Three major aspects need to be included in any discussion of clerical sexual misconduct involving adults (CSMIA): language, power and vulnerability, and harm, writes Stephen de Weger at Eureka Street.
Jesuit Fr Antonio Spadaro, editor of La Civiltà Cattolica, which has just launched a series of international editions, agrees that the magazine is a "barometer of the Church", in an interview with La Croix International.
Cardinal Gerhard Müller, the Vatican's doctrinal chief, says individual bishops cannot reinterpret Church teaching subjectively, the Catholic Herald reports.
The remains of Tasmania's first Catholic Bishop, Robert William Willson, will be flown to Hobart after being exhumed from a crypt at Nottingham's St Barnabas Cathedral, ABC News reports.
Vatican City authorities have frozen more than €2 million ($3 million) worth of assets over suspicions of money laundering that took place in 2016, Sky News reports.
The Brisbane archdiocese has welcomed five new seminarians to Holy Spirit Seminary Queensland despite the "shame" revealed by the royal commission, the Catholic Leader reports.
In the latest step in governance reforms at Sydney University's St John's College, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP has announced the appointment of a new council.
Huge tides and waves linked to climate change are already forcing people from their homes, says Cardinal John Ribat of Port Moresby, the Catholic Register reports.
It often feels to me that the voices who want physician-assisted dying are given extra amplification by celebrities, and that, because they talk about dying with dignity, they somehow must be right, writes Julie Morgan.
A nun in Nebraska who teaches in a secondary school has been told that she is not allowed to wear her habit in the classroom. AP reports in The Catholic Herald.
Fr Thomas Merton and Muhammad Ali never met, but they shared an abiding belief that all religions contain vital truths, writes Lonnie Ali in The New York Times.
When Tracey Horan started her internship with an order of US Sisters, she had no idea what the next year would have in store. Horan thought that she might even "meet a nice farm boy and settle down". Global Sisters Report has the story.
Allied focuses on the relationship between two secret agents during World War II who fall in love during a joint mission to kill a German official.
As a sign of solidarity with the homeless, a Canadian priest decided to sleep on the street during December to care for the forgotten people he used to live among when he was a drug addict, reports the Catholic News Agency.
The US Bishops' Conference has warned Congress not to overturn Obama healthcare legislation without providing an immediate replacement for the millions who have been insured under the Act. Religion News Service has the story.
In an open letter to politicians, the Archbishop of Armagh has advised government leaders to work together to maintain the peace after a snap election was called in Northern Ireland on Monday. The Catholic Herald reports.
Children in East Timor can head back to their school after it was reopened last week thanks to the tireless efforts of a Gold Coast couple inspired by a Catholic Mission immersion trip, reports The Catholic Leader.
In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has invited us to remember that God is mercy, as the Parramatta Diocese Mercy has a face program shows, the Parramatta Institute for Mission writes.