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  • Sixth Man Arrested Over 'Pope Plot'

    09/17/2010 10:56:21 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 46 replies
    Sky News ^ | 09/17/2010 | Jon di Paolo
    The man, aged 29, was arrested on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. He was taken from a home in north London and is being interviewed by detectives. Five of the suspects already arrested, who are aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50, are thought to have worked as street clearners and are being held and questioned under the Terrorism Act 2000. Armed counter-terror officers swooped on the central London agency to which they were registered in the early hours of the morning. The firm where the arrests were made is now being searched, as...
  • Pope visit: Five suspected Islamist terrorists arrested over assassination plot

    09/17/2010 8:26:08 AM PDT · by ELS · 42 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 17 Sep 2010 | Duncan Gardham
    Police have arrested five suspected Islamist terrorists, working as street cleaners in London, over an alleged plan assassinate the Pope. The men were arrested during raids at 5.45am at a rubbish depot in central London based on an intelligence tip off received overnight. The suspects, aged 26, 27, 36, 40 and 50 were arrested by officers from Scotland Yard’s Counter Terrorism Command on suspicion of the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism. They are said to be from a variety of nationalities including a number of Algerian origin. The depot where they worked is less than a mile...
  • Pope Benedict meeting the Queen in Edinburgh Scotland Live now

    09/16/2010 3:13:54 AM PDT · by iowamark · 11 replies
    EWTN ^ | 09/16/2010 | EWTN
    The Holy Father’s visit to the United Kingdom Sept. 16-19 will culminate in the beatification of Cardinal John Henry Newman, whose conversion from Anglicanism to Catholicism cost him his job, his friends and his family. The move also resulted in suspicion from members of both religions until, to his great joy, Pope Leo XIII named him a Cardinal in his older years. Pope Benedict XVI’s U.K. visit will center on the theme, "Cor ad Cor loquitur" ("Heart Speaks to Heart"), the theme Newman chose for his coat of arms in 1879 when he became a Cardinal. TV, Radio and Online...
  • Holy Father Says Old Mass Privately Says Bishop Fellay

    07/16/2010 11:46:01 AM PDT · by 0beron · 26 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 07/16/2010 | Tancred
     *Bishop Fellay says the " Holy Father celebrates the old Mass privately" and that an italian Bishop has said he will leave the Church if he does.  He said this in a speech at the 2010 priestly ordinations.*(Kreuz.net) Pope Benedict XVI. And his secretary George Gaenswein celebrate the old Mass. This is according to the General Superior of the Society of Pius X, Bishop Bernard Fellay, in a speech in the 8th of July in the Brazilian city of Bahia.You can listen to the speech on the page '4shared.com' under user 'fbmvm'.
  • On the Year for Priests, Year of Fruits (priest is gift from the Heart of Christ [Catholic Caucus]

    06/16/2010 3:21:48 PM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies · 186+ views
    Zenit.org ^ | JUNE 13, 2010 | Pope Benedict XVI -translated from several languages
    On the Year for Priests, Year of Fruits "The Priest Is Formed by ChristÂ’s Charity Itself" VATICAN CITY, JUNE 13, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Here is a translation of the address Benedict XVI gave today before and after praying the midday Angelus with crowds gathered in St. Peter's Square.* * *Dear brothers and sisters!The Year for Priests concluded a few days ago. Here in Rome we experienced some unforgettable days with the presence of more than 15,000 priests from every part of the world. So, today I would like to give thanks to God for all the good things that have come...
  • Documents, Including Letter To Ratzinger, Sought In Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    05/19/2010 8:30:24 AM PDT · by TSgt · 157 replies · 990+ views
    Courant.com ^ | May 18, 2010 | DAVE ALTIMARI
    Attorneys for the Diocese of Norwich are trying to keep secret hundreds of documents — including a letter written to the pope when he was a cardinal — that discussed the status of a priest accused of molesting more than a dozen young girls. The letter from Bishop Michael Cote to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 concerned "canonical processes" regarding Thomas W. Shea, a retired priest accused of molesting as many as 16 girls at 11 different parishes during a nearly 40-year career, according to court records. The letter is one of more than 600 documents that the diocese...
  • Benedict XVI’s presser on plane to Portugal, clerical crisis and “third secret” (Catholic Caucus)

