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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.*( 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 '' 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 ^ | 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 ( 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 ^ | 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 ( - 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...