A letter accusing Pope Francis of supporting heretical stances is the sixth initiative aimed at clarifying his positions on family and marriage, but he has remained silent.
The plaintiff claimed he was raped by a Christian Brother, who had previously abused children in other schools but was recommended for a teaching job by the archdiocese.
Oral contraceptives are already available over the counter in 102 countries.
The church leaders have mounted the protest following a court ruling against them over the sale of three Greek Orthodox buildings.
Texas argues it is saving those who oppose abortion from subsidizing the procedure.
A father woke up his young daughter on two occasions to see the priest, Gerald Ridsdale, who then sexually assaulted her.
The Catholic Church regards what is said in confession as strictly confidential.
Christians are persecuted in North Korea, but top Catholic bishops are still calling for Washington and Pyongyang to sit down for negotiations.
Cardinal George Pell is on a leave of absence from the Vatican, where he serves as Treasurer for the pontiff.
The church features high levels of administrative control and secrecy, yet the tide could be turning to greater transparency.
Cardinal George Pell, Australia's highest-ranking Catholic and the third-highest-ranking official at the Vatican.
The pope has stepped in decisively on the church's crisis in Ahiara, where priests have refused to accept their bishop for the past four years.
Thousands of children died in Catholic Church ran Indian Residential Schools over a century.
The long-haul journey is unusual because recent presidents have visited neighboring Canada or Mexico first.
The pope's recent suggestion that the Catholic Church discuss celibacy vows harks back to an earlier version of church practice.
The lead detective in the case told the D.A.'s office he didn't find the boy credible.
Catholic priests have been indicted for alleged murder during the genocide of 1994.
Religious beliefs should not be used to deny women health care.
The pontiff urged journalists not to stoke fear.