‘Shocking’ sexual abuse of children by German clergy detailed in report | World news

A “shocking” report into the sexual abuse of children by Catholic clergy in Germany is “probably only the tip of the iceberg”, the country’s justice minister has said. The German Catholic church presented the results of an investigation into decades of sexual abuse of children on Tuesday afternoon. The report details the cases of 3,677 …

Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice in abuse scandal | World news

Pope Francis has said the church must be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice” as the issue of sexual and institutional abuse continued to dominate his fraught two-day trip to Ireland. Speaking at the Marian shrine in Knock in the west of Ireland, the pope begged for forgiveness for the “scandal …

‘Save Ulster from Sodomy’: Belfast politician decries ‘anti-Protestant’ poster | UK news

A poster of a brain which features slogans such as “Save Ulster from Sodomy” and “Fuck the Pope” has outraged a Belfast politician. Democratic Unionist Party (DUP) councillor Graham Craig said the poster, which has been erected in Belfast city centre, is “anti-Protestant … offensive and derogatory”. The poster features slogans which are used pejoratively …

Pope changes teaching to oppose death penalty in all cases | World news

Pope Francis has said the death penalty is “inadmissible” and that the Catholic church would work for its abolition across the world. Capital punishment was “an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person”, Francis said in a change to Catholic teaching which leaves the Vatican at odds with countries, such as the US …

Malcolm Turnbull says pope must sack disgraced Australian archbishop Philip Wilson | Australia news

Malcolm Turnbull has called on the pope to step in and sack Philip Wilson, after the Adelaide archbishop said he would not step down until after his appeals process has been exhausted. The prime minister called on the pope to intervene and force Wilson from his position, after the 67-year-old became the most senior Catholic …

The church brutalised Ireland. People have a right to protest the pope’s visit | Emer O’Toole | Opinion

In 1979, Pope John Paul II visited the Republic of Ireland, and approximately 2.7 million people – 79% of the population – came out to honour him. At the time, contraception, divorce, and homosexuality were illegal, and John Paul II was a god. On 25 August, when Pope Francis becomes the first pontiff to travel …

Pope Francis warns against turning Earth into vast pile of ‘rubble, deserts and refuse’ | World news

Pope Francis urged governments on Friday to make good on their commitments to curb global warming, warning that climate change, continued unsustainable development and rampant consumption threatens to turn the Earth into a vast pile of “rubble, deserts and refuse”. Francis made the appeal at a Vatican conference marking the third anniversary of his landmark …