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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Case on Churches, Cuomo and Coronavirus Arrives at Supreme Court

The general question in cases in California, Nevada and New York is whether government officials or judges should calibrate responses to the public health crisis.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #decisions-and-verdicts, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #freedom-of-religion, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

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Sex-Abuse Claims Against Boy Scouts Now Surpass 81,000

The deluge of sex-abuse filings, coming ahead of a bankruptcy deadline, far surpasses the number of claims filed in Catholic Church cases.

#boy-scouts, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #girl-scouts, #oregon, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #staten-island-nyc

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Staying Apart, But Praying Together

As the coronavirus surges again, houses of worship in New York struggle to serve their communities safely.

#astoria-queens-ny, #bernard-a-r, #brooklyn-nyc, #christian-cultural-center, #churches-buildings, #coronavirus-reopenings, #east-new-york-brooklyn-ny, #hindu-temple-society-of-north-america, #hinduism, #jews-and-judaism, #manhattan-nyc, #mosques, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional, #synagogues, #upper-west-side-manhattan-ny

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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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Weddings: She Married the Priest

Jonathan Morris and Kaitlyn Folmer met at the Vatican. He was a priest. Some things changed along the way.

#abc-news, #fox-news, #manhattan-nyc, #news-and-news-media, #roman-catholic-church, #st-patricks-cathedral-manhattan-ny, #weddings-and-engagements

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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 Catholic Sex Abuse Crisis Is Far From Over

What can we learn about needed reforms from the Vatican’s damning report on the defrocked cardinal Theodore McCarrick?

#benedict-xvi, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #corruption-institutional, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #mccarrick-theodore-e, #popes, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sexual-harassment, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops

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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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Pope Backed Gay Civil Unions but Didn’t Change Doctrine, Vatican Says

The Vatican said the pope’s statements in favor of civil unions for gay couples did not change church doctrine.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #grupo-televisa-sab, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #roman-catholic-church, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships, #vatican-city

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Women Converge on Warsaw, Largest Protests in Poland in Decades

Outraged by a court decision to ban nearly all abortions, hundreds of thousands have taken part in demonstrations over the past week. The action in Warsaw on Friday was expected to be the biggest so far.

#abortion, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duda-andrzej-1972, #europe, #european-union, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #law-and-justice-poland, #morawiecki-mateusz, #poland, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #tvp-polish-television, #warsaw-poland, #women-and-girls

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Why a New Abortion Ban in Poland is Causing a Furor

The ruling party has tried and failed in the Parliament to restrict abortion. Now the courts it controls have done it, instead, sparking the biggest protests since the government came to power.

#abortion, #churches-buildings, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #duda-andrzej-1972, #law-and-justice-poland, #poland, #roman-catholic-church, #womens-rights

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Witnessing Peru’s Enduring, if Altered, Snow Star Festival

Rising temperatures and melting glaciers have changed key aspects of the age-old Peruvian festival of Qoyllur Rit’i. Still, the celebrations persist.

#andes-mountains, #cuzco-peru, #glaciers, #global-warming, #ice, #incas, #peru, #roman-catholic-church, #travel-and-vacations

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New Spirits Rise in Old, Repurposed Churches

For years, attendance rates have dropped and congregations have closed nationwide. But many reused religious spaces are still sanctuaries.

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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 Appoints First African-American Cardinal

Wilton Gregory, the archbishop of Washington, who led the Roman Catholic Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis in the early 2000s, was among 13 new cardinals named on Sunday.

#atlanta-ga, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #gregory-wilton-d, #roman-catholic-church, #washington-dc

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Pope’s Remarks on Same-Sex Unions Were Cut From a 2019 Vatican Interview

A Mexican broadcast company says Francis made the comments to its correspondent more than a year ago, and sources close to the company say the Vatican then edited them out.

