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  • Interview with former Catholic Priests and Nuns on why they left

    08/31/2013 3:38:44 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 445 replies
    Full interview (roughly one hour) with former Roman Catholic priests Richard Bennett (website: http://www.BEREANBEACON.ORG) & Bartholomew Brewer, Ph.D, author of "Pilgrimage from Rome - A Testimony" (website: http://www.MTC.COM) and former nun Rocio Zwirner give glory to God for their exodus from the Roman Catholic Church & into the glorious grace of the saving Gospel of Jesus Christ. (Description from youtube)
  • What does a Roman Catholic need to do to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?

    07/26/2013 2:57:13 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 278 replies
    Question:What would a baptized and confirmed Roman Catholic need to do in order to join the Orthodox Presbyterian Church?Answer: Allow me to answer you question with a brief autobiographical anecdote. I was born, baptized, raised, confirmed, and educated in the Roman Catholic system. In fact, it was while I was at a Roman Catholic college (of all places) that I was converted by the grace of God. After realizing how different the teachings of the RCC are from Scripture, I joined with a Baptist church. And that church required that I be rebaptized as an adult. So, I went through...
  • The Gift – The Testimony of Former Roman Catholic Priest Charles Chiniquy

    07/26/2013 3:22:28 PM PDT · by Greetings_Puny_Humans · 147 replies
    Christian Research Service ^ | 1883 | Charles Chiniquy
    The Gift – The Testimony of Former Roman Catholic Priest Charles Chiniquy I was born and baptized a Roman Catholic in 1809, and I was ordained priest in the year 1833, in Canada. I am now in my seventy-fourth year, and it is nearly fifty years since I received the dignity of the priesthood in the Church of Rome. For twenty-five years I was a priest of that Church, and I tell you frankly that I loved the Church of Rome, and she loved me. I would have shed every drop of my blood for my Church and would have...
  • Fort Wayne Priest Accused of Sex Abuse

    06/20/2013 4:30:51 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 6 replies
    INCNow (Indiana's NewsCenter) ^ | 6/19/2013 | Emma Kock & Jeff Neumeyer
    FORT WAYNE, Ind. ( - Fr. Cornelius Ryan, CSC, has been removed as administrator of St. Joseph Catholic Church-Hessen Cassel after being accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Kevin Rhoades was notified June 10 of a "credible allegation" that Fr. Ryan had sexually abused a minor about 20 years ago while serving in Africa, the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend says in a statement released Wednesday.
  • Victims urge UN to challenge Vatican on child abuse

    06/19/2013 2:28:33 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 16 replies
    Global Post ^ | 6/18/2013 | Agence France-Presse
    The Catholic Church must be held to account by a UN human rights watchdog for doing too little to halt and expose paedophile priests, victims of abuse by the clergy said Tuesday. David Clohessy, director of the US-based Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said he had few hopes of a massive shake up by Pope Francis, who since being elected in March has made several pronouncements urging action. "We're dealing with a well-established, longstanding, extraordinarily powerful global monarchy, that really has few or any checks and balances on its power," he told reporters.
  • Audit Finds Sexual Abuse Was Topic Decades Ago

    06/19/2013 6:42:36 AM PDT · by haffast · 2 replies
    The New York Times ^ | Published: June 18, 2013 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    A regional province of the Capuchin religious order that had fought allegations of sexual abuse for decades decided last year to open its files dating to the 19th century to three independent auditors, in what the order claimed to be a first in the long-running Roman Catholic Church abuse scandal in the United States. The auditors’ report, released on Tuesday, found that sexual abuse by friars in the St. Joseph Province of the Capuchin Order was discussed at meetings as far back as 1932, the first year for which minutes of meetings were available. After more than a dozen students...
  • Stockton Bishop Stephen Blaire: Lawsuits have cost diocese $15 million

    06/12/2013 7:36:00 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    Lodi News-Sentinel ^ | June ii, 2013 | Ross Farrow
    The Catholic diocese serving parishes from Lodi to Turlock has spent about $15 million in judgments, settlements and legal costs regarding clergy abuse cases by priests and former priests, according to Bishop Stephen Blaire. Blaire, bishop of the Stockton Diocese, issued a message to parishioners throughout the diocese. The message was read aloud during Masses on Saturday and Sunday. “It was a sad comment, kind of scary,” Lodi resident Patty Ibarra said after Sunday’s 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Anne’s Catholic Church.
  • Ex-brother ordered to face abuse charges