    05/11/2010 8:01:55 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 57 replies · 888+ views
    WDTPRS ^ | 05/11/2010 | Father Z.
    "We have to re-learn the essentials: conversion, prayer, penance, and the theological virtues." Thus, Benedict XVI today on the way to Portugal. My friend John L. Allen Jr., the fair-minded nearly ubiquitous, who is sadly still correspondent for for the ultra-liberal NRC, provided an English translation of the airplane presser with Benedict XVI on the way to Lisbon. He spoke of the economic crisis, secularization, the clerical abuse crisis and the "third secret" of Fatima. Here is an excerpt with my relevant emphases and comments. Q: Now we look to Fatima, which will be the spiritual culmination of this trip....
  • Issues to watch on Pope's trip to Portugal

    05/08/2010 3:58:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 387+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | March 7, 2010 | Diogenes
    John Allen looks at the background of Pope Benedict's coming trip to Fatima, Portugal. He notes that the five foreign trips the Pope has scheduled for this year-- to Malta, Portugal, Cyprus, Great Britain, and Spain-- "are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty." Benedict in Portugal: A different crisis, secularism, and 'Marian Cool' As fate would have it, Pope Benedict XVI's five foreign trips in 2010 are almost laid out in ascending order of difficulty. Last month's weekend stop in Malta, arguably the most Catholic society on earth, amounted to the warm-up act, while next week's four-day swing...
  • Curial Notes (Catholic Alert!)

    04/30/2010 8:47:18 AM PDT · by NYer · 4 replies · 176+ views
    WITL ^ | April 30, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Late this morning, well after Roman Noon, the Holy See Press Office made the notable announcement that at 6pm Eastern local time (noon ET), the Pope would be heading across St Peter's Square to his "home" of 23 years: the Palazzo del Sant'Uffizio (right), to visit the offices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Three days after its current head gave an unprecedented American TV interview to defend the dicastery's history on the matter, the news is significant given the CDF's role in handling the cases of clergy credibly accused of sex-abuse and their dismissal from...
  • Abuse scandal mars Pope celebration (Al-Jazeera Report on DC Pontifical Mass) (Catholic Caucus)

    04/28/2010 2:53:20 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 9 replies · 185+ views
    YouTube ^ | 04/25/2010 | n/a
    A mass in Washington DC, celebrating five years since Benedict XVI became the pope, had to be changed at the last minute when it was discovered that the priest who was originally due to give the mass, was involved in the church's sex-abuse scandal. Cardinal Dario Castrillon of Colombia, who was once on the shortlist for pope, sent a letter to a French bishop congratulating him for not reporting a priest who raped and abused a dozen boys. Al Jazeera's Monica Villamizar reports from Washington.
  • Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia

    04/14/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by DManA · 28 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters via The Vancoever Sun ^ | April 14, 2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY - Gay groups and politicians condemned Pope Benedict's number two on Wednesday for calling homosexuality a "pathology" and linking it directly to sexual abuse of children. The comments made by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a visit to Chile, and the controversy they caused, were splashed on mainstream Italian newspapers on Wednesday. The French foreign ministry and some Catholic blogs that support the pope also condemned the cardinal's remarks.
  • Vatican attacked (by gay groups) over cardinal's claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

    04/14/2010 6:49:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 912+ views
    Guardian ^ | April 14, 2010
    Gay rights groups have condemned the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for claiming that the Catholic church's sexual abuse crisis was linked to homosexuality and paedophilia and not celibacy among priests.Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict's number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church's child abuse scandals.Homosexual associations in Italy reacted with anger and indignation. The biggest group, Arcigay, called the cardinal's words "shocking and irresponsible". The president of the gay media service, Gaynet, said if senior church officials "feel constrained to dump the blame...
  • In Defense of the Pope [Dershowitz]

    04/13/2010 11:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/13/10 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Having criticized particular Catholic cardinals for blaming everything–including the Church’s sex scandal–on “the Jews”, let me now come to the defense of the Pope and of the Church itself on this issue. To begin with, this is an extraordinarily complex problem, because the Church has at least five important traditions that make it difficult to move quickly and aggressively in response to complaints of abuse. The first tradition involves confidentiality, particularly not exclusively the confidentiality of the priest with regard to the penitent. But there is also a wider spread tradition of confidentiality within the Church hierarchy itself. Second, there...
  • Let's Get the Story Straight: Defrocking and Divorce (AP Gets It Wrong...Again)

    04/10/2010 6:53:18 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 14 replies · 746+ views
    Ignatius Insight | 04/09/2010 | Father Joseph Fessio, S.J.
    The following piece was written by Fr. Joseph Fessio, S.J., founder and editor of Ignatius Press, in response to the breaking story about a 1985 letter written by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger to Bishop John S. Cummins of Oakland. The so-called "stalled pedophile case", blame for which has been laid at the feet of then-Cardinal Ratzinger, had nothing to do with pedophilia and everything to do with strengthening marriage and the priesthood. Here's what was happening in 1981 when Bishop Cummins of Oakland first wrote the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith asking that one the priests from his diocese...
  • AP EXCLUSIVE: Future pope stalled pedophile case (California priest was eventually defrocked)

    04/09/2010 11:02:30 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 126 replies · 2,054+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 4/9/10 | Gillian Flaccus - ap
    LOS ANGELES – The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including "the good of the universal church," according to a 1985 letter bearing his signature. The correspondence, obtained by The Associated Press, is the strongest challenge yet to the Vatican's insistence that Benedict played no role in blocking the removal of pedophile priests during his years as head of the Catholic Church's doctrinal watchdog office. The letter, signed by then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, was typed in Latin and is part of years of correspondence between the Diocese...
  • Benedict is guilty! guilty! guilty!

    04/05/2010 10:32:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 93 replies · 1,439+ views
    Catholic and Enjoying It ^ | April 5, 2010 | Mark Shea
    ...of laicizing two priests after lengthy canonical trials right in the middle of pushing to streamline a complex Vatican bureaucracy so as to facilitate more speedy outcomes. Per Fr. Z: •Again, the abuse took place decades ago.•He was suspended.•There was a canonical trial.It was referred to Rome, the CDF, because it concerned a case of the confessional. •It was determined that he should be dismissed from the clerical state.•The priest appealed.•The appeal process was drawn out for several years because the laws and canonical process of these clerical cases was being overhauled.•Card. Ratzinger was the one who led the...
  • 1963 letter indicates former pope knew of abuse

    03/31/2010 6:26:01 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 100 replies · 1,758+ views
    AP ^ | March 31st 2010 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    LOS ANGELES – The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up with a letter recommending the removal of pedophile priests from ministry, according to a copy of the letter released Wednesday. In the Aug. 27, 1963 letter, the head of the New Mexico-based Servants of the Holy Paraclete tells the pope he recommends removing pedophile priests from active ministry and strongly urges defrocking repeat offenders. The letter, written by the Rev. Gerald M.C. Fitzgerald, appears to have been drafted at the request...
  • Game Over: Benedict – 1. MSM – 0.

    03/31/2010 10:39:45 AM PDT · by NYer · 21 replies · 720+ views
    Catholic Vote Action ^ | March 31, 2010 | Thomas Peters
    It’s time to drive a stake through the heart of these libelous charges against the Holy Father.The mainstream media has had their chance, made their great play, and came up short. Maureen Dowd did herself a disservice by joining the mob.Sometimes she writes smart things (I think), this time she was a patsy for journalistic character-assassination. It’s one thing to be violently ideological, it’s another to propagate flimsy falsehoods to buttress that ideology. I think the tide is turning against these critics of the Church (see my examples below), and we must help build momentum behind the pope’s innocence, while...
  • Scoundrel Time(s)

