Patrick J. Zurek of Amarillo, Texas, are seeking a way out of the tense standoff. Pavone told reporters in...