    06/12/2013 5:42:14 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 2 replies
    The Australian ^ | June 12, 2013 | Jared Owens
    A former Catholic brother living in New Zealand should be extradited to NSW to face 252 charges of sexually abusing children, a Christchurch judge has ruled. Bernard Kevin McGrath, 65, a former St John of God brother, is accused of repeatedly raping, molesting and abusing 35 boys at church-run institutions...
  • Catholic church interferred in investigation (sexual abuse - Australia)

    05/09/2013 9:01:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 32 replies ^ | 5/8/2013 | Suzanne Smith
    Former policeman turned state parliamentarian, Troy Grant, told the special commission of inquiry into the handling of child sexual abuse in the Maitland-Newcastle diocese that members of the Catholic Church had interferred in his investigation into sexual abuse.
  • Catholic school principal Sister Ann deGuise testifies in Gary Moreland sex crimes trial

    05/09/2013 7:36:02 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies ^ | 5/8/2013 | Andy Hoag
    SAGINAW, MI — A jury Wednesday heard what the principal at St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic School in Saginaw Township knew of sexual abuse allegations against school volunteer Gary Moreland and what she did with that information.
  • Police investigating sex abuse allegations at Anne Arundel Catholic school

    05/09/2013 7:17:21 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies
    The Baltimore Sun ^ | 5/8/2013 | Alison Knezevich
    Anne Arundel County police are investigating sexual abuse allegations by a former student at Monsignor Slade Catholic School in Glen Burnie, officials of the Archdiocese of Baltimore said Wednesday.
  • New Sexual Abuse Claims At St Ambrose College, Cheshire

    12/18/2012 7:24:32 AM PST · by Dr. Thorne
    Detectives investigating alleged sexual abuse at a Catholic boys' school are looking into new allegations after receiving more calls from former pupils. Last month, a 63-year-old former teacher was held on suspicion of indecent assault and possession of indecent images dating back to the early 1980s.
  • Australian government reports on Catholic Church moving pedophile priests

    10/13/2012 10:08:03 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    The Dallas Morning News ^ | 10/12/2012 | Reese Dunklin
    The Roman Catholic Church has moved sexually abusive priests across international borders and kept them in ministry, criminal authorities in Australia have concluded. Their finding mirrors that of our landmark 2004-2005 investigative series, Runaway Priests: Hiding in Plain Sight. We identified over 200 cases in which accused clerics escaped justice by going abroad. Police in the Australian state of Victoria, in a report to parliament there, cite a case I first brought to light: The Salesians of Don Bosco religious order moved a priest to Samoa in 1998, when he had one child molestation conviction on his record and was...
  • Priest again facing charges that he sexually abused altar boy

    10/10/2012 1:22:53 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 1 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | 10/4/2012 | Mensah M. Dean
    A PHILADELPHIA judge Tuesday reinstated three felony charges against a Catholic priest who is accused of forcing oral sex on a 10-year-old altar boy in 1997. Father Andrew McCormick sat stoically at the defense table as Common Pleas Judge Paula Patrick held him for trial after a brief hearing on involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, sexual assault and statutory sexual assault.
  • Central Pa Catholic priests accused of abuse

    10/07/2012 3:32:41 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 3 replies
    Voices of Central PA ^ | 10/1/2012 | James Hynes
    Four men have recently accused Huntington County Roman Catholic priest George Koharchik of sexually molesting them when they were minors. Bishop Mark Bartchak relieved Koharchik of Saint Catherine of Siena Parish in Mount Union of his priestly duties. The priest will not be permitted to have contact with children while on leave. Investigators confirm that two alleged victims reported abuse to diocese authorities while two others subsequently reported directly to the Cambria County District Attorney’s office.
  • Former Arctic priest pleads not guilty to 76 charges of sex abuse

