| 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...
| Sep 3, 2012
Italian Cardinal Carlo Maria Martini, a rare and often outspoken liberal within the highly conservative Catholic Church hierarchy who was nevertheless often mentioned as a candidate for pope, died Friday. He was 85.
Martini, a Jesuit and former...
| Jun 7, 2012
| 4:02 PM
While rushing to meet a deadline on her third novel, J. Courtney Sullivan, author of "Maine," our Printers Row Book of the Month selection, took a break to chat about memories of her Catholic girlhood, the origins of Maine, and colleges for women.
| Jun 22, 2012
| 12:49 PM
Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric accused of imperiling children by helping cover up sexual abuse, was found guilty Friday of one count of child endangerment.
He was found not guilty on a second count of endangerment and a conspiracy...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 10:52 PM
A jury has awarded $8 million to a former student of St. Benedict School in Seattle in a lawsuit against the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a worldwide Catholic religious order of priests.
It is believed to be the largest monetary judgment...
| 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...
| Apr 13, 2012
The headline on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops reads like good news: "Child Protection Audits Find Nearly All Dioceses Compliant."
What they were complying with, as the accompanying press release explained, was a set of zero-...
| Feb 9, 2013
In middle school, my daughter had a friend who'd spent most of her life in foster care. During the next few years, the girl would pass through almost a dozen foster families, group homes and probation camps.
She had a habit of running away when she felt...
| 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...
| Feb 11, 2013
| 2:16 PM
SOUTH BEND – Many questions are surrounding the pope's sudden resignation.
It's something that hasn't happened in our lifetime.
So what will a new pope mean for the Catholic Church?
Our experts said once a new pope is elected, they don't...
| Feb 13, 2013
| 8:19 AM
Nothing distinguished the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI so much as the way in which he is leaving.
We should be grateful that he realizes his body is failing him — most people in power do not — and is abdicating. But let's not forget that it...