Young Voices: Gender-based violence threatens us all. We each hold the challenge and possibility of a new chapter in our human story. So too does our church.
Commentary: Margaret Nutting Ralph stands in a long line of faithful Catholics who followed God's call to share their gifts only to be oppressed by religious leaders.
In a 107-page sworn affidavit, Jennifer Haselberger alleges her former employer had a "cavalier attitude towards the safety of other children."
"The best thing that could happen is if he left us," said one priest, adding that Archbishop John Nienstedt has not been a good fit for the area.
The crisis of child abuse by clergy is not a thing of the past -- it will linger until the church humbly and courageously reaches out to all people still suffering in silence, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin.
"To some it might seem less than prudent to think that the church would go out of its way to seek out even more victims and survivors," opening up further possibilities for lawsuits, anguish and "trouble," he told representatives from bishops' conferences from around the world.
One of the Irish survivors of clerical sexual abuse who met Pope Francis on Monday described the encounter as a "huge vindication" for her.
The victim, Marie Kane, also asked the pope to remove Cardinal Sean Brady as archbishop of Armagh, Northern Ireland.
Pope Francis told abuse survivors that "despicable actions" caused by clergy have been hidden for too long and had been "camouflaged with a complicity that cannot be explained."
A delegation is being sent by the Vatican to Paraguay to investigate a priest accused of sex abuse in Pennsylvania.
SNAP says breach of contract suit filed against Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese is first of its kind, and a huge victory for survivors of clerical sex abuse.
The defrocking of a former Vatican ambassador is a "sign of the seriousness" with which Pope Francis and the Vatican are approaching the clergy sexual abuse scandal, according to the Holy See's representative to United Nations agencies in Geneva.
Archbishop Silvano Tomasi was tasked with defending the Catholic church's record when he presented reports to the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child and the U.N. Committee Against Torture in Geneva earlier this year.