McCarrick: What's known about the abusive US ex-cardinal
The Vatican on Tuesday will release its long-awaited report into what it knew about ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarricks sexual misconduct during his rise through the church hierarchy. But beyond that, the McCarrick case has forced the Vatican to acknowledge that adults can be victims of sexual abuse, too. The Vatican's new policies, enacted as a response to the McCarrick scandal, spell out that adults can be forced “to perform or submit to sexual acts" through abuses of authority by church leaders. Here is what we know about the McCarrick case ahead of the release of the Vatican report:___WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT? McCarrick, 90, was defrocked last year after the Vatican determined he sexually abused adults and children, including during confession.
Pope opens meeting that could lead to some married men becoming priests
(CNN) - Pope Francis opened a highly contentious three-week summit Sunday that could potentially clear the way for some married men to become Catholic priests. If approved, it would be a first for the Catholic church and overturn centuries of tradition of a celibate priesthood. DiscordThe battle over ordaining married men may not turn out to be as contentious as some fear, however. A total of 185 men, consisting of priests and bishops, will be voting on the proposals. Proposals approved by the meeting will be sent to Pope Francis for a final decision.