    10/05/2012 3:48:25 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 22 replies ^ | 10/1/2012
    IQALUIT, Nunavut - A trial date has been set for a former Arctic priest facing dozens of sex abuse allegations. Eric Dejaeger has pleaded not guilty to 76 charges stemming from his time in Igloolik, Nunavut, between 1978 and 1982. Most of the charges are for the alleged sexual abuse of boys and girls.
  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • San Rafael priest granted diversion in China Camp nudity case

    09/24/2012 7:18:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Marin Independent Journal ^ | 9/21/2012 | Gary Klien
    A San Rafael priest charged with exposing himself at China Camp State Park was granted misdemeanor diversion, giving him the chance to clear his record in two years. The Rev. Feliciano Torres Mofan, 58, was arrested Aug. 23 during an undercover sting at the state park, where rangers were cracking down on lewd behavior and sexual activity. The park said Mofan approached a plainclothes ranger at Chicken Coop Hill, propositioned him for sex and exposed himself.
  • Victorian Catholic Church reveals 620 abuse cases

    09/24/2012 8:19:34 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 13 replies
    The Australian ^ | 9/22/2012
    The Catholic Church in Victoria has revealed that at least 620 children have been abused by its clergy since the 1930s, sparking a fresh call for an independent inquiry into sex abuse. The Catholic Church in Victoria revealed the number in a submission to a state parliamentary hearing on Friday but said the instances of abuse reported had fallen dramatically from the "appalling" numbers of the 1960s and 1970s.
  • Oakdale priest, 47, charged in sex assault of boy, 12

    09/21/2012 6:36:26 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 62 replies
    Twin Cities Pioneer Press ^ | 9/20/2012 | Emily Gurnon
    An Oakdale priest has been charged with criminal sexual conduct involving a 12-year-old boy. The boy reported to his mother that Curtis Carl Wehmeyer, 47, pastor of the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in St. Paul, had been sexually abusing him in a camper trailer in the church parking lot, according to a criminal complaint.
  • Catholic church suspends Philadelphia priest

    09/18/2012 7:04:04 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies ^ | 9/17/2012
    PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A Roman Catholic priest in Philadelphia who was previously cleared of inappropriate conduct has been suspended due to new allegations of sexual abuse, church officials said Monday. The accusations, which involve minors and date back about 30 years, first surfaced last spring, according to the archdiocese. The Associated Press is not naming the 56-year-old priest because he has not been criminally charged. He could not be reached for comment on Monday.
  • Catholic group calls for KC Bishop Robert Finn to resign

    09/18/2012 7:44:13 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    Kansas City Star ^ | 9/16/2012 | Karen Dillon
    Members of a national Catholic organization on Sunday demanded the resignation of Bishop Robert W. Finn, who was convicted this month of failing to report child sexual abuse.The National Survivor Advocates Coalition, which has its headquarters in Dayton, Ohio, held a news conference at Barney Allis Plaza in downtown Kansas City - in the shadow of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception - to make its demand."A criminally convicted bishop cannot lead. Bishop Finn must resign or be removed by Pope Benedict," said coalition chairwoman Kristine Ward. "Every hour he remains bishop revictimizes survivors and their families."
  • Joliet bishop revokes return of priest accused of sex with teen

    09/18/2012 1:47:37 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 9 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 9/18/2012 | Manya A. Brachear
    A Joliet-area priest reinstated last week after being removed from ministry over an allegation of sexual abuse has been withdrawn once again, Joliet Bishop R. Daniel Conlon confirmed today. Last week, parishioners learned that the Rev. F. Lee Ryan could minister to homebound parishioners of St. Edmund Catholic Church in Watseka, south of Kankakee, and St. Joseph Mission in Crescent City. He had been removed from ministry in May 2010 because of an alleged relationship with a teenager in the 1970s.
  • Priest who had sex with boys now tells how to smuggle ivory

    09/18/2012 1:22:31 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 14 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 9/18/2012 | Brooks Egerton
    National Geographic‘s new issue exposes the ivory business, which has been hiding in plain sight since a worldwide trade ban was enacted in 1989. And a major player in the magazine’s story is a priest in the Philippines whom I wrote about in 2005 when investigating another global-trafficking phenomenon — the Catholic Church’s movement of sexual abuse suspects across international borders to escape justice. The priest, Monsignor Cristobal Garcia, is now quoted as explaining how to smuggle ivory into the United States: “Wrap it in old, stinky underwear and pour ketchup on it.”
  • Catholic priest blames children for sexual abuse

