Opinion: Francis can earn little credibility about his devotion to the poor if he does not first embrace those whose lives have been impoverished by his church.
For 30 years, the Milwaukee archdiocese has provided therapy for abuse victims. But survivors are unhappy with how therapy will be handled under the new plan.
Examining the Crisis: The victims of clergy sex abuse have been waiting for the Vatican to show it understands the depth of the problem. They'll have to keep waiting.
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops' normal practice when giving input to Rome has been to do so privately, the bishops' conference president said.
Pope Francis has announced members of a new Vatican commission on sex abuse, naming one cardinal, four laywomen, one Italian professor, and two priests.
"Problems arising from severe financial hardship, unemployment and emigration, domestic violence, neglect and other forms of abuse, infidelity" are current issues for Irish families, bishops say.
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.
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.