Free Republic 3rd Quarter Fundraising Target: $85,000 Receipts & Pledges to-date: $70,319
82%  
Woo hoo!! And we're now over 82%!! Less than $15k to go!! Let's git 'er done!! Thank you all very much!!

Keyword: catholicpriests

Brevity: Headers | « Text »
  • A long history in America of portraying Catholic priests as predators

    03/14/2014 8:08:54 AM PDT · by cleghornboy · 27 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 14, 2014 | Paul Melanson
    In an article which may be found here, Dr. William Oddie notes that, "Pope Francis has now once again (though to judge by the so far sparse coverage, you’d think he’d never said or done anything before) expressed his abhorrence of clerical sex abuse. Previous popes—indeed most senior clergy—are normally too reticent, however, to do what he has now done as well, that is to say, he has defended the Catholic Church’s record on tackling the sexual abuse of children by priests, by declaring what is now the simple truth: that “no one else has done more” than the Church...
  • Catholic Priest Says A Schoolgirl Who Went Missing In 1983 Was Kidnapped For Vatican Sex Parties

    05/22/2012 9:35:18 AM PDT · by Altariel · 109 replies
    Business Insider ^ | May 22, 2012 | Michael Kelley
    The Catholic Church's leading exorcist priest asserts that a Vatican employee's daughter thought to be buried in a mob boss's tomb was kidnapped for Vatican sex parties, reports Nick Pisa of the Daily Mail. Father Gabriel Amorth, who was ordained in 1954 and has carried out more than 70,000 exorcisms, made the claim to Italian newspaper La Stampa as police examine the contents of mobster Enrico De Pedis's tomb for clues about the 1983 disappearance of 15-year-old Emanuela Orlandi. Father Amorth, 85, noted that an archivist at the Vatican previously admitted to recruiting girls for parties and told La Stampa...
  • China Arrests Catholic Priests, Church Members as Persecution Intensifies

    08/27/2011 2:51:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Belief Net ^ | 8/26/11 | Rob Kerby
    Priests and church members in China’s immense underground Catholic Church were arrested this weekend in the community of Tianshui — as the Chinese government continues its persecution of Christians. Among those rounded up were the administrator of the underground diocese, Father John Baptist Wang Ruohan, retired Bishop Casmir Wang Milu, Father John Wang Ruowang, as well as several other priests and dozens of parish lay leaders, according to sources. Bishop Wang and the two Wang priests are all brothers. They are being held in different places and subjected to political indoctrination sessions designed to break their will. The Chinese government...
  • Academics Investigate Priestly Abuse

    05/26/2011 9:33:21 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | May 23, 2011 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Their description of the perpetrators of abuse might strike some as hairsplitting. “Less than 5 percent of the priests with allegations of abuse exhibited behavior consistent with a diagnosis of pedophilia (a psychiatric disorder that is characterized by recurrent fantasies, urges, and behaviors about prepubescent children),” they note. “Thus, it is inaccurate to refer to abusers as ‘pedophile priests.’” But their explanation is not very comforting. “Most sexual abuse victims of priests (51 percent) were between the ages of eleven and fourteen
  • Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats

    07/05/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | July 4th 2010 | Dominic Huges
    Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. Last month police raided a meeting of Belgium's Catholic bishops as part of their investigation, seizing computers and documents. They even searched the tomb of at least one cardinal, prompting an angry response from the Vatican. The country is one of several where the Church has been shaken by abuse claims. The investigation into child abuse allegations in Belgium's Catholic Church has already prompted extraordinary scenes, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels. But now the investigation has...
  • When Will Time Magazine Be Consistent: Catholics Fair Game, Kinsey Not, re Sexual Abuse of Children

