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Pope spoke of celibacy rule, being 'dazzled' by girl

Pope Francis suggested in an interview last year that the Catholic Church's rule that priests be celibate "can change" and admitted he was tempted by a woman as a young seminarian.


Files Show Cardinal Roger Mahony Covered Up Sex Abuse

Church Sex Abuse Cover-up

Church records show Cardinal Roger M. Mahony’s personal involvement in keeping evidence of child molesting by priests from the police.


Philippines takes on Catholic church over birth control

Philippine President Benigno Aquino is squaring off against his country's powerful Catholic church in a bid to give people free access to the means to limit the size of their families. The predominately Catholic country has one of Asia's fastest-growing populations together with significant levels of chronic poverty. While neighbors have accelerated towards prosperity, the Philippines has lagged.


Vatican: American nun's book on sex could harm Catholics

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An American nun’s book on sex has put Catholics at risk of “grave harm,” the Catholic Church announced Monday.


Pope approves use of condoms in fight against Aids

Pope approves use of condoms in fight against Aids

After decades of fierce opposition to the use of all contraception, the pontiff will end the Catholic Church's absolute ban on the use of condoms.


On U.K. visit, Pope apologizes, again, for abuse scandal failures

On U.K. visit, Pope apologizes, again, for abuse scandal failures

Pope Benedict XVI, beginning a controversial state visit to Britain, acknowledged Thursday that the Catholic Church failed to act decisively ...


Astronomer Copernicus reburied as hero in Poland

Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave....


What is a Life Without Sex Like?

What is a Life Without Sex Like?

The recent scandal over handling of child abuse in the Catholic church has again focused attention on celibacy.


Cardinal being replaced as celebrant of Latin Mass in DC

A controversial cardinal who was scheduled to deliver an elaborate Latin Mass this weekend in Washington at one of the nation's most prominent Catholic churches is being replaced after clergy sex-abuse victims and activists expressed ...


Cardinal denies resignation calls

Reports that the Vatican intends to force the head of the Catholic Church in Ireland to resign are denied.


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