#afineevsky-evgeny-1972, #alazraki-valentina, #francis, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #movies, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

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Rev. John Vakulskas Dies at 76; Carnivals Were His Parish

He ministered to generations of carnival workers, and his work was recognized by popes. He died of the coronavirus.

#chaplains, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-obituaries, #iowa, #roman-catholic-church, #vakulskas-john-1944-2020

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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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A Priest Who Left the Church for Love

They wanted to marry. But he’d taken a vow of celibacy.

#art, #celibacy, #documentary-films-and-programs, #fordham-university, #love-emotion, #marriages, #metropolitan-opera, #new-york-city, #paul-vi, #roman-catholic-church

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A Question of Life and Death Looms for Amy Coney Barrett

If confirmed, she may soon have to reconcile her Catholic morality and the law over a death penalty case.

#alito-samuel-a-jr, #barrett-amy-coney, #capital-punishment, #constitution-us, #criminal-justice, #first-amendment-us-constitution, #francis, #freedom-of-religion, #john-paul-ii, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #texas

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Cuomo’s Virus Crackdown Angers Catholics, Who Say They’re Singled Out

Church leaders, who have clashed with the governor before, said that Catholics have followed mask and social-distancing rules.

#churches-buildings, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

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Vatican Puts Priests on Trial Over Alleged Abuse Within Its Walls

One priest is accused of abusing an altar boy at a seminary near the pope’s residence, and the other of covering it up.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #crime-and-criminals, #enrico-radice, #gabriele-martinelli, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #st-pius-x-youth-seminary, #vatican-city

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Hearings, Protests and Rallies: Washington Grinds On Through the Pandemic

New York Times photographers captured a day of consequential events for all three branches of a government struggling to cope with the coronavirus.

#barrett-amy-coney, #democratic-party, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #photography, #roman-catholic-church, #senate, #senate-committee-on-the-judiciary, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #washington-dc

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An Italian Teenager Could Become the First Millennial Saint

Carlo Acutis, who died at 15 in 2006 and was an early adopter of the internet, was beatified over the weekend, putting him on the path to sainthood in the Catholic Church.

#acutis-carlo, #assisi-italy, #beatifications-and-canonizations, #computers-and-the-internet, #death-and-dying, #francis, #millennial-generation, #roman-catholic-church, #social-media, #youth

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Rooted in Faith, Representing a New Conservatism: Amy Coney Barrett’s Path to a Court Pick

As Judge Barrett’s confirmation hearings are set to begin, her background and résumé mark a stark departure from more traditional nominees to the Supreme Court.

#appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #education-k-12, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-legislation, #legal-profession, #mcgahn-donald-f-ii, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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Cuomo’s Restrictions on Synagogues in Virus Hot Spots Can Go Forward

“How can we ignore the compelling state interest in protecting the health and life of all New Yorkers?” asked a federal judge in Brooklyn.

#agudath-israel-of-america, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cuomo-andrew-m, #jews-and-judaism, #roman-catholic-church, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #synagogues

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What to Know About N.Y.C.’s Virus Hot Spots

After back-and-forth between the city and state, maps of virus hot spots subject to lockdowns were released, but residents remained confused.

#brooklyn-nyc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #cuomo-andrew-m, #de-blasio-bill, #jews-and-judaism, #new-york-city, #places-of-worship, #queens-nyc, #roman-catholic-church

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Pope Criticizes Lack of Unity in World’s Response to Coronavirus

In an encyclical, the most authoritative form of papal teaching, Francis lamented poor cooperation among countries and warned the forces of “myopic, extremist, resentful and aggressive nationalism are on the rise.”

#assisi-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #discrimination, #encyclicals, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #income-inequality, #italy, #roman-catholic-church

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Facing 200 Abuse Claims, The Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre Seeks Bankruptcy

The move by the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island came after numerous lawsuits were filed under the Child Victims Act.