    06/30/2010 6:31:02 AM PDT · by Daniel T. Zanoza · 1 replies
    RFFM.org ^ | June 30, 2010 | Eileen Griffin
    EDITOR'S NOTE: Recently, Time magazine featured a cover story critical of the past sexual abuses of children within the Catholic Church. The following open letter to the Editor of Time magazine appeals for consistency in their reporting on the sexual abuse of children and asks why the issue of Indiana University's research conducted by Alfred Kinsey has not been addressed. An Open Letter to Time Magazine June 2010 Regarding: Priest Sex Abuse Stories Dear Editor: Considering your recent stories on priest sex abuse and your "enthusiasm" for protecting minors, when can we expect a story about the pedophiles that Alfred...
  • Holy Week and the Priesthood

    03/28/2010 9:57:39 PM PDT · by Salvation · 23 replies · 412+ views
    CatholicExchange.com ^ | March 27th, 2010 | Fr. Kyle Schnippel
    Holy Week and the Priesthood March 27th, 2010 by Fr. Kyle Schnippel This week is a study of contradictions.  We begin the week we call ‘Holy’ by welcoming Christ triumphantly into Jerusalem.  Just a few short moments later, we proclaim the story of his Passion from one of the Synoptic Gospels.  Holy Thursday begins the final moments of Jesus’ earthly life, while also marking the beginning of our entrance, through Him, into Eternal Life.  Good Friday’s solemn veneration of the Cross and Holy Saturday’s Proclamation of the Exultet continue the contrast right up to the end, as we proclaim the...
  • OBAMA ORGANIZER THREATENS TO “OUT” CATHOLIC CLERICS

    11/27/2009 9:39:36 AM PST · by Tamar Rush · 61 replies · 2,140+ views
    The Last Crusade ^ | Nov. 29, 2009 | The Last Crusade
    Support Same Sex Marriage - - Or Else! Making a List - - Checking It Twice! thelastcrusade.org A longtime Washington, D.C., liberal Internet activist has founded a Web site that he says will collect accounts of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood - - accounts that he will use to “encourage” them to change their views on homosexual marriage and other issues. “Outing” the priests--publicly revealing their homosexuality--is “not off the table,” Phil Attey, founder of the Web site ChurchOuting.com, told CNSNews.com. The site will also collect information on straight priests who have broken their vow of celibacy, using the...
  • Former Obama Organizer Threatens to 'Out' Catholic Priests (to repudiate Catholic teaching)

    11/24/2009 10:09:43 AM PST · by NYer · 91 replies · 2,396+ views
    CNS News ^ | November 24, 2009 | Matt Cover
    FILE- Archbishop of Washington Archbishop Donald W. Wuerl walks with United States Chief Justice John Roberts after the Red Mass at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle, in Washington, Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009. (AP photo) (CNSNews.com) – A longtime Washington, D.C., liberal Internet activist has founded a Web site that he says will collect accounts of homosexuals in the Catholic priesthood--accounts he will use to “encourage” them to change their views on homosexual marriage and other issues. “Outing” the priests--publicly revealing their homosexuality--is “not off the table,” Phil Attey, founder of the Web site ChurchOuting.com, told CNSNews.com. The site will also collect information on straight...
  • Indonesia Update

    03/07/2009 3:40:30 AM PST · by Cindy · 19 replies · 1,173+ views
    COUNTERTERRORISM BLOG.org ^ | March 6, 2009 09:48 AM | By Kenneth Conboy
    Indonesia Update In a South Jakarta courtroom this week, a Singaporean terror suspect admitted that he was part of a plot to hijack an Aeroflot aircraft from Bangkok and crash it into Singapore’s Changi International Airport. Mohammad Hasan bin Sayanudin, alias Fajar Taslim, was testifying against two other terrorist suspects. All three are charged with killing a Christian high school teacher in South Sumatra province during 2007. They are also charged with plotting to kill two Catholic priests in 2005 and to carry out a bombing of a café in West Sumatra. According to Sayanudin, those who were part of...
  • Homosexual Episcopal Bishop Robinson Promotes Dissent among Catholic Priests

