Catholic Church


A Bishop Wants to Solve Gang Violence by Spraying Holy Water from a Helicopter

It seems like just another tone-deaf idea from a deeply troubled Church.


Here's What Notre Dame Looks Like After a 9-Hour Fire

Four hundred firefighters managed to save the structure as well as several important pieces of religious art.


Broken Faith: Inside the Catholic Church’s Plan to Quietly Pay Survivors of Sexual Abuse

The Church is launching private settlement programs just as states are making it possible for more child sex abuse victims to sue.


Lawyer for Priest Who Sexually Abused Boys Is Very Sorry He Called It “Plain-Vanilla Sexual Penetration”

Australian Cardinal George Pell is facing a 50-year prison term for the charges, which date back to 1996.


Vatican Treasurer Cardinal George Pell Convicted of Sexually Abusing Choirboys After Secret Trial

The cleric, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, said he would appeal the decision.


Australia's Most Senior Catholic Cleric Has Been Found Guilty of Child Sexual Abuse

Cardinal George Pell, the former archbishop of Melbourne is the most senior Catholic cleric to ever be convicted of sexually abusing children.


Pope Francis Admits Catholic Priests Used Nuns As Sex Slaves

“Should we do something more? Yes. Is there the will? Yes. But it's a path that we have already begun.”


The Catholic Church Has No Idea How to Win Over Young People

The Vatican's spiffy "Click to Pray" app isn't going to save it.


This Artist Is the Only Man Ever Convicted of Blasphemy In Modern Philippines

Carlos Celdran took on the church eight years ago and the fight took over his life.


How the Catholic Church Is Helping, and Hurting, the Philippines' Poorest People

The Church is running poverty alleviation programs in communities like Tondo. But it's also fighting against policies that could help them.


What It's Like to Be Catholic and Divorced

My divorce filled me with dread, but my marriage was even worse.


A Visit to the Pope Francis Laundromat

The pontiff's passion for helping the poor has inspired a new service for the homeless in Rome.