Sex abuse crisis threatens Pope’s legacy

(27 Dec 2018) Sex abuse scandals around the world have damaged the credibility of the Catholic hierarchy. In 2018, Pope Francis attempted to make amends and laid the groundwork for the future. (Dec. 27)

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Catholic archbishop for the Holy Land arrives in Bethlehem

The Catholic archbishop for the Holy Land, Pierbattista Pizzaballa, arrives in Bethlehem for Christmas celebrations and will later lead midnight mass.

Chicago residents react after new Catholic Church abuse claims

Residents in Chicago react after almost 700 clergymen in Illinois were accused of child sexual assault, a far greater number than the Catholic Church had previously disclosed.

Ill. AG: ‘Obvious’ that church can’t police itself

(20 Dec 2018) Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan says the Catholic dioceses around the state have done a woefully inadequate job of handling the clergy sexual abuse crisis. (Dec. 20)

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Catholic Church beatifies 19 slain clerics in Algeria

Some 1,200 people attend a beatification ceremony in Algeria in the presence of Papal envoy Cardinal Angelo Becciu. The Catholic Church beatified seven French monks and 12 other clergy killed during the country’s civil war, the first ceremony of its kind in a Muslim nation. IMAGES

Italians march against ‘pro-life’ Verona

Thousands of protesters march in the northern Italian city of Verona, after the local council passed a motion to fund Catholic anti-abortion groups.

Thousands gather for canonisation of Pope Paul VI and archbishop

Thousands gather for a ceremony which will see slain Salvadoran archbishop Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI, Catholic giants who sparked controversy during their lifetimes, join the church’s highest rank with an elevation to sainthood. IMAGES

Divisive Polish film skewers Catholic clergy

The Polish film “Kler” (The Clergy) arouses passionate debates in the deeply religious country, winning awards but also triggering calls for it to be banned. Its release comes as the Catholic Church faces a crisis in several countries owing to charges of sexual abuse of children by clergy and lay members, which the Vatican’s chief spokesman has called “a cultural problem” and “very grave sins”.

US priest abuse victims demand transparency from Vatican

US groups representing survivors of sexual abuse by Catholic priests call on the Vatican to publish a list of clerics accused of sexual assault. The calls came after Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to Washington, dropped an 11-page bombshell letter accusing Pope Francis of ignoring sexual abuse allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick.