Sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests in the United States is a "historical problem" that has largely been resolved and that never had any significant correlation with either celibacy or homosexuality, according to an independent report commissioned by Catholic bishops and subjected to fierce attack even before its release on Wednesday.
A Muslim worship leader is accused of raping a 12-year-old boy during visits to a mosque for religious lessons. Mohammed Hanif Khan, 42, is alleged to have sexually assaulted the boy inside the Stoke on Trent mosque where he worked as the imam.
Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican officials Monday that they must reflect on the church's culpability in its child sex-abuse scandal but he also blamed a secular society in which he said the mistreatment of children was frighteningly common.
The Catholic Church continued to heap insult upon injury when it revealed its long-awaited new rules on clergy sex abuse, rules that the Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said signaled a commitment to grasp the nettle with 'rigor and transparency.' The church still believes in its own intrinsic holiness despite all evidence to the contrary. It thinks it s making huge concessions on the unstoppable abuse scandal when it's taking baby steps.
ROME - In a sign of sharply rising tensions between the Vatican and Belgium, Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday criticized as "surprising and deplorable" a raid on church property last week by Belgian police investigating sex abuse by clerics.
ROME The longest-serving bishop in Belgium resigned Friday after admitting to sexually abusing a young man in my close entourage many years ago, becoming the latest cleric to quit in a spreading abuse scandal.
Father Gabriele Amorth, the chief exorcist for the Holy See, said in Rome that The Times s coverage of Pope Benedict, which cast doubt on his rigor in dealing with pedophile priests, was prompted by the Devil.
VATICAN CITY At a solemn Good Friday service, Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher likened the tide of allegations that the pontiff has covered up sex abuse cases to the "more shameful aspects of anti-Semitism." But within hours, facing a storm of criticism at the comparison, the Vatican felt it necessary to distance the pope from the preacher's remarks.
ARMAGH, Northern Ireland As the sexual abuse scandal sweeps through the Roman Catholic Church in Europe and the United States, there are few places where dismay and confusion among worshipers strikes as deep a chord as here in Armagh, seat of the embattled cardinal whose fate has become closely entangled with the widening controversy facing Pope Benedict XVI.
The sin-crazed "Rottweiler" was so consumed with sexual mores - issuing constant instructions on chastity, contraception, abortion - that he didn t make time for curbing sexual abuse by priests who were supposed to pray with, not prey on, their young charges
MUNICH The priest at the center of a German sex-abuse scandal that has embroiled Pope Benedict XVI continued working with children for more than 30 years, even though a German court convicted him of molesting boys.