Pope Francis is to set up a Vatican committee to fight sexual abuse of children and offer help to victims. A proposed panel of
experts could provide codes of conduct for clergymen and better checks for would-be priests.
The Vatican has refused to provide information requested by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child on the sexual abuse of children, saying the
cases were the responsibility of the judicial systems of countries where abuse took place.
The ACLU filed a sweeping federal lawsuit against the USCCB over its ethical guidelines for hospitals, blaming the directives for 'negligent
care' of a Michigan woman and others.
Pope Francis in his apostolic exhortation Evangelii Gaudium
gives the world a guide to the 'new evangelization' and an outline of
his plans for Church reform.
A German bishop has said the country’s episcopal conference will move forward with plans to allow Communion for divorced and remarried
Catholics, despite clear disapproval from the Vatican.
Pope Francis underlined the continuity of the Councils of Trent and Vatican II, saying, "the ‘hermeneutic of reform,’ which Our Predecessor
Benedict XVI set forth in the year 2005, relates not less to the Tridentine than to the Vatican Council.”
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