    03/29/2010 6:37:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 423+ views
    First Things ^ | 3/29/10 | George Weigel
    The sexual and physical abuse of children and young people is a global plague; its manifestations run the gamut from fondling by teachers to rape by uncles to kidnapping-and-sex-trafficking. In the United States alone, there are reportedly some 39 million victims of childhood sexual abuse. Forty to sixty percent were abused by family members, including stepfathers and live-in boyfriends of a child’s mother—thus suggesting that abused children are the principal victims of the sexual revolution, the breakdown of marriage, and the hook-up culture. Hofstra University professor Charol Shakeshaft reports that 6-10 percent of public school students have been molested in...
  • NYTimes vs. Pope Benedict: Paper Seeks to Implicate Pope in Abuse Cases

    03/29/2010 8:40:25 AM PDT · by topher · 12 replies · 311+ views
    Friday March 26, 2010 NYTimes vs. Pope Benedict: Paper Seeks to Implicate Pope in Abuse Cases Vatican told of one case when abuser priest was dying, over two decades after incidents occured By John JalsevacMarch 26, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The NYTimes has set its sights firmly on Pope Benedict in its front page coverage of the fallout of the sex abuse crisis in the Catholic Church, which has been reignited in recent weeks and months after revelations of abuse by priests and religious in Ireland and Germany. In recent days the U.S. paper has published a series of articles...
  • NYT UNFAIRLY CITES POPE'S ROLE [Catholic Caucus]

    03/29/2010 9:07:25 AM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 5 replies · 213+ views
    Catholic League ^ | March 29, 2010 | William Donohue
    Catholic League president Bill Donohue criticizes an op-ed article and a news story in the New York Times about Pope Benedict XVI's role in the case of Fr. Lawrence Murphy: In yesterday's Times, columnist Maureen Dowd said that Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, now the pope, "ignored repeated warnings and looked away in the case of the Rev. Lawrence C. Murphy, a Wisconsin priest who molested as many as 200 deaf boys." Wrong. Her own newspaper said it has no evidence that he even knew of letters that reached his office in 1996 about this matter. Today's edition of the Times has...
  • Pope John Paul II Ignored Ratzinger's Pleas to Pursue Sex Abuse Cardinal

    03/29/2010 11:43:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 759+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/29/10 | Damian Thompson
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger tried to persuade Pope John Paul II to mount a full investigation into a cardinal who abused boys and young monks, one of the Church’s most senior figures revealed yesterday. But Ratzinger’s opponents in the Vatican managed to block the inquiry. As the future Benedict XVI put it: “The other side won.” The pervert cardinal was the late Hans Hermann Groer, removed as Archbishop of Vienna in 1995 following sex allegations. The source for the story is Groer’s successor in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, an intellectual whom some commentators have tipped as a possible future Pope.The source...
  • The Scandal (a must read for all Catholics)

    03/28/2010 5:51:32 AM PDT · by NYer · 251 replies · 2,044+ views
    Mark Mallett ^ | March 25, 2010 | Mark Mallett
     FOR decades now, Catholics have had to endure a never-ending stream of news headlines announcing scandal after scandal in the priesthood. "Priest Accused of…", "Cover Up", "Abuser Moved From Parish to Parish…" and on and on. It is heartbreaking, not only to the lay faithful, but to fellow-priests. It is such a profound abuse of power from the man in persona Christi—in the person of Christ—that one is often left in stunned silence, trying to comprehend how this is not just a rare case here and there, but of a much greater frequency than first imagined.  FOUNDATIONS LOSTThe reasons,...
  • The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you

    03/26/2010 9:38:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies · 949+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | March 25, 2010 | Phil Lawler
    The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you   By Phil Lawler | March 25, 2010 2:55 PM Today's front-page story in the New York Times suggests that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), under the direction of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, failed to act against a Wisconsin priest who was accused of molesting scores of boys at a school for the deaf.Is the story damaging? Yes. Should the Vatican have acted faster? Yes. Should the accused priest have been laicized? In all probability, Yes again.Nevertheless, before assigning all blame to...
  • Catholic Caucus Prayer Thread: Perpetual Novena for the Pope

