Priests

Pope Francis
Gregorio Borgia/AP
AP News
February 13, 2020 - 10:41 am
Pope Francis refused to approve the ordination of married men or women as deacons to address a shortage of priests in the Amazon, sidestepping a fraught issue that has divided the Catholic Church and emboldened his conservative critics. Read more here.
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Catholic church in Massachusetts
Steven Senne/AP
AP News
December 09, 2019 - 3:18 pm
More than a century ago, waves of Catholic immigrants from Ireland, Poland and Quebec settled in Chicopee and other western Massachusetts mill towns, helping build churches, rectories and schools to accommodate their faith. Today the priests leading those churches are under siege due to stresses,...
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Archbishop Jose Gomez and Cardinal Daniel DiNardo
Patrick Semansky/AP, file
AP News
November 12, 2019 - 11:40 am
Archbishop José Gómez of Los Angeles, an immigrant from Mexico, overwhelmingly won election Tuesday as the first Hispanic to head the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. Read more here.
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Pope Francis blesses the coffin as he celebrates the funeral service of Cardinal Leon Kalenga Badikebele, the Apostolic nuncio in Argentina, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Saturday, June 15, 2019.
AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia
June 17, 2019 - 10:56 am
By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican formally opened debate Monday on letting married men be ordained as priests in remote parts of the Amazon where priests are so few that Catholics can go weeks or months without attending a Mass. The call for study on the proposal...
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Pope Francis does the sign of the cross during his weekly general audience, in St. Peter's Square, at the Vatican, Wednesday, May 8, 2019.
Alessandra Tarantino/AP Photo
May 09, 2019 - 8:02 am
UPDATED: 1:20 p.m. By Nicole Winfield, Associated Press VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis issued a groundbreaking law Thursday requiring all Catholic priests and nuns around the world to report clergy sexual abuse and cover-up by their superiors to church authorities, in a groundbreaking new effort...
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Vatican admits to rules for priests who father children
CNN
February 19, 2019 - 10:09 am
By Ben Westcott, CNN (CNN) -- The Vatican has revealed that it maintains secret guidelines for priests who father children despite their vows of celibacy. "I can confirm that guidelines exist; it is a document for internal use," Vatican spokesman Alessandro Gisotti said in a statement to CNN,...
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Pope Francis blesses a boy during a Mass at the Sheikh Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019.
AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili
February 05, 2019 - 5:53 pm
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) — Pope Francis on Tuesday publicly acknowledged the scandal of priests and bishops sexually abusing nuns and vowed to do more to fight the problem, the latest sign that there is no end in sight to the Catholic Church's abuse crisis — and that it now has a reckoning from...
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In this Nov. 13, 2017, file photo, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, speaks at a news conference during the USCCB's annual fall meeting in Baltimore.
AP Photo/Patrick Semansky
January 31, 2019 - 9:44 pm
DALLAS (AP) — Catholic leaders in Texas on Thursday identified 286 priests and others accused of sexually abusing children, a number that represents one of the largest collections of names to be released since an explosive grand jury report last year in Pennsylvania. Fourteen dioceses in Texas...
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Empty wooden benches in old Catholic Church
Dreamstime
Mark Abrams
December 05, 2018 - 4:00 am
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A national expert on child abuse says the Pennsylvania Supreme Court's decision to permanently "black out" the names of 11 men appearing in the final report of the statewide investigating grand jury on clergy sex abuse was a public slap at abuse victims. Marci...
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The feds are investigating clergy abuse probe in Pa.
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Ian Bush
October 18, 2018 - 10:30 pm
PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — The federal prosecutors bring a dramatic escalation to the scandal that's dogged the Catholic Church, with victims' advocates saying it's about time. The searing Pennsylvania grand jury report detailing attacks on children by priests and the cover-up by church leaders...
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