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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.
The case of an East Valley priest accused of molesting teenage boys is now being reviewed by a Vatican-based board in Rome which will ultimately decide whether to remove him from the priesthood.
The number of allegations involving sexual conduct with minors against a prominent East Valley priest is growing.
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.
Of all the gifts displayed in a Maricopa County courtroom that Susan Brock gave to a teenage boy she was molesting - a diamond ring to give to his girlfriend, an Xbox 360, $100 pairs of jeans, $70 shirts - a gift she gave the boy's family stood out above the rest: A professionally framed black-and-white photograph of the Arizona Mormon Temple in Mesa under a dark, cloudy sky.
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.
NEW YORK - Pope Benedict XVI has taken the extraordinary step of ordering a Vatican investigation of the Legionaries of Christ, the influential, conservative religious order that has acknowledged that its founder fathered a child and molested seminarians.
A judge has ordered five separate trials for Monsignor Dale Fushek, former pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Community, accused by five men of sexual misconduct in the 1980s and early 1990s while they were teens at the Mesa parish.
A three-week postponement was granted Thursday for the start of the trial of Monsignor Dale Fushek, former pastor of St. Timothy's Catholic Community in Mesa, who is charged with seven misdemeanor sex-related crimes.
A three-week postponement was granted Thursday for the start of the trial of Monsignor Dale Fushek, former pastor of St. Timothy’s Catholic Community in Mesa, who is charged with seven misdemeanor sex-related crimes.
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.
NEW YORK - Pope Benedict XVI may not see them or hear them, but aggrieved Roman Catholic activists hope his U.S. visit this week will help them draw attention to issues ranging from the ordination of women and gay rights to sex abuse by priests and the Vatican ban on contraception.
LOS ANGELES - A judge on Monday approved a $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse, the largest payout yet in a nationwide sex abuse scandal. Some of the plaintiffs sobbed as the deal was formally approved and a moment of silence was held for others who had died during the years of negotiations.
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.
BOSTON - Sister Julianne Hau became a nun 20 years ago because she felt a call to bring God’s word to anyone who needed it. But these days, that’s not the only requirement when running a convent, parish or diocese.
Two of the nation’s staunchest critics of the Roman Catholic Church’s response to sexual abuse by priests say real reforms won’t come until the church is challenged by larger forces, be they unified Catholics demanding change or government pressure and legislation.
CHICAGO - Eleven priests suspected of sexual misconduct with minors more than 20 years ago have been barred from clerical work, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago said Monday.
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VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II set an example of how to live life, a dynamic preacher who traveled the world, battled communism and proclaimed his moral code opposing abortion, casual sex and consumerism.
VATICAN CITY - Pope John Paul II, who helped topple communism in Europe and left a deeply conservative stamp on the church that he led for 26 years, died Saturday night in his Vatican apartment, ending a long public struggle against debilitating illness. He was 84.
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.