VATICAN CITY (RNS) The high-profile names on the sexual abuse commission give some indication of the importance Pope Francis has given to the panel.
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(RNS) Bill Gothard’s Institute in Basic Life Principles was once a popular gathering spot for thousands of Christian families, including the Duggar family from TLC’s “19 Kids and Counting.”
SYDNEY (RNS) Perhaps most remarkable is that a globally influential church like Hillsong could flourish at all in Australia, where in 2011 nearly a third of Australians said their religious affiliation was either ‘no religion’ or not stated.
ST. LOUIS (RNS) Each year, Navy chaplains receive professional development training around a specific issue. Next year’s focus will be on pastoral care for sexual assault victims.
(RNS) Young men today “want to give their life for something that counts. These men are tired of living in a culture of relativism. They want to say there must be something true, beautiful and good,” says the Rev. Mark Latcovich, president of St. Mary Seminary outside Cleveland.
ROME (RNS) Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI disputed the claim that abuse is pervasive in the Catholic Church, noting that “according to research by sociologists, the percentage of priests guilty of these crimes is no higher than those present in other similar professional fields.”
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Embattled Archbishop John Myers rejected a claim that the appointment of a designated successor was a rebuke of his administration. “Absolutely not. It was my own request.”
CANTERBURY, England (RNS) Richard Dawkins says other children in his school peer group had been molested by the same teacher but concluded: “I don’t think he did any of us lasting harm.”
NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) Embattled Archbishop John J. Myers, under fire for his handling of abusive priests, lashed out at his critics, saying “God will surely address them in due time.”
(RNS) “These events expose the troubling reality that, far too often, the Church’s instincts are no different than from those of many other institutions, responding to such allegations by moving to protect her structures rather than her children.”