#bankruptcies, #barres-john-o, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #long-island-ny, #new-york-child-victims-act-2019, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #suits-and-litigation-civil

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Rebuffed by Vatican, Pompeo Assails China and Aligns With Pope’s Critics

Pope Francis declined to see Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who is demanding a harder Vatican line on China. The Holy See said meeting just before a U.S. election would be inappropriate.

#china, #francis, #gallagher-paul-r-1954, #gingrich-callista, #gingrich-newt, #pompeo-mike, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-international-relations

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Trump Denounces Anti-Catholic Bias Even as He Attacks Biden’s Faith

President Trump has accused Joe Biden, a Catholic, of being “against God” and “against the Bible.” Of Judge Amy Coney Barrett, he has claimed about Democrats, “They’re going after her Catholicism.”

#barrett-amy-coney, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #presidential-election-of-2020, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j

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For Conservative Christian Women, Amy Coney Barrett’s Success Is Personal

Judge Barrett is a new kind of icon for some, one they have not seen before in American cultural and political life.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #evangelical-movement, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #women-and-girls

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Trump and Biden Court Catholic Vote, in Very Different Ways

Joseph Biden’s supporters are highlighting his Catholic faith and values while President Trump, with a Supreme Court selection looming, is operating on the culture-war turf he prefers.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #freedom-of-religion, #hispanic-americans, #polls-and-public-opinion, #presidential-election-of-2020, #republican-party, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Powerful Cardinal, a Fixture of Vatican Intrigue, Resigns Suddenly

In a cryptic statement, the Vatican did not explain the reason for Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu’s departure. News reports had connected him to a financial scandal.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

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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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Vatican Reiterates Its Opposition to Euthanasia and Assisted Suicide

As lawmakers debate right-to-life issues around the world, the Vatican says euthanasia and assisted suicide are “intrinsically evil” acts.

#euthanasia-and-assisted-suicide, #francis, #roman-catholic-church

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To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court

Judge Amy Coney Barrett is regarded as the leading contender to replace Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

#abortion, #appeals-courts-us, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #constitution-us, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #indiana, #patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-2010, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #university-of-notre-dame, #women-and-girls

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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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A Growing Number of Catholic Schools Are Shutting Down Forever

About 150 Catholic schools have closed nationwide citing insurmountable financial pressures from the coronavirus pandemic.

#baltimore-md, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #education-k-12, #los-angeles-calif, #private-and-sectarian-schools, #roman-catholic-church, #shutdowns-institutional

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Archbishop Oscar Cruz, Philippine Critic of Graft and Gambling, Dies at 85

The outspoken archbishop made it his main mission to rid the Philippines of illegal gambling, drawing the ire of officials. He died of complications of the new coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #cruz-oscar-1934-2020, #deaths-obituaries, #philippines, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

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Unsealed Archives Give Fresh Clues to Pope Pius XII’s Response to the Holocaust

Several documents that have emerged from the newly opened Vatican Archives on the papacy of Pius XII bolster accusations of indifference to Jewish suffering, but some scholars say the full picture has yet to emerge.

#anti-semitism, #francis, #hochhuth-rolf, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #kertzer-david-i, #pius-xii, #roman-catholic-church

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Junipero Serra’s Sins

In California, protesters have toppled statues of Junipero Serra, whose missions brutalized Native Americans. How should we think of him now?

#black-lives-matter-movement, #california, #colonization, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #roman-catholic-church

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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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Is Individualism America’s Religion?

Opinion’s Jeneen Interlandi and Elizabeth Bruenig join the podcast.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #harris-county-tex, #politics-and-government, #presidential-election-of-2020, #quarantines, #roman-catholic-church, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

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Catholic Churches Drop Hymns After Accusations Against Composer

David Haas, a composer known for “Blest Are They,” “We Are Called,” “You Are Mine” and other favorites, has been accused of sexual abuse and harassment by multiple women, an advocacy group says.

#christians-and-christianity, #haas-david, #los-angeles-calif, #roman-catholic-church, #sexual-harassment, #st-paul-minn

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