    09/08/2012 5:07:45 AM PDT · by Renfield · 112 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | 8-31-2012 | Greta McClain
    New York - A prominent Catholic priest says he believes “youngsters” are often to blame for sexual abuse by priests and that priests who are first time offenders should not be jailed for their crime. Father Benedict Groeschel, founder of Franciscan Friars of the Renewal, is well known as the host of Sunday Night Prime with Father Benedict Groeschel, a weekly show on Catholic television network EWTN. It was not what he said on his television show that has sparked controversy however, it is comments he made in an interview with the National Catholic Register that has outraged many. According...
  • The Catholic Church's Vatileaks scandal: A guide

    08/12/2012 8:09:46 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 21 replies
    The Week ^ | July 27, 2012
    What is the scandal about? A steady stream of leaked documents since the beginning of the year has revealed the Holy See to be an unholy nest of conspiracies, backstabbing, and ambition. "Vatileaks," as the scandal has been dubbed, has smashed the Vatican's code of silence to reveal a long-standing tradition of bitter rivalries and corruption. The leaks point to at least three shadowy, interlocking plots: an anonymous campaign to undermine Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, the Vatican secretary of state and Pope Benedict XVI's top deputy; a struggle over the future of the Vatican bank; and an effort by Italian cardinals...
  • Who’s in Charge Here? The Illusions of Church Infallibility

    06/13/2012 2:59:02 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 362 replies
    White Horse Inn Blog ^ | Jun.13, 2012 | Michael Horton
    In my experience with those who wrestle with conversion to Roman Catholicism—at least those who have professed faith in the gospel, the driving theological issue is authority. How can I be certain that what I believe is true? The gospel of free grace through the justification of sinners in Christ alone moves to the back seat. Instead of the horse, it becomes the cart. Adjustments are made in their understanding of the gospel after accepting Rome’s arguments against sola scriptura. I address these remarks to friends struggling with that issue. Reformation Christians can agree with Augustine when he said that...
  • The hidden exodus: Catholics becoming Protestants

    05/17/2012 5:40:57 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 1,454 replies
    NCR ^ | Apr. 18, 2011 | Thomas Reese
    Any other institution that lost one-third of its members would want to know why..... The number of people who have left the Catholic church is huge. We all have heard stories about why people leave. Parents share stories about their children. Academics talk about their students. Everyone has a friend who has left. While personal experience can be helpful, social science research forces us to look beyond our circle of acquaintances to see what is going on in the whole church. The U.S. Religious Landscape Survey by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life has put hard...
  • "Salvation" as defined by the Catholic Catechism

    02/29/2012 8:27:50 AM PST · by fishtank · 60 replies · 2+ views
    Catholic Catechism, - US Conference of Catholic Bishops ^ | Leap Day - 2-29-2012 | The Catholic Church
    If you look up "salvation" in a Catholic Catechism, what does one find? I'll show you.... Several years ago, I had an authoritative catechism that didn't even have a glossary entry for "salvation", but the US Conference of Catholic Bishops has a catechism that DOES have an entry for "salvation". Let's see what they say:
  • Vatican investigated 4,000 cases of child sex abuse in the last 10 years, U.S. cardinal reveals

    02/08/2012 12:37:36 PM PST · by TSgt · 20 replies
    The Daily Mail ^ | 4:14 PM on 7th February 2012 | Nick Pisa
    A senior Vatican cardinal has revealed how more than 4,000 cases of sex abuse by priests on children have been investigated during the last ten years. The shock figure was announced by American cardinal Joseph William Levada as he opened a conference on the wide scale phenomenon which has rocked the Roman Catholic church with cases reported all over the world. Cardinal Levada, who is head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, described the figure as a 'dramatic increase' and came in the face of global indignation at the scale of the problem and which has forced...
  • Sex abuse 'widespread' in Catholic Church, Philadelphia judge says

