Catholic Church in Crisis
News coverage and Beliefnet articles on the clergy sexual abuse scandals rocking America's Catholic Church.
Forgiving Abusive Priests: Bishops, Victims, and Laypeople Respond
Bishop after bishop wrestled with questions of forgiveness and accountability. There was even a mention of purgatory.
The bishops vote on confusing changes made earlier this month to their policy, adopted in June, dealing with clergy sex abuse.
What Happened at the Bishops' June 2002 Meeting in Dallas?
The Issues: Zero tolerance, lay involvement, reporting abusers to the police, more
The Decision: All abusers booted out of public ministry, but not necessarily out of the priesthood (AP)
The Victims: Speeches by men and women abused by priests
Reporter's Weblog: Thursday, June 13 and Friday, June 14
August 2002: Catholic Abuse Crisis Deepens in Australia
Summer 2002: Australian Catholic Archbishops Apologize to Sex Abuse Victims
Spring 2002: Catholic Crisis Spreads Abroad