    03/26/2010 9:14:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 281+ views
    various | 03/26/2010 | n/a
    From Oratio pro summo Pontifice/Prayer for the PopeLatin: V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3] Pater Noster, Ave MariaDeus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen. English: V. Let us pray for N, our Pope. R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and...
  • Vatican says media in "ignoble attempt" to smear pope

    03/25/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies · 1,118+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2010 | Philip Pullella Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday angrily attacked the media over its reporting of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying there was an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict "at any cost." The editorial in a Vatican newspaper came on a day abuse victims protested near St Peter's Square to demand the pope open files on pedophile clerics and defrock "predator priests," and a cardinal spoke of a "conspiracy" against the church. "The prevalent tendency in the media is to ignore the facts and stretch interpretations with the aim of spreading the picture of the Catholic Church...
  • Obama behind recent attacks against Pope Benedict

    03/25/2010 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Balt · 20 replies · 1,053+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find. The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for...
  • 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...
  • The Great Catholic Cover-Up

    03/25/2010 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 33 replies · 824+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican," and that "when one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia." This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good...
  • Vatican Defends Decision Not to Defrock U.S. Priest

    03/25/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 116 replies · 1,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/10 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican did not discipline a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing up to 200 deaf boys in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s as Church laws do not require automatic punishment, its spokesman said on Thursday. The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Vatican did not defrock Rev. Lawrence Murphy in the late 1990s despite receiving clear warnings from his bishops that his case was serious and could embarrass the Church. The report came amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe and pressure on bishops, mostly in...
  • Pope Benedict Faces Child Abuse Cover-up Queries

    03/25/2010 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/25/10
    Questions are being raised about whether Pope Benedict was personally involved in covering up a case of child sex abuse by a Roman Catholic priest. Documents seen by the New York Times newspaper allege that in the 1990s, long before he became Pope, he failed to respond to letters about a US case. Fr Lawrence Murphy, of Wisconsin, was accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys. Defending itself, the Vatican said US civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case. For more than 20 years before he was made Pope, Joseph Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Almighty Battle in the Catholic Church

    03/20/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 321+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/20/10 | Damian Thompson
    A malicious storm is being stirred up over the Pope's alleged failure to deal with abusive priests, says Damian Thompson.After a week of disastrous publicity for the Roman Catholic Church, it's a fair bet that if you conducted a word-association test in the average British high street, the results would be as follows: Catholic priest? "Paedophile." Pope? "Nazi." The reputation of the Church internationally has never been lower. On Wednesday, St Patrick's Day, Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, apologised for helping to persuade two boys – aged 10 and 14 – to sign letters agreeing not to tell...
  • "Now there is a loss of trust in the church..."

    03/23/2010 3:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 779+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | March 23, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this morning printed an essay from German author Peter Schneider, who raised some pointed questions about the Church in the pope's homeland: Pope Benedict should also recognize how precarious the Catholic Church is in Germany. Like Americans, Germans have already had to cope with a general loss of trust in public institutions. First there were the bankers, with their insane bets and bonuses. Then the politicians, who couldn't stop the bankers. Now there is a loss of trust in the church. But unlike in America, religion in Germany is already weak. In the former Communist east,...
  • Is the pope a reactionary or a prophet?

    03/23/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 430+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 23, 2010 | John Hooper
    Under an all-but-full moon on the opening evening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, tens of thousands of Romans poured into St Peter's Square in a torchlight procession. Called to the window of his study by the multitude, John XXIII, the man Italians called "the good pope" (a term that speaks volumes about their view of the previous 260), delivered one of the great speeches of an eloquent decade. Its emotional high point came when he told the crowd: "Returning home, you'll find the children. Give your children a caress and say: 'This is the caress of the pope.'"Forty-three...
  • Anti-Popes and Dangers of a Parallel Magisterium (Church under attack) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 368+ views
    zna ^ | March 22, 2010 | Monsignor Giampaolo Crepaldi
    ROME, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The attempt of the press to implicate Benedict XVI in the question of pedophilia is only the most recent sign of the aversion that many have for the Pope. It is necessary to ask oneself how this Pontiff, despite his evangelical meekness and honesty, the clarity of his words joined to the depth of his thought and of his teachings, arouses in some places sentiments of disgust and forms of anti-clericalism that it was believed had been surmounted. And this, it must be said, causes even greater astonishment and also distress when those who do...
  • The End of Euphemism : Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland

