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On His First Anniversary, The New Pope Has An Old Problem

By Rich Barlow

March 13, 2014

Pope Francis is a godsend, rejecting Catholicism’s scalding scolding for the soothing tones of a gentle pastor, his admirers insist. Words are cheap, and Francis is a figurehead coasting on rhetoric without changing the church’s antediluvian social stances, critics scoff.

Abuse survivors group wants Egan Mass for youths canceled

By Ed Stannard

March 11, 2014

A retired cardinal accused of covering up sexual abuse by priests will celebrate a Mass with 200 youthful choir members on Saturday.

Pope Francis image rightly tarnished by child abuse comments

By Markham Hislop

March 9, 2014

Recent remarks by Pope Francis are a throwback to conservative Pope Benedict XVI.

Is Pope Francis the face of a new Catholic Church? Or is he just public relations window dressing on the same old medieval institution?

Francis stumbles on sexual abuse

By Mark Silk 

March 10, 2014

Rome, we’ve got a problem. 

Pope Francis, politically the surest-footed pontiff in many a long century, stumbled pretty badly last week in discussing the crisis that has engulfed Roman Catholicism these past dozen years.

Church sex abuse survivors criticize Pope

By NBC Nightly News

March 5, 2014

On Ash Wednesday, Pope Francis’ strong words – printed in Italy’s largest newspaper -- caught some parishioners by surprise.

Pope defensive on sex abuse as commission lags

By Nicole Winfield

March 5, 2014

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis is coming under increasing criticism that he doesn't get it on sex abuse.

Pope hits out at criticism of Church over sexual abuse

By BBC News

March 5, 2014

Pope Francis has strongly defended the Roman Catholic Church's record on tackling sexual abuse by priests.

In a rare interview with an Italian newspaper, the Pope said "no-one else has done more" to root out paedophilia.

Plug pulled on event for sex offender archbishop Kenneth Storheim

By Kristin Annable

March 2, 2014

A small but fervent group remains committed to raising funds for convicted sex offender and disgraced archbishop Kenneth (Seraphim) Storheim.

Mother of priest's victims reveals family pain, more abuse and church's rebuke

By Madeleine Barab

February 25, 2014

The mother of the boys abused by the Rev. Curtis Wehmeyer no longer ends her days with a silent prayer. Memories and flashbacks surface too easily in those quiet moments. Instead, she plays solitaire on her cell phone until sleep.

A novel approach for Twin Cities Catholic officials: Punish those responsible

By Kristen Ward and David Clohessy

February 26, 2014

One way to sometimes stop people from doing wrong is to punish them for doing wrong. History, psychology and common sense all suggest this approach often works.

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