Latest Roman Catholicism News

Bishop reported missing amid Beijing-Vatican reconciliation

Nov. 16, 2018 3:34 AM EST

BEIJING (AP) — A bishop who has resisted demands to join China's Communist Party-controlled church body has been taken into custody, a Catholic news service reported, despite recent moves by Beijing and the Holy See toward reconciliation. Asia News reported that Peter Shao Zhumin dropped out of sight...

Italy's church acknowledges looming tax bill after ruling

Nov. 15, 2018 1:58 PM EST

ROME (AP) — Italy's Catholic Church says it will open talks with the government to respond to a European Court of Justice ruling that says Italy has the right to recover millions of euros in property taxes. The Luxembourg-based court on Nov. 6 overturned a 2012 decision by the European Commission that ...

Italy's bishops respond to long-ignored clergy sex abuse

Nov. 15, 2018 11:55 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Italy's Catholic bishops are declaring a new era of transparency and truth about clergy sex abuse, as awareness of the scandal that has convulsed much of the Catholic world begins to take hold in a country where it was long ignored. Cardinal Gualtiero Bassetti, president of the Italian...

Catholic bishops' meeting nears end, no vote on abuse plan

Nov. 14, 2018 9:07 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — U.S. Catholic bishops made clear their frustrations Wednesday as a national assembly focused on clergy sex-abuse neared its conclusion without strong new steps to combat the multifaceted crisis. Avoiding any direct confrontation with the Vatican, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops...

Italian priest who doubted Francis excommunicated for heresy

Nov. 14, 2018 12:33 PM EST

ROME (AP) — An Italian Catholic priest who considers Pope Francis an antipope and claims to have supernatural communications with angels, saints and the Madonna has been excommunicated. The archdiocese of Monreale, Sicily said the Rev. Alessandro Minutella was informed Tuesday of his excommunication for...

Pope warns against telling lies, says 'to gossip is to kill'

Nov. 14, 2018 5:23 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is denouncing gossip as a form of "terrorism" and is warning the faithful against telling lies. Francis explored the Catholic commandment against "bearing false witness" during his Wednesday general audience. He warned the faithful in a chilly St. Peter's Square that "We...

Spokesman: No charges for Bernie Sanders' wife in land deal

Nov. 13, 2018 5:50 PM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Federal prosecutors in Vermont have closed their investigation into a college land deal involving the wife of U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders and decided not to charge her, a spokesman for the couple said Tuesday. Jane Sanders was informed by the U.S. attorney's office that she would not be...

Bishops weigh anti-abuse strategy after delay set by Vatican

Nov. 13, 2018 5:28 PM EST

BALTIMORE (AP) — Several Roman Catholic bishops on Tuesday urged colleagues at their national meeting to take some sort of action on the clergy sex abuse crisis despite a Vatican order to delay voting on key proposals. Bishop Thomas Paprocki of Springfield, Illinois, suggested a nonbinding vote to convey a...

Claims process open for victims of Philadelphia clergy abuse

Nov. 13, 2018 3:53 PM EST

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Officials from the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia have agreed to pay uncapped compensation offers for victims of child sexual abuse by clergy as part of a claims process that started Tuesday. Details of the Philadelphia program were discussed at a news conference held by...

Pope gives Vatican's sex abuse expert new role amid crisis

Nov. 13, 2018 10:25 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis is giving a prominent new role to the Vatican's most trusted sex crimes investigator as he seeks to improve the Holy See's response to abuse at a time when the church and papacy are facing a credibility crisis. Francis on Tuesday named Archbishop Charles Scicluna as a...