As historic summit on church sex abuse begins, critics say pope’s credibility is at risk

JUDY WOODRUFF: Tomorrow at the Vatican, a historic four-day summit begins on clerical sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It follows a year packed with allegations from Catholic diocese around the world. Now fingers are also pointed squarely at Pope Francis. Victims and even high-ranking officials are accusing him of Continue Reading

Is Opus Dei A Catholic Cult?

The DaVinci Code, which is one of the best-selling books of modern time, brought attention to a little known Catholic institution – Opus Dei. But many would argue that the book negatively and falsely portrays the real intentions of the institution. So what is Opus Dei really like? Opus Dei Continue Reading

Why McCarrick’s defrocking represents an ‘extraordinary signal’ for the Catholic Church

JUDY WOODRUFF: This past weekend, the Vatican made its strongest move yet against sexual abuse in the church by defrocking former U.S. Cardinal Theodore McCarrick for abusing children and adults. McCarrick is the first former cardinal to be thrown out of the church. William Brangham examines whether this marks a Continue Reading

Pope Francis – A New Way of Being Church

[music playing] Good evening. Good evening. A native of Venezuela, Rafael Luciani holds the doctorate and Licenciate in Dogmatic Theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome. He also holds baccalaureate degrees in philosophy and theology from the Pontifical Salesian University of Rome, as well as the Licenciate in Education Continue Reading

The Broken and Blessed Catholic Church

One time I was hanging out with a friend at a restaurant and we went and sat at the bar and we were ordering some drinks. And this guy came up to me and he said “Excuse me sir, are you a real Catholic priest?” And I said “Yeah,” and Continue Reading

Ecumenical Pilgrimage of Pope Francis and the World Council of Churches

We invite Metropolitan Nifon to open with prayer. In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen. O merciful God, how good and pleasant it is to be drawn together by you as sisters and brothers in Christ today, as we commemorate that Continue Reading

Bishop Barron on Pope Francis and “The Religious Sense”

Many have commented on Pope Francis’s choice of name and these rather remarkably Franciscan moves. He’s been making in the early weeks think of when he paid his own bill at the At the clergy no residents in rome or when he washed the feet of those young prisoners in Continue Reading