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The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

By Ross Douthat

Even Pope Francis is talking about schism. But a real one is still some distance off.

Missouri AG refers 12 former Catholic priests for potential prosecution after abuse probe

By Morgan Phillips

Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt announced Friday that his office had referred 12 former Roman Catholic priests for possible criminal prosecution following a 13-month probe of how diocesan leaders handled allegations of child abuse. 

Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Clergy for Prosecution

By Elizabeth Dias

An investigation found that 163 priests or clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors.

For Pope Francis, a Perfect Moment for an Unsettling Warning on the Environment

By Jason Horowitz

Francis has made the case to fight climate change and the Earth’s degradation for years. In Africa, he found a backdrop that was fitting if unnerving.

For Pope Francis, a Perfect Moment for an Unsettling Warning on the Environment

By Jason Horowitz

Francis has made the case against climate change and the earth’s degradation for years. In Africa, he found a backdrop that was fitting if unnerving.

In Africa, Pope Francis Comes Face to Face With the Future of the Church

By Jason Horowitz

The Roman Catholic Church continues to expand in Africa, even as it faces competition from increasingly popular Pentecostal and evangelical movements.

Pope Francis in Africa: Peace and Reconciliation Is the Focus in Mozambique

By Jason Horowitz

The pontiff is on a three-country tour of Africa, where he plans to emphasize the continent’s role in the future of the Roman Catholic Church.

On Plane to Africa, Pope Shrugs Off His American Critics

By Jason Horowitz

En route to Mozambique at the start of a six-day trip, Pope Francis called it “an honor that the Americans attack me,” and seemed eager to read a new book about it.

When β€˜Priest Weds Nun’

By Peter Manseau

My parents may not get to see the transformation of Catholicism they dreamed of when they married 50 years ago, but some changes are underway.

Why People Hate Religion

By Timothy Egan

The charlatans and phonies preen and punish, while those of real faith do Christ’s work among refugees.

In Landmark Ceremony, a Catholic Bishop Is Installed in China

By Ian Johnson

A 54-year-old priest took office this week, the first to be approved under a deal signed last year between Rome and Beijing.

Cardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Conviction Is Upheld

By Livia Albeck-Ripka

The cardinal, 78, who was once an adviser to Pope Francis, is the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty in a criminal court in the church’s child sex abuse crisis.

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