Four priests, four friends: Bishops witness historic changes in Catholic life

(RNS) Released from the Catholic cocoon of seminary in 1962, the four young priests faced a church on the brink of volcanic reform with the opening of the Second Vatican Council. After being schooled in a Vatican I church, the foursome would step down as powerful American prelates, five decades later, as quintessential Vatican II men. By Peggy Fletcher Stack.

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. 

Cardinal says bishops must cooperate with police on abuse

Alessandro Speciale |

VATICAN CITY (RNS) An American cardinal who has jurisdiction over all abuse cases in the Roman Catholic Church said bishops have an obligation to “cooperate” with local law enforcement, but stopped short of mandating that bishops report abuse cases to police. By Alessandro Speciale.