New York’s Hottest Club Is the Catholic Church

Catholicism is the new hip thing, partly as a rejection of progressive morality, partly as an aesthetic posture among the fashionable New Right.

#anika-jade-levy, #generation-z, #honor-levy, #manhattan-nyc, #nekrasova-dasha, #red-scare-radio-program, #roman-catholic-church, #wet-brain-radio-program

Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

A practicing Catholic, President Biden has long sought a middle ground on abortion. But activists see the decision to overturn Roe v. Wade as a sign that Democrats have tiptoed too carefully around the issue.

#abortion, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #executive-orders-and-memorandums, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #womens-rights

In Kansas, Support for Abortion Rights Didn’t Just Come From the Usual Places

Rural Republicans joined suburban Democrats to create huge turnout and a broad coalition that voted to preserve abortion rights by a fat margin.

#abortion, #constitutional-amendments, #kansas, #kelly-laura-1950, #roman-catholic-church

Why Catholicism Remains Strong in Canada

Even as Catholicism wanes in many Western countries, in Canada, it is holding steady as the largest religious denomination.

#alberta-canada, #canada, #christians-and-christianity, #edmonton-alberta, #francis, #immigration-and-emigration, #indigenous-people, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

A Polish Priest’s War Against Abortion Focuses on Helping Single Mothers

The Rev. Tomasz Kancelarczyk sees little effect on women’s decisions whether to have a child from a 29-year abortion ban. What may matter more is support for women who choose to have a child.

#abortion, #babies-and-infants, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #birth-rates, #child-care, #children-and-childhood, #domestic-violence, #europe, #families-and-family-life, #law-and-justice-poland, #law-and-legislation, #parenting, #poland, #politics-and-government, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #single-persons, #special-education, #tomasz-kancelarczyk, #women-and-girls

Pope Francis, Slowed by Aging, Finds Lessons in Frailty

On a visit to Canada, the pontiff, 85, used his own vulnerability to demand dignity and respect for older people in a world increasingly populated by them.

#canada, #elderly, #francis, #longevity, #roman-catholic-church

Pope Apologizes in Canada for Schools That Abused Indigenous Children

Francis, responding to longtime pleas from Indigenous people, begged forgiveness for schools where children were forced to assimilate, many were sexually or physically abused and some died.

#alberta-canada, #apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #british-columbia-canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #native-americans, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Francis Will Travel to Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Community

Pope Francis will travel to an Indigenous community in Canada to apologize for the church’s role in residential schools that tried to erase Indigenous culture, and where thousands of children died.

#apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #children-and-childhood, #education-k-12, #francis, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #priests, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sinclair-murray-1951

Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Women have become refugees fleeing their home states for reproductive health care that less than a month ago was theirs by right.

#abortion, #alito-samuel-a-jr, #constitution-us, #dobbs-v-jackson-womens-health-organization-supreme-court-decision, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #womens-rights

Irish Eyes Aren’t Smiling

A nation once in the grip of religious extremism sadly watches America’s lurch to the right on abortion.

#abortion, #constitutional-amendments, #ireland, #referendums, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

How Mexico’s Top Justice Became an Abortion Rights Champion

Influenced by feminists close to him, the chief of the country’s Supreme Court helped pave the way for decriminalization of the procedure.

#abortion, #content-type-personal-profile, #mexico, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-of-mexico

For Pope Francis, a Papacy Complicated by the Shadow of Resignation

Benedict’s exit changed expectations that the papacy would always be a lifetime assignment, fueling speculation the current pope has tried to push away.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #politics-and-government, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #the-vatican

After the Southern Baptist Report on Sexual Abuse, How Can Churches Do Better?

“We often have a very twisted understanding of authority and unity, and it is wielded in a way that keeps whistle-blowers silent.”

#baptist-churches, #christians-and-christianity, #denhollander-rachael, #internal-sub-only-nl, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

A Restored Painting Recalls the Colosseum’s Christian Past

The restoration of a wall painting depicting an idealized Jerusalem is a reminder that the Roman monument, known best for gladiatorial combat, was a sacred Christian space for centuries.

