The Vatican has proposed giving hundreds of women who live like nuns within the troubled Legion of Christ order greater autonomy after a Holy See investigation found serious problems in their regimented communities.
In 2010, former consecrated women spoke of the cult-like conditions they lived in. [Read more...]
Jeff Anderson, the US attorney who has spearheaded more than 1,500 lawsuits against the Catholic Church, has now established a law firm in the UK. [Read more...]
A record number of Austrians turned their back on the Catholic Church
in 2010, the Church said Tuesday, pointing to the abuse scandal as the main reason. [Read more...]
At least 454 people were injured in the Philippines on Sunday as more than 1 million barefoot devotees joined an annual procession to honour a centuries-old statue of a suffering Jesus Christ, known as the Black Nazarene. [Read more...]
The child abuse scandals rocking Belgium’s powerful Catholic Church
are also shaking the faith of followers, with more and more people asking to be struck off baptism registers — a global movement known as “de-baptism
“. [Read more...]
In a series of interviews to appear in a book published this week, Pope Benedict XVI says
for the first time that while the use of condoms
should not be seen as a “moral solution”, it could be justified in stopping the spread of AIDS.
But the Vatican moved Sunday to counter campaigners’ claims of a U-turn
in Church policy, emphasising in a statement that condom use was acceptable only in highly “exceptional” cases, AP reports.
Our take: If you don’t play the game, you don’t get to set the rules
. What people do in the privacy of their bedrooms is none of the Pope’s — or the Catholic Church’s — business. [Read more...]
Facing a drop in attendance and a shortage of priests, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn
plans to close
two churches, fold six parishes into three and impose strict budget constraints on all 198 of its parishes.
The move, announced from pulpits on Sunday, was described by church officials as the first phase of a broad consolidation that will result in further closings or mergers
over the next two years, eventually affecting every parish in the diocese, which serves an estimated 1.5 million Catholics
in Brooklyn and Queens. [Read more...]