    03/22/2010 7:53:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 374+ views
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2010 | George Weigel
    MARCH 22, 2010 The End of Euphemism Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland. GEORGE WEIGEL In a March 20 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI vigorously condemned the physical and sexual abuse of “children and vulnerable young people” in which Irish priests and religious women had engaged for decades, and mandated an Apostolic Visitation of various segments of the Irish Church. The visitation seems likely to result in major changes in the Church’s leadership in what was once one of the world’s most intensely Catholic countries, and is now one of the centers of...
  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Pope Benedict accused of ignoring abuse allegations against Hullerman

    03/21/2010 7:14:31 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 86 replies · 968+ views
    Times Online ^ | March 21st 2010 | John Follain and Bojan Pancevski
    NOT long after a portly, jovial priest in the German industrial city of Essen was accused of sexually abusing three boys in 1979, he was offered a new home in Munich by Joseph Ratzinger, the future Pope Benedict XVI. Ratzinger, who was Archbishop of Munich and Freising at the time, wanted Father Peter Hullermann — known to friends in the church as “Hulli” — to undergo psychotherapy. A psychiatrist quickly concluded that Hullermann was untreatable, however. “I told the church officials that Hullermann must never be allowed to work with children again,” said Werner Huth, the psychiatrist, in an interview...
  • Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2010 2:48:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 319+ views
    WITL ^ | March 19, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Here below in full, the text of Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland. * * * 1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious. I can only share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Victims disappointed by Pope abuse letter

    03/20/2010 9:35:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 127 replies · 3,610+ views
    ab ^ | 1 hour 33 minutes ago
    Irish victims of clerical child sexual abuse are deeply disappointed by Pope Benedict's letter of apology as it fails to address the role of senior church leaders, a group representing victims said. "My first response was deep disappointment in the letter," said Maeve Lewis, executive director of victims group One in Four. "We feel the letter falls far short of addressing the concerns of the victims." She said the Pope's letter focused too narrowly on lower-rank Irish priests without recognising the responsibility of the Vatican and senior Irish clerics for protecting offenders and dealing with victims. "There is nothing in...
  • Vatican hit by gay sex scandal

    03/05/2010 9:49:59 AM PST · by Cardhu · 128 replies · 2,838+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 4th 2010 | John Hooper in Romei
    Vatican chorister sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for papal gentleman-in-waiting. The Vatican was today rocked by a sex scandal reaching into Pope Benedict's household after a chorister was sacked for allegedly procuring male prostitutes for a papal gentleman-in-waiting. Angelo Balducci, a Gentleman of His Holiness, was caught by police on a wiretap allegedly negotiating with Thomas Chinedu Ehiem, a 29-year-old Vatican chorister, over the specific physical details of men he wanted brought to him. Transcripts in the possession of the Guardian suggest that numerous men may have been procured for Balducci, at least one of whom was studying for...
  • I Love A Good Surprise! (Catholic Caucus)

    03/01/2010 10:10:08 AM PST · by NYer · 24 replies · 536+ views
    cmr ^ | March 1, 2010 | Patrick Archbold
    I love a good surprise, don't you? I love a good rumor, don't you? I especially love a good rumor about a good surprise. Verbum Patris sums up.Various blogs and news agencies have been reporting on ‘well informed sources’ who say that the Holy Father will unveil a ‘good surprise’ to the Catholic world during this years Holy Week celebrations. Originally mentioned at Catholic Sector, suggestions on the likely surprise range from the return of the Sedia Gestatoria, to the end of Communion in the hand and even the beatification of Pope John Paul II. Me thinks some may be...
  • Mysogynistic, Homophobic, Fascist, Racist and Xenophobic (Reaction to Pope's UK Visit) (Ecumenical)