#christians-and-christianity, #colosseum-rome, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #restoration-and-renovation, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Poland Shows the Risks for Women When Abortion Is Banned

Poland’s abortion ban has had many unintended consequences. One is that doctors are sometimes afraid to remove fetuses or administer cancer treatment to save women’s lives.

#abortion, #abortion-drugs, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #czech-republic, #germany, #law-and-justice-poland, #law-and-legislation, #netherlands, #poland, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #slovakia, #supreme-court-us, #united-states, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

In Uvalde, a Bishop Makes an Impassioned Plea: Tighten Gun Laws

In South Texas, where guns are woven into the culture, Archbishop Gustavo García-Siller is urging his community to reconsider. “We have to!” he says.

#archbishop-gustavo-garcia-siller, #gun-control, #roman-catholic-church, #san-antonio-tex, #uvalde-tex, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022

Theft of Brooklyn Church’s Gold Tabernacle Stabs at Hearts of Faithful

A Brooklyn congregation condemned the desecration of their sacred sanctuary in a burglary that the pastor called “one more blow” to a struggling church.

#arts-and-antiquities-looting, #brooklyn-nyc, #churches-buildings, #robberies-and-thefts, #roman-catholic-church, #st-augustine-roman-catholic-church-brooklyn, #vandalism

A $2-Million Tabernacle Was Stolen From a Brooklyn Cathedral

Someone apparently armed with a power saw broke into the church and walked off with the solid-gold, bejeweled tabernacle, the police said.

#brooklyn-nyc, #churches-buildings, #park-slope-brooklyn-ny, #police-department-nyc, #robberies-and-thefts, #roman-catholic-church

How a Church Became a Hub for Uvalde’s Grief

As soon as the scale of the tragedy became clear, congregants rushed to Sacred Heart Catholic Church. In the days since, they’ve kept coming in search of comfort and community.

#robb-elementary-school-uvalde-tex, #roman-catholic-church, #sacred-heart-catholic-church, #school-shootings-and-armed-attacks, #uvalde-tex

Deep in Vatican Archives, Scholar Discovers ‘Flabbergasting’ Secrets

David Kertzer has spent decades excavating the Vatican’s hidden history, with his work winning a Pulitzer and capturing Hollywood’s attention. A new book examines Pope Pius XII’s role in the Holocaust.

#archives-and-records, #content-type-personal-profile, #francis, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #italy, #jews-and-judaism, #kertzer-david-i, #pius-xii, #roman-catholic-church, #vatican-city

When Preachers Are Predators

The Baptists’ sexual abuse crisis shows — again — that churches aren’t exempt from the rot around them.

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #continetti-matthew, #internal-sub-only-nl, #jones-rickie-lee, #lizzo-1988, #roman-catholic-church, #smith-lis, #southern-baptist-convention, #uvalde-tex-shooting-may-24-2022, #williams-lucinda

Many Jewish World War II Soldiers Had Christian Burials. That’s Changing.

Descendants of soldiers are holding rededication ceremonies in Europe to honor their ancestors’ Jewish heritage.

#jews-and-judaism, #lazarus-emma, #luxembourg, #roman-catholic-church

Southern Baptist Leaders Mishandled Sex Abuse Crisis, Report Says

National executives of the nation’s largest Protestant denomination ignored victims, resisted reforms and were mainly concerned with avoiding ‘potential liability,’ the third-party investigation says.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #baptist-churches, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #protestant-churches, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #southern-baptist-convention

The Russian Orthodox Leader at the Core of Putin’s Ambitions

Patriarch Kirill I has provided spiritual cover for the invasion of Ukraine, reaping vast resources for his church in return. Now, in an extraordinary step, the E.U. is threatening him with sanctions.

#europe, #european-union, #francis, #kirill-i, #moscow-russia, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine

Archbishop Bars Pelosi From Communion Over Abortion Stance

Archbishop Salvatore J. Cordileone, who has repeatedly confronted the House speaker over her backing of abortion rights, said her stance was a “grave evil.”

