A judge in Miami ruled that former Salvadoran Gen. Jose Guillermo Garcia "assisted or otherwise participated in" torture and assassinations, including the death of Archbishop Oscar Romero.
"I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil that some priests ... and to ask for forgiveness for the damage they have done by sexually abusing children."
In the past, Catholics who answered their bishops' call to serve on abuse commissions were ignored. Will the new commission be more of the same?
We say: It's tempting to look at news about sex abuse and church finances and conclude that the system is broken. In reality, it's the clerical system that's broken.
After decades of often secretive financial management decisions, the Philadelphia archdiocese is making progress toward tackling a chronic operating deficit and meeting its financial obligations.
The Italian bishops' conference encouraged its members to cooperate with civil authorities in cases of clerical sexual abuse, but said the bishops have no legal obligation to report abuse.
Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Charles Scicluna to take testimony in Scotland's St. Andrews and Edinburgh archdiocese, where disgraced Cardinal Keith O'Brien was archbishop.
Faith and Justice: The bishops' annual report on abuse is not fun reading. Every allegation is bad news, but there is a bit of a silver lining.
Of particular concern are four dioceses that would not allow any audits and the fact that "most" dioceses do not allow or conduct audits of parishes or schools.
Opinion: Francis can earn little credibility about his devotion to the poor if he does not first embrace those whose lives have been impoverished by his church.