Catholic activist Sr. Simone Campbell has suggested that senior clergy at the Vatican are more preoccupied with power than confronting issues like clerical sexual abuse.
Catholic Church sexual abuse cases
Sexual abuse lawsuits: New Ulm diocese becomes 14th in nation to file for bankruptcy as a way of managing compensation to victims.
We say: We are at a crucial point when it comes to the issue of clergy sex abuse. Yes, the buck stops with Pope Francis, but the burden is also on everyone inside the Vatican to address it.
U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke spent two days in Guam interviewing witnesses and alleged victims in a clerical sexual abuse case against Archbishop Anthony S. Apuron of Agana.
Irish Cardinal Desmond Connell, the retired archbishop of Dublin, died Feb. 21 at the age of 90.
Cardinal Raymond Burke arrived in Guam Feb. 15 as the presiding judge in a church trial investigating allegations of sexual abuse leveled against Archbishop Anthony Apuron of Agana.
Pope Francis on clerical sex abuse: In an unusual move, the pontiff's comments on clerical sex abuse were published as a preface to a new book by Daniel Pittet, a Swiss victim who was sexually abused for four years by a priest when he was a child.
In a wide-ranging discussion, members of Australia's Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and experts called to testify discussed how good business practices might or might not make children less vulnerable.
The hearing included discussion of church governance, celibacy and what seminarians are being taught about power and leadership.
Pope Francis meets with Irish bishops Jan. 20: Telling the bishops of Ireland that he wanted to hear their questions, concerns and even criticisms, Pope Francis spent almost two hours in conversation with them. In the continuing evolution of the "ad limina" visits bishops are required to make to the Vatican, Pope Francis met Jan. 20 with 26 Irish bishops and set aside a practice that began with Pope Benedict XVI: writing a speech to the group, but handing the text to them instead of reading it.
Vatican City: The updated 1985 guidelines insist that candidates for the priesthood learn how to be "shepherds 'with the smell of the sheep,' " and also highlights lessons learned from the sexual abuse scandal.