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  • When Churches Become Scenes of Sexual Abuse: Why Does It Happen?

    08/16/2018 9:46:36 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 142 replies
    Townhall ^ | 08/16/2018 | Haley Halverson
    This week a grand jury reported on documents from six Catholic Church dioceses in Pennsylvania that revealed 300 “predator priests” have been accused of sexually abusing over 1,000 children. The grand jury report states: “We believe that the real number – of children whose records were lost, or who were afraid ever to come forward – is in the thousands. Most of the victims were boys; but there were girls too. Some were teens; many were prepubescent… But all of them were brushed aside, in every part of the state, by church leaders who preferred to protect the abusers and...
  • How The Ancient Catholic Church Dealt With Priest Sex Offenders

    08/12/2018 6:25:54 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 54 replies
    July 24, 2018 | Ryan Scheel
    Within the past quarter-century, sexual abuse by clergy has been a high profile scandal within the Catholic Church. Most recently, the detestable accusations against Cardinal Theodore “Uncle Ted” McCarrick have rocked the Church and re-opened the discussion on how to handle cases of clerical abuse. Cardinal McCarrick posing with one of the young men who has accused him of sexual abuse While it may be tempting to encapsulate clerical abuse as a modern phenomenon, fallen human nature and sin have existed since the Garden of Eden, along with it those who would use their position within the Church to...
  • Notre Dame Disappoints on McCarrick Response

    08/09/2018 7:29:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | 8/6/18 | Matthew Penza
    The University of Notre Dame has decided not to rescind the honorary degree that it granted in 2008 to the disgraced former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Archbishop Emeritus of Washington, D.C. On Thursday, Notre Dame’s president, Father John Jenkins, wrote in a statement that the Indiana Catholic university would await the results of McCarrick’s canonical trial in Rome before coming to a final decision regarding his honorary doctorate. Pope Francis recently accepted McCarrick’s resignation from the College of Cardinals after a flood of allegations that he sexually abused both adults and children. The allegations against the former cardinal are many, spanning...
  • Evolution and Catholicism

    08/01/2018 4:51:12 PM PDT · by jcpryor · 10 replies
    The Chris Pryor Show ^ | 08/01/2018 | Chris Pryor
    We are joined tonight by Fr. Nicanor Austriaco, OP. from Thomistic Evolution. Fr. Nicanor is a biologist and a Dominican priest committed to the idea that evolution is completely compatible with traditional Thomistic theology. His fantastic site can be found at: http://www.thomisticevolution.org/about-us/
  • [Cath Cauc] U.S. Catholic Church sex abuses whistleblower Paul Likoudis, vindicated

    07/27/2018 6:26:28 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    The Wanderer via LifeSite News ^ | July 27, 2018 | REY FLORES
    July 27, 2018 (The Wanderer) – For years, the late Paul Likoudis, editor of the orthodox Catholic newspaper, The Wanderer, chronicled the role of homosexuality in the crimes committed by clerics. Long before the Boston Globe published its “exposé” in early 2002, Paul reported on one instance after another of abuse and cover-up in chanceries nationwide. For his yeoman efforts, he was ridiculed, hectored, threatened, bullied, and, above all, studiously ignored whenever possible by one guilty bishop after another.  When the Globe’s series appeared in January 2002, the bishops could no longer persist in their obstinate denial. But they immediately insisted...
  • [Cath Cauc] ‘Gay’ deacon writes for obscene newspaper with archbishop’s permission

    07/17/2018 4:22:36 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 9 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | July 17, 2018 | Matthew Cullinan Hoffman
    July 17, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A Catholic deacon who is openly homosexual has continued to write salacious reviews of obscene movies for a “gay” newspaper in San Francisco for at least a year since Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone was informed of his activities, LifeSite has learned. Over a year ago, in June 2017 the archdiocese told LifeSite that Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, Archbishop of San Francisco, was concerned about Deacon Brian Bromberger’s writings, but later acknowledged that the archbishop had met with Deacon Brian Bromberger and had allowed him to continue writing for the publication while exercising “careful discretion” over subject matter,...
  • More women looking to become 'consecrated virgins,' Vatican says

    07/07/2018 3:43:41 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 67 replies
    St. Lucia Times ^ | July 7, 2018
    An increasing number Catholic women are taking life-long chastity vows in order to “dedicate themselves” to God, according to the Vatican. Consecrated virgins are unmarried women who pledge to remain celibate for their entire lives, eschewing romantic or sexual relationships to devote themselves exclusively to being mystical “brides of Christ”. Unlike nuns, they take on no role within the church. Instead of joining a religious order, they continue to live in their own homes and work in conventional jobs. While rare and little-known even within the church, the lifestyle is considered to be Christianity’s oldest form of total devotion to...
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on her Catholic faith and urgency of criminal justice reform