#abortion, #cordileone-salvatore-j, #law-and-legislation, #pelosi-nancy, #roman-catholic-church, #united-states-politics-and-government

New Mexico Archdiocese to Settle Sex Abuse Claims for $121.5 Million

The settlement announced by the Archdiocese of Santa Fe is among the largest of its kind involving the Catholic Church in the United States.

#archdiocese-of-santa-fe, #bankruptcies, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #compensation-for-damages-law, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-fe-nm, #sex-crimes

Abortion and the Supreme Court: Too Much Church in the State

What’s God got to do with it?

#abortion, #religion-and-belief, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us

Midterms’ Biggest Abortion Battleground: Pennsylvania

The leading Republicans running for governor in the state want to outlaw abortion. The presumptive Democratic nominee promises to veto any ban.

#abortion, #barletta-louis-j, #casey-robert-p-jr, #democratic-party, #midterm-elections-2022, #pennsylvania, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #shapiro-josh-1973

How Roe Warped the Republic

Why Roe v. Wade may be overturned by the very forces of polarization it unleashed.

#abortion, #barrett-amy-coney, #christians-and-christianity, #conservatism-us-politics, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #democratic-party, #ginsburg-ruth-bader, #kavanaugh-brett-m, #republican-party, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #roman-catholic-church, #state-legislatures, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-dc, #womens-rights

Pope Francis Condemns War in Ukraine (Again), but Doesn’t Name Putin (Again)

In a wide-ranging interview with an Argentine newspaper, Francis defended his decision not to call out Mr. Putin, but said he was ready to do “everything” to prevent more deaths.

#francis, #kirill-i, #la-nacion, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine

New Jersey Diocese Agrees to Settle Sex Abuse Claims for $87.5 Million

The settlement with the Camden diocese is among the largest such agreements involving the Catholic Church in the United States.

#camden-nj, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #sullivan-dennis

In the Shadow of the Border Wall, a Catholic Kitchen Provides Hope and a Hot Meal

La Tilma, a restaurant run by Sacred Heart Catholic Church in El Paso, nourishes the lives of many Mexican immigrants in poverty.

#easter-and-holy-week, #el-paso-tex, #immigration-and-emigration, #la-tilma-el-paso-tex-restaurant, #mexican-americans, #restaurants, #roman-catholic-church

How Covid Changed the Clergy in New York

As the city’s houses of worship hold in-person services again, faith leaders reflect on what the pandemic has taught them.

#clergy, #congregation-beth-elohim-brooklyn-ny, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #easter-and-holy-week, #first-corinthian-baptist-church-manhattan-ny, #glasspool-mary-d, #latif-khalid, #new-york-city, #new-york-university, #places-of-worship, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church, #shaanti-bhavan-mandir-queens-ny, #shutdowns-institutional

Pope Francis Alludes to Putin’s Role in War on Ukraine

Francis’ remarks during a trip to Malta were the closest he has come to pinning the war in Ukraine on President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia.

#francis, #malta, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine

Pope Apologizes to Indigenous People of Canada

Pope Francis also promised to visit Canada as part of a process of healing and reconciliation over the church’s involvement in an abusive system of residential schools.

#apologies, #assembly-of-first-nations, #benedict-xvi, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #indigenous-people, #kamloops-indian-residential-school-british-columbia, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Meets Canadian Groups Seeking Apology for Indigenous Schools

Francis met for the first time with groups of survivors of Canada’s abusive Indigenous schools who are seeking his apology over the church’s role in running the schools.

#apologies, #canada, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #francis, #indigenous-people, #priests, #religion-and-belief, #reparations, #roman-catholic-church, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-canada

Pope Francis Issues New Vatican Constitution

The document stipulates that baptized lay Catholics, including women, can lead departments and increases institutional efforts to protect minors.

