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Pope Francis.

Analysis: 'Vos estis' and 'vulnerability'

Pope Francis’ recently promulgated policy on sexual abuse allegations made against bishops, Vos estis lux mundi, offers a new and... Read more

The dome of St. Peter's Basilica.

Pope Francis issues norms for reports of abuse of minors, seminarians, and religious

New Vatican norms for the Church’s handling of sex abuse, issued Thursday, place seminarians and religious coerced into sexual activity... Read more

Bishop Richard Malone. CNA file photo.

Analysis: With bishops in a tight spot, will priests get squeezed?

As bishops address the clerical sexual abuse crisis, will they ensure the canonical rights of priests?  Read more

Pope Francis leads the introductory prayer and delivers his greeting on the opening day of the 15th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.

Analysis: Pope Francis issues new definition of ‘vulnerable’ adult

How “vulnerable” adults are defined in law has been hotly contested in recent discussions of scandal and reform in the... Read more

Cardinal George Pell.

Analysis: The stakes of Pell's Vatican trial

The Vatican has announced that a canonical process against Cardinal George Pell will soon begin in the Congregation for the... Read more

Bishop Thomas Daly. CNA file photo.

Bishop Daly: Pro-choice pols should not receive Eucharist

The Bishop of Spokane said Friday that that politicians who publicly support abortion should not receive the Eucharist in his... Read more

What is a lay 'Parish Life Coordinator'? A CNA Explainer

What is a ‘parish life coordinator? What does such a lay person do?  Read more


Analysis: How sexual misconduct reforms might begin in U.S. dioceses

Some U.S. bishops have told CNA they now realize that if they want to initiate new reforms, they’ll have to... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Analysis: Will bishops push for clarity on the synod’s procedural rules?

Recent changes to canon law have left some bishops attending the 2018 Synod of Bishops uncertain about the meeting’s procedural... Read more

CNA Explainer: What rights does a pastor have?

Chicago rainbow flag burning raises questions about a pastor's canoical rights  Read more

Cardinal Francesco Coccopalmerio speaks at a Vatican press conference Sept. 8, 2015.

Vatican's former legal chief says canon law should include care of creation

Church law should include care of creation, Vatican legal expert says  Read more

Bishop Edward J. Weisenburger. CNA file photo.

Tucson bishop elaborates on ‘canonical penalties’ for immigrant family separation

A bishop who suggested last week that the Church consider canonical penalties for Catholics involved in the separation of families... Read more

New Baltimore policy permits outdoor Catholic weddings

The Archdiocese of Baltimore has announced a policy to allow weddings to be held outside of parish churches, including at... Read more

Vatican requests courses to fill ‘urgent need’ for training in canon law

The Vatican issued guidelines and norms Thursday for calling for new courses in canon law, designed to respond to a... Read more

Bishop Morlino: don't let funeral controversy overshadow Christ's love

For Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, misconceptions and negativity are dominating the reaction to his diocese’s private message to priests... Read more

Vatican calls on bishops to prevent Eucharistic abuse in their dioceses

In a new letter to bishops, the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments denounced abuses against... Read more

A Mass of priestly ordination said in St. Peter's Basilica.

Cooperating in abortion is always an impediment to ordination, Pope affirms

Pope Francis has confirmed that the impediments preventing one from being ordained – such as homicide, abortion, or attempted suicide... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 4, 2016.

How will the reform of marriage nullity cases proceed in Italy?

With a letter sent Wednesday to the general secretary of the Italian bishops' conference, Pope Francis established a bilateral working... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican reform of annulment process will be presented tomorrow

The Holy See press office has announced that two motu proprio will be released on Tuesday, both of which concern... Read more

Archbishop Müller speaking at the Vatican, July 5, 2013.

Archbishop Müller encourages unity serving evangelization, mission

At a Spanish university's canon law conference, the Vatican's head for doctrinal matters spoke this week about collegiality and unity... Read more