Dec 15, 2019

WSJ: Only 10% of donations to Peter's Pence are spent on charity

Pope Francis. Photo: Alessandra Benedetti - Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images

Only 10% of donations to the Peter’s Pence collection by Catholic churches go to charitable causes to support the weak and suffering, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Why it matters: Most of that collection, which is worth more than $55 million annually, helps plug holes in the Vatican’s own administrative budget, raising concern among some church leaders that parishioners are misinformed about how their donations are spent.

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AP: Over 900 clergy accused of child sexual abuse absent from dioceses' lists

Pope Francis holds a 'Protection of Minors in the Church' meeting in February 2019 in Vatican City. Photo: Franco Origlia/Getty Images

Over 900 clergy accused of sexually abusing children are not included in dioceses' public lists of those credibly accused, AP reports.

The big picture: Sexual abuse and misconduct within the Catholic Church is a global problem that has persisted for decades. Pope Francis recently unveiled rules to make the Church accountable for reporting allegations of abuse.

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Pope Benedict prods Pope Francis on Catholic Church's celibacy policy

In 2017, Pope Francis (left) and Pope Benedict meet at the Vatican on the occasion of the elevation of five new cardinals. Photo: Maurix/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images

Former Pope Benedict, 92, in a book written with a conservative cardinal, defends priestly celibacy in an apparent strategic appeal to Pope Francis, 83, to keep the centuries-old rules, reports Reuters.

What's happening: Pope Francis is considering a recommendation that would allow the ordination of married men as priests in the remote Amazon.

Go deeperArrowJan 13, 2020

Pope Francis apologizes for slapping woman's hand away at New Year's event

Pope Francis at the New Year's Day mass. Photo: Andreas Solaro/AFP via Getty Images

Pope Francis apologized Wednesday for slapping a woman's hand away after she unexpectedly grabbed him during a New Year's Eve event in Vatican City's St. Peter's Square, according to Reuters.

What he's saying: "So many times we lose patience, even me, and I apologize for yesterday’s bad example." He also used his first homily during his first Mass of 2020 to denounce violence against women, comparing it to "a desecration of God."

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