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VATICAN CITY — Benedict XVI always cast himself as the reluctant pope, a shy bookworm who preferred solitary walks in the Alps to the public glare and the majesty of Vatican pageantry. And on Monday, the Vatican announced that the leader of the world's billion Roman Catholics was stepping down — the first pontiff to do so since 1415.
The Roman Catholic office overseeing parishes in Maricopa, Coconino, Yavapai and La Paz counties has missed its own deadline to publish a report detailing sexual abuse by priests.
A Phoenix police officer accused of sexually assaulting three women is the focus of a criminal investigation after meeting with Chandler police on Tuesday.
Details of the case next will be reviewed by a Rome-based Catholic authority that will hear the case.
Whether or not the Rev. Jack Spaulding, the former priest at St. Timothy's Catholic Community in Mesa, is found guilty of sexual conduct with a minor, a tragedy has occurred.
Fan favorite Vincent D'Onofrio returns to "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (9 p.m. EDT today, USA Network) as the final season begins.
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI deplored priests who were unfaithful to their vows and called Thursday for a "frank and complete acknowledgment" of the Catholic Church's weakness in a letter to priests around the globe.
SYDNEY, Australia - Pope Benedict XVI said he was "deeply sorry' for the sexual abuse of children by Australia's Catholic clergy, delivering a strongly-worded apology Saturday that described their acts as evil and a grave betrayal of trust.
ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE - Pope Benedict XVI said Tuesday he was "deeply ashamed" of the clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church and will work to keep pedophiles out of the priesthood, addressing the toughest issue facing the American church as he began his first papal trip to the United States.
American Catholics who want the Vatican to adopt reforms won’t be effective until they find an ear in Rome, says an investigative writer whose books about clergy sexual abuse were a factor in Pope Benedict XVI’s removal last May of the founder of the Legion of Christ.
“Does freedom of speech only apply what Democrats are speaking? Russell Pearce had every right to say what he said, and anyone who doesn’t agree ought to leave the United States.”
BOUQUET to Donna Henry, a teacher at Chandler’s Shumway Elementary School, for being honored by President Bush last week with the 2004 Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
Pope John Paul II’s impact on the Diocese of Phoenix will continue long after his death, many Valley Catholics agree, even as they see lingering issues that his successor will need to address.
After 16 years as Maricopa County attorney, Richard Romley is now free of the office and openly job shopping. The popular Republican says he might run for governor or congressman.
January 21, 2005
Out of the shadows of Bishop Thomas J. O’Brien’s troubled tenure in leading the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix came Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted in December 2003.
Maricopa County Attorney Richard Romley said Thursday he is confident the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has largely completed the needed steps to protect children from sexual misconduct by priests and church workers.
Calling Christ "the source of hope" and saying the "future of the church in Phoenix depends on Jesus Christ," Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted humbly took charge of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Phoenix on Saturday in colorful pageantry at Sts. Simon and Jude Cathedral in Phoenix.