    02/01/2012 4:34:16 AM PST · by TSgt · 95 replies · 1+ views ^ | Wed, Feb. 1, 2012 | Jeremy Roebuck
    The judge in the trial of two Catholic priests and a former priest declared her belief Tuesday that sexual abuse was "widespread" in the Catholic Church. Reviewing a list of questions to be asked of potential jurors, Common Pleas Court Judge M. Teresa Sarmina arrived at one that read "Do you believe child sex abuse is a widespread problem in the Catholic Church?" and hesitated. "Anybody that doesn't think there is widespread sexual abuse within the Catholic Church is living on another planet," she said, recommending the question be stricken from the list. Jeffrey Lindy, part of a team of...
  • German Catholic Priest Admits To 280 Counts Of Sexual Abuse

    01/13/2012 10:31:42 AM PST · by RnMomof7 · 218 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 1/13/2012 | Sanya Khetani
    A German Catholic priest has admitted 280 counts of sexual abuse involving three boys over almost a decade, the BBC reported. About 2,800 pornographic images -- including several of his victims -- were found on the priest's computer. Named only as Andreas L, the priest, 46, told a court in Braunschweig he did not think he was doing harm.
  • Pope John Paul II's blood to be relic in Polish church

    02/01/2011 12:52:59 PM PST · by RnMomof7 · 1,179 replies
    AP ^ | 02/01/2011 | MONIKA SCISLOWSKA
    A vial containing blood drawn from Pope John Paul II shortly before he died will be installed as a relic in a Polish church soon after his beatification later this year, an official said Monday. Piotr Sionko, the spokesman for the John Paul II Center, said the vial will be encased in crystal and built into the altar of a church in the southern city of Krakow that is opening in May. The exact date of the opening is not yet known, but it should be shortly after John Paul's beatification at the Vatican on May 1........... "It was the...
  • Catholic church to pay $1 million to settle abuse lawsuit

    01/21/2011 6:12:29 PM PST · by Gamecock · 12 replies
    Reuters ^ | Jan 21, 2011 | Jim Forsyth
    The Catholic church on Friday said it would pay nearly a million dollars to a man allegedly sexually abused at age 16 by a priest...., who then tried to cover it up and hire a hit man to kill the victim. "This is a very sad thing and very painful for me, for the church, for the family," said Garcia-Siller, who was just appointed San Antonio Archbishop in November. Former priest John Fiala is charged with plying the unidentified boy in his parish in rural southwest Texas with booze and giving him a car in an attempt to 'groom' the...
  • Vatican says its Irish abuse letter misunderstood

    01/18/2011 9:23:23 PM PST · by Dr. Eckleburg · 212 replies
    AP ^ | January 18, 2011 | SHAWN POGATCHNIK
    DUBLIN -- A 1997 letter from the Vatican warned Ireland's Catholic bishops not to report all suspected child-abuse cases to police - a disclosure that victims' groups described as "the smoking gun" needed to show that the church enforced a worldwide culture of covering up crimes by pedophile priests. The newly revealed letter, obtained by Irish broadcasters RTE and provided to The Associated Press, documents the Vatican's rejection of a 1996 Irish church initiative to begin helping police identify pedophile priests following Ireland's first wave of publicly disclosed lawsuits...
  • Pope approves use of condoms in fight against Aids

    11/20/2010 10:45:01 AM PST · by Gamecock · 136 replies
    He will say that it is acceptable to use a prophylactic when the sole intention is to "reduce the risk of infection" from Aids. While he will restate the Catholic Church's staunch objections to contraception because it believes it interferes with the creation of life, he will argue that using a condom to preserve life and avoid death can be a responsible act – even outside marriage. Asked whether "the Catholic Church is not fundamentally against the use of condoms," he replies: "It of course does not see it as a real and moral solution. "In certain cases, where the...
  • List of Papal Bulls on Jewish Question

    11/10/2010 5:23:33 PM PST · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Following is a partial list of Papal Bulls and other relevant documents regarding the Jewish question, illustrating both the partial protection offered the Jews at different times and the institutionalization of Anti-Semitism. Where protection was offered, it was often done in a condescending manner, asserting the Christian duty to have mercy on the Jews even though they were collectively guilty of killing Jesus (or in modern times, "forgiving" the Jews for killing Jesus) or was simply rescinding previous decrees. Catholic persecution of Jews - and protection - began in the Middle Ages, but the persecution continued and was intensified well...
  • To some, pope's plea for forgiveness falls short

