Pope Francis Is Troubled by Your Pet

On Fido and fruitfulness.

#cats, #children-and-childhood, #dogs, #francis, #internal-sub-only-nl, #pets, #roman-catholic-church

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

Indian Bishop Is Acquitted on Charges of Raping a Nun

The bishop, Franco Mulakkal, had been accused of repeatedly assaulting the nun in the southern state of Kerala over a two-year period.

#india, #kerala-india, #mulakkal-franco, #nuns, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Pope Scolds Couples Who Choose Pets Over Kids

Expressing concern about global birthrates, Francis said such couples were acting in a selfish way that diminished humanity.

#animals, #francis, #pets, #roman-catholic-church

These Churches Have Been Closed, but Their Artifacts Live On

In a warehouse on Staten Island, the Archdiocese of New York stores altars, statuary and other relics that can be reused in churches around the world.

#altars-and-pews, #archdiocese-of-new-york, #churches-buildings, #new-york-city, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #stained-glass, #staten-island-nyc

Pope Says High Number of Domestic Violence Cases is ‘Almost Satanic’

Francis once again decried the scourge of domestic abuse, which has increased during the months of pandemic lockdown.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #domestic-violence, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church

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

Overturning Roe Will Make Miscarriage Care Worse

The worst day of your life could become more painful and more dangerous.

#abortion, #gynecology-and-gynecologists, #internal-sub-only-nl, #miscarriages, #national-institutes-of-health, #parenting, #planned-parenthood-federation-of-america, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There Is No Santa Claus

You’ve been lied to, children heard from a bishop, the latest Catholic clergyman to try to take down Santa Claus and consumerism. Many Italians were not pleased.

#christmas, #european-union, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-claus

Pope Exploring a 2nd Meeting With Russian Orthodox Church

Speaking after his trip to Cyprus and Greece, Francis also said he had no choice but to accept the resignation of the archbishop of Paris because of the harmful gossip surrounding him.

#belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #internal-storyline-no, #kirill-i, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #roman-catholic-church, #russian-orthodox-church

In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

As he celebrated Mass, Pope Francis urged Cypriots to welcome refugees and embrace their home’s history as a crossroads of cultures. But the government says it is overwhelmed.

#asylum-right-of, #cyprus, #european-commission, #european-union, #francis, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #united-nations

For Andy Warhol, Faith and Sexuality Intertwined

The Brooklyn Museum shows how Catholicism seeped into his art, complicating our view of the Pop master.

#art, #brooklyn-museum, #christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #roman-catholic-church, #warhol-andy

Pope Francis Heads to Cyprus

Even as the world focuses on a new coronavirus variant, Francis is embarking on a trip that incorporates longstanding priorities like opening borders and welcoming the destitute.

#benedict-xvi, #cyprus, #defense-and-military-forces, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

The Abortion I Didn’t Have

I never thought about ending my pregnancy. Instead, at 19, I erased the future I had imagined for myself.

#abortion, #adoptions, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #children-and-childhood, #mississippi, #parenting, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-education, #supreme-court-us, #yale-university

Catholic Bishops Avoid Confrontation With Biden Over Communion

In a vote, they endorsed new guidance on offering holy communion to public figures but did not overtly mention the president or other officials who support abortion rights.

#abortion, #baltimore-md, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

One Chaste Marriage, Four Kids, and the Catholic Church

A son reflects on his parents’ commitment, endorsed by the Catholic church, to cohabit chastely like “brother and sister” to avoid mortal sin.

#abstinence-sexual, #celibacy, #marriages, #parenting, #roman-catholic-church

Archdiocese of New Orleans to Pay $1 Million to Settle FEMA Fraud Claims

The archdiocese was accused of participating in inflated damage claims to the federal government after Hurricane Katrina.

