Many U.S. Catholics have independent streak – survey

October 28, 2011

A majority of American Roman Catholics feel strongly about the sacraments and traditional church values such as caring for the poor, but they may not agree with the church teachings on topics such as abortion, same-sex marriage and maintaining a celibate, male clergy, a survey has found.

Belgium’s Catholic sex abuse scandal prompts questions on mandatory celibacy

September 22, 2010

mechelen 1Three Roman Catholic bishops in Belgium, reacting to damaging sexual abuse scandals in their ranks, have taken the rare step of urging their Church to consider easing its ban on married men in the priesthood.

Homosexuality, not celibacy, linked to pedophilia, says Vatican #2

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010
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Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a news conference in Santiago April 12, 2010/Ivan Alvarado

In Catholic debate on celibacy, “ask about” is different from “question”

March 12, 2010
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Cardinal Christoph Schönborn addresses a news conference in Vienna November 7, 2008S/Heinz-Peter Bader

A Mafia-like “omertà” on sexual abuse in the Catholic hierarchy?

March 12, 2010
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Protest against the clergy child sex abuse scandal in Boston outside Cardinal Bernard Law's Sunday Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross, on Mother's Day, May 12, 2002/Jim Bourg

Focus turns to pope as German, Dutch sex abuse scandals unfold

March 11, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 2 Feb 2010/Max Rossi