    06/13/2010 10:27:18 AM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 300 replies · 1,610+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | June 12, 2010 | Mitchell Landsberg
    When Pope Benedict XVI announced the "Year of the Priest" that concluded Friday, he probably didn't have in mind the sort of year he got. He acknowledged as much in a closing Mass, telling more than 10,000 assembled priests in St. Peter's Square that "in the very year of joy for the sacrament of the priesthood, the sins of priests came to light." ...
  • Cardinal accuses Vatican official of abuse cover-up [OPEN]

    05/10/2010 12:06:06 PM PDT · by TSgt · 66 replies · 634+ views
    REUTERS ^ | Sun May 9, 2010 10:34am EDT | Philip Pullella
    (Reuters) - Internal Catholic Church bickering over the handling of its sexual abuse scandal has escalated to a new level, with one cardinal accusing another of a cover-up. The accusations were leveled by Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn of Vienna against Italian Cardinal Angelo Sodano, who served for 16 years from 1990 to 2006 as secretary of state, the Vatican's second-most important position. Schoenborn, in what was supposed to have been a private conversation with Austrian newspaper editors last month, accused Sodano of having blocked an investigation of former Austrian Cardinal Hans Hermann Groer. Austrian Catholic news agency Kathpress published a summary...
  • Ratzinger's Responsibility

    03/25/2010 8:19:34 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 62 replies · 823+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 18, 2010 | Hans Kung
    1st Question: Why does the pope continue to assert that what he calls "holy" celibacy is a "precious gift", thus ignoring the biblical teaching that explicitly permits and even encourages marriage for all office holders in the Church?...The rule of celibacy is not a truth of faith, but a church law going back to the 11th Century... 4th Question: Is it not time for Pope Benedict XVI himself to acknowledge his share of responsibility, instead of whining about a campaign against his person? In his eight years as a professor of theology in Regensburg, in close contact with his brother...
  • Suit: Vatican No. 2 got letter from abuse victim

    04/22/2010 6:21:04 PM PDT · by Dr. Eckleburg · 134 replies · 1,084+ views
    AP ^ | 4-22-10 | Dinesh Ramde and Eric Gorsk
    MILWAUKEE — A neatly typed letter dated March 5, 1995, is addressed to the No. 2 man at the Vatican and recounts the story of a priest who preyed on deaf boys trapped in dormitories with no chance of escape...
  • Pope Benedict Favorable Rating Drops to 40% in U.S.

    03/31/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 69 replies · 1,081+ views
    Gallup ^ | 31 March 2010 | Jeffrey M. Jones
    A new low of 40% of Americans view Pope Benedict XVI favorably amid new criticism about the Roman Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse by priests. Now, nearly as many Americans have an unfavorable view of the pope as have a favorable view. The current results represent a major shift from two years ago, when the pope's favorable rating jumped to 63% as he was concluding a well-received visit to the United States that included personal meetings between the pope and victims of sex abuse by U.S. priests. The latest allegations of lax handling of abusive priests mostly concern...
  • Wisconsin's Catholic child abuse anguish

    03/27/2010 3:29:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 174 replies · 2,327+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 March 2010 | Matthew Price
    What must it feel like to have lost 50 years of your life? For that is what 61-year old Arthur Budzinski has endured. Five long decades of personal pain. And he has to rely on others to speak of his anguish. It is made worse by the fact that no-one has been held to account for the sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child while at the Roman Catholic St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin. Arthur and around 200 other boys are said to have been sexually abused at the school by Father Lawrence...
  • Pope: Irish church ‘severely shaken’ by abuse [OPEN THREAD]

    03/17/2010 12:48:40 PM PDT · by TSgt · 49 replies · 695+ views
    AP ^ | updated 12:36 p.m. ET, Wed., March. 17, 2010 | AP
    VATICAN CITY - Pope Benedict XVI said Wednesday that he hoped a letter he plans to send to Irish Catholics about the child sex abuse scandal in the church would help with "repentance, healing and renewal" there. Benedict acknowledged the Irish church had been "severely shaken" as a result of the crisis and said he was "deeply concerned." However, speaking in English at his weekly general audience, the pontiff did not make any mention of the issue in his homeland, Germany. The scandal in Germany, where some 300 former Catholic students have come forward with claims of physical or sexual...
  • Church has 1 million euro ready for sex abuse victims (It's Not Just Little Boys Being Molested)

