Latest Roman Catholicism News

Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69

Nov. 28, 2021 14:24 PM EST
BOSTON (AP) — Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69.

Religious abortion rights supporters fight for access

Nov. 28, 2021 11:02 AM EST

On the day the Supreme Court hears arguments in a Mississippi abortion ban case, Sheila Katz plans to be at a nearby church. It is where the Jewish organization she leads is helping to host a morning interfaith service in support of abortion rights. That gathering, and a...

Pope Francis pained at migrant deaths in English Channel

Nov. 28, 2021 08:16 AM EST

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis on Sunday expressed pain and sorrow at the deaths and suffering of migrants crossing the English Channel, at the border between Poland and Belarus and in the Mediterranean Sea. The pope asked the faithful gathered in St. Peter’s...

Suit accuses Kentucky priest of pocketing church donations

Nov. 27, 2021 15:07 PM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Parishioners in Kentucky have accused a Roman Catholic priest of converting church funds for his personal use. Current and former parish council members at St. John Vianney Catholic Church in Louisville filed a civil lawsuit in Jefferson County...

Paris archbishop offers to resign over 'ambiguous' relations

Nov. 26, 2021 14:27 PM EST

PARIS (AP) — The archbishop of Paris has offered to step down after admitting to having had an “ambiguous” relationship with a woman in 2012, the archdiocese said. Archbishop Michel Aupetit, who has led the Paris church since 2018, sent a letter to Pope Francis...

Pope declares French priest-victims of Paris Commune martyrs

Nov. 25, 2021 11:22 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis has declared five Catholic priests who were killed during the Paris Commune revolutionary government that took control of Paris in 1871 were martyrs who were killed out of “hatred for the faith.” The martyrdom declaration means that the five...

'Get up!' Pope prays that Lebanon can get back on its feet

Nov. 25, 2021 10:38 AM EST

ROME (AP) — Pope Francis told Lebanon’s prime minister on Thursday that he was praying that God would help Lebanon “get up” and get back on its feet following an unprecedented economic crisis that has thrown three quarters of the country’s 6 million people, including a million...

Court revives lawsuit of teacher fired for same-sex marriage

Nov. 24, 2021 16:17 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A lawsuit filed by a teacher who was fired from his job at a Catholic high school in Indianapolis for being in a same-sex marriage can proceed, a state appeals court ruled. A panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals ruled unanimously Tuesday that a...

Defrocked Cardinal McCarrick named in sex abuse lawsuit

Nov. 23, 2021 17:43 PM EST

Defrocked Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is facing another sexual abuse lawsuit, from a man who claims McCarrick abused him in the 1980s in New Jersey. In the lawsuit filed in state court and announced Tuesday, Michael Reading alleged McCarrick engaged in sexual contact with...

Chicago-area priest reinstated year after abuse probe began

Nov. 23, 2021 15:44 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — A suburban Chicago priest has been reinstated as a pastor after a review board for the Archdiocese of Chicago found there was “insufficient reason to suspect” he had sexually abused children 25 years ago. The Rev. David F. Ryan was first asked to step...