| May 5, 2014
| 12:07 PM
The United Nations on Monday linked the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests to torture, stepping up its criticism of the Holy See and, according to one activist group, potentially opening the way to a new wave of lawsuits.
Members of a U....
| Apr 11, 2014
| 8:12 AM
ROME -- Pope Francis on Friday made his first public plea for forgiveness on behalf of priests who have abused children.
“I feel compelled to personally take on all the evil which some priests -- quite a few in number, [although] obviously not...
| Apr 18, 2014
| 4:30 PM
Oscar-nominated director Amy Berg has spent the last two years working on a scandalous new documentary about sex abuse in Hollywood that includes allegations about Bryan Singer, Variety has confirmed.
Michael Egan, who filed a lawsuit this week...
| Nov 8, 2013
| 4:42 PM
Imagine the pope is coming to dinner.
He'll be taking the bus, and he doesn't want you to make a big fuss. It's Francis, after all, the "world's parish priest."
There's a bit of an agenda to his visit. He wants to ask how you feel about some of the...
| Dec 12, 2013
A 27-year-old Chicago man on Wednesday became the first person to identify himself in a sex abuse allegation against former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack.
Darryl McArthur, who like all of McCormack's accusers is...
| Feb 24, 2014
| 12:30 PM
Pope Benedict XVI's unprecedented retirement and subsequent enthusiasm surrounding Pope Francis has certainly stoked interest in the Catholic Church, an organization (with apologies to Dan Brown's readers) that remains shrouded in mystery. Yet PBS'...
| Apr 2, 2014
| 8:30 AM
The 73rd annual Peabody Award winners are a typically eclectic list ranging from hits such as ABC's "Scandal" and AMC's "Breaking Bad" to Netflix's groundbreaking drama "House of Cards" to BBC America's buzzworthy "Orphan Black."
Among the scripted...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 10:16 AM
ROME -- In their toughest and most public questioning to date about sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy, senior Vatican officials came under heavy criticism Thursday from a United Nations committee over their handling of such cases and...
| Jan 23, 2014
| 4:32 PM
The "Weeks in Review" feature is an open thread in which commenters can talk about any current events or cultural phenomena that have caught their attention, including but not limited to the topics brought up in our traditional roundup of......
| Jan 21, 2014
| 10:03 AM
Thousands of pages of secret church documents released Tuesday as part of a court settlement provide an unprecedented look at how the Archdiocese of Chicago for years failed to protect children from abusive priests.
The documents provide new details and...
| Dec 26, 2013
| 2:11 PM
A Pennsylvania appeals court on Thursday overturned the conviction of the first U.S. church official ever charged or convicted in connection with how he handled complaints that priests had sexually abused children.
Msgr. William Lynn, who has never been...
| Dec 11, 2013
| 5:51 PM
A 27-year-old Chicago man on Wednesday became the first person to full identify himself in a sex abuse allegation against former Roman Catholic priest and convicted sex offender Daniel McCormack.
Darryl McArthur, who like all of McCormack’s...