The Chapter 11 bankruptcy was filed nearly four and a half years ago and has accrued at least $16 million and perhaps more than $20 million in legal fees.
Distinctly Catholic: The Vatican published the statutes for the Commission for the Protection of Minors, giving that body canonical and juridical status within the Roman Curia.
The priest says Finn's resignation was the result of "a long, bitter, nasty campaign by many of our brothers and sisters."
Opinion: The Vatican's sterile announcement of Bishop Robert Finn's resignation was an unsuccessful attempt to sanitize the harsh reality of a failed bishop.
Msgr. William Lynn was ordered to return to jail Friday after a hearing that recalled elements of the landmark 2012 trial that resulted in his conviction on a child endangerment charge.
Common Pleas Court Judge Teresa Sarmina revoked bail for Lynn, remanding him to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Northeast Philadelphia.
We say: It is long past time for the church to have a clear process to hold bishops responsible for their actions and inactions.
A Belgian bishop said the president of the bishops' conference urged Catholics to respect a court judgment against him for failing to act on allegations of abuse.
However, Auxiliary Bishop Jean Kockerols of Mechelen-Brussels also said the ruling provoked concern that it could spur more claims for damages, and he said it would take a while for the church to regain credibility.
Examining the Crisis: Victories, whatever their cause, need to be acknowledged, and forcing the resignation of a Catholic bishop is no small accomplishment.
Between July 2013 and June 2014, the church spent $119 million on costs related to sex abuse allegations and $31 million on protective efforts, the report also shows.
Free from prison and living under house arrest since a December 2013 court ruling, Msgr. William Lynn's freedom appeared to be in jeopardy again.
The case of the former secretary for clergy of the Philadelphia archdiocese, the highest-ranking church official in the archdiocese convicted of a crime connected to the clergy sexual abuse crisis, took a dramatic turn Monday when the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned a lower court's ruling that had released him on bail.