News/International

Two weeks of violent political unrest in Haiti is wreaking havoc with Development and Peace’s partner organizations.

Do not fear crisis, the Pope is leading us into uncharted territory, former head of Dominican says

By
QUEBEC CITY – The Catholic Church should not be afraid of crisis; through crisis, it will grow and spring new life, said Dominican Father Timothy Radcliffe.

Bishops must protect their flock from abuse at all costs, Archbishop Scicluna says

By
VATICAN – Catholics need to know that their leaders "mean business" when it comes to protecting minors from abuse, the Vatican's top abuse investigator told representatives of the world's bishops and religious orders.

Survivors expose 'cancer' of clerical sex abuse at summit

By
VATICAN – "Every time I refused to have sex with him, he would beat me," an abuse survivor from Africa told Pope Francis and bishops attending the Vatican summit on child protection and the abuse crisis.

Vatican sex abuse summit opens with acknowledgment of evil committed

By
VATICAN – Opening the Vatican summit on child protection and the clerical sexual abuse crisis, Pope Francis said, "The holy people of God are watching and are awaiting from us not simple, predictable condemnations, but concrete and effective measures" to stop abuse.

Survivors demand that Church leaders 'break the code of silence' at abuse summit

By
VATICAN – Abuse survivors and support groups were very clear about what they want the world's bishops, religious superiors, the pope and the Vatican to do to protect children and end clerical sexual abuse.

Irish archbishop warns against sex abuse becoming 'political football'

By
DUBLIN – Ahead of a major Vatican summit on the protection of minors, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, has criticized Catholics who use the issue of clerical abuse to score points against people they disagree with in the church.

Notre Dame rescinds McCarrick's honourary degree

By
SOUTH BEND, Ind., – The University of Notre Dame has rescinded the honorary Doctor of Laws (LL.D.) degree it conferred on former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2008, becoming the latest of a growing number of schools who have rescinded honorary degrees from the defrocked former archbishop.

Blaming homosexuality for sex abuse of minors is 'absolutely immoral', victims say

By
ROME – People must stop using homosexuals as scapegoats for the sexual abuse of children, two male survivors of abuse by priests told reporters.

Covington Catholic student sues Washington Post for $250 million on defamation

By
WASHINGTON – The Catholic high school student at the center of an encounter with a Native American tribal leader in Washington filed a $250 million defamation lawsuit Feb. 19 against The Washington Post claiming the newspaper's coverage of the incident was biased.

Publishing priest-abusers list an 'act of contrition', Oakland bishop says

By
OAKLAND, Calif. – The Diocese of Oakland, which serves two California counties in the East Bay area, published Feb. 18 a list of priests, deacons and religious brothers who have worked in the diocese and been credibly accused of abuse, dating back to the diocese's founding in 1962.