Latest Roman Catholicism News

Pope urges foreign media to use power of press to seek truth

May. 18, 2019 12:13 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis urged foreign correspondents on Saturday to humbly use the power of the press to search for the truth and give voice to the voiceless, saying journalism is an important tool to counter the hatred, prejudice and fake news. In an audience with the Foreign Press Association in...

Catholic bishop challenges Dallas police affidavit accuracy

May. 17, 2019 9:18 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Roman Catholic bishop of the Dallas diocese has challenged the accuracy of a Dallas police affidavit's allegations that the diocese had "thwarted" its investigation of past sexual misconduct by priests. Police used the affidavit to authorize Monday raids on diocesan headquarters, a...

Archdiocese: Abuse claim against dead priest deemed credible

May. 17, 2019 7:30 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The Archdiocese of Detroit says an allegation that a priest who died in 1984 sexually abused a child has been found to be credible. The archdiocese said in a news release Friday that the complaint against the Rev. Jan Tyminski was brought forward to the Archdiocesan Review Board, considered...

Poland leader slams church pathology, backs sex abuse probe

May. 17, 2019 6:28 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's ruling conservative party leader said Friday it does not tolerate "pathology" in the Catholic church and will back a commission to investigate sex abuse of minors in church but also in other circles. It was the first reaction by Jaroslaw Kaczynski, a practicing Catholic, to a...

Judge suspends demolition of church properties in Rockford

May. 17, 2019 4:36 PM EDT

ROCKFORD, Ill. (AP) — A judge has stepped in and suspended efforts to demolish a 90-year-old building and vacant convent that belong to the Catholic Church in Rockford. Judge Lisa Fabiano heard arguments Friday and set a May 24 hearing on a preliminary injunction. No work can be performed. The diocese...

Vatican high court absolves priest of advances in confession

May. 17, 2019 8:48 AM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican's high court has absolved a top Holy See official of charges that he made sexual advances against a nun during confession. A Vatican statement Friday said a five-member panel of the Apostolic Signatura had issued a decree May 15 absolving the Rev. Hermann Geissler because...

Senate confirms abortion opponent as US judge in Louisiana

May. 16, 2019 5:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate confirmed Louisiana lawyer Wendy Vitter as a federal judge Thursday, overcoming opposition from Democrats who criticized her anti-abortion stance and accused her of trying to hide her record on the issue. Maine Sen. Susan Collins was the only Republican to oppose Vitter's...

Pope Francis appoints Malta-born priest as Las Cruces bishop

May. 16, 2019 12:27 PM EDT

LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — Pope Francis has appointed a Malta-born priest as the new head of the Diocese of Las Cruces. The Las Cruces Sun-News reports the Vatican announced this week Francis named Peter Baldacchino as Las Cruces bishop. Baldacchino replaces Bishop Oscar Cantú who was reassigned as the...

Police execute search warrant at Catholic Diocese of Dallas

May. 15, 2019 8:45 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — Investigators who were "thwarted" during earlier investigations of child sexual abuse by priests on Wednesday searched the offices of the Catholic Diocese of Dallas to obtain evidence of sexual misconduct, according to a police commander and police records. Investigators searched the diocesan...

The Latest: Bishop says church was not trying to hide files

May. 15, 2019 5:54 PM EDT

DALLAS (AP) — The Latest on police searching the Catholic Diocese of Dallas (all times local): 4:30 p.m. Bishop Edward Burns has brushed aside statements in a police affidavit that his diocese stymied efforts to obtain files about clerical abuse, saying church officials are being as transparent as...