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]
October 6, 2012
by Max Slater
A three-judge panel in Vatican City on Saturday sentenced the former butler of Pope Benedict XVI to eighteen months in prison for leaking confidential papal documents. Paolo Gabriele was convicted on charges of theft for stealing confidential papers from the Vatican, photocopying them and passing ...[read more]
September 13, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On September 13, 2011, the Center for Constitutional Rights filed an International Criminal Court (ICC) complaint against Vatican officials for systematic sexual abuse and the concealment of such incidents. The complaint was filed on behalf of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ( ...[read more]
June 7, 2011
by Dwyer Arce
On June 7, 2006, a federal judge in Oregon allowed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church to move forward, rejecting the Vatican's bid to dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction. The ruling allowed a Seattle-area man to continue with his claim that the Holy See is liable for ...[read more]
April 12, 2011
by Clay Flaherty
On April 12, 2010, the Vatican released official Church procedures for handling alleged cases of sexual abuse by priests, ordering that, "Civil law concerning reporting of crimes to the appropriate authorities should always be followed." However, the Vatican also reserved the discretionary power ...[read more]
June 4, 2009
by Brian Jackson
The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit on Wednesday held that a San Francisco resolution urging the Vatican to withdraw a directive against same-sex adoptions does not violate the Establishment Clause. The resolution was passed in response to the Vatican's directive that Catholic social s... ...[read more]
June 3, 2009
by Ingrid Burke
Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, et al. v. City of San Francisco, et al., US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, June 3, 2009. Reported in JURIST's Paper Chase here. CLRCR v. San Francisco... ...[read more]
June 8, 2006
by Jaime Jansen
A federal judge in Oregon allowed a sexual abuse lawsuit against the Catholic Church to move forward Wednesday, rejecting the Vatican's bid to dismiss the suit for lack of jurisdiction. The ruling allows a Seattle-area man to continue with his claim that the Holy See is liable for transferring t... ...[read more]
May 10, 2005
by Jamie Sterling
Cardinal Roberto Tucci, president of Vatican Radio and VR director general Father Pasquale Borgomeo were convicted Monday in an Italian court of polluting the enviroment with high-intensity electromagnetic waves and were handed 10-day suspended jail sentences. A 2001 epidemiological study found a ...[read more]
April 15, 2005
by Elana Kornblit
Housekeepers, elevator operators, workmen and others who might come in contact with Roman Catholic cardinals as they meet in secret conclave at the Vatican next week to choose a new pope took an oath of secrecy and signed written secrecy pledges Friday. Pursuant to section 46 of Pope John Paul II... ...[read more]

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