    11/11/2008 5:57:00 PM PST · by tcg · 37 replies · 292+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 11/11/08 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    Now Bishop Robinson intends to make the Catholic Church his new mission field for his crusade.In a report first confirmed by the Associated Press and confirmed in numerous Press and Media venues, Bishop Robinson has acknowledged that he led a “confidential retreat” of 75 Roman Catholic Priests in 2005 at which he encouraged their open dissent from the teaching of the Church and their overt disobedience to their vowed celibacy. His intention now seems to be to take his self styled libertine revolution into the Catholic Church.
  • The Priest With No Name

    06/28/2007 4:10:44 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 18 replies · 956+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | June 28, 2007 | Larry Elder
    This is an article about a man who did not want me to write it. A few weeks ago, I gave a commencement speech at a Catholic elementary school. I received the invitation from a 13-year-old young lady, Elisabeth, who began listening to my radio show at 6-and-a-half years of age, who has now finished the eighth grade and prepares, next semester, to enter high school. Years ago, her mom wrote a letter to me. The mom drove the car one day with her daughter inside. The daughter's book about Helen Keller somehow flew out of the car window as...
  • Hastert Requests Criminal Probe of Foley

    10/01/2006 3:45:10 PM PDT · by MSM Hater · 565 replies · 18,756+ views
    Associated Press ^ | October 1, 2006 | JOHN HEILPRIN
    <p>WASHINGTON - House Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill., requested Sunday that the Justice Department conduct an investigation into former Rep. Mark Foley (news, bio, voting record)'s electronic messages to teenage boys — a lurid scandal that has put House Republicans in political peril.</p>
  • Brothers in Christ

    05/20/2005 10:06:41 PM PDT · by Coleus · 19 replies · 931+ views
    Columbia ^ | April, 2005 | Tim S. Hickey
    Brothers in Christ The vocation to holiness expressed in the life and martyrdom of two Mexican brothers inspires their family today, including a grand knight in Guadalajara April 3 has become an unofficial feast day for Cristóbal Huerta Wilde. On that day, the grand knight of Fray Antonio Alcalde Council 3552 in Guadalajara, Central-South Mexico, remembers in a special way the heroic life and martyrdom of his grandfather, Ezequiel Huerta Gutiérrez. Ezequiel and his brother, Salvador, were executed by a government firing squad April 3, 1927, due to their involvement with the Cristeros, a group of rebels, including hundreds of...
  • China Detains Seven Roman Catholic Priests

    04/28/2005 5:49:51 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 12 replies · 442+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 4/28/05 | AP
    BEIJING -- Seven priests of China's underground Roman Catholic Church have been detained for attending an unauthorized retreat following the election of the new pope, a U.S.-based monitoring group said Thursday. The priests were detained early Wednesday at the retreat led by Bishop Julius Jia Zhiguo in China's northern city of Jinzhou, the Cardinal Kung Foundation said in a statement. China allows worship only in state-supervised churches that reject Vatican authority over their operations. Leaders of the underground church, which remains loyal to the pope and has several million followers, are routinely arrested and harassed. The government said it hoped...
  • The Boy Scouts were right afterall

    05/01/2002 9:38:22 PM PDT · by kattracks · 14 replies · 871+ views
    townhall.com ^ | 5/02/02 | R. Emmett Tyrrell
    WASHINGTON, D.C.-- If I am accurately perceiving the national controversy over pederasty in the American Roman Catholic Church, I have to conclude that the Boy Scouts of America are vindicated. The only logical conclusion deducible from the media's outrage over revelations of pederasty in the pulpit is that the Boy Scouts' ban against homosexual scout leaders is OK. The vast majority of irregularities reported in the present scandal have been between errant priests and post-pubescent boys. Apparently, the Boy Scouts' wisdom and prudence goes beyond tying knots and putting out forest fires. Maybe now the Boy Scouts will again...
  • A Review of Michael Rose’s ‘Priest’: An Inspiring Look at the Lives of Ten Faithful Priests

