(RNS) Pope Francis has approved the first-ever system for judging, and possibly deposing, bishops who fail to protect children from abusive clerics, a major step in responding to Catholics who have been furious that guilty priests have been defrocked while bishops have largely escaped punishment.
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David Gibson is a national reporter for RNS and an award-winning religion journalist, author and filmmaker. He has written several books on Catholic topics. His latest book is on biblical artifacts: "Finding Jesus: Faith. Fact. Forgery," which was also the basis of a popular CNN series.
(RNS) Amid the national buzz over transgender celebrity Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone denounced the spread of “gender ideology” and warned that it threatens the very foundation of the church’s faith.
(RNS) The head of liturgical music for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, who was also to play a key role planning the huge outdoor Mass concluding Pope Francis’ trip to the U.S. in September, is resigning his post over differences with Archbishop Charles Chaput over musical style.
(RNS) The latest poll could signal an end to the seesaw battle that has characterized opinions on abortion over the past few years.
(RNS) The Rev. Warren Hall told Outsports, a magazine for gay athletes, that while he remained committed to his vocation as a priest and to his vow of celibacy, he was not going to hide his sexual orientation.
LUCY, Tenn. (RNS) “Am I grateful for this?” says renowned spirituality author Phyllis Tickle, facing Stage IV lung cancer. “Not exactly. But I’m not unhappy about it. And that’s very difficult for people to understand.”
(RNS) The Rev. Joseph Illo has banned altar girls and queried students about abortion and masturbation.
(RNS) After a monthlong media blackout, U.S. nuns are talking about the Vatican investigation that ended abruptly last month. Just don’t call it a “win.”
NEW YORK (RNS) The Rev. Martin Schlag, an Austrian-born priest who teaches economics in Rome, reassured a group of Catholics, many from the world of business and finance, that Francis’ views on capitalism aren’t actually as bad as he feared.