Controversy over family issues and the ongoing serach for peace in the Middle East were just some highlights of Vatican news in 2014.
Update: Pope Francis met with the attorney general of the Dominican Republic to discuss the sexual abuse case of the former papal nuncio.
We say: The Vatican under Francis is acting. This is progress and portends of more action. This is something to applaud.
The Vatican has placed former Archbishop Jozef Wesolowski under house arrest as he awaits a criminal trial for sexually abusing young boys.
Most believe Jozef Wesolowski will be tried in a Vatican court, but a trial elsewhere would counter suspicions that a Vatican trial would be a cover-up.
"Without doubt Poland considers the acts that the archbishop is alleged to have carried out as particularly repugnant."
Because Jozef Wesolowski is no longer an archbishop nor is he a Vatican diplomat, when his appeals are exhausted, he "might also be subjected to judicial procedures from the courts."
NCR Today: Former papal nuncio to Dominican Republic defrocked; Bishops and (civil) marriage equality; Gay and proud in the Philippines.
All Things Catholic: Geneva was the setting for a riveting bit of theater as two Vatican heavyweights sat before a panel to field questions about the sex abuse scandals.