• Pope softening tone, not stance, O’Malley says

    • Feb 9, 2014

    Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley says he shares in the sense of wonder at how swiftly Pope Francis has captured the world’s attention and softened, with his sometimes startling words and personal gestures, the image of the Roman Catholic Church. But he cautions that those with high expectations that the shift

  • UN report on Vatican and sex abuse may hurt reform cause

    • Feb 5, 2014

    Because the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child has no police power, it relies on moral pressure to get states to adopt its child protection recommendations. That’s obviously what it hoped to accomplish with a Feb. 5 report on the Vatican and the child abuse scandals that