Pope Francis Says Homosexuality Is Not a Crime, but Is a Sin

In an interview with The Associated Press, the pope said the church should do more to end laws that criminalize same-sex relations.

#associated-press, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #transgender-and-transsexuals

George Pell, Cardinal Whose Abuse Conviction Was Overturned, Dies at 81

An adviser to Pope Francis and a prominent figure in Australia, Cardinal Pell went to prison on charges of abusing two boys in the 1990s, but a higher court later acquitted him.

#australia, #pell-george-1941, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

Benedict’s Burial Leaves Francis Alone, and Unbound

Liberal supporters of Francis, a pope never shy about exercising power, now anticipate a late-breaking season of change.

#allen-john-l-jr, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #benedict-xvi, #clergy, #dreher-rod, #francis, #funerals-and-memorials, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

Benedict Leaves a Conflicted Legacy on Clerical Sexual Abuse

Joseph Ratzinger was accused of mishandling cases when he was bishop of Munich, but as pope he was credited with forcing the Catholic Church to face a scourge long ignored.

#andreas-perr, #bavaria-germany, #benedict-xvi, #munich-germany, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vatican-city

Benedict’s Death Leaves Catholic Conservatives Bereft

Even after his resignation as pope, traditionalists invoked Benedict’s name and sought to draw him into internecine ideological wars. Now he is gone.

#benedict-xvi, #clergy, #conservatism-us-politics, #europe, #francis, #funerals-and-memorials, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #john-paul-ii, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

With Benedict’s Death, an Unprecedented Moment for the Modern Church

Benedict stunned the Roman Catholic world by becoming the first pope in nearly 600 years to resign. Now his death leaves a living pope presiding over the funeral of his predecessor.

#benedict-xvi, #clergy, #francis, #funerals-and-memorials, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Clergymen or Spies? Churches Become Tools of War in Ukraine

Ukrainian officials are cracking down on a branch of the Russian Orthodox Church that they describe as a subversive force doing the Kremlin’s bidding.

#espionage-and-intelligence-services, #monasteries-and-monks, #orthodox-church-of-ukraine, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #zelensky-volodymyr

Benedict XVI, First Modern Pope to Resign, Dies at 95

He defined a conservative course for the Roman Catholic Church, but his papacy was noted for his struggle with the clergy sexual abuse scandal and for his unexpected resignation.

#bavaria-germany, #benedict-xvi, #christians-and-christianity, #congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #deaths-obituaries, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #popes, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

One Final Twist in the Rev. Louis Gigante’s Colorful Life: A Son

Father Gigante, a towering figure in the Bronx, left a $7 million fortune entirely to the son he had while he was a priest.

#celibacy, #children-and-childhood, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

Vatican Removes Anti-Abortion Activist From the Priesthood

Frank Pavone’s work has led to clashes over the years with some Catholic leaders.

#abortion, #amarillo-tex, #clergy, #priests, #priests-for-life, #roman-catholic-church, #texas

Putin vs. the Priest: A Big Story About a Small Sermon

In wartime Russia, following your conscience can come at a heavy cost.

#politics-and-government, #priests, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #your-feed-opinionvideo

Amid Scandals and Politics, Poland’s Youths Lose Faith in Catholic Church

The Polish church is in a deep crisis, as its authority is sapped by cascading sexual abuse scandals and as more people grow wary of its perceived alliance with the country’s right-wing government.

#abortion, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #solidarity-poland

For Hundreds of Maryland Clergy Abuse Victims, ‘No Parish Was Safe’

The state attorney general investigated more than 80 years of sexual and physical abuse in the Archdiocese of Baltimore.

#baltimore-md, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #lori-william-e, #maryland, #pennsylvania, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Old Latin Mass Finds New American Audience, Despite Pope’s Disapproval

An ancient form of Catholic worship is drawing in young traditionalists and conservatives. But it signals a divide within the church.

#benedict-xvi, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #detroit-mich, #francis, #popes, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vigneron-allen-h

A Vatican Auditor Says He Dug Up Too Much Dirt, and Was Buried

Libero Milone is suing the Vatican for wrongful dismissal after he said he found cardinals siphoning off funds. The Vatican has hit him with a criminal investigation of its own.

#accounting-and-accountants, #compensation-for-damages-law, #corruption-institutional, #embezzlement, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #italy, #libero-milone, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #the-vatican

Louis Gigante, Priest Who Led South Bronx Revival, Dies at 90

The brother of a convicted Mafia boss, he became a Democratic Party leader and a city councilman, and helped build thousands of units of housing.

