Pope Francis Rejects German Cardinal’s Offer to Resign

Cardinal Reinhard Marx had sought to quit as a way to take responsibility for the church’s earlier failures to address sexual abuse by priests.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #germany, #marx-reinhard, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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These Catholic Parishes Welcome New York’s L.G.B.T.Q. Community

Many of New York City’s most outwardly gay-friendly parishes are concentrated in Manhattan, a center of both gay culture and efforts to build a gay-friendly Catholicism.

#christians-and-christianity, #church-of-st-francis-xavier-manhattan-ny, #church-of-st-paul-the-apostle-manhattan-ny, #dolan-timothy-m, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

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Prominent German Cardinal Offers to Resign Over Church Sexual Abuse

In a letter to Pope Francis, Cardinal Reinhard Marx said he saw his resignation as an opportunity to take responsibility for the abuses of past decades.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #germany, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Pope Extends Church Law to Target Sexual Abuse of Adults by Priests

The new rules explicitly criminalize sexual exploitation of adults by priests who abuse their authority and also apply to lay people with power in the church.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Chicago Priest to Be Reinstated After Inquiry Finds Proof of Sex Abuse Lacking

There is “insufficient reason to suspect” that the Rev. Michael Pfleger is guilty, the Archdiocese of Chicago announced.

#chicago-ill, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #cook-county-ill, #cupich-blase-j, #pfleger-michael, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Giovanni Pellielo, the Shooting Bishop, Takes Aim at Eighth Olympics

Italy’s Giovanni Pellielo is an ordained bishop and one of the most decorated competitors in the history of his sport. This summer, he is hoping to return to the Games at age 51.

#content-type-personal-profile, #olympic-games-2020, #pellielo-giovanni, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #shooting-sport

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Pope Francis Faces Another German Reformation

The liberal wing of Roman Catholicism tests how far a liberalizing pope will let them go.

#congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #francis, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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German Catholic Priests Defy Rome to Offer Blessings to Gay Couples

More than 100 Roman Catholic parishes in Germany held services to bless gay couples, in defiance of the Vatican’s refusal to recognize same-sex unions.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #discrimination, #germany, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

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As Coronavirus Hits Vatican Revenue, Pope Cuts Pay for High-Ranking Clerics

The Vatican has been hit hard by the economic impact of the pandemic, prompting Francis to impose pay cuts on cardinals and others so lower-ranking employees can keep their jobs.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #finances, #francis, #priests, #vatican-city, #wages-and-salaries

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Australia’s ‘Rebel Reverend’ Goes Viral With Barbed Liberal Messages

The Rev. Rod Bower became a national sensation with pugnacious political signs shared by millions over social media. Now he’s questioning the internet dynamics that made him famous.

#anglican-churches, #australia, #bower-rod-1962, #content-type-personal-profile, #discrimination, #gosford-australia, #politics-and-government, #priests, #signs-and-signage, #social-media

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A Vanishing Priest, a Wall of Secrecy and a 25-Year-Old Abuse Case

Religious orders have their own hierarchies, so they have their own ways of handling abuse allegations.

#clergy, #covenant-house, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Pope Formalizes Women’s Roles, but Priesthood Stays Out of Reach

Pope Francis has amended the Catholic Church laws so that women may be Bible readers at Mass, serve at the altar and distribute communion — practices already common in many countries.

#discrimination, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls

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The Rev. Michael Pfleger of Saint Sabina Church in Chicago Is Accused of Sexual Abuse

The Rev. Michael Pfleger, known for his social activism, was accused of abusing a minor 40 years ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago said this week.

#chicago-ill, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #pfleger-michael, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #saint-sabina-church-chicago-ill, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests

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Prominent New York Priest Is Investigated Over Sexual Assault Accusation

The Manhattan district attorney’s office said it was investigating the Rev. George William Rutler after a security guard said he attacked her at his church.

#conservatism-us-politics, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rutler-george-william, #sex-crimes

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Pope Calls Uighurs ‘Persecuted,’ Prompting Pushback From China

In a new book, Pope Francis mentioned the crackdown on the Muslim minority group for the first time. Beijing rejected his characterization as “groundless.”

#beijing-china, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

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Buffalo Diocese Accused of Yearslong Cover-Up of Sexual Abuse

The state attorney general said in a lawsuit that two former church leaders helped shelter more than two dozen priests accused of harming children.