    08/28/2003 5:58:31 AM PDT · by american colleen · 10 replies · 114+ views
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois ^ | August 26, 2003 | Karl Maurer
    One of the worst consequences of the homosexual and child sexual abuse scandals rocking the Catholic Church is the affect it has had on all priests and brothers serving the Catholic Church. After Mass last year, an Augustinian priest at our local parish told me, with eyes welling and voice choked with anxiety, “it’s beyond terrible, Karl - they think we’re all gay.” It’s hard to turn on the TV or read the paper and get a different message from the secular media. Since the scandals in Boston broke early last year, the American public has been assaulted with hideous...
  • Vatican Undersecretary approves the admittance of an openly homosexual man to seminary

    07/23/2003 2:43:45 PM PDT · by sitetest · 247 replies · 493+ views
    Diocese Report ^ | About 07-23-3003 | Brian Barcaro
    The Diocese Report has obtained a copy of a letter from a Vatican undersecretary of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of apostolic Life, regarding the ordination of a Dominican seminarian, Mr. Patrick Baikauskas in Illinois. A letter was sent by a supporter of Roman Catholic Faithful (a lay group headed by Stephen Brady) to this and several congregations concerning the order of The Domminican Province of St. Albert the Great and especially their admittance of Mr. Baikauskas to the seminary. Letters were also sent to several prelates in the state of Illinois. The cause for the...
  • Mass. Reports 1,000 Church Abuse Victims

    07/23/2003 7:10:20 AM PDT · by sitetest · 128 replies · 254+ views
    Yahoo! News / AP ^ | 07-23-2003
    BOSTON - More than 1,000 people were likely sexually abused by clergy and other workers in the Boston Archdiocese over a period of six decades, Massachusetts Attorney General Tom Reilly said in a report issued Wednesday. Reilly's report, the result of a grand jury investigation that explored whether church hierarchy should be charged criminally for turning a blind eye to allegations of abuse, said the archdiocese received complaints from 789 alleged victims. However, when other sources are considered, the attorney general said, the abuse likely affected more than 1,000 victims from 1940 until today. Cardinal Bernard Law, who resigned last...
  • Rodimer: Psychologist gave me bad advice (Fr. Groeschel, Bishop Rodimer)

    03/04/2003 5:43:12 PM PST · by Dajjal · 11 replies · 959+ views
    North Jersey Herald News zz ^ | March 4, 2003 | Maya Kremenz
    RODIMER: PSYCHOLOGIST GAVE ME BAD ADVICE Tuesday, March 4, 2003 By Maya KremenHerald News The Diocese of Paterson is now placing some of the blame for an alleged serial abuser on a spiritual counselor who said he was fit to return to ministry.The Rev. Benedict Groeschel, a prominent New York Franciscan friar and psychologist, treated James T. Hanley, during the 1980s, after Hanley allegedly abused more than 15 boys in a Mendham parish. Groeschel said at the time that Hanley's problem was alcoholism, not a tendency to abuse minors, according to Marianna Thompson, the diocesan spokeswoman.The diocese removed Hanley...
  • Sins of the Fathers hidden by cardinal are laid bare at last (CHURCH SCANDAL UPDATE)

    12/07/2002 5:34:38 PM PST · by MadIvan · 43 replies · 1,099+ views
    The Sunday Telegraph ^ | December 8, 2002 | Julian Coman
    The sex, drugs and paedophilia scandal in the heart of the US Catholic Church has brought the Boston archdiocese to the edge of ruin, reports Julian Coman Leo Inzaghi, the manager of the Caffe dello Sport in Boston's Italian district, stopped reading the local newspapers last week. As a practising Catholic and a father, he found their contents too shocking. "My wife telephoned me and said, 'Have you seen what the Church knew about Father Nyhan?' It turned out that the priest at the private school where we sent our daughter was transferred there after being accused of molesting two...
  • Letters threaten priests for their stance on gays

