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

The Bishops Are Wrong About Biden — and Abortion

Major figures of religious history do not tell us that the fetus is a person.

#abortion, #aquinas-thomas-1225-75, #augustine-of-hippo-354-430, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #dante-alighieri-1265-1321, #encyclicals, #noonan-john-t-jr, #pius-xi, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

Pope Sends More Mixed Messages on L.G.B.T.Q. Rights

An encouraging note from Pope Francis capped an especially disorienting week on the Vatican’s stance toward gay rights.

#discrimination, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #italy, #martin-james-a, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Priest Is Held in an Acid Attack in Greece

The assault, during a hearing about defrocking the priest, injured 11 people, including seven bishops.

#acids, #assaults, #athens-greece, #greece, #greek-orthodox-church, #priests

Why Do Some Catholic Bishops Want to Deny Joe Biden Communion?

Here is what is at the root of efforts by conservative U.S. bishops to prohibit the country’s second Catholic president from receiving communion.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #united-states-politics-and-government

A Message for President Biden on the U.S. Catholic Bishops and Communion

The efforts by conservative bishops to arbitrate who receives communion reinforce why the American bishops so often stand alone.

#politics-and-government, #priests, #united-states-economy

A Latin Expert’s Odyssey, From the Vatican to the Gay Rights Movement

Francesco Lepore likes to challenge the status quo. He now writes a general-interest column in Latin, with the latest on “Ioannes Biden” and “Vladimirum Putin.”

#christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #latin-language, #lepore-francesco, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vatican-city, #writing-and-writers

NATO, Crime, Jupiter: Your Monday Evening Briefing

Here’s what you need to know at the end of the day.

#content-type-service, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #democratic-party, #disabilities, #education-k-12, #international-relations, #juno-spacecraft, #justice-department, #lordstown-motors-corp, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #novavax-inc, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #voter-fraud-election-fraud

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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