German archbishop offers resignation on return from timeout

A prominent Roman Catholic archbishop who faced strong criticism for his handling of the church's sexual abuse scandal in Germany said Wednesday that he has offered his resignation to Pope Francis following a "spiritual timeout".

Benedict woes come as German church reform pressure rises

A report on decades of clergy sexual abuse in Germany that shone an unflattering spotlight on retired Pope Benedict XVI has added to already strong pressure there for the church to reconsider Catholic rules on issues including homosexuality and women's roles.

Germany's Cardinal Marx calls findings of abuse report a 'disaster' for church

The archbishop of Munich said Thursday that the Catholic church needs deep reform to overcome the "disaster" of sexual abuse.

Retired Pope Benedict faulted over abuse cases during tenure as German archbishop

A long-awaited report on sexual abuse in Germany's Munich diocese on Jan. 20 faulted retired Pope Benedict XVI's handling of four cases when he was archbishop in the 1970s and 1980s. The law firm that drew up the report said that Benedict strongly denies any wrongdoing.