Here are some key points from a church counter-inquiry into the legal case against a famous Argentine priest accused of sexual abuse. The four-volume study was commissioned by Argentina's bishops' conference, then led by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, before he was named Pope Francis. The study concluded that despite being convicted of abusing one boy, the Rev. Julio Grassi was innocent, that the complainants were lying and that the case never should have gone to trial.
Luis Andres Henao and Nicole Winfield, Associated Press | PostedSep 18th - 8:59am
Pope Francis' role in Argentina's most famous case of priestly sex abuse is coming under renewed scrutiny as he faces the greatest crisis of his papacy over the Catholic Church's troubled legacy of cover-up and allegations he himself sided with the accused.
Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that ordinary Catholics should be consulted about issues facing the Catholic Church and that bishops gathering for periodic meetings can make binding decisions on church teaching.
Ukraine's president has met with two envoys dispatched by the spiritual leader of the world's Orthodox Christians to prepare for establishing a Ukrainian church that is ecclesiastically independent from the Russian Orthodox Church.
Poll numbers newly released by Utah Policy show 43 percent of the state's likely voters are less likely to support the Proposition 2 medical marijuana ballot initiative as a result of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' opposition to it.
Mike Corder, Associated Press | PostedSep 17th - 4:09am
A media report linking half of the cardinals and bishops who served in the Netherlands between 1945 and 2010 to abuse cases has drawn the country's Catholic Church into the church's global sex abuse and cover-up scandal.
Pennsylvania's attorney general and several lawmakers began ramping up efforts to apply public pressure Tuesday ahead of a debate in the state Legislature over giving victims of decades-old child sexual abuse another chance to file civil lawsuits.
Parents of children in the Roman Catholic Church and survivors of sexual abuse by clergy filed a lawsuit Monday against Pennsylvania's eight dioceses and their bishops asking a judge to compel them to release information about abuse allegations.