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How are abusive priests able to relocate abroad?

The Vatican's laws are clear, but often ignored. ... Read more»

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Could the Vatican face racketeering charges for harboring abusive clergy?

The RICO Act was designed to combat organized crime groups like the Mafia. But a growing number of advocates in the U.S. see the recent FIFA investigation as a precedent for a possible criminal investigation into the Holy See’s role in child sexual abuse cases.... Read more»

Pope Francis needs to do more to stop priest sex abuse, advocates say

Five experts on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church weigh in on whether Pope Francis has done enough to address one of the the church’s biggest challenges.... Read more»

S. America has become safe haven for Catholic Church's alleged child molesters

The Catholic Church has allowed priests accused of sexually abusing children in the United States and Europe to relocate to poor parishes in South America, a yearlong GlobalPost investigation has found. The Vatican has no comment.... Read more»

Pope Francis' drug war riffs keep offending Mexico

First he warns of the impending 'Mexicanization' of Argentina. Then he says 'the devil is punishing Mexico.' ¿Qué pasa, Francisco?... Read more»1

Analysis

Pope Francis's response to clergy sex abuse tripped up by Vatican loophole

Pope Francis doesn't actually have the power to fix the crisis. Bishops do. ... Read more»

How the pope’s nod to El Salvador's Oscar Romero energizes the Catholic left

It is hard to imagine a more dramatic tale of martyrdom.... Read more»

U.S. bishops take aim at sterilization

A toughening of Catholic medical directives could include enforcing a ban on tubal ligations. ... Read more»

Cuba: 8 great stories to help you understand what's going on

It’s a busy time of year for a big news story to break. But we've got you covered. Here's what you need to know about what's going on in Cuba:... Read more»

Analysis

How American nuns prevailed over the Vatican

After a bitter, six-year investigation of American nuns, the Vatican has offered the olive branch.... Read more»

Analysis

How far can a reform-minded pope go?

Pope Francis is a change agent rivaled by few other figures in power today. Does a reform-driven pope have the power to change doctrine?... Read more»

Analysis

Exiled priest accuses Vatican of heresy

Father Roy Bourgeois has spent the better part of his 76 years like a polemical Don Quixote, tilting against the powerful windmills of his time: the U.S. military, Latin American dictatorships, the State Department, federal courts — and now the Vatican.... Read more»

In El Paso, a mirror of Catholicism's challenges

Catholicism remains the religion of choice for most people in El Paso, but membership in the church has declined. How the church adapts to modern societal beliefs will be reflected by what happens to its membership there. ... Read more»

Pope splits hairs on whether U.S. should bomb Islamic State

Francis endorses 'stopping' but not 'bombing' the militant group, invoking 'just war theory.' What is a reasonable moral limit on military violence in the face of terror?... Read more»

Analysis

American nuns congregate as standoff with Vatican continues

Two years after the nuns were accused of "radical feminism" and assigned a male minder, will either side finally blink?... Read more»

40 Mexican bishops taking 'intensive' exorcism course

Some 40 Catholic bishops in Mexico are taking an 'intensive' exorcism course led by an Italian priest who says he's personally conducted 1,650 exorcisms.... Read more»1

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