May 5, 2014
by Addison Morris
The Vatican appeared before the Geneva committee that oversees the UN Convention Against Torture on Monday, arguing that a strict interpretation of the convention limited the church's responsibility for the international priest sex abuse scandal. The universal governing structure of the Catholic ...[read more]
December 27, 2013
by Elizabeth LaForgia
The Pennsylvania Superior Court on Thursday unanimously reversed the conviction of a priest for his failure to protect children from a sexual predator and ordered he be released from prison. Monsignor William Lynn, the first senior US Roman Catholic Church official to be found guilty for covering ...[read more]
December 1, 2013
by Stephen Adelgren
Croatian voters passed a referendum on Sunday proposing to ban same-sex marriages by defining marriage in Croatia's constitution as a union between a man and a woman. The referendum came as a result of a petition circulated by a Catholic group which garnered over 700,000 signatures. Croatia's ...[read more]
November 15, 2013
by Zachariah Rivenbark
Europe, the source of many immigrants to the American colonies, is defined by a history of interaction between the church and the state. In 1095, European noblemen responded to the pleas of the Catholic Pope Urban II and embarked on the First Crusade. The Catholic Church and European leaders ...[read more]
July 3, 2013
by Laura Klein Mullen
Ireland's Parliament voted 138-24 on Tuesday to pass the Protection of Life During Pregnancy Bill, which would more liberally legalize abortions in cases of medical emergencies. Ireland currently has abortion laws which are heavily influenced by the Catholic Church, to which two-thirds of the ...[read more]
January 8, 2013
by Samuel Franklin
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles on Monday was ordered to release its files on child abuse by its employees with full disclosure on all subject matter, totaling nearly 30,000 pages of documents and more than 200 priests named in the allegations. Judge Emilie Elias of the Superior ...[read more]
January 1, 2013
by Sung Un Kim
The Catholic Church, which remains an influential institution in the Philippines where 80 percent of the population is Catholic, on Saturday announced that it will challenge newly approved birth control legislation before the Supreme Court. The Church has opposed the new law arguing that it ...[read more]
December 17, 2012
by Michael Haggerson
The Philippines House of Representatives approved legislation on Monday which establishes mandatory sex education in schools and government funding for contraceptives and family planning services and also guarantees all individuals the right to receive reproductive health care information. The ...[read more]
October 30, 2012
by Sung Un Kim
The Criminal Chamber of the Supreme Court of Poland on Monday ruled against a musician who tore up a copy of the Bible on stage in 2007. The court held that even without intention of insulting the Catholic Church, the musician violated the Article 196 of the country's Penal Code. Adam Darski, ...[read more]
August 21, 2012
by Dan Taglioli
A judge for the US District Court for the District of Oregon ruled in favor of the Vatican on Monday by holding that priests are not employees of the Holy See, the ecclesiastical, governmental and administrative capital of the Roman Catholic Church. The 10-year-old case was brought by a Seattle- ...[read more]

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