Acting with uncustomary speed, the Vatican expelled a New Jersey man from the priesthood for repeatedly defying a lifetime ban on ministry to children.
We say: Francis' delight in stirring things up is no more evident than in the preparation for the October's Synod of Bishops.
At its highest levels, the church is discussing family issues. But just what a potential revamp will look like depends on with whom you're speaking.
Former Notre Dame linebacker Prince Shembo said he is innocent in an alleged sexual battery against Elizabeth "Lizzy" Seeberg, who committed suicide in 2010.
Shembo was not charged for the incident or suspended from school, but addressed the allegations for the first time at the National Football League Scouting Combine Feb. 22 in Indianapolis. Shembo is entering May's NFL draft.
When the Vatican announced its survey ahead of the Synod of Bishops, the bishops of England and Wales were the first in the world to put it online.
Viewpoint: The UN interrogation of the Vatican about priestly child abuse is long overdue, but it remains to be seen how effective Pope Francis' child abuse commission will be.
St. Paul-Minneapolis Archbishop John Nienstedt had been accused of touching the buttocks of a boy during a photo session. He will return to ministry immediately.
NCR Today: A U.S.-based group that operates a clergy sex abuse database has accused Pope Francis of remaining silent on clergy sex abuse during his time in Argentina.
Irish bishops have come in for sharp criticism after deciding they will not publish the results of the Vatican survey on the family.
Of the almost 200 Catholic dioceses in the United States, just over a third were given the opportunity to respond to the Vatican's questionnaire for the synod on the family.