Conservative cardinals want to make sure rules on marriage and divorce remain

Conservative cardinals make pre-emptive strike against any papal thoughts of relaxing Catholic policy on the divorced and remarried. Francis has appointed a special commission to look at ways to make it easier for Roman Catholics to dissolve their marriages in the eyes of the church, “with the objective of simplifying its procedure, making it more streamlined.”


Trial nears in priest sex abuse case filed by former altar boy

A civil trial is to begin this week in a lawsuit alleging sexual abuse by a priest decades ago. Filed by a former altar boy, the lawsuit alleges that the diocese failed to supervise a priest who repeatedly abused him. The Kansas City Star published a three-day series in December 2011 called “The Altar Boys’ Secret” that told the story of Jon David Couzens and the three other altar boys.


Vatican puts ex-Dominican envoy under house arrest

The Vatican put its former ambassador to the Dominican Republic under house arrest Tuesday after opening a criminal trial against him, the first time a high-ranking Vatican official has ever faced criminal charges for sexually abusing youngsters.

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