| Jan 21, 2013
| 3:03 PM
Cardinal Roger M. Mahony on Monday apologized for the way the L.A. archdiocese dealt with priest child abuse claims after a new round of documents were released. "I am sorry," Mahony's statement concluded. The new documents show: Fifteen years before........
| Jan 15, 2013
| 5:53 PM
There is something about me that is happier when accompanied by a small boy.... Perhaps besides the sexual element, the child in me wants a playmate.
— Father Robert Van Handel ::
Damian Eckert turned on the computer in his in-laws' home office,...
| Feb 20, 2013
ROME -- A senior Vatican official called Cardinal Roger Mahony's participation in the selection of the next pope "troubling," but said there was no formal procedure to stop the retired Los Angeles archbishop from attending the conclave next month.
| Dec 2, 2012
Amid reports of widespread sexual abuse of children in the late 1980s, several leading youth organizations began conducting criminal background checks of volunteers and staff members.
Big Brothers Big Sisters ordered the checks for all volunteers...
| Apr 26, 2013
WHITLEY CITY, Ky. — Five years after church officials ordered the Rev. Carroll Howlin to stop functioning as a missionary priest in this isolated mountain community, Joliet diocesan leaders received a letter from a suburban pastor that illuminated...
| Jul 31, 2012
| 1:03 PM
Ken Burns, Alex Gibney and Julien Temple headline the Toronto International Film Festival's documentary lineup this year, a program that also features work by Marina Zenovich and Matthew Cooke.
Fans of nonfiction film can take in movies on everything...
| Aug 15, 2012
| 4:47 PM
WOODBURN, Ore. -- A 46-year old priest is facing sexual abuse charges after being accused of fondling a 12-year-old boy during a sleepover.
Police say the boy was invited to spend the night at the home of Father Angel Armando Perez.
The boy told...
| Feb 8, 2013
| 7:52 PM
Files recently released by the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese show that 29 clergy accused of sexual abuse served assignments at local parishes, where some of the alleged child molestation took place.
Of the 29 men who were named, eight were...
| May 22, 2013
| 5:38 AM
Internal church records released Tuesday show that Chicago Jesuits consciously concealed the crimes of convicted sex offender Donald McGuire for more than 40 years as the prominent Roman Catholic priest continued to sexually abuse dozens of children...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 6:41 PM
As the queen mother of megachurches, Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington has become a refuge for spiritual seekers and people of faith who no longer feel inspired by the religious institutions that raised them. After the sex abuse scandal...
| Jul 24, 2011
A History of the Papacy
John Julius Norwich
Random House: 513 pp., $30
When preeminent British historian John Julius Norwich tells us in the introduction to his sweeping history of the Catholic papacy that his job is to give us "a...
| Jul 29, 2011
As papal nuncio to the United States, Archbishop Pietro Sambi had the formidable job of representing the Vatican at a time of challenge and scandal in the Roman Catholic Church, as well as escorting Pope Benedict XVI on his 2008 American visit. By...