Convicted bishop is Catholic hierarchy’s elephant in the room

(RNS) As the nation’s Catholic bishops gather in Baltimore next week, they will be facing questions about how they will cope with the re-election of President Obama. But also looming is the question of how they will deal with Bishop Robert Finn of Missouri, who in September became the first bishop found guilty of covering up for a priest suspected of child abuse.

Bishops face internal challenges in contraception battle

(RNS) as the U.S. hierarchy stakes its claim as the first and final arbiter of the Catholic position in this hotly contested battle, the bishops are also facing a number of internal challenges. Left unchecked, they could undermine the bishops' position and weaken their future standing if they are seen as losing their faceoff with the White House. By David Gibson.

Bishops seek forgiveness for clergy abuse

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) Bishops from all over the world at a Vatican-sponsored conference on clerical sexual abuse will take part in a penitential vigil in
Rome, seeking forgiveness for the church's role in preventing abuse. By Alessandro Speciale.