Undaunted cardinal says John Paul backed his praise for hiding abuser

April 17, 2010
golias castrillon letter

Castrillon Hoyos letter congratulating Bishop Pierre Pican/Golias

A former Vatican cardinal who congratulated a French bishop for hiding a sexually abusive priest has said he acted with the approval of the late Pope John Paul, a Spanish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Embarrassing Vatican letter hailing bishop who hid predator priest

April 15, 2010

Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos

As a tide of previously confidential Catholic Church documents about child sexual abuse by priests has risen over recent weeks, the Vatican has been able to say that none of them was a “smoking gun” proving it had instructed bishops to cover up the scandals. This defense looks thinner than ever with the posting of a 2001 letter by Cardinal Darío Castrillón Hoyos congratulating (yes, congratulating!) a bishop for not only hiding a self-confessed serial abuser but earning himself a criminal sentence for doing so. For more on the 2001 case, click here.

Vatican scoffs at Dawkins idea of arresting pope while in Britain

April 13, 2010
dawkins bus

Richard Dawkins on a bus at the launch of an atheist advertising campaign in London January 6, 2009/Andrew Winning

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

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010

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

Vatican puts abuse rules online to quell critics

April 12, 2010
vatican sky

The dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. April 4, 2005/Alessia Pierdomenico

Pope did not impede defrocking of abusive priest: Vatican

By Reuters Staff
April 10, 2010
ratzinger signature

The signature of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on a 1985 letter about Father Stephen Kiesle, shown after its release to Reuters April 9, 2010/Sam Mircovich

Africa also suffers sex abuse by priests: Joburg RC archbishop

April 8, 2010
africa crucifix

A member of the faithful shows a crucifix to Pope Benedict XVI during a youth rally at the Dos Coqueiros stadium in Luanda, Angola March 21, 2009/Alessandro Bianchi

Pope seen undeterred by abuse scandal, reform calls

March 29, 2010
pope palm

Pope Benedict leads Palm Sunday Mass at the Vatican March 28, 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

NYT’s long paper trail on Rome, Ratzinger and abusive priest

March 25, 2010
abuse protest

Protesters hold pictures of Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone and Pope Benedict XVI at demonstration against child sexual abuse at the Vatican 25 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Catholic bishops see campaign against Church over child sex abuse

March 22, 2010

Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco and Pope Benedict in Paul VI hall at the Vatican 25 April/Osservatore Romano