#benedict-xvi, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #constitutions, #francis, #john-paul-ii, #omalley-sean-p, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #rome-italy

Pope Deplores the War in Ukraine but Not the Aggressor

Francis has raised his voice against “unacceptable armed aggression” without mentioning President Vladimir V. Putin or Russia. Some analysts say that he risks complicating his legacy.

#francis, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #russian-orthodox-church, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

In a First, Catholic Cardinal Testifies in Vatican Criminal Trial

Accused of embezzlement and abuse of office, Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu told the court that he was sure the truth would clear his name.

#becciu-giovanni-angelo, #cardinals-roman-catholic-prelates, #embezzlement, #francis, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sardinia-italy, #vatican-city

A Florida Immigration Fight Divides Cubans Who Arrived as Children

A rare public rift engulfed the beneficiaries of Operation Pedro Pan after the Miami archbishop compared them to today’s unaccompanied minors.

#catholic-charities, #children-and-childhood, #cuba, #cuban-americans, #desantis-ron, #florida, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #roman-catholic-church, #wenski-thomas-g

As Ireland’s Church Retreats, the Cult of a Female Saint Thrives

The cult of Saint Brigid, with its emphasis on nature and healing, and its shift away from the patriarchal faith of traditional Catholicism in Ireland, is attracting people from around the world.

#christians-and-christianity, #church-of-ireland, #ireland, #kildare-ireland, #nuns, #pagans-and-paganism, #roman-catholic-church, #saint-brigid, #women-and-girls

Praise for ‘Biden’s Courage’ in Imposing Oil Sanctions Against Russia

Readers hope that Americans and allies support the decision despite rising energy costs and call for conservation measures. Also: A faithful Catholic and his church.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #energy-efficiency, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #prayers-and-prayer-books, #putin-vladimir-v, #roman-catholic-church, #russia, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

The Nun Reshaping the Role of Women Inside the Vatican

Sister Nathalie Becquart will play a prominent role at the Synod of Bishops next year as Pope Francis tries to encourage new voices in the hierarchy.

#becquart-nathalie, #christians-and-christianity, #france, #francis, #nuns, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #women-and-girls, #women-and-leadership-2022

Lent Without Church

Perfection isn’t possible. That’s OK.

#easter-and-holy-week, #lent, #religion-and-belief, #roman-catholic-church

Overturning Roe Isn’t Just About Abortion

If the Supreme Court rules for Mississippi in the Dobbs case, it will reach deep into maternal medicine.

#abortion, #hospitals, #law-and-legislation, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #roman-catholic-church, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-conference-of-catholic-bishops, #womens-rights

Pope Francis Told to Sit Out Ceremonies Because of Knee Pain

A doctor recommended that Francis should take “a period of greater rest.”

#francis, #knees, #roman-catholic-church, #sciatica

In Italy, a Call for a National Investigation Into Clerical Sexual Abuse

Italy has so far resisted calls for an independent investigation into how the Roman Catholic church has handled these cases.

#benedict-xvi, #francis, #italy, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes

Pastor Resigns After Incorrectly Performing Thousands of Baptisms

The pastor of a Catholic church in Phoenix changed one word in administering the sacrament, rendering baptisms performed there invalid, the church said.

#baptism, #bishop-thomas-j-olmsted, #father-andres-arango, #phoenix-ariz, #roman-catholic-church

Retired Pope Asks Forgiveness Over Handling of Abuse Cases

But Benedict, responding to a report that accused him of mishandling at least four cases of sexual abuse by priests when he was an archbishop in Germany, denied any wrongdoing.

#benedict-xvi, #germany, #munich-germany, #priests, #roman-catholic-church

New Zealand Inquiry Finds Hundreds of Reports of Abuse by Priests

The complaints, going back seven decades, attest to the pervasiveness of sexual and other abuse within the Catholic Church and are part of a worldwide reckoning.

#australia, #child-abuse-and-neglect, #new-zealand, #priests, #roman-catholic-church, #sex-crimes, #survivors-network-of-those-abused-by-priests