One of the claimants in the bankruptcy described the proposed settlement as "a Christmas gift for lawyers" and said it likely would not be approved by the committee of creditors.
"Questionable financial activities" have put the Order of Friars Minor's financial stability at "grave risk," the order's minister general says.
Young Voices: I sometimes wonder if Mary had a choice. "Let it be done to me according to your will" doesn't exactly sound like a full "yes" to me.
Commentary: Without attitudinal and structural changes among not the women investigated but those who initiated the investigation, this mistake and others like it will be repeated.
Peter Saunders, an English survivor of clerical abuse, had called on Pope Francis in July to hand over information about abusive priests to state authorities.
While abuse in the church was "sickening" and "shameful," the great majority of cases occurred in non-institutional settings, wrote Archbishop Anthony Fisher.
The Vatican coffers are far from empty, says Cardinal Pell, the pope's financial czar. He's found 'hundreds of millions of euros' squirreled away.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
An open letter to Pope Francis asks for an investigation into misconduct in the bankruptcy action taken by the Milwaukee archdiocese.
Faith and Justice: If the Catholic church's legal procedures were followed in civil society, they would be condemned as contrary to due process.