| Nov 25, 2011
| 3:00 AM
Child abuse demands that we choose sides. The victim demands that we speak up and take action; the perpetrator demands that we remain silent. Do-nothing bystanders collude with the abuser, enabling him to continue devouring children. That's what is...
| May 2, 2012
| 10:30 AM
It is difficult to describe my feelings on reading about the horrific story years of violence and sexual abuse of Catholic school children at the hands of John Merzbacher ("Prepared to make their voices heard," April 29).
That there could be any chance...
| Apr 20, 2005
With the election of a new pope yesterday, the networks once again interrupted regular programming to join the all-news cable channels for continuous live coverage from the Vatican. Instantly, tens of millions of screens in homes and offices around the...
| Feb 18, 2005
Maurice Blackwell, the former priest of St. Edward Roman Catholic Church in West Baltimore, was convicted yesterday of molesting a parish choirboy, who years later shot him.
The defrocked priest, found guilty of three counts of child sexual abuse that...
| Dec 17, 2002
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops won Vatican approval yesterday for their revised sex abuse policy, requiring every diocese to bar priests who molest children from working in the church.
Vatican authorization makes the plan church law for the United...
| Aug 13, 2014
| 12:40 PM
A 52-year-old Orlando man, motivated by Pope Francis' call for the Catholic church to make reparations to victims of sexual abuse, has filed a lawsuit against the Orlando Catholic Diocese alleging he was molested by a priest in the 1970s.
"This is the...
| Jul 31, 2014
| 6:47 AM
A group that has been a thorn in the side of the Catholic church for 25 years is expanding its crusade against pedophile priests to other religious leaders accused of sexual abuse.
Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) celebrates its 25th...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 12:59 PM
Pope Francis met for the first time with victims of clerical sexual abuse on Monday and pledged that bishops who covered up such abuse of minors would be held accountable.
Likening the abuse to a “sacrilegious cult” that drove its victims...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 3:09 AM
The article on the front page of the July 8 Morning Call, with Pope Francis begging for forgiveness during his homily, has moved me very much back to my faith after I was turned away by the atrocities committed by the upper echelon of the Roman Catholic...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 11:16 AM
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke, a Roman Catholic who has clashed with Chicago’s Cardinal Francis George, has presided over two gay weddings this year, including a double wedding last week.
The double ceremony, held at Keith House in...
| Jul 7, 2014
| 7:09 AM
Pope Francis told victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clerics the Church should "weep and make reparation" for crimes he said had taken on the dimensions of a sacrilegious cult.
"For some time now I have felt in my heart deep pain and suffering,"...
| May 7, 2014
At what point does the Roman Catholic Church declare that molesting and abusing children ("Vatican panel on sexual abuse meets, plans to tackle church coverups," May 3) is not just a moral issue but a legal one, and a felony that certainly should be...