May 3rd, 2010
12:56 PM ET

Why did Pope hesitate to act on convicted molester?

Stephen Kiesle, a former priest and a convicted sex offender was accused of molesting children while studying to be a priest in the 1970s. He pleaded no contest to some of those charges, but also said he no longer wanted to be a priest. His bishop at the time agreed - Kiesle should not be associated with the Catholic Church.

But there was one man who disagreed - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger - then a top Vatican official and now Pope Benedict the XVI.

Why did he wait to act? CNN's Gary Tuchman took a closer look.



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April 23rd, 2010
12:14 PM ET

Belgian bishop resigns after admitting sexual abuse

Belgian bishop Roger Joseph Vangheluwe has resigned after admitting to sexually abusing a child, a spokesman for the Brussels bishop said Friday.

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April 22nd, 2010
12:51 PM ET

Suit demands Vatican names priests accused of sex abuse

An Illinois man is suing the Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI for allegedly covering up sexual abuse by a priest at a Catholic school in Wisconsin.

The lawsuit demands the Vatican release the names of thousands of Catholic priests that the suit says have "credible allegations of sexual misconduct" against them.

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April 22nd, 2010
07:16 AM ET

Pope accepts Ireland bishop's resignation

Pope Benedict accepted the resignation of a third Irish bishop Thursday.

Bishop Jim Moriarty offered his resignation in December amid criticism after the publication of the Murphy report on clerical sex abuse in the Dublin Archdiocese.

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April 22nd, 2010
01:06 AM ET

Suit alleges Catholic officials covered up abuse

A Mexican citizen who says he was sexually abused by a priest as a child is suing the Roman Catholic Cardinal of Los Angeles and Mexico's top-ranking Catholic cleric, alleging they aided and abetted the abuse by moving the priest between dioceses as allegations piled up against him.

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April 21st, 2010
09:41 AM ET

Pope speaks out on sex abuse scandal

Pope Benedict XVI was "deeply affected" by a meeting with victims of abuse by Catholic clergy, he said Wednesday, in his first public comments on the scandal in more than a month.

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April 5th, 2010
04:41 AM ET

Church abuse scandal spurs new victims groups

As allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic priests started piling up in the Netherlands earlier this year, Bert Smeets, a 58-year-old Dutch musician, decided to launch an organization to bring victims of church abuse together.

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April 4th, 2010
03:17 PM ET

Broomstick-wielding attacker disrupts German Easter Mass

A broomstick-wielding former mental patient charged the altar at a Roman Catholic cathedral in Munster, Germany, on Sunday, knocking the church's Easter candle to the ground before the congregation subdued him, police said. FULL POST

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April 2nd, 2010
02:31 PM ET

Pope's preacher compares abuse fury to antisemitism

Pope Benedict XVI's personal preacher on Friday compared the fury aimed at Catholic leadership because of sexual abuse within the church to aspects of antisemitism.

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March 26th, 2010
09:21 AM ET

On the Radar: Violence against Congress, McCain-Palin, Iraq

A giant cross overshadows St. Peters Square at the Vatican on March 25.

Here’s a look at some of the stories CNN.com reporters are working on Friday:

Church Abuse - We follow the global story of Catholic church abuse with the reactions around the world from several archbishops and stories looking at how much the Vatican knew about the alleged abuse and when. Friday the Catholic Archdiocese in Munich, Germany, denied a report that the Pope knew a priest convicted of abusing minors was back at work. On the same day, French bishops wrote a letter saying they felt "shame and regret for the abominable acts" by some priests in the Catholic church. The Catholic Archbishop of Westminster called the child abuse committed within the church "totally unacceptable" and said he was ashamed of what happened.

McCain and Palin on the trail again - Sen. John McCain is running for re-election and for the first time in nearly 20 years is facing a tough challenge from J.D. Hayworth. When he hits the campaign trail this weekend, there will be a familiar face alongside him - Sarah Palin.  The pair will be at an event in Tucson, Arizona, at 3:30 p.m. on Friday.

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March 26th, 2010
08:46 AM ET

German archdiocese disputes pope story

The Catholic archdiocese in Munich, Germany, strongly denied a report Friday that said Pope Benedict XVI was aware that a priest convicted of abusing minors had returned to pastoral work.

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March 26th, 2010
08:25 AM ET

Archbishop of Westminster denounces church abuse

The child abuse committed within the Catholic church and concealment of it is "deeply shocking" and "totally unacceptable," the Catholic archbishop of Westminster wrote in a public letter Friday.

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March 26th, 2010
07:57 AM ET

French bishops 'feel shame' at church abuse

French bishops wrote in a letter Friday that they "feel shame and regret for the abominable acts" perpetrated by some priests and religious figures in the Catholic church.

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