    06/28/2018 10:07:09 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 59 replies
    America Magazine ^ | June 2018 | Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
    Christ came to me emblazoned on the upper arm of my beloved cousin Marc. The blue-black ink danced between the bullet scars and stretch marks that graced my cousin’s upper body. Atop this crown-of-thorns depiction was a tattooed banner with the phrase “Only God Can Judge Me.” Marc—like several men in my family—had been caught in the webbed threads of poverty, geography and lack of opportunity during the fever pitch of 1990s mass incarceration. Baggy-pant boys like him fit the descriptions of “super-predators” and “thugs” that dominated our national discourse at the time. Marc served his time, and has been...
  • Why stay Protestant?

    06/21/2018 9:48:25 PM PDT · by boatbums · 288 replies
    Medium Corporation ^ | 01/22/18 | Matthew Schultz
    Over the years, I’ve had several Catholic friends and converts ask why I ultimately didn’t convert to their denomination. During my first two years of college, I spent a significant amount of time with Catholics, including at the (then?) US Opus Dei headquarters in NYC. I attended these gatherings with a good friend, who eventually decided to convert from Evangelicalism. I came close to converting, but ultimately decided against it. This has surprised some Catholics. I suspect this is because the standard narrative is that Protestants, especially Evangelicals, are crossing the Tiber in great droves. Statistically, the narrative isn’t quite...
  • On Abortion Rights, Ireland Has Mirror Image in Conservative Poland

    06/15/2018 7:21:02 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 2018 | D. Hinshaw, F. Rocca, N. Ojewska
    The Irish referendum—in which 66% of voters chose to allow parliament to legalize abortion—underscored the decadeslong decline of the Catholic church as a political force in that nation. It also accentuated a mirror image in Poland, the last major nation in Europe whose Catholic Church still dominates politics, society, and culture. Poland was once among the easiest places in Europe to get access to an abortion. Under Communism, ferries brought pregnant women from Sweden and Denmark for the procedure, which was free of charge. That changed at the end of the Cold War, when the Catholic church emerged as a...
  • Australia passes law requiring priests to break seal of confession, bishop protests

    06/13/2018 11:25:51 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    Life Site News ^ | 06/13/2018 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    CANBERRA, Australia, June 12, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A new law in Australia requires Catholic priests in Canberra to break the sacred seal of confession to report a child-sex abuser. The law, which has drawn fierce opposition from Archbishop Christopher Prowse of Canberra, could result in faithful priests being jailed who refuse to comply. A bill passed on June 7 by the Legislative Assembly of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) extends mandatory reporting of child abuse to cover churches and church activities, including the Catholic confessional. All the political parties in the Assembly supported the measure. A Roman Catholic priest cannot...
  • Rihanna Reigns With Pope-Inspired Dress at Met Gala

    05/08/2018 7:41:16 AM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 20 replies
    NY Times ^ | May 7, 2018 | Tariro Mzezewa
    Many celebrities flirted with the Met Gala theme this year — the influence of Catholicism on fashion — but no one took it on as fearlessly as Rihanna, who dressed like the female pope the Vatican’s never had. She wore a white beaded Margiela corset mini dress under a full skirt, with a beaded bishop’s hat to match. The outfit was accessorized with a pearl anklet and a bejeweled crucifix necklace. Rihanna’s hat was reminiscent of the papal tiaras worn by popes from the medieval era until the mid-1960s. The last papal tiara — a bejeweled, three-­tiered gold and silver...
  • Pope Francis personally intervenes to dissolve flourishing, faithful priestly order

    04/23/2018 4:08:31 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | April 23, 2018 | Jeanne Smits, Paris correspondent
    If Italian Vaticanist Marco Tosatti had not told the story of the Fraternity of the Holy Apostles of Brussels, no one would have known that Pope Francis personally intervened to dissolve this recently-created order last November. It was a personal decision made, it seems, on the insistence of the recently-named Prefect of the Congregation for the Clergy, Cardinal Beniamino Stella. It thus short-circuited the judgment of the Apostolic Signatura, where appeals against the dissolution of this young Fraternity had reached their final stage. The former members of the Fraternity – six priests who are now plain diocesan priests in Belgium...
  • Pope Francis Should Be Wary of the Advice of Jeffrey Sachs

