- May 7, 2021
In a first public attempt to put numbers to instances of child sex abuse by the country’s Catholic clergy, Spain’s bishops’ conference revealed Friday that 220 cases were officially reported to the Vatican over the past two decades.
Pope Francis renewed his appeal to the international community to forgive the debt of poor countries whose financial burdens have worsened due to the coronavirus pandemic.
On Friday, Spain’s bishops condemned the “rancid anticlericalism” of a government minister.
Being “imprisoned” in the Vatican and unable to resume his regular schedule due to Italy’s COVID-19 lockdown does not mean Pope Francis has quieted down.
Few Catholics in devout southern Spain would have ever imagined an April without the pomp and ceremony of Holy Week processions.
The Supreme Court has agreed to take on a case next term from Kentucky’s attorney general, who is seeking to defend the state’s abortion law that was struck down by a lower court.
While tensions have increased between the Catholic Church in Spain and the left-wing government led by Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, studies also have shown a growing rift between the Catholic Church and Spaniards in general.
Spain, a bastion of Christianity in Europe for centuries, finds itself in a crisis of faith as the influence of Catholicism continues to decline.