The election of Pope Francis, in 2013, had the effect, among other things, of displacing the painful story of priestly sexual abuse that had dominated public awareness of the Church during much of the eight-year papacy of his predecessor. Show More Summary
“The allegations were reported by an attorney, Ulrich Weber, who had been hired by the Diocese of Regensburg last year to investigate claims of abuse at the Regensburger Domspatzen choir and two feeder schools between 1953 and 1992. … Benedict’s brother, Monsignor Georg Ratzinger, conducted the historic choir from 1964 to 1994.”
A lawyer says the number of children sexually or physically abused by priests while serving in a choir run by Pope Emeritus Benedict’s brother at their Catholic school in the German city of Regensburg totals 231. That’s more than three times as many cases as had been reported previously by...
An investigator commissioned by a famous German boys' choir says that more than 200 children in the choir were abused physically and sexually between 1953 and 1992, many by the director of an affiliated school; the choir itself was led...Show More Summary
At least 231 members of a Catholic boys' choir in Germany were physically abused over four decades—largely while the choir was conducted by the brother of former Pope Benedict XVI, the New York Times reports. That number comes from Ulrich Weber, a lawyer hired by the Regensburger Domspatzen choir...
An investigation has revealed hundreds of young choirboys may have been abused in sadistic rituals at a choir run by Pope Benedicts Brother.
The investigator said he assumed that the older brother of Pope Benedict XVI knew of the abuse when he ran the Bavarian boys’ choir for 30 of the nearly 40 years covered by the inquiry.
Pope Francis opened the Jubilee of Mercy, a special holy year for Catholics, on Tuesday by speaking of God’s mercy toward sinners. Continue reading ? The post VIDEO: Pope Francis and Pope Emeritus Benedict launch Holy Year appeared first on PBS NewsHour.
Today is the sixth anniversary of the official promulgation of Anglicanorum Coetibus, the Apostolic Constitution by which Pope Benedict XVI provided for the establishment of Personal Ordinariates to facilitate the entrance of Anglicans into full communion with the Catholic Church. Show More Summary
HAVANA -- Pope John Paul II's visit in 1998 put Christmas back on the Cuban calendar. When Pope Benedict XVI arrived in 2012, the Cuban government made Good Friday a national holiday. Both men brought the Catholic Church a bigger role in Cuba's public life. Pope Francis? Well, maybe all the good holidays were already […]
Today there is some interesting news that a Catholic Cardinal is admitting that there was a “coup” of sorts that deposed the more conservative Pope Benedict and made him step
(Steven Hayward) One thing that that has puzzled a lot of people since the selection of Pope Francis two years ago is how a left-leaning Pope could succeed two very serious conservative Popes—John Paul II and Benedict XVI—who you would...Show More Summary
For journalists, it was the best of popes and it was the worst of popes. News outlets were often negative when Pope Benedict visited the United States in 2008, calling him an “enforcer,” “God’s Rottweiler,” and “very conservative.” Not so this time around for Pope Francis. Show More Summary
Pope Francis addressed the United Nations (UN) General Assembly Friday morning, mentioning a litany of issues but emphasizing climate change and environmental degradation. While Francis was the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress, there is a longer history of papal speeches to the UN. The Holy See (the Vatican) is one of two permanent […]
Popes have long dabbled in music: Pope Benedict XVI's voice was featured on 2009's M usic From The Vatican: Alma Mater, and Pope John Paul II appeared on albums like 1999's Abba Pater. Pope Francis, however, may be the first pope to rock. Show More Summary
Joining Brian Williams for his second day back anchoring MSNBC’s coverage of Pope Francis’s visit to the United States on Wednesday afternoon, Catholic and Hardball host Chris Matthews blasted Francis’s predecessor Pope Benedict XVI for being “so fragile and removed” and possessing a “weakness” and “coldness” that Francis does not have.
The last time a pope visited the U.S. was seven years ago, when then-President George W. Bush welcomed then-Pope Benedict to Washington
It's easy to look at the pope and think: Okay nice, Pope — papal robes, nothing special but they look pretty comfortable. But look again, urges Women’s Wear Daily. It might be that unlike his predecessor — Pope Benedict XVI, who loved his Prada shoes — Pope Francis’s simple, non-frilly... More »
Pope Benedict’s visit to the U.S. this week is generating reams of breathless, anticipatory coverage. But all the media excitement can’t change that there are severe, long-run problems for the church that are already having an impact, and that a papal red-carpet tour isn’t going to fix. One of those big problems is the aging [Read More...]
Pope Francis’ mass attracted the faithful and the non-religious alike to Havana’s Plaza de la Revolución Sunday. The previous visits of Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict had not interested Salvador, a 47-year-old engineer from Viñales, about an hour and a half away. But his devout mother, who is 79, said she would not…