We Are Not Fated to Be Fanatics

Humans may be wired to need some kind of faith, but it doesn’t have to be like this.

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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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Nun Stole Over $800,000 to Support Gambling Habit, Prosecutors Say

Sister Mary Margaret Kreuper has agreed to plead guilty to charges that she embezzled the money while she was the principal at a Catholic school in Torrance, Calif., prosecutors said.

#embezzlement, #frauds-and-swindling, #kreuper-mary-margaret, #money-laundering, #nuns, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #st-james-catholic-school-torrance-calif, #torrance-calif

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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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Why Could Boris Johnson Marry in a Catholic Church?

The British prime minister was married twice before, but the church didn’t recognize those unions because they were not Catholic.

#church-of-england, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #roman-catholic-church, #symonds-carrie

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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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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy.

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Boris Johnson Married in Stealth Ceremony, Reports Say

The British prime minister’s marriage to Carrie Symonds at London’s main Roman Catholic cathedral was carried out in extreme secrecy, according to news reports.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #great-britain, #johnson-boris, #london-england, #marriages, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #symonds-carrie, #weddings-and-engagements

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Ex-Priest Dies Just Before Facing Charges in 1972 Killing of an Altar Boy

The police had long believed Richard R. Lavigne killed Danny Croteau, 13. Just hours after they began drafting a request for an arrest warrant, investigators learned that the former priest had died.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #croteau-danny-d-1972, #hampden-county-mass, #lavigne-richard-r-1941-2021, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #springfield-mass

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The Catholic Church’s Abortion Fight and What’s Behind It

It’s time to take a look at the role religion plays in American law and jurisprudence.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #john-paul-ii, #mississippi, #pelosi-nancy, #reproduction-biological, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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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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Was Mother Teresa a Cult Leader?

In a new podcast, women who left the Missionaries of Charity speak out.

#christians-and-christianity, #kolkata-india, #missionaries-of-charity-religious-congregation, #nuns, #poverty, #religion-and-belief, #religious-cults, #roman-catholic-church, #teresa-mother

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The Free Ride May Soon Be Over for Anti-Abortion Politicians

Until now, the courts have saved them from their efforts to restrict the procedure.

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Meet the Nun Who Wants You to Remember You Will Die

Suffering and death are facts of life: “Everyone dies, their bodies rot, and every face becomes a skull.”

#content-type-personal-profile, #meditation, #nuns, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #roman-catholic-church, #sister-theresa-aletheia-noble

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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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Pope Francis Issues Law to Combat Corruption in the Vatican

Cardinals and other church officials will be required to make detailed financial disclosures and decline most gifts.

#francis, #gifts-to-public-officials, #roman-catholic-church

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Descendants Challenge Catholic Order’s Pledge on Slave Trade

The deal had been hammered out in a series of private meetings between the Jesuits and three descendant leaders.

#american-descendants-of-slavery, #black-people, #georgetown-university, #jesuit-conference-of-canada-and-the-united-states, #race-and-ethnicity, #roman-catholic-church, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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Coronavirus Drove Churchgoers Away. Will Easter Bring Them Back?

Churches across New York are hoping increased attendance for Holy Week services will help bring back lost donations that have led to financial hardship during the pandemic.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #easter-and-holy-week, #filipino-americans, #new-york-city, #roman-catholic-church, #woodside-queens-ny

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How the Yankees’ Luckiest Batboy Ended Up in an Unmarked Grave

Eddie Bennett earned fame in the dugouts of the Major Leagues. He had almost slipped from memory when New Yorkers teamed up to honor his short, dramatic life.

#baseball, #cemeteries, #chicago-white-sox, #mascots, #middle-village-queens-ny, #new-york-yankees, #roman-catholic-church

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Building a Mosque in France, Never Easy, May Get Even Harder

The country’s principle of secularism has long disadvantaged Muslim communities, experts say, and President Emmanuel Macron’s new law against Islamism could deepen the disparities.

#france, #law-and-legislation, #mosques, #muslims-and-islam, #politics-and-government, #religion-and-belief, #religion-state-relations, #roman-catholic-church

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‘I’ve Lost a Lot of Faith’: Suburban Parents Push Schools to Reopen Faster

Frustration over pandemic reopening plans is growing in New Jersey’s affluent suburbs, where taxes are high and many students are barely in classrooms.

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Catholic Order Pledges $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor and Sales

The move by Jesuit priests is the largest such effort by the Roman Catholic Church and comes amid growing calls for reparations across the United States.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #georgetown-university, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #slavery-historical, #united-states

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Vatican Says Priests Can’t Bless Same-Sex Unions

In a ruling made public on Monday, the Vatican said the Roman Catholic Church should be welcoming toward gay people, but not their unions.

#francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

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Pope Francis Ends Historic Trip at a Critical Moment for Iraq

Iraqi officials say the successful four-day visit is a testament to Iraqi capabilities and the battered country’s integral role in the region.