#federal-emergency-management-agency, #frauds-and-swindling, #hurricane-katrina-2005, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #justice-department, #new-orleans-la, #roman-catholic-church, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #xavier-university-of-louisiana

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

On Spain’s Camino de Santiago, Even Óscar the Donkey Is a Pilgrim

An artist and an innkeeper have enlisted the help of a burro in their effort to rescue the traditions of Spain’s ancient pilgrimage route from mass tourism (and selfies).

#donkeys, #galicia-spain, #irene-garcia-ines, #pilgrimages, #roman-catholic-church, #santiago-de-compostela-spain, #shoes-and-boots, #spain

Why This Conservative Wants a More Radical Republican Party

Ross Douthat and Sohrab Ahmari debate the future of the American right.

#ahmari-sohrab, #audio-neutral-informative, #conservatism-us-politics, #douthat-ross-g, #klein-ezra, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

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

Pope Expresses ‘Willingness’ to Visit Canada for Indigenous Reconciliation

A National Truth and Reconciliation Commission has called for a papal apology for abuses at church-run schools for Indigenous children.

#canada, #francis, #indigenous-people, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Gay Choir Director and Music Teacher Fired Over Catholic ‘Minister’ Role

Matthew LaBanca is bringing attention to a legal loophole that allows religious institutions to exclude people in same-sex civil marriages from jobs by deeming them ministers.

#catholic-school, #discrimination, #freedom-of-religion, #gay-teacher, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Divestment Is Pushing Money Away From Fossil Fuels

The divestment campaign has taken much of the shine off what was once the planet’s dominant industry.

#coal, #colleges-and-universities, #endowments, #ford-foundation, #france, #global-warming, #great-britain, #harvard-university, #ireland, #loyola-university-chicago, #manchin-joe-iii, #natural-gas, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #paris-france, #peabody-coal-co, #pensions-and-retirement-plans, #philanthropy, #princeton-university, #quebec-province-canada, #reed-college, #rockefeller-foundation, #roman-catholic-church, #royal-dutch-shell-plc, #states-us, #stocks-and-bonds, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change, #united-states

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

‘Morally, They Are Lost’: Gangs in Haiti, Breaking a Taboo, Target the Church

A French priest in Haiti recalls his kidnapping by 400 Mawozo, the same gang holding 16 Americans and a Canadian, including children, for ransom.

#400-mawozo-gang, #christian-aid-ministries, #gangs, #haiti, #kidnapping-and-hostages, #roman-catholic-church

Catholic Church in Sicily Bans Godparents For Now

Part of the Catholic church in Sicily has imposed a three-year prohibition on naming godparents, arguing that the tradition has become merely a way to fortify family ties — and mob ties, too.

#ndrangheta, #baptism, #becciu-giovanni-angelo, #calabria-italy, #christians-and-christianity, #francis, #organized-crime, #roman-catholic-church, #sicily-italy

Will Injured Kids Sue the Catholic Church Over Youth Football?

Denny Doyle is concerned about the risk of brain injuries to children who play tackle football. And he worries that his beloved church will also pay a price.

#catholic-youth-organization, #cincinnati-ohio, #concussions, #content-type-personal-profile, #football, #roman-catholic-church, #sports-injuries

John Paul I, Pope for 33 Days in 1978, Will Be Beatified

Pope Francis approved a miracle attributed to the last Italian pope, bringing him a step closer to becoming a saint.

#beatifications-and-canonizations, #francis, #john-paul-i, #popes, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

In Debate Over Conquistadors 500 Years Ago, Spanish Right Sees an Opportunity

Spanish politicians sparred with Pope Francis over their country’s role in conquering the Americas, signaling a nationalist tilt in the conservative establishment.

#columbus-day, #madrid-spain, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #popular-party-spain, #roman-catholic-church, #spain, #vox-spanish-political-party

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

Behind the Scenes of the Events of Jan. 6

John Eastman, a lawyer who advised Donald Trump, and others discuss Jan. 6. Also: A non-coup pledge; missing Yazidis; clerical celibacy; taxing the ultrarich.