    09/30/2002 9:45:34 AM PDT · by GenXFreedomFighter · 42 replies · 169+ views
    The Lexington Herald-Leader ^ | Sept. 30, 2002 | Frank E. Lockwood
    3 CONSERVATIVE FIGURES IN LEXINGTON DIOCESE GET UNSIGNED WARNINGS NICHOLASVILLE -- Three conservative Catholic priests from the Diocese of Lexington have received threatening letters warning them to "immediately cease and desist from your persecution and outing of gay priests in the diocese." The Nicholasville Police Department is investigating the matter as a case of "terroristic threatening," and Catholic officials are looking into the matter. The letters purport to be from the "Gay Priests Association," although no such organization is known to exist in the Lexington diocese. "The diocese is taking this seriously," said church spokesman Thomas Shaughnessy. "We're looking into...
  • Group raises funds to help some priests accused in sex cases

    09/23/2002 8:40:50 AM PDT · by Salvation · 6 replies · 156+ views
    Detroit Free Press ^ | 9-23-02 | Alexa Capeloto & Patricia Montemurri
    <p>The phone calls have rolled in from a dozen states, most beginning with the same question: "Are you the guy who helps priests?"</p> <p>Joe Maher, surprised by the national reach of work he started in Detroit, finds himself answering, "Yep, I guess I am."</p>
  • 16 Priests Have Committed Suicide

    05/25/2002 1:00:44 PM PDT · by EggsAckley · 85 replies · 1,230+ views
    16 Priests Have Committed Suicide CLEVELAND (AP) - At least 16 Catholic priests accused of sexually abusing children, including 12 priests in the United States, have killed themselves since 1986, a newspaper reported Saturday. The numbers were found in an investigation by the Plain Dealer after the suicide April 4 of the Rev. Don Rooney, a priest in the Cleveland Roman Catholic Diocese who faced allegations that he sexually abused a child. Suicide is rare among priests and is considered a sin by the church, though in modern times, the church has expressed more understanding for mental distress. The Rev....
  • Clerical sexual abuse: exploring deeper issues

    05/12/2002 7:58:53 AM PDT · by sinkspur · 6 replies · 166+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | 5/10/2002 | Fran Ferder and John Heagle
    Dealing with clergy sexual abuse was not exactly how either of us planned to spend Holy Week. But here it was in front us -- nightly news broadcasts, feature articles in newspapers across the country, and calls from reporters looking for one more lead on how to understand how this could have happened. “Does celibacy cause pedophilia?” No. But mandatory celibacy is undeniably linked to the crisis. “Are Catholic priests more likely than men in general to molest children?” Good question. As anxious as some people are to defend the church, this issue has not been seriously examined using available...
  • Media Myths Fuel the Clergy Abuse Scandal [The Men Who Changed My Life]

    04/09/2002 9:19:42 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 201+ views
    CatholicNet ^ | 4-10-02 | by John Burger and Kathryn Jean Lopez
    Media Myths Fuel the Clergy Abuse Scandalby John Burger and Kathryn Jean Lopez The Register interviews Philip Jenkins, professor of history and religious studies at Pennsylvania State University, who wrote Pedophiles and Priests: Anatomy of a Contemporary Crisis. April 10, 2002 / BOSTON — The way some of the media report it, one would believe the Church is overrun with pedophile priests, and bishops are protecting the abusers rather than the victims. No priest is to be trusted alone with children. It’s not safe for a kid to go to confession or to become an altar boy. Several assumptions...
  • California parish says Boston kept quiet on accused priest(Priest saw nothing wrong with pedophilia)

    04/07/2002 2:12:33 PM PDT · by sinkspur · 22 replies · 273+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/7/2002 | Stephen Kurkjian and Michael Rezendes
    <p>Despite three decades of complaints that the Rev. Paul R. Shanley had sexually abused children, the Boston Archdiocese transferred the onetime ''street priest'' to a California parish where officials were never told of the molestation allegations.</p> <p>''I should have known that,'' the Rev. Lawrence F. Grajek said yesterday from his post as pastor of St. Anne Church in San Bernardino, where Shanley was sent in 1990. ''I would have wanted to place restrictions around what he could and couldn't do. In fact, if there had been a problem with children, I'd not have wanted him at all.''</p>