Catholic Church in Crisis

News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.

 

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How Has the Vatican Responded?

Dec. 2002: Vatican Approves Revised Sexual Abuse Policy

September 2002: Vatican Likely to Require Abuse Policy Changes
May request changes to Dallas charter

The View from Rome: How the Crisis Sank In
An excerpt from "The Courage to Be Catholic" by George Weigel

Summer 2002: Vatican Journal Slams U.S. Media for Scandal Coverage

Spring 2002: Pope Denounces Sex Abuse
In an annual letter to priests, Pope John Paul II says the current "scandal" casts a "dark shadow" on all priests.

Journal: Bishops Not Responsible for Abuse
Influential canon lawyer says bishops should not turn over allegations of sexual abuse by priests to civil authorities.

Summer 2002: Vatican, U.S. Bishops May Be at Odds
Cardinal Theodore McCarrick says the Catholic Church responded too slowly to the sexual abuse crisis, and the heat is on bishops to fix it now.

Spring 2002: Gays React to Vatican Comments
As a Catholic pedophilia crisis expands, some Catholics are denouncing implied links between homosexuality and the reported incidents, especially after recent remarks from the Vatican.

Vatican Apparatchiks: Clueless and Arrogant
Comments by bishops abroad reveal they know nothing about U.S. society, culture, and law--or about American Catholics. By Andrew Greeley


April 2002: The Papal Summit

What Did the Pope's Statement Really Mean?
Read the text and an analysis.

U.S. Catholics Welcome Pope's Speech

Top U.S. Clergy Agree to Defrock "Notorious" Sex Abusers

The View from Rome: How the Crisis Sank In
An excerpt from "The Courage to Be Catholic" by George Weigel

More on the Papal Summit


Homosexuality and the Priesthood

Official Church Teaching on Homosexuality

Vatican View: "A strong tendency towards an intrinsic moral evil"

August 2002: Survey Suggests Gay Priest Culture

Spring 2002: Gays React to Vatican Comments
As the abuse crisis expands, some Catholics are denouncing implied links between homosexuality and the reported incidents, especially after recent remarks from the Vatican.

Commentary

Should Gay Priests Be Screened Out?

The Question of Gay Seminarians
By Fr. Donald Cozzens

Abuse Crisis Spotlights Gay Priests

Related Link: The Gay Priest Problem
A Navy chaplain says that the church needs to address the epidemic of homosexual priests.

Related Link: In Defense of Gay Priests
By Chuck Colbert

Beliefnet Member Discussion

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