Latest Roman Catholicism News

Abuse claim substantiated against previously cleared priest

Jun. 19, 2021 11:59 AM EDT

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Kansas City in Kansas has substantiated a sexual abuse claim against a priest nearly two decades after clearing him. The archdiocese announced in a statement published in Friday’s issue of its official...

An architect of European unity moves ahead on sainthood path

Jun. 19, 2021 09:27 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Robert Schuman, a French statesman who paved the way for the bloc that eventually evolved into European Union, has moved ahead on the Catholic church’s path toward possible sainthood. The Vatican said Pope Francis on Saturday approved a decree...

EXPLAINER: What is the Catholic Communion controversy?

Jun. 18, 2021 19:40 PM EDT

A committee of U.S. Catholic bishops is getting to work on a policy document that has stirred controversy among their colleagues before a word of it has even been written. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a document “on the...

US Catholic bishops OK steps toward possible rebuke of Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 17:03 PM EDT

U.S. Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved the drafting of a “teaching document” that many of them hope will rebuke Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, for receiving Communion despite their support for abortion rights. The decision, vehemently...

US Catholic bishops approve drafting of Communion document that could lead to rebuke of President Joe Biden

Jun. 18, 2021 13:21 PM EDT
NEW YORK (AP) — US Catholic bishops approve drafting of Communion document that could lead to rebuke of President Joe Biden.

Catholic foster care agency wins Supreme Court verdict

Jun. 17, 2021 22:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In another victory for religious groups at the Supreme Court, the justices on Thursday unanimously sided with a Catholic foster care agency that says its religious views prevent it from working with same-sex couples. The court said the city of Philadelphia wrongly limited...

Heated debate before US Catholic bishops vote on Communion

Jun. 17, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

In impassioned debate Thursday, U.S. Catholic bishops clashed over how to address concerns about Catholic politicians, including President Joe Biden, who continue to receive Communion despite supporting abortion rights. Some bishops said a strong rebuke of Biden is needed...

Court: If bias rules have exceptions, faith groups qualify

Jun. 17, 2021 18:59 PM EDT

Justice Samuel Alito called it a “wisp” of a decision — a Supreme Court ruling Thursday that favored Catholic Social Services in Philadelphia but was far from the constitutional gale wind that would have reshaped how courts interpret religious liberty under the First Amendment. ...

N. Ireland Unionist leader ousted amid turmoil in party

Jun. 17, 2021 16:53 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The leader of the senior party in Northern Ireland's government resigned late Thursday after colleagues revolted over a deal to appoint new leaders to the Protestant-Catholic power-sharing administration. Edwin Poots, who was elected just a month ago,...

Vatican hosts faith leaders ahead of Glasgow climate meeting

Jun. 17, 2021 07:48 AM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Vatican will host a gathering of faith leaders this fall to build momentum behind a moral appeal for strong, courageous commitments to be taken at a November climate change conference in Glasgow, organizers said Thursday. The Vatican foreign minister,...