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The Catholic Church sex abuse crisis: 4 essential reads

Molly Jackson, The Conversation Revelations about sexual abuse in the Catholic Church have been emerging for decades. But in...

Catholic investigations are still shrouded in secrecy

Brian J Clites, Case Western Reserve University Roman Catholic Bishop Richard Malone resigned in December 2019 after intense public criticism for his handling of the...

Why Joe Biden was denied communion at a church

Bruce T. Morrill, Vanderbilt University Former Vice President Joseph Biden, who is a Roman Catholic, recently stopped on the campaign trail to attend Sunday Mass...

Researching clergy sex abuse can take a heavy emotional toll: 3...

Kalpana Jain, The Conversation Editor’s note: As we come to the end of the year, Conversation editors take a look back at the stories that...

Why it’s so hard to hold priests accountable for sex abuse

Carolyn M. Warner, Arizona State University A grand jury report recently found shocking levels of child sex abuse in the Catholic Church. It uncovered, in...

What is hell?

Joanne M. Pierce, College of the Holy Cross The recent dispute over whether Pope Francis denied the existence of hell in an interview attracted wide...

How a group of California nuns challenged the Catholic Church

Diane Winston, University of Southern California, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism California in the 1960s was the epicenter for spiritual experimentation. Indian gurus and...

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End of Tasmania’s forest peace deal heralds more uncertainty

By Russell Warman, University of Tasmania Tasmania’s parliament yesterday passed new forestry laws to undo the state’s forest “peace” deal. The laws are the most...