Simply Spirit: Four women panelists at the Women’s Ordination Worldwide 2015 conference shared stories of injustice perpetrated by institutional Catholicism, but also "of wrongs righted, lives restored, and hope infused."
We say: The church has made progress in addressing the sexual abuse scandal, but none of it happened voluntarily. All of it was forced by public pressure.
Numerous speakers during the conference's first night ask, what is the strategic plan moving forward?
Today, as SNAP marks its 25th anniversary, its members can take satisfaction in seeing that its claims have been validated, and a few of its recommendations have been implemented.
As Vatican representatives prepare to testify before a United Nations inquiry into torture next week, a senior official warned investigators that it would be "deceptive" to link torture with the pedophilia scandals that have swept the Catholic church.
The Vatican's chief spokesman, Jesuit Fr. Federico Lombardi, said Friday that the Convention Against Torture, endorsed by the Vatican in 2002, was one of the most important in the U.N.'s ambit.
Ahead of Pope Francis' first meeting with his panel charged with tackling the clergy abuse scandal, victims are demanding the church take immediate action to expose perpetrators.
The report from the U.N. Commission on the Rights of the Child raised concerns with a number of substandard policies, specifically regarding sexual abuse.