    03/16/2010 1:50:21 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 27 replies · 544+ views
    NRC Handelsblad ^ | 8 March 2010 | Joep Dohmen
    Aegon insurance company has put aside a million euros to pay for claims by Dutch victims who suffered at the hands of Catholic clerics. Aegon and the archdiocese of Utrecht, which acted on behalf of the Roman Catholic church in the Netherlands, came to this agreement in 2006, an investigation by NRC Handelsblad and Radio Netherlands Worldwide has shown. If damages exceed a million euros, the Church will have to pay for them itself. Aegon broke with church after 45 years The deal ended a long-lasting dispute regarding the coverage offered by the church’s liability insurance policy with Aegon. The...
  • Oakland TN Officer Resigns After Badge Controversy (Claimed badge stopped bullet)

    03/10/2010 7:57:42 PM PST · by The Magical Mischief Tour · 16 replies · 895+ views
    WREG TV ^ | 03/10/2010 | WREG TV
    ( Memphis 03/10/2010) An Oakland, TN police officer who says his badge saved him from a bullet tells News Channel 3 he has resigned and he is standing by his story. A payroll clerk with the city of Oakland confirms his last check was issued January 8th. It was called a miracle when Smith said he survived being shot by two men during a traffic stop. He said his badge saved him but it now appears not everyone believes that story.We've learned a Fayette County grand jury is expected to hear the case in a couple of weeks. Smith lives...
  • The Lady of Fatima: Has Mary Appeared in Visions?

    02/19/2010 11:32:44 PM PST · by bogusname · 184 replies · 1,470+ views
    THE LADY OF FATIMA- Introduction Some Roman Catholics believe that Mary, the mother of Christ, has actually appeared to people in places like Fatima and Medjugorje. Well, did she? THE LADY OF FATIMA- Biblical? In evaluating the alleged appearances of Mary, our primary concern would be to determine whether these apparitions are indeed biblical. Interestingly enough, these “Marian apparitions” (as they are commonly referred to) are inextricably woven together with the official Catholic teachings about Mary which, by the way, is known as Mariology. In fact, it would be fair to say that Catholic Mariology is the very foundation of...
  • Visionary won’t share Virgin’s message

    12/10/2009 9:49:46 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 89 replies · 1,997+ views
    Philippine Daily Inquirer ^ | 12/09/2009 | Bibsy M. Carballo
    BATULAO, Batangas, Philippines — It was a heartbreaking 60th birthday for visionary Emma De Guzman when in the early morning of Tuesday, December 8, she chose not to deliver the message from the Virgin Mary unlike so many other times in the past. Close to 5,000 pilgrims joined the trek up the Mountain of Salvation in Batulao, to some observers possibly the biggest delegation to join in the prayers and support of the apparition of the Blessed Virgin to Emma. Emma’s journey from plain overseas Filipino nanny in Canada to visionary exhibiting mystical phenomena like stigmata, bilocation, levitation, the gift...
  • Can Catholics Be Christians?

    12/08/2009 11:41:52 AM PST · by Gamecock · 752 replies · 8,279+ views
    I just came from a funeral service for an aunt of mine who was a staunch Catholic. I came out of that religion about 25 years ago after reading for myself what the Bible had to say. My question surrounds the actuality of salvation for all the millions who still practice Mary worship and so forth. Knowing that one cannot serve two masters, I wonder at how it is possible that the aforementioned can really experience Christ in a saving way, while they continue to believe that the church of Rome is solely responsible for their eternal welfare. Answer: Greetings...
  • Leading Irish Catholic priest: Child sex-abuse scandal 'goes right to the top in Rome'

    11/29/2009 8:13:46 PM PST · by noozguy1 · 13 replies · 1,038+ views ^ | 11/29/2009 | Patrick Roberts
    One of Ireland's best-loved priests, Father Brian D'Arcy, has called for the resignation of clergy who knowingly covered up for child sex-abuse priests. "This is not just in the Diocese, this goes right to the top in Rome," he said.