We say: What the church finds deserving of its wrath in light of what it will tolerate to preserve the clerical culture is increasingly inexplicable to anyone outside that culture.
An African who says an Irish missionary priest sexually abused him when he was a student will have his case heard in Ireland later this year.
Fr. Charles Engelhardt and Bernard Shero were found guilty of sexually assaulting the same 10-year-old altar boy in the late 1990s.
In March, former priest Edward Avery pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting an altar boy. Testifying in court Thursday, he backed off those words.
According to Reuters, the German bishops have lost confidence in the criminologist they had engaged to study the clergy sex abuse crisis.
The Archdiocese of Los Angeles must reveal names of church officials included in files that will be released with information related to allegations of child sexual abuse by church employees.
A Montreal permanent deacon who served almost 10 years as a communications director for Canada's Catholic bishops has been charged with producing and distributing child pornography.
Pope Benedict XVI has named a canon lawyer from the Archdiocese of Boston to be the new promoter of justice in the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The commission will look at an array of institutions, including churches, schools, residential homes and the Boy and Girl Scouts.
A statement by Australia's Federal Attorney General Nicola Roxon that the national royal commission into child sex abuse should look into requiring Catholic priests to break the seal of confession in cases of serious sex offenses generated much discussion inside and outside the church, even as Roxon tried to downplay the issue.