Pope Francis has established a task force “in order to assist the Episcopal Conferences in the preparation and updating of guidelines for the protection of minors”.
The Vatican pointman on child abuse has insisted that with new papal initiatives since a watershed anti-pedophilia summit in Rome last year “silence and cover-ups” in the Church are now “a thing of the past”.
It’s been a year since Church leaders, abuse survivors and experts came to the Vatican for an unprecedented summit entitled the “Protection of Minors in the Church”.
The Nunciature in Poland has said it has “no information” on reports of a supposedly imminent Vatican investigation of the Archbishop of Gdańsk.
A German bishop is shaking his head at the “loud, loveless and terrifyingly excessive criticism” of the national Church’s “synodal path” reform process as path working groups meet today for the first time.
Spanish Catholic women are “losing patience” with the Church, saying that “without deep changes, the Church will never be the Church of Jesus”.
Experts at a Dresden diocesan conference have warned that the clerical abuse of power represents an “existential threat” to the Church as they called on the faithful to “step up” their demands for reform.
The “biggest ever” trial of a pedophile priest in Poland is again pointing up the national Church’s negligence on the clerical sex abuse of children.
The debate among survivors, their advocates and Vatican experts continues over the Church’s will to implement a “zero tolerance” policy for pedophile priests.
A German television program has accused Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI of covering up for and meeting with a pedophile priest.
It’s full steam ahead in Germany for that country’s Church’s “synodal path” reforms despite the Pope’s ‘no’ for the moment to worldwide change in his post-Amazon Synod apostolic exhortation.
Poland is in the grip of a “true vocations crisis”, but the country is still home to one-in-four new priests in Europe, statistics have shown.
Bishops in Spain, Italy, France and other countries are still not applying “zero tolerance” policies for priest abusers and their enablers, abuse survivors said in Rome February 17.
The Church in Poland is struggling to shake the shadow of negligence on clerical sex abuse despite going into damage control on the case of an alleged pedophile bishop.
The French Church is not cooperating fully with the independent Church sex abuse inquiry, a survivor has denounced.
A Swiss bishop is floundering under allegations he covered up the sexual abuse of a cathedral priest.
German Catholics are pledging to fight on for married priests and female deacons despite the letdown of the Pope overlooking both issues in his Amazon exhortation.
Laypeople, too, are lamenting Pope Francis’ “lack of courage for real reforms” on the married priesthood and the ordination of women in his apostolic exhortation on the Amazon Synod.
The Vatican is investigating a serving Polish bishop for the alleged sexual abuse of a then 15-year-old girl.
“Something is very wrong”; “the clock is ticking”. These are some of the latest reactions as the “crisis point” in the Irish Church reaches an apocalyptic level.
A German archbishop has said that that country’s ‘synodal path’ participants are not “revolutionaries”, but instead are seeking a better “Church of the future”.
One of the strongest speeches of the first synodal assembly was probably made by a religious sister describing the system of fear in the Church.
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon, France – recently acquitted on appeal of the cover-up of clergy sex abuse, and now tipped for a new Vatican post – has blamed his prosecution on the persecution of Christians in modern society.
Don’t be “afraid of humiliation”. Let us ask the Lord to send us “some” to “make us humble”, so we can “imitate Jesus better”. The Pope’s exhortation came at Mass, Friday morning, at Casa Santa Marta, in the Vatican.
A “synodal path” participant who describes themself as non-binary caused a sensation in the German Church by speaking truth to power at the first synodal assembly in Frankfurt.
No to clericalism and yes to greater co-responsibility and participation on the part of laypeople in the Church. Those were the keys to the first assembly on the German synodal path which took place this past weekend in Frankfurt.