Irish cardinal ashamed over abuse cases — will he resign or not?

March 18, 2010
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Cardinal Seán Brady after Mass in Armagh, 17 March 2010/Cathal McNaughton

Cardinal Seán Brady, the Patriarch of Ireland, said at his St Patrick’s Day Mass that he was “ashamed that I have not always upheld the values that I profess and believe in.” This sermon came after days of calls for his resignation after it was revealed that he played a small part in keeping quiet the case of an abusive priest in 1975. Although he said back in December that he would resign if it turned out he had caused any child to suffer, Brady has refused to step down over this case despite loud calls in Ireland for him to do so.

Vatican to probe claims of Virgin Mary apparitions at Medjugorje

March 17, 2010
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Catholic pilgrims in Medjugorje, 25 June 2009/Damir Sagolj

The Vatican has opened an investigation into reported apparitions of the Virgin Mary at the small town of Medjugorje in southern Bosnia which have drawn more than 30 million pilgrims and divided the Catholic Church.

German Catholics urge pope to speak out on sex scandals

By Reuters Staff
March 15, 2010
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"... And the pope is silent" reads the front page headline in this Hamburg daily, 15 March 2010

Catholic daily buries the news in sexual abuse headline

March 13, 2010

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Headlines are supposed to highlight the news, but sometimes the news is uncomfortable. Like the sexual abuse cases for the Roman Catholic Church. Avvenire, the daily newspaper of the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference, played down the big news in its front-page headline on Saturday about an  interview with the head of the Vatican office dealing with charges of sexual abuse against priests.

Irish bookmaker slashes odds on pope’s resignation

By Reuters Staff
March 12, 2010
Pope Benedict XVI waves as he arrives to lead his weekly audience in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican March 10, 2010.  REUTERS/Alessia Pierdomenico

Pope Benedictat his weekly audience in the Vatican March 10, 2010/Alessia Pierdomenico

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

Germany says Catholic Church covered up sexual abuse

By Reuters Staff
March 9, 2010
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Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger at the chancellery in Berlin March 3, 2010/Thomas Peter

Irish abuse crisis aftershocks hit German, Dutch Catholic churches

March 5, 2010
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Bavarian flag at St. Peter's Basilica after Pope Benedict's election, 23 April 2005/Tom Heneghan