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Pope Francis Defends Iraq Trip During Coronavirus Pandemic

The pontiff said that he had wrestled with the decision to travel, but put the fate of the Iraqis who flocked to see him in God’s hands.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #muslims-and-islam, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sistani-ali-al

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Pope Francis’ Iraq Trip Ends, but Coronavirus Fears Remain

Crowds gathered over Francis’ three-day visit, sporting high spirits but few masks. Few in the country have been vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #internal-essential, #iraq, #roman-catholic-church

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Amid the Rubble of Mosul, Francis Offers a Salve for Iraq’s Wounds

The first pope ever to visit Iraq, Francis voiced sorrow and hope for a shrunken Christian community that has suffered persecution, and preached fellowship among religions.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #erbil-iraq, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #mosul-iraq, #muslims-and-islam, #qaraqosh-iraq, #roman-catholic-church, #terrorism

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Pope Francis Meets Iraq’s Top Ayatollah as Both Urge Peace

The meeting with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani came as Francis sought to protect his persecuted flock in Iraq by forging closer bonds between the Roman Catholic Church and the Muslim world.

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Francis Begins Visit to Iraq, in ‘Duty to a Land Martyred’

The pope’s four-day trip is intended to nurture ties with Shiite Muslims and encourage a Christian population decimated by years of strife.

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In Pictures: Pope Francis in Iraq

As the pope makes a three-day trip to Iraq, a look at images of the historic moment.

#christians-and-christianity, #francis, #iraq, #roman-catholic-church

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In Iraq’s Christian Heartland, a Feud Over a Town’s Identity

Pope Francis will arrive in a country whose ancient Christian towns are in danger of disappearing. In one, a Christian community’s survival may come at the expense of another minority group.

#christians-and-christianity, #churches-buildings, #francis, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #minorities, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church, #shiite-muslims

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Pope Francis Visits Iraq: What to Know

The trip is taking place despite concerns about the pandemic and security. Here’s a brief look at why Francis is visiting Iraq, what the trip will entail and what he hopes to achieve.

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Pope’s Planned Visit to Iraq, Amid Pandemic, Raises Questions of Timing

Pope Francis has said he is determined to visit the war-torn country. But some worry that the visit will become a superspreader event in a land where the virus still rages.

#christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #francis, #iraq, #pilgrimages, #quarantines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #vaccination-and-immunization, #vatican

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How Stable Is the Democratic Coalition?

The party may control the elected branches in Washington. But it may be facing some slippage in support from minority communities.

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Following the Trail of a Nazi Mass Murderer Who Was Never Caught

Philippe Sands’s “The Ratline” tells the story of a loving family man who was also a high-ranking Nazi official responsible for the deaths of thousands.

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Understanding Biden’s Catholic Faith

Readers reflect on what Catholicism means to the president, and to society.

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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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In Biden’s Catholic Faith, an Ascendant Liberal Christianity

President Biden, perhaps the most religiously observant commander in chief in half a century, speaks of how his Catholic faith grounds his life and his policies.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #roman-catholic-church

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Joe Biden’s Catholic Moment

The new president elevates a liberal Catholicism that once seemed destined to fade away.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #democratic-party, #john-paul-ii, #liberalism-us-politics, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states

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Former Vatican Banker Convicted of Money Laundering and Embezzlement

The ruling by the Vatican court signaled the church’s desire to get its financial house in order following past scandals.

#caloia-angelo, #embezzlement, #money-laundering, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-bank, #vatican-city

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Ireland Report on Mother and Baby Homes Reveals Abuse and Thousands of Deaths

A government commission found high death rates, unethical vaccine trials and traumatic living conditions at 18 homes that were used to house unwed mothers up until the 1990s.

#adoptions, #bon-secours-sisters, #ireland, #roman-catholic-church, #tuam-ireland

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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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Pope Calls Coronavirus Vaccinations an Ethical Obligation

Saying he will be vaccinated himself next week, Francis described the refusal to get the vaccine as suicidal.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #vaccination-and-immunization

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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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Pope Francis to Skip New Year Services Because of Leg Condition

The Vatican said Pope Francis was suffering from sciatica, which has hobbled him in the past. But he will lead the noontime Angelus prayer on New Year’s Day.

#francis, #new-year, #roman-catholic-church, #sciatica, #vatican-city

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How Argentina Bucked Latin American Tradition and Made Abortion Legal

The region, where Roman Catholic and evangelical churches hold sway, has long been unfriendly territory for abortion rights advocates. Argentina in 2020, though, offered a different landscape.

#metoo-movement, #abortion, #evangelical-movement, #fernandez-alberto-1959, #latin-america, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls

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Pope Francis Strips Powerful Vatican Office of Its Financial Assets

A financial scandal involving the secretariat of state has given fresh impetus to Francis’ reform agenda.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #finances, #francis, #pell-george-1941, #roman-catholic-church

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