#australia, #celibacy, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #coups-detat-and-attempted-coups-detat, #eastman-john-c, #inheritance-and-estate-taxes, #iraq, #islamic-state-in-iraq-and-syria-isis, #pence-mike, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #yazidi-religious-sect

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

Pope Urges Clemency for Missouri Death Row Prisoner

Ernest L. Johnson, 61, is scheduled to be executed on Tuesday for killing three convenience store employees during a robbery in 1994. Supporters say his intellectual disabilities make the execution unconstitutional.

#bush-cori, #capital-punishment, #cleaver-emanuel-ii, #francis, #intellectual-disabilities, #missouri, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #parson-michael-l, #roman-catholic-church

He Sees Migrants as ‘Modern Slaves,’ and Has Devoted His Life to Helping Them

The Rev. Daniel Alliët, for whom Jesus was a “political revolutionary,” has made it his life’s mission to fight for the rights of undocumented migrants, to the chagrin of some other clergy members.

#alliet-daniel, #belgium, #brussels-belgium, #christians-and-christianity, #content-type-personal-profile, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #muslims-and-islam, #roman-catholic-church

Nicholas DiMarzio, Brooklyn Bishop Cleared of Child Abuse, Will Retire

The bishop, Nicholas DiMarzio, has led the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn for 18 years. Robert Brennan, a Bronx native, will succeed him.

#brennan-robert-j, #dimarzio-nicholas-a, #roman-catholic-church, #roman-catholic-diocese-of-brooklyn

Religious Beliefs and Abortion Laws

How religious belief affect abortion laws and vaccination.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #christians-and-christianity, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #freedom-of-religion, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

Pope Weighs In on Calls to Deny Communion to Biden Over Abortion

“What must the pastor do?” Francis said when a reporter asked him about the subject. “Be a pastor, don’t go condemning.”

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #francis, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

Mexico’s Path to Legalizing Abortion

A landmark Supreme Court ruling in the country has decriminalized the procedure, but will changing the law also change attitudes?

#abortion, #audio-neutral-informative, #mexico, #roman-catholic-church, #womens-rights

Pope Francis Criticizes Political Use of Christianity

On a four-day visit to Slovakia and Hungary, Francis had strong words for those who wield Christian symbols for personal gain.

#christians-and-christianity, #crosses-and-crucifixes, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #slovakia

In Orban’s Hungary, Pope Urges Bishops to Embrace Diversity

On a quick trip to the country, Francis met with Prime Minister Viktor Orban, Hungary’s hard-right leader, before celebrating a public Mass.

#budapest-hungary, #europe, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church

Meeting Hungary’s Strongman, Pope Treads a Fine Line With an Embattled Leader

Pope Francis’ meeting with Viktor Orban could help, or hurt, the prime minister’s efforts to curry favor with voters ahead of coming elections in Hungary, which is predominantly Catholic.

#budapest-hungary, #christians-and-christianity, #europe, #francis, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #roman-catholic-church, #spadaro-antonio

Legislating in the Name of God

Republican officeholders are no longer coy about their religion-driven mission to stop abortion.

#abortion, #alabama, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cuomo-mario-m, #houston-tex, #kennedy-john-fitzgerald, #law-and-legislation, #mexico, #mississippi, #religion-state-relations, #republican-party, #roberts-john-g-jr, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #supreme-court-of-mexico, #texas, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

Dorothy Day’s Vision For a Better World

A labor activist and devout Catholic, she had a unique vision for a better world.

#chavez-cesar, #day-dorothy, #internal-sub-only, #jesus-christ, #roman-catholic-church

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

In the Eyes of God, Does a State Have the Right to Kill a Man?

The state of Texas will execute a death row inmate next week. Is capital punishment as it exists in the United States contrary to religious teachings?

#audio-negative-tragedy, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #capital-punishment, #french-david-a, #indiana, #protestant-churches, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

Pope Criticizes Western Intervention in Afghanistan

Francis said in a wide-ranging interview with a Spanish-language radio network that he was in good health after colon surgery in July and insisted that he had not considered resigning.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #united-states-international-relations