    04/15/2018 6:53:09 AM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 12 replies
    stream ^ | CHRISTOPHER MONCKTON
    Pope Francis is a Soros puppet. Soros has placed his boy from Harvard, Jeffrey Sachs, in the Vatican for the last several years as Pope Francis' handler. Notice that Francis pushes the exact same things that Soros' puppet US president Obama did: Global warming illegal aliens muslims ------------------------------------------------------- Jeffrey Sachs Encourages Catholic Organizations to Divest https://catholicclimatemovement.global/jeffrey-sachs-divestment/ Professor Jeffrey Sachs, Director of the Earth Institute at Columbia University and Special Advisor to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, expressed his strong support of the four Catholic organizations that announced their plans today to divest from fossil fuels on the occasion of the first...
  • Pope Francis does for church attendance what Colin Kaepernick did for NFL attendance

    04/14/2018 5:14:24 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 54 replies
    americanthinker ^ | April 14, 2018 | Monica Showalter
    The comparison is obvious. A new Gallup poll finds a precipitous drop in Catholic Church attendance coinciding with the years of Pope Francis's papacy. Francis is known for shoving secular statist left-wing ideology into church teachings, through both his words and his deeds, just as Colin Kaepernick did with the National Football League. That's clear in what Pope Francis says and in whom he invites into the Vatican to provide advice. And surprise, surprise, the result is the same: the fans and the flock stay away. Breitbart reports: Catholic church attendance in the United States fell by six percent between...
  • Catastrophic for the Catholic Church’: World media reacts to Pope Francis’ denial of hell

    04/05/2018 8:28:31 AM PDT · by NKP_Vet · 27 replies
    https://www.lifesitenews.com ^ | April 4, 2017 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    ROME, April 4, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Mainstream media was in a furor last week over the news of Pope Francis purportedly saying that “hell does not exist” and that unrepentant souls in mortal sin simply “disappear.” On the eve of the Holy Thursday, an Italian journalist published an article claiming that the pope had told him that hell does not exist. Eugenio Scalfari, 93, atheist journalist and founder of the left-wing newspaper La Repubblica, claimed on March 28 that Pope Francis had told him two days before that the souls of those who do not go to heaven are annihilated....
  • China Insists on Control of Religion, Dimming Hope of Imminent Vatican Deal (Good news)

    04/04/2018 11:24:26 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 8 replies
    NYT ^ | APRIL 3, 2018 | STEVEN LEE MYERS
    Holy Saturday Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, a government-approved church in Beijing. BEIJING — China will not allow any foreign interference in religious affairs in the country, a senior official said on Tuesday, dousing expectations of an imminent deal with the Vatican over control of the Roman Catholic Church here. “I think there is no religion in human society that is above the state,” the official, Chen Zongrong, said during a briefing on religious affairs in China, underscoring the government’s intention to maintain strict control over all religious organizations and their believers. Mr. Chen’s remarks came...
  • A Church in Doubt

    04/04/2018 10:31:27 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 2 replies
    First Things ^ | April 2018 | Richard Rex
    To Change the Church: Pope Francis and the Future of Catholicismby ross douthatsimon and schuster, 256 pages, $26It is beyond question that the Roman Catholic Church is currently in the throes of one of the greatest crises in its two-millennium history. In human terms, its future might be said to be in doubt for the first time since the Reformation. The broad contours of the present crisis are the onward march of secularization in Europe and North America, the purging of Christians from the ancient heartlands of the Middle East, and the erosion of South American Catholicism by the missions...
  • Vatican worshippers showered with falling chunks of plaster from ceiling... [Pope: there is no hell]

    03/29/2018 7:04:41 PM PDT · by Leaning Right · 36 replies
    The Sun (UK) ^ | 29th March 2018 | Jay Akbar
    The Vatican sealed off part of St Peter's Basilica after chunks of plaster rained down on worshippers at the height of the Easter holiday season. No one was injured by the falling plaster, which fell near Michelangelo's famed Pieta statue, near the main entrance.
  • Pope Francis: "There is No Hell" (a.k.a., the Cumbaya Pope)

    03/29/2018 3:09:37 PM PDT · by broken_arrow1 · 91 replies
    cnsnews.com ^ | March 29, 2018 | Michael W. Chapman
    In another interview with his longtime atheist friend, Eugenio Scalfari, Pope Francis claims that Hell does not exist and that condemned souls just "disappear." This is a denial of the 2,000-year-old teaching of the Catholic Church about the reality of Hell and the eternal existence of the soul. The interview between Scalfari and the Pope was published March 28, 2018 in La Repubblica. The relevant section on Hell was translated by the highly respected web log, Rorate Caeli. The interview is headlined, "The Pope: It is an honor to be called revolutionary." (Il Papa: “È un onore essere chiamato rivoluzionario.")...