Beginning in the mid-1990s, the church in Ireland was rocked by a series of very public revelations about sexual abuse and, particularly, about how the abuse and allegations of it were mishandled by senior church leaders.
The dome of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) 
The "regular canonical trial" for an accused bishop, experts say, usually would be conducted by the apostolic tribunal of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
Migrants rest at the port of Tarifa, southern Spain, on July 27 after being rescued by Spain's Maritime Rescue Service. Authorities said 751 migrants were rescued from 52 dinghies trying to reach Spanish shores from northern Africa, this year's most popular route into Europe for human traffickers. (AP Photo/Marcos Moreno)
Kevin Clarke August 08, 2018
Forty million worldwide are believed to be caught in a trap of forced labor, including many millions who work in manufacturing, assembly, agriculture and food services.
 Pope Francis speaks during his general audience in Paul VI hall at the Vatican Aug. 1. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)
Gerard O’Connell August 02, 2018
The revised teaching declares that the death penalty is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person, and that the church works "for its abolition worldwide."
A woman holds a sign in protest while praying as Cardinal Ricardo Ezzati of Santiago, Chile, celebrates Mass on July 25 at the cathedral in Santiago. The Chilean prosecutor's office has issued a subpoena to Cardinal Ezzati regarding his role in the alleged cover-up of sexual abuse by clergy members. (CNS photo/Ivan Alvarado, Reuters) 
Michael J. O’Loughlin August 01, 2018
“We join with all those demanding the end of a culture that ignores or tolerates sexual abuse of Catholic sisters or any other adult or minor perpetrated by those in positions of trust in the church community.”
When allegations first surfaced regarding then-Cardinal McCarrick last month, some church officials called for new regulations and policies that apply to charges of misconduct and mismanagement against bishops. But in his letter, Bishop Scharfenberger said such changes alone will not be enough to