When China's state-run Catholic Church ordained a new bishop for the Diocese of Shantou this summer without the Vatican's approval, it represented the latest step back from years of progress in a complex relationship.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Ireland's prime minister said Catholic priests could
be jailed for failing to report child sex abuse crimes they hear during
the sacrament of confession, regardless of the confidentiality imposed
by church law.
A special commission sponsored by the Irish government criticized a
bishop for failing to report allegations of clerical sexual abuse to
police and noted "concerns" about the same bishop's own interactions
with a teenage boy.
Christian missionaries should renounce all "deception and coercive
means" of winning converts, according to a final document from a
coalition of evangelicals, the World Council of Churches and the
Vatican that is unprecedented in its breadth.
(RNS) After strong criticism from the Jewish community, Israel's
ambassador to the Vatican backpedaled from his praise of the
controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his "actions to save the Jews"
during the Holocaust.
(RNS) In a move likely to aggravate tensions with the Vatican, China's
state-run Catholic church announced on Thursday (June 23) that it may
soon ordain more than 40 bishops without the approval of Pope Benedict
(RNS) In a conciliatory gesture regarding one of the most sensitive
points of Jewish-Catholic relations, Israel's ambassador to the Vatican
praised the controversial wartime Pope Pius XII for his "actions to save
the Jews" during the Holocaust.
For seven centuries, eucharistic adoration—praying before an exposed
consecrated communion host—was one of the most popular forms of devotion
in the Roman Catholic Church, the focus of beloved prayers and hymns
and a distinctive symbol of Catholic identity.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Catholics forced to participate in ordinations of
bishops without the pope's approval may be exempt from the usual penalty
of automatic excommunication, the Vatican said on Friday (June 10).
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Prosecutors in Rome on Wednesday (June 1) released
$33 million (23 million euros) in Vatican funds that had been frozen
last September pending an investigation for possible money laundering.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican has closed the monastery of a
fourth-century Roman basilica on account of "liturgical and financial
irregularities" that included performances by a nun who had once been a
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The morality and effectiveness of using condoms to
prevent HIV/AIDS will be on the agenda at a Vatican conference this
weekend (May 27-28), six months after comments by Pope Benedict XVI
again touched off worldwide controversy.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Amnesty International has criticized the Vatican for
falling short of its commitments to protect children from sex abuse.
"The Holy See did not sufficiently comply with its international
obligations relating to the protection of children," the human rights
group said in its latest annual report, released on Friday (May 13).
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The world's Catholic bishops have one year to set
national policies on clerical sex abuse of minors, the Vatican said on
Monday (May 16), but such policies may vary significantly in each
country, and will not be binding on individual bishops.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The Vatican on Friday (May 13) broadened access to
the old Latin Mass with a new rule that gives the Vatican the power to
overrule bishops who fail to make the rite available in their dioceses.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) The late Pope John Paul II, who elevated
unprecedented numbers of Catholic saints and blesseds during his 26-year
reign, joined those ranks himself on Sunday (May 1), when he was
beatified before a crowd of more than a million pilgrims.
VATICAN CITY (RNS) Belgium's Catholic bishops declared themselves
"extremely shocked" on Friday (Apr. 15) by a former bishop who described
the sexual abuse of two young nephews as a "game" that did not involve
penetration or physical violence.