#area-planning-and-renewal, #bronx-nyc, #deaths-obituaries, #gigante-louis-r, #organized-crime, #priests

Nicaragua Silences Its Last Outspoken Critics: Catholic Priests

A wave of government attacks on church leaders has extinguished the last independent voice in the Central American nation.

#clergy, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #priests, #rolando-alvarez, #roman-catholic-church

Catholic Order Struggles to Raise $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor

Jesuits established a trust to answer for their history of enslaving Black people. But frustrated descendants tell Rome the order is “not delivering in deed.”

#black-people, #compensation-for-damages-law, #jesuit-conference-of-canada-and-the-united-states, #philanthropy, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #slavery-historical

Why Catholicism Remains Strong in Canada

Even as Catholicism wanes in many Western countries, in Canada, it is holding steady as the largest religious denomination.

#alberta-canada, #canada, #christians-and-christianity, #edmonton-alberta, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #indigenous-people, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

Pope Francis Will Travel to Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Community

Pope Francis will travel to an Indigenous community in Canada to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools that tried to erase Indigenous culture, and where thousands of children died.

#apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #francis, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #priests, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sinclair-murray-1951

Priests Once Aligned With Russia Come Under Suspicion in Ukraine

The Ukrainian Orthodox Church was once a dominant force in the country, but now officials suspect that some priests may be collaborating with Russia.

#churches-buildings, #kirill-i, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #stalin-joseph, #ukraine, #ukrainian-orthodox-church

For Pope Francis, a Papacy Complicated by the Shadow of Resignation

Benedict’s exit changed expectations that the papacy would always be a lifetime assignment, fueling speculation the current pope has tried to push away.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #the-vatican

New Mexico Archdiocese to Settle Sex Abuse Claims for $121.5 Million

The settlement announced by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is among the largest of its kind involving the Catholic Church in the United States.

#archdiocese-of-santa-fe, #bankruptcies, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #compensation-for-damages-law, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-fe-nm, #sex-crimes

Ukraine War Divides Orthodox Faithful

Around the world, national churches, parishes and even families are reassessing relations with Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, who has encouraged Russia’s aggression.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #clergy, #eastern-orthodox-church, #europe, #istanbul-turkey, #italy, #kirill-i, #lithuania, #orthodox-church-in-america, #patriarch-incorporated, #politics-and-government, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #priests, #putin-vladimir-v, #religion-and-belief, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Pope Meets Canadian Groups Seeking Apology for Indigenous Schools

Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.

#apologies, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Francis Issues New Vatican Constitution

The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.

#benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #constitutions, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #omalley-sean-p, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

In a First, Catholic Cardinal Testifies in Vatican Criminal Trial

Accused of embezzlement and abuse of office, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu told the court that he was sure the truth would clear his name.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #embezzlement, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sardinia-italy, #vatican-city

The Nun Reshaping the Role of Women Inside the Vatican

Sister Nathalie Becquart will play a prominent role at the Synod of Bishops next year as Pope Francis tries to encourage new voices in the hierarchy.

#becquart-nathalie, #christians-and-christianity, #france, #francis, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

In Italy, a Call for a National Investigation Into Clerical Sexual Abuse

Italy has so far resisted calls for an independent investigation into how the Roman Catholic church has handled these cases.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #italy, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Retired Pope Asks Forgiveness Over Handling of Abuse Cases

But Benedict, responding to a report that accused him of mishandling at least four cases of sexual abuse by priests when he was an archbishop in Germany, denied any wrongdoing.

#benedict-xvi, #germany, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

Scandal on a Wealthy Island: A Priest, a Murder and a Mystery

The Rev. Canon Paul Wancura led a quiet, privileged life. But after his shocking death, a sexual abuse allegation followed.

#episcopal-church, #episcopal-diocese-of-long-island, #long-island-ny, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #priests, #shelter-island-ny

New Zealand Inquiry Finds Hundreds of Reports of Abuse by Priests

The complaints, going back seven decades, attest to the pervasiveness of sexual and other abuse within the Catholic Church and are part of a worldwide reckoning.

#australia, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #new-zealand, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests

Benedict Admits Being at Meeting About Priest Accused of Abuse

A statement by the former pope contradicted a previous statement to a law firm investigating allegations of child sex abuse by priests when he was an archbishop.

