Pope Francis

Members of the Ending of Clergy Abuse organization and survivors of clergy sex abuse outside St. Peter's Square on Feb. 18. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Gerard O’Connell February 19, 2019
“We all know that canon law has to be changed so that it stops protecting the priesthood of ordained men over the lives of children," Anne Barrett Doyle, the co-director of BishopAccountability.org, told reporters.
The Editors February 19, 2019
Daily news and analysis of the historic gathering of bishops from 130 countries for a summit on the protection of children
Gerard O’Connell February 19, 2019
Arturo Sosa, S.J., the superior general of the Society of Jesus, today made public the four main reference points that are to guide the life and work of the Jesuits over the next 10 years.
Jesuit Father Fernando Cardenal, a Nicaraguan poet and Queen Sofia Prize winner, speaks during a celebration for his 90th birthday at the National Theatre Ruben Dario in Managua, Nicaragua, in January 2015. (CNS photo/Oswaldo Rivas, Reuters)
St. John Paul II had suspended Father Cardenal and several other priests from active ministry in 1985 for joining the Marxist-influenced Sandinista government. Father Cardenal resigned from the Sandinista Front in 1994.
Gerard O’Connell February 16, 2019
Pope Francis has recognized the dismissal from the clerical state, also known as laicization, of Theodore McCarrick, 88, the former cardinal and emeritus archbishop of Washington.
Sheila Hollins, a member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, talks with U.S. Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley, president of the commission, at a 2017 seminar in Rome on safeguarding children. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Louis J. Cameli February 13, 2019
This month’s summit meeting in Rome is a signal that Pope Francis intends to address the abuse crisis in a mode of collegiality, looking at people rather than structures.