SPANISH CATHOLIC CHURCH

Catholic Church gets a record €284m of donations from Spanish taxpayers

Citizens who file a tax return can opt to assign 0.7% of their contributions to the religious institution, the only one that enjoys such a privilege

CATHOLIC CHURCH

Why women could come to the rescue of Spain’s Catholic Church

With a lack of priests in the local parishes, female deacons could provide the solution

Freemasonry

Why did General Franco hate the freemasons so much?

Spain’s Grand Lodge is aiming to recover its reputation after it was almost wiped out by the dictatorship

CATHOLIC CHURCH ABUSE SCANDAL

“I was a sexual slave for depraved people protected by bishops”

Testimony by ex-member of missionary group MCSPA is now in the hands of the pope

Religion

Former archbishop sparks outrage over “scandalous” retirement plans

Cardinal Antonio María Rouco is reported to have moved into a €1.7m apartment in Madrid Figures from inside and outside the Church are calling for protests against his life of luxury

LATIN AMERICA

Pope Francis’ new show of support for liberation theologists

The pontiff has reinstated Miguel D'Escoto, a suspended Sandinista priest and minister

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Familiar face returns to head bishops

Moderate Ricardo Blázquez voted in to replace incendiary Rouco

ABORTION DEBATE

Justice Minister says PM supports controversial abortion reform

Bishops also rally to Alberto Ruiz-Gallardón's overhaul of 2010 law

CATHOLICISM

New era beckons in Spanish Church as Pope Francis weighs his options

Ultra-conservative and abrasive Archbishop Rouco to stand down early next year

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Spanish clerics cool on Pope Francis’s fresh approach

Pontiff’s interview failed to move the bishops but the grassroots took heart

ABORTION

Rift grows in Spanish Catholic Church over “right to life” debate

Bishops continue to lobby government to repeal Socialist legislation covering terminations “What is a sin for some should not become a crime for others,” say other clergy members

ECONOMY

Nation's wealth gap widens as economic crisis grinds on

Only Romania and Latvia have bigger disparities among EU states