    02/11/2010 1:35:48 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 7 replies · 325+ views
    I find it quite frightening on how badly prepared the Church in England and Wales is to combat secularism and opposition to the Church's teaching. We give the impression that we don't really care. This weekend there will be a demonstration against the Papal visit outside Westminster Cathedral followed by a rally outside the Italian embassy, presumably in the hope of attracting the attention of the Italian media, amongst the speakers will be Peter Tatchell, it advertises itself as: We support: · Women's equality and reproductive rights · Equal rights for LGBT people · A secular Europe - immune to...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's visit to Britain will be a mix of pomp and protest [Ecumenical]

    02/02/2010 12:33:48 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 13 replies · 377+ views
    The Times (UK) ^ | 02/02/2010 | Ruth Gledhill, Charlene Sweeney
    When Pope John Paul II arrived in Britain in 1982, he famously kissed the ground and declared: “Today, for the first time in history, a Bishop of Rome sets foot on English soil. This fair land, once a distant outpost of the pagan world, has become, through the preaching of the Gospel, a beloved and gifted portion of Christ’s vineyard.” He went on to preach in Canterbury Cathedral and during the visit became friends with the Archbishop of Canterbury, Robert Runcie.... But that was in a different century, and that Pope and that Archbishop are dead. This Pope will walk...
  • Pope confirms travel plans in blunt speech to British bishops

    02/01/2010 3:47:13 PM PST · by NYer · 6 replies · 424+ views
    Catholic Culture ^ | February 1, 2010 | Diogenes
    Pope Benedict XVI confirmed plans for his visit to Great Britain in September-- and offered some unusually blunt reflections on the situation facing the Church there-- in a February 1 address to a group of visiting British bishops. The Pope told the bishops, who were in Rome for their ad limina visit, that he looked forward to his trip to their country. Although he did not mention specific dates, informed Catholic sources in London have confirmed that the trip will take place in September. The Pontiff went on to say that the Church leadership in England and Wales "needs to...
  • Benedict XVI's "Novel" Traditions

    01/11/2010 6:18:06 AM PST · by marshmallow · 3 replies · 321+ views
    Interview With Consultor for Pontifical LiturgiesROME, JAN. 8, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Attentive viewers have seen a series of subtle changes in papal liturgies during the five years of Benedict XVI's pontificate. Father Mauro Gagliardi, consultor to the Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff, says these changes are inspired by a mix of factors -- oftentimes practicality, sometimes a renewal of ancient traditions. ZENIT spoke with Father Gagliardi about some of the "new" elements introduced by the current Bishop of Rome. ZENIT: In a recent article by Luigi Accattoli, "Il rito del silenzio secondo papa Ratzinger" (The Rite of...
  • "Transform Me. Renew Me. Change Me, Change Us All" (Pope's Midnight Mass Homily)

    12/24/2009 5:14:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies · 375+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | 12/24/2009 | Joseph Ratzinger
    Here below in full, B16's homily at tonight's Christmas Mass: Dear Brothers and Sisters! "A child is born for us, a son is given to us" (Is 9:5). What Isaiah prophesied as he gazed into the future from afar, consoling Israel amid its trials and its darkness, is now proclaimed to the shepherds as a present reality by the Angel, from whom a cloud of light streams forth: "To you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord" (Lk 2:11). The Lord is here. From this moment, God is truly "God with...
  • US holocaust memorial museum statement on Pope Pius XII

    12/22/2009 11:16:51 AM PST · by markomalley · 30 replies · 705+ views
    At this time, as the possible canonization of Pope Pius XII moves forward, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum repeats its call for the opening of all wartime material from the Vatican archives, so that scholars can finally begin the important work of examining and evaluating this crucial aspect of history. The response of Eugenio Pacelli (Pope Pius XII) to the policies of the National Socialist regime - notably his failure to condemn publicly the genocide of the European Jews - has long been the topic of debate and controversy. At the time of the Holocaust, questions about Pius XII’s...