- Feb 17, 2020
Vatican magistrates have decided that one priest accused of sexually abusing underage altar boys who served in St. Peter’s Basilica, and another accused of facilitating that abuse, will be put on trial.
Both Pope Francis and retired Pope Benedict XVI have praised a symposium happening this week in Rome exploring human rights, saying there has been a breakdown of the idea of a right, putting the development of humanity at risk.
Archbishop Anthony Sablan Apuron of Agaña, Guam, accused of the sexual abuse of five minors, was found guilty by a Vatican trubunal on Friday.
Pope Francis and his international Council of Cardinals discussed the possibility of establishing regional tribunals around the world that would judge cases of sexual abuse allegedly committed by clergy, the Vatican spokesman said.
On Monday, two more American bishops lost their jobs while facing charges of failing to respond appropriately to accusations of child abuse lodged against personnel under their supervision. More colloquially, they stepped down amid controversy related not to the crime, but the cover-up. The resignations of Archbishop John Nienstedt and