• Priest missing since Sunday in northeast Florida

    • Apr 13, 2016

    ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. (AP) — Authorities in northeast Florida are searching for a 71-year-old priest who has been missing since the weekend. Local media outlets are reporting that Father Rene Robert was last seen around 1 p.m. Sunday. His 2012 blue Toyota with a Florida Special Olympics license plate is

  • I got a tip about priest's sexual abuse, and sat on it

    I got a tip about priest's sexual abuse, and sat on it

    • Apr 13, 2016

    I always knew that watching “Spotlight” was going to be difficult for me, so I kept putting it off. Finally, with my wife out of town last week, I sprawled on the family-room floor with my two big dogs and steeled myself to view the Oscar-winning film about the investigation

  • Secular experts to advise French church on child sex abuse

    • Apr 12, 2016

    PARIS (AP) — The French Catholic Church has decided to set up a new independent commission made up of secular experts in charge of advising bishops and helping them handle the sensitive cases of child sex abuses by priests. Archbishop Georges Pontier of Marseille, president of the French bishops’ conference,

  • Catholic hospital with pro-life policy wins lawsuit

    • Apr 12, 2016

    DETROIT (AP) — A judge has dismissed a lawsuit against a Roman Catholic hospital group, which was challenged over its policy of refusing to perform abortions. Detroit federal Judge Gershwin Drain says the American Civil Liberties Union and its members have no standing to sue Trinity Health Corp. In a

  • Vatican secretary in leaks trial: ‘Who am I to say no?’

    Vatican secretary in leaks trial: ‘Who am I to say no?’

    • Apr 11, 2016

    VATICAN CITY (AP) — A secretary on trial in the leaks of confidential Vatican documents has testified that he was compelled to do what his boss wanted because the monsignor reported directly to the pope and he was in no position to refuse. Nicola Maio testified Monday that he did

  • Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

    Virgin Mary statue stirs up debate in secular Uruguay

    • Apr 10, 2016

    MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — The South American country of Uruguay has a long tradition of secularism, to the point that a popular president in the early 1900s insisted on writing the word “God” with a lowercase “g” whenever he wrote about his policies in local newspapers. So when the Catholic

  • Sanders ties advocacy for a 'moral economy' to Pope Francis

    Sanders ties advocacy for a 'moral economy' to Pope Francis

    • Apr 10, 2016

    NEW YORK – Democratic presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders invoked the name of Pope Francis Saturday during a campaign appearance at which he touted his own advocacy of a “moral economy” and challenged Hillary Clinton to endorse his plan to expand Social Security benefits by raising taxes on the wealthy. Sanders’s

  • Arrested cardinal had blood alcohol level double legal limit

    Arrested cardinal had blood alcohol level double legal limit

    • Apr 9, 2016

    HILO, Hawaii (AP) — A man who was once one of the highest-ranking American officials of the Catholic Church had a blood alcohol level over twice the legal limit when he was arrested in August. The Hawaii Tribune-Herald reports 79-year-old Cardinal William Joseph Levada of Menlo Park, California, pleaded no