#attorneys-general, #buffalo-ny, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #james-letitia, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Vatican Report Cast Pope John Paul II in Harsh New Light

The former pope was fast-tracked for canonization immediately after his death. But a tarnished legacy in dealing with the church’s sex abuse scandals has left critics to wonder whether it was too fast.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vatican

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The Vatican Report on Clerical Abuse

A Catholic priest says the report documents the failure of the hierarchy, and a need for civil authorities to take the lead in finding the truth. Also: Happy to fly the flag again.

#flags-emblems-and-insignia, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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The Vatican’s Explosive McCarrick Report: 5 Takeaways

A new report about a disgraced former cardinal had the potential to implicate three separate papacies in scandal.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #oconnor-john-joseph-1920-2000, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #vigano-carlo-maria

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Vatican Report Places Blame for McCarrick’s Ascent on John Paul II

In elevating Theodore E. McCarrick to the position of cardinal, the former pope disregarded warnings and believed the prelate’s denials about sexual misconduct, an inquiry found.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Vatican Report Concludes McCarrick’s Ascent Was Aided by Misleading Accounts

In elevating the disgraced prelate, Pope John Paul II believed his denials about sexual misconduct and relied on “inaccurate and incomplete” testimony from bishops, an investigation says.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #francis, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment

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Theodore McCarrick’s Human Sacrifices

A Vatican report reveals that the defrocked cardinal’s manipulation of power went all the way to the top.

#benedict-xvi, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Who Is Wilton Gregory, the First African-American Catholic Cardinal?

Archbishop Gregory led the U.S. Roman Catholic Church’s response to its sexual abuse crisis and more recently has pushed for better race relations in the church. Here is what we know about him.

#black-people, #francis, #gregory-wilton-d, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

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Pope Francis, in Shift for Church, Voices Support for Same-Sex Civil Unions

The comments, made in a new documentary, are the strongest yet from a pontificate that has taken a more tolerant and inclusive tone.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #documentary-films-and-programs, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican

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Biden Could Be Our Second Catholic President. It Doesn’t Matter.

With John F. Kennedy in 1960, Catholic America achieved a long-sought victory. But what did we win?

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #discrimination, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #liberalism-us-politics, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Father Michel J. Mulloy Resigns Weeks Before Becoming Bishop of Duluth

Father Michel J. Mulloy was chosen by Pope Francis to lead the Diocese of Duluth, Minn., but then an allegation from the 1980s surfaced, church officials said.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #duluth-minn, #francis, #michel-j-mulloy, #minnesota, #priests, #rapid-city-sd, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sioux-falls-sd, #south-dakota

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Polish Cleric Retires in Face of Cover-Up Accusations. It’s Not Enough, Critics Say.

Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Archbishop Slawoj Leszek Glodz of Poland, a move seen as a subtle rebuke. But far more is needed to address the abuse of children by priests, advocates say.

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

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The Vatican Is Said to Be Hacked From China Before Talks With Beijing

In one attack, the hackers weaponized an electronic file with a letter that had a note of condolence from Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican’s secretary of state.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #computers-and-the-internet, #cyberwarfare-and-defense, #hong-kong, #hong-kong-protests-2019, #politics-and-government, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations, #xi-jinping

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Vatican Tells Bishops to Report Sex Abuse to Police, but Doesn’t Require It

Advocates for abuse victims had long asked the Roman Catholic Church to make this change, but said the new guidance still gives bishops too much leeway in judging the conduct of their priests.

#congregation-for-the-doctrine-of-the-faith, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the Catholic Church’s Abuse Problem

As former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick became a powerful figure in the church, several boys from one family say he targeted them.

#cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #christians-and-christianity, #new-jersey, #new-york-city, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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Under Coronavirus Lockdown, a Philippine Priest Hits the Streets

Father Eduardo Vasquez has visited Manila’s slums to minister to the poor, and distribute food and face masks. “It is not enough to rely on faith alone,” he said.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #duterte-rodrigo, #eduardo-vasquez, #manila-philippines, #priests, #protective-clothing-and-gear, #roman-catholic-church

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Australian Court Overturns Sex Abuse Conviction of Cardinal George Pell

The cardinal was the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty of sexually abusing children.

#australia, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #pell-george-1941, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

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