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Anti-Gay Minn. Archbishop Denies Touching Minor

By Amy Forliti | Wednesday Dec 18, 2013
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt announced Tuesday that he’s stepping down from public ministry while police investigate an allegation that he improperly touched a boy during a public photo session four years ago, an accusation he strongly d

Bishops Elect Louisville Archbishop New President

Thursday Nov 14, 2013
The new leader of the nation’s bishops says he will draw on his years as a pastor to guide American bishops as they attempt to shift focus under Pope Francis, who wants more emphasis on compassion than on divisive social issues such as gay marriage.

Pope’s Rep: US Bishops Shouldn’t Preach Ideology

By Rachel Zoll | Tuesday Nov 12, 2013
The Vatican ambassador to the U.S., addressing American bishops at their first national meeting since Pope Francis was elected, said Monday they should not "follow a particular ideology" and should make Roman Catholics feel more welcome in church.

Vatican Abruptly Ousts Dominican Republic Envoy

By Ezequiel Abiu Lopez and Nicole Winfield | Friday Sep 6, 2013
Authorities in the Dominican Republic will look into allegations of child sex abuse against the papal envoy to the Caribbean country following his abrupt removal from his post by the Vatican, the attorney general said Wednesday.

RI Bishop Switches Parties Over Gay Rights, Abortion

Wednesday Aug 14, 2013
The Roman Catholic bishop of Providence says he has become a registered Republican.

After Admitting to Gay Affairs, U.K. Cardinal Slammed for Hypocrisy

By Jason St. Amand | Tuesday Mar 12, 2013
Even officials in the Catholic Church are slamming their hierarchy for rank hypocrisy in the light of the now-former prelate for Scotland, Cardinal Keith O’Brien O’Brien, admitted to having relations with fellow priests.

Accused Scottish Cardinal Admits Sexual Misbehaviors

By Raphael Satter | Tuesday Mar 5, 2013
A Scottish cardinal on Sunday acknowledged having engaged in unspecified sexual misbehavior, apologized for his actions, and promised to stay out of the church’s public life in a statement that comes at an awkward time for the Vatican.

Conservative Canadian a Top Contender to Be Pope

By Rob Gillies | Tuesday Mar 5, 2013
Cardinal Marc Ouellet once said that being pope "would be a nightmare" but his high-profile position as head of the Vatican’s office for bishops, his conservative leanings, his years in Latin America and his work in Rome make him a viable candidate.

Gay Group Calls For Apology From Scottish Cardinal

By Jill Lawless | Monday Mar 4, 2013
A Scottish cardinal who stepped down from church leadership after admitting sexual misconduct should apologize to gay people for his years of "vicious and cruel language" about them, Britain’s leading gay-rights group said Monday.

Cardinal O’Brien’s Views Have Sparked Controversy

By Sylvia Hui | Tuesday Feb 26, 2013
Cardinal Keith O’Brien had sparked more than his fair share of controversy before stepping down as archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh on Monday and announcing he wouldn’t take part in the conclave to elect the next pope.