#benedict-xvi, #priests, #sex-crimes

Benedict Faulted for Handling of Abuse Cases When He Was an Archbishop

A newly released report by a law firm said the former pope failed to discipline priests in at least four cases of sexual abuse accusations in Germany.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #germany, #marx-reinhard, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Can Politics Save Christianity?

Why the power of belief, not political imposition, is the key to Christian renewal.

#aquinas-thomas-1225-75, #christians-and-christianity, #dominican-order, #jesus-christ, #new-haven-conn, #priests, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #zemmour-eric

Phil Saviano, Survivor of Clergy Sex Abuse, Dies at 69

He played a pivotal role in helping The Boston Globe uncover the widespread scandal in the Catholic Church and was portrayed in the movie “Spotlight.”

#deaths-obituaries, #priests, #saviano-phil, #sex-crimes

Pope Francis Sent Me a Letter. It Gives Me Hope as a Gay Catholic.

Dialogue may be possible between L.G.B.T. Catholics and church leaders, even at the highest levels.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #transgender-and-transsexuals

French Catholic Church Will Sell Assets to Compensate Abuse Victims

The measure was one of several measures announced by French bishops, one month after a landmark report on sexual abuse by clergy members in France.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #france, #priests, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

French Clerical Abuse Report Puts Spotlight on Confession

In rare instances, it noted, the secrecy around the sacrament had been used to cover up abuse cases, again raising issues of whether church or state law should prevail.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Meeting Between Francis and Biden Will Highlight Their Rift With American Bishops

The pope and president, who meet at the Vatican on Friday, are the common targets of conservative American bishops seeking to undercut them.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-iii, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #pelosi-nancy, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

A 100-Year-Old Priest Was Nudged From His Parish. He Has No Plan to Retire.

The Rev. Luis Urriza arrived in Beaumont, Texas, nearly 70 years ago and founded the thriving Cristo Rey parish. His religious order has now called him back to Spain.

#age-chronological, #beaumont-tex, #hispanic-americans, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

Sexual Abuse Revelations Accelerate Sense of a French Church in Retreat

The abuse of more than 200,000 minors by clergy over the past seven decades has shaken the nation and what was once a pillar of French society.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Vatican Issues Acquittals in Sexual Abuse Case Involving Ex-Seminarians

One defendant, now a priest, had been accused of sexual abuse when he and his accuser were teenagers at a seminary within the Vatican walls. Another priest was accused of covering it up.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #francis, #martinelli-gabriele, #priests, #radice-enrico, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vatican-city

French Report Casts New Light on Sexual Abuse in Catholic Church

An independent commission laid out in detail the extent of the problem and the church’s failure to tackle it, estimating that about 216,000 minors had been abused since 1950.

#boy-scouts, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #clergy, #france, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Vatican Clears Brooklyn Bishop of Child Abuse Charges From 1970s

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio still faces two lawsuits based on the allegations, which date to his time as a young priest in Jersey City.

#brooklyn-nyc, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #dimarzio-nicholas-a, #jersey-city-nj, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

The First Report: Jason Berry Uncovers Abuse in the Church

As an investigative reporter, Jason Berry exposed the church’s systematic cover-up of sexual abuse. Somehow, it wasn’t enough.

#boston-globe, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #documentary-films-and-programs, #lafayette-la, #louisiana, #national-catholic-reporter, #news-and-news-media, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #spotlight-movie, #united-states, #writing-and-writers

Catholic Officials on Edge After Reports of Priests Using Grindr

A conservative Catholic media organization, The Pillar, has published several reports claiming the use of dating apps at several churches and the Vatican.

#celibacy, #data-mining-and-database-marketing, #mobile-applications, #priests, #privacy, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

Suspect in Fire at French Cathedral Is Arrested in Killing of a Priest

The arrest of the suspect, a Rwandan asylum-seeker facing deportation, fueled criticism of the government’s immigration laws by right-wing politicians.

#abayisenga-emmanuel, #arson, #asylum-right-of, #france, #immigration-and-emigration, #maire-olivier-d-2021, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #politics-and-government, #priests, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right

The Ungovernable Catholic Church

Will the pope’s move against the Latin Mass fulfill his revolution or reveal the limits of his power?

#benedict-xvi, #france, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #popes, #priests, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church

Catholic Church in Poland Reveals More Abuse Accusations

Church authorities said they had received 368 reports of the sexual abuse, and almost half involved children under 15.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #poland, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes