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  • Pope Is Quoted Referring to a Vatican ‘Gay Lobby’

    06/12/2013 1:57:37 PM PDT · by lbryce · 4 replies
    New York times ^ | June 12, 2013 | RACHEL DONADIO
    For years, perhaps even centuries, it has been an open secret in Rome: Some prelates in the Vatican hierarchy are, in fact, gay. But the whispers were amplified this week when Pope Francis himself, in a private audience, appeared to have acknowledged what he called a “gay lobby” operating inside the Vatican, vying for power and influence. Speaking to a meeting of the Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious Men and Women on June 6, Francis discussed a dossier he had received from his predecessor, Benedict XVI. “The ‘gay lobby’ is mentioned, and it is true, it is there....
  • Mark Wahlberg wants church clean-up after sex scandal

    04/02/2013 4:58:19 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 71 replies
    MSN Entertainment ^ | March 20, 2013
    He tells the Sydney Morning Herald, "I'm just glad that it's all coming to light so we can clean up the church so these things aren't happening any more. These are horrible things. Paedophiles or what have you hiding behind the cloth needs to be dealt with and addressed. But my faith will never waver because of people who are weak in the flesh." Wahlberg adds of his religious lifestyle, "Being a Catholic and also being a husband and a parent definitely makes me think a little bit longer and harder about the (movie) choices I make, but being an...
  • Pope Francis Often Quiet on Sex Abuse Cases as Archbishop (Hurlingham, Argentina)

    03/19/2013 10:19:00 AM PDT · by haffast · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Monday March 18, 2013, 10:43 PM | NICK MIROFF
    HURLINGHAM, Argentina — Father Julio Cesar Grassi was a celebrity in the Archdiocese of Buenos Aires. The young, dynamic, media-savvy priest networked with wealthy Argentines to fund an array of schools, orphanages and job training programs for poor and abandoned youths, winning praise from Argentine politicians and his superior, Archbishop Jorge Mario Bergoglio. Grassi called his foundation Felices los Nińos, "Happy Children." Today, Grassi is a convicted sex offender who remains free on a conditional release after being sentenced to 15 years in prison in 2009 for molesting a prepubescent boy in his care. Yet in the years after Grassi's...
  • Cardinal Keith O’Brien admits sexual misconduct

    03/03/2013 9:18:44 PM PST · by haffast · 14 replies ^ | Sunday 3 March 2013 22:28 | RORY REYNOLDS and NATALIE WALKER
    CARDINAL Keith O’Brien dramatically broke his silence last night to admit sexual misconduct during his career with the Roman Catholic Church. The former archbishop and leader of the Church in Scotland said there had been times when his behaviour had “fallen below the standards expected” of a priest, archbishop and cardinal. His admission came a week to the day after allegations by three serving priests and one retired priest that Cardinal O’Brien had behaved inappropriately towards them during the 1980s were first made public. In a brief but frank statement, the former Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh apologised and...
  • Homosexuality Incompatible With Priesthood

    02/24/2013 9:50:05 AM PST · by Gluteus Maximus · 140 replies
    Catholic News Service ^ | 11-24-2010 | John Travis
    "Homosexuality is incompatible with the priestly vocation. Otherwise, celibacy itself would lose its meaning as a renunciation. It would be extremely dangerous if celibacy became a sort of pretext for bringing people into the priesthood who don't want to get married anyway," the pope said. The pope cited a 2005 Vatican document that drew a sharp line against priestly ordination of homosexuals. He said the document emphasized that homosexual candidates cannot become priests because their sexual orientation interferes with "the proper sense of paternity" that belongs to the priesthood. The pope said it was important to select priestly candidates very...
  • Cardinal......Blames Gay Priests for Abuse Scandals Facing Catholic Church [Turkson]

    02/22/2013 11:03:35 AM PST · by marshmallow · 31 replies
    The Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 2/19/13 | Simon Caldwell
    Cardinal Peter Turkson made the comments to an American journalist He said similar sex scandals would not happen in African churches Cardinal Turkson is second favourite to take over as PopeThe African cardinal widely tipped to be the first black pope in modern history faced a firestorm of criticism last night after he laid the blame for clerical sex abuse crises at the feet of gay priests. Cardinal Peter Turkson, who comes from Ghana, told an American journalist that similar sex scandals would never convulse churches in Africa because the culture was inimical to homosexuality. ‘African traditional systems kind of...
  • Filipino priest profiled in 'National Geographic' ivory trade exposé drops from public view

    09/25/2012 11:31:12 AM PDT · by DFG · 5 replies
    Dallas Morning News ^ | 09/25/12 | Brooks Egerton
    An internationally prominent Catholic priest has dropped out of sight in the Philippines, years after admitting to me that he had sex with altar boys in the U.S. and supplied them with drugs. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia’s sudden low profile coincides with a new National Geographic article on the ivory trade. It calls Garcia “one of the best known ivory collectors in the Philippines” and quotes him as giving advice on how to smuggle ivory into the U.S., in defiance of a 1989 global trade ban. The magazine refers to my 2005 investigative piece on the priest, who had fled the...
  • Dutch Roman Catholic church 'castrated' boys in 1950s

    03/20/2012 8:18:05 PM PDT · by the scotsman · 35 replies
    BBC News ^ | 21st March 2012 | BBC News
    'Up to 11 boys were castrated while in the care of the Dutch Roman Catholic church in the 1950s to rid them of homosexuality, a newspaper investigation has said. A young man was castrated in 1956 after telling police he was being abused by priests, the newspaper reported. The justice minister is investigating the role of the government at the time. Last year, an inquiry found thousands of children had been sexually abused in Dutch Catholic institutions since 1945. Dutch MPs called for an inquiry after the report was published in the NRC Handelsblad newspaper at the weekend.'
  • Catholic Church Will Now Teach Us How to Handle Sex Abuse

    11/30/2011 1:52:20 PM PST · by Alex Murphy · 57 replies
    The Philly Post ^ | 11/30/2011 | Paul Davies
    With all due respect, Pope Benedict XVI either lives in an alternate reality or needs better PR handlers. His comments over the weekend to U.S. bishops about the sex abuse of children showed a continued disconnect with the church’s mishandling of this ongoing scandal. The pope referenced the church’s “conscientious effort” to confront sex abuse by priests. Uh? Perhaps the pope meant to say conscientious cover-up. No institution has done more to deny and downplay the sexual abuse of young boys than the Catholic Church. No institution has done more to discredit victims and protect pedophile priests than the Catholic...
  • Catholic church can be held responsible for wrongdoing by priests

    11/08/2011 5:55:45 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 55 replies
    The Guardian UK ^ | November 8, 2011 | Riazat Butt
    Victims of clerical sexual abuse will find it easier to bring compensation claims against the Catholic church after a judge ruled it can be held responsible for the wrongdoings of its priests. [SNIP] The judge said although there had been no formal contract between the church and the priest, the late Father Baldwin, there were "crucial features" that should be recognised. He said: "He [Baldwin] was provided with the premises, the pulpit and the clerical robes. He was directed into the community with that full authority and was given free rein to act as a representative of the church. He...
  • KC bishop charged for not bringing porn to police

    10/14/2011 7:01:15 PM PDT · by Lazamataz · 137 replies
    AP ^ | 10/14/2011 | By BILL DRAPER
    KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City's Catholic bishop has become the highest-ranking U.S. Catholic official indicted on a charge of failing to protect children after he and his diocese waited five months to tell police about hundreds of images of child pornography discovered on a priest's computer, officials said Friday. Bishop Robert Finn, the first U.S. bishop criminally charged with sheltering an abusive clergyman, and the Kansas City-St. Joseph Catholic Diocese have pleaded not guilty on one count each of failing to report suspected child abuse. Jackson County Prosecutor Jean Peters Baker said Finn and the diocese were required...
  • Former Milwaukee Archbishop Rembert Weakland Admits He's Gay

    03/29/2010 2:17:12 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 297 replies · 2,998+ views
    Fox 6 ^ | May 11, 2009
    A Roman Catholic archbishop who resigned in 2002 over a sex and financial scandal involving a man has written a memoir that describes how he struggled with being gay. Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former head of the Milwaukee archdiocese, "is up front about his homosexuality in a church that preferred to ignore gays," Publisher's Weekly wrote in a review Monday. The book, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop," is set to be released in June and is described by the publisher as a self-examination by Weakland of his "psychological, spiritual and sexual growth." The Vatican says...
  • Web site to out priests who are gay but anti-gay

    12/05/2009 2:33:26 PM PST · by markomalley · 17 replies · 840+ views
    Washington comPost ^ | 12/5/2009 | William Wan
    Gay, Catholic and fed up with his church's efforts to quash the same-sex marriage movement, Phil Attey has come up with a controversial strategy: outing gay priests who speak out against homosexuality. (snip) He said he will out only gay priests and bishops who speak out against homosexuality. In the case of priests not publicly opposed to gay marriage but still in the closet, he said his goal is not to threaten them but to encourage them to "come out for the next generation and stand up against the anti-gay stance of the church." Francis DeBernardo of New Ways Ministry,...
  • 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) ( – 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, told The site will also collect information on straight...
  • Former Catholic head of Milwaukee admits he's gay

    NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic archbishop who resigned in 2002 over a sex and financial scandal involving a man has written a memoir that describes how he struggled with being gay. Archbishop Rembert Weakland, former head of the Milwaukee archdiocese, "is up front about his homosexuality in a church that preferred to ignore gays," Publisher's Weekly wrote in a review Monday. The book, "A Pilgrim in a Pilgrim Church: Memoirs of a Catholic Archbishop," is set to be released in June and is described by the publisher as a self-examination by Weakland of his "psychological, spiritual and sexual...
  • Protestant Groups Considering Gay Clergy Should Remember What Gays Did To The Catholic Church

    04/04/2009 8:37:33 AM PDT · by massmike · 18 replies · 942+ views
    National Review Online ^ | June 3, 2002 | Stanley Kurtz
    (From 2002-but even more relevant today) The sex-abuse scandal currently plaguing the Catholic priesthood has already grown to the point where it poses a serious threat to the power, prestige, and credibility of the American Catholic Church. The sky, so to speak, is falling. An institution whose fundamental strength and continuity (whatever its many problems) could once be taken for granted is experiencing a genuine crisis. Yet, over and above its significance for the Catholic Church, the greatest lesson of this scandal has yet to be drawn. The uproar over priestly sex abuse — especially the calls to do away...
  • Melbourne Catholic Church embraces testing to ID gay priests

    03/29/2009 5:22:04 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 19 replies · 848+ views
    Herald Sun ^ | 3/27/09 | Shannon Deery
    THE Melbourne Catholic Church has embraced a Vatican recommendation to test potential priests for sexual orientation. Under the guidelines, potential priests who "appear" to be gay must be banned. The head of the Vatican committee that made the recommendations has made it clear celibate gays should also be banned because homosexuality is ‘‘a type of deviation’’. Archdiocese of Melbourne spokesman James O’Farrell confirmed Carlton’s Corpus Christi Catholic seminary had started adhering to the guidelines, but refused to comment further.
  • 9th Circuit Rules Vatican Can Be Sued Over Abuse

    03/04/2009 8:22:26 AM PST · by stan_sipple · 16 replies · 855+ views ^ | 3-4-09 | William McCall
    A federal appeals court says the Vatican can be sued for abuse committed by its priests. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that victims of sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests can sue the Vatican even though it is considered a sovereign nation. The appeals court said there are exceptions to the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, and abuse can be one of them. The Oregon case has been working its way through the federal appeals court since a judge in Portland ruled in 2006 that the Holy See can be held responsible for the actions of individual...
  • Cardinal Mahony under federal fraud probe over abusive priests, sources say

    01/28/2009 5:39:18 PM PST · by hole_n_one · 53 replies · 987+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 28, 2009 | Scott Glover and Jack Leonard
    The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles is pursuing the theory that the prelate deprived parishioners of 'the right of honest services' by failing to protect their children from predatory clerics. By Scott Glover and Jack Leonard 4:44 PM PST, January 28, 2009 The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the alleged molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case. The probe, in which U.S. Atty. Thomas P. O'Brien is personally involved,...
  • Sixth Circuit: Vatican Can Be Sued for Sexual Abuse

    11/28/2008 10:48:14 AM PST · by Alex Murphy · 85 replies · 1,525+ views
    Law Blog - Wall Street Journal ^ | Nov 25, 2008 | Nathan Koppel
    The sexual-abuse litigation that has raged for years against the Catholic church just got a lot more interesting. In a landmark ruling yesterday, the Sixth Circuit concluded that the Vatican could be held liable for negligence in sexual-abuse cases filed in the U.S. It is the first time a circuit court reached that conclusion, and the opinion is considered a breakthrough by those allegedly abused by priests. Here’s the WSJ story. Catholic dioceses in the U.S. have paid out more than $3 billion to alleged abuse victims, most of that coming since the scandal broke open nationwide in 2002. Click...

    10/21/2008 11:18:11 AM PDT · by kellynla · 42 replies · 1,389+ views
    Catholic League ^ | 10/21/2008 | staff
    In the October 19 episode of Fox’s “Family Guy,” characters Brian (the family dog) and Stewie (the family child) travel in a time machine to rescue Mort Goldman (a Jewish family-friend) from the Nazi invasion of Poland. After Brian and Stewie disguise Mort as a priest to get him out of the country, a Nazi officer asks Mort, “Are you sure you’re a real priest?” Stewie replies, “Yeah, yeah, I can vouch for him, he’s real. He’s molested me many, many times.” Catholic League president Bill Donohue responded as follows: “To its credit, the Fox News Channel has criticized its...
  • Priest charged with sex abuse of altar boy surrenders to police

    07/17/2008 8:14:14 PM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 3 replies · 97+ views
    Charlotte Examiner ^ | 3 July 2008 | Kathleen Miller
    A Catholic priest who previously worked in youth ministry and religious education at churches in Germantown and Bethesda turned himself in to police Tuesday evening in Montgomery County after being charged with abusing a former altar boy. The Rev. Aaron Joseph Cote, 56, worked part time in youth ministry at Mother Seton Parish in Germantown between 1999 and 2002 and part time in religious education at Bethesda’s St. Jane Frances de Chantal Parish between 1997 and 1999. Police allege Cote engaged in “inappropriate touching of” and “inappropriate personal sexual activity” in the presence of a then-14-year-old victim, who was seeing...
  • Catholic diocese officials say priest HIV positive

    02/27/2008 5:17:23 PM PST · by kiriath_jearim · 37 replies · 181+ views
    FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) - Catholic diocese officials say a priest accused of sexually abusing minors is HIV positive. After the Reverend Philip Magaldi recently told another priest that he has the disease that causes AIDS, the diocese alerted people who have lodged allegations against him. The diocese in Fort Worth said it also notified parishes where Magaldi served. Church officials say they believe Magaldi has been HIV positive since 2003. He was removed as a priest in 1999 after sexual misconduct allegations arose in Rhode Island and Fort Worth.
  • Our fabulous lavender Jesuits...

    11/09/2007 9:56:23 PM PST · by Antoninus · 12 replies · 101+ views
    Gloria Romanorum ^ | 11/10/07 | Florentius
    Gone are the days when Jesuit priests were virile men who fully embraced the Catholic Faith and prayed to be worthy of a martyr's crown. Let's play "compare and contrast", shall we? First, here's a tale from the 1640s in the upstate New York wilderness:He [Fr. Isaac Jogues] did not yet know the cause of his companion's [Rene Goupil] death; but the old man who had caused him to be slain having invited him, some days later, to his cabin, and giving him food, when the Father came to offer the blessing and express the sign of the Cross, that...
  • Homosexual Jesuit Needs Refresher Course in Priestly Love (Catholic Caucus)

    11/08/2007 1:08:45 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 15 replies · 108+ views
    Spirit and Life ^ | 11/9/2007 | Fr. Thomas J. Euteneuer
    On Sunday, November 4th, Rev. Thomas Brennan, S.J., revealed publicly to a parish at St. Joseph University in Philadelphia that he was a homosexual. The priest chose to “come out” during a so-called “Diversity Week” allegedly dedicated to honoring Jesuit founder, St. Ignatius Loyola. The following is Fr. Euteneuer’s open letter to Fr. Brennan.Dear Father Brennan, Faithful Catholics are so accustomed to being scandalized by Jesuit priests and universities these days that your public announcement of your same sex attraction during the Mass last Sunday does not really surprise any of us. It does, however, increase the indignation that people...
  • Vatican official insists he's not gay

    10/14/2007 9:38:53 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 58 replies · 60+ views
    Yahoo! News ^ | Oct 14, 2007 | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY - A Vatican official suspended after being caught on hidden camera making advances to a young man says he is not gay and was only pretending to be gay as part of his work. In an interview published Sunday, Monsignor Tommaso Stenico told La Repubblica daily he frequented online gay chat rooms and met with gay men as part of his work as a psychoanalyst. He said that he pretended to be gay in order to gather information about "those who damage the image of the Church with homosexual activity." Vatican teaching holds that gays and lesbians should...
  • Vatican Bars Gay Cleric After TV Program(No mo homo!)

    10/13/2007 9:05:10 AM PDT · by kellynla · 28 replies · 56+ views ^ | October 13, 2007 | staff
    VATICAN CITY -- An Italian monsignor was suspended from his position at the Holy See after the cleric said in a television interview he "didn't feel he was sinning" by having sex with gay men, the Vatican and news reports said Saturday. Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told journalists that while the case was under investigation the monsignor was suspended from his job as a top official in the Vatican's Congregation for Clergy, an office which aims to ensure proper conduct by priests. "The case is being handled with utmost reserve," Lombardi said. A private Italian TV network earlier...
  • spreading the pain (how the Archdiocese of LA is handling its pederasty payments)

    09/09/2007 4:11:34 PM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 392+ views
    Off The Record ^ | September 9, 2007 | Diogenes
    In order to raise the cash to make its pederasty payment, the Archdiocese of Los Angeles is selling a convent that currently provides a residence for three nuns. The anticipated selling price is a drop in the bucket of the roughly $250 million needed to keep the archbishop out of the witness box meet the Archdiocese's liabilities in the sex-abuse settlements, and the convent is one of about 50 non-parish properties to be sold. The sisters have been asked to vacate the house by the end of December. From the point of view of the archdiocesan business office it's not...
  • Boca priest accused of soliciting sex in N.C. men's room

    09/06/2007 4:20:55 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 32 replies · 1,106+ views
    South Florida Sun-Sentinel ^ | September 6, 2007 | Jerome Burdi
    BOCA RATON - A new priest at St. Gregory's Episcopal Church was issued a citation for allegedly soliciting sex in a North Carolina public park's men's room recently. Though the announcement came out this week, police issued a citation for solicitation to the Rev. Michael Penland in June during a Waynesville police sting operation dubbed Operation Summer Heat. Waynesville is located near Asheville, N.C. Penland, who has been a youth minister at the Boca Raton church since November, allegedly followed an undercover officer and solicited sex from him, police said. Penland allegedly followed the officer as he left the park...
  • San Diego priest abuse claims settled [$198.1M agreement with 144 childhood sexual abuse victims]

    09/07/2007 10:24:37 PM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 1 replies · 176+ views
    Sign On San Diego ^ | September 7, 2007 | Angelica Martinez and Karen Kucher
    SAN DIEGO – The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego reached a $198.1 million agreement with 144 childhood sexual abuse victims Friday morning. The settlement was reached after marathon discussions between attorneys and victims. As part of the settlement, the diocese will also ask a federal bankruptcy judge to dismiss its Chapter 11 case. Another important part of the agreement was the diocese's promise to release church documents about priest abuse, said Irwin M. Zalkin, an attorney for 33 victims in the case. He said that without that concession, the victims would not have agreed to settle their claims. The...
  • Diocese Settles Abuse Claims for $198M(San Diego)

    09/07/2007 9:41:43 PM PDT · by kellynla · 37 replies · 454+ views ^ | September 7, 2007 | staff
    SAN DIEGO -- The Roman Catholic Diocese of San Diego said Friday it has agreed to pay $198.1 million to settle 144 claims of sexual abuse by clergy, the second-largest payment by a diocese. The agreement caps more than four years of negotiations in state and federal courts. Earlier this year, the diocese abruptly filed for bankruptcy protection just hours before trial was scheduled to begin on 42 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse. Bankruptcy could shield the diocese's assets, but a judge recently threatened to throw out the bankruptcy case if church officials didn't reach an agreement with the plaintiffs. The...
  • Massive PR machine?

    07/31/2007 4:32:45 AM PDT · by monomaniac · 256+ views
    Massive PR machine? Some say Cardinal Mahony’s willingness to meet with sexual abuse victims nothing more than a public relations stunt Over the past year, Cardinal Roger Mahony has met individually with 70 victims of clergy sexual abuse. Archdiocesan spokesman Tod Tamberg told the July 30 Los Angeles Times that Mahony has scheduled more meetings with sexual abuse victims and that “he has said he will meet with any victim who wants to meet with him.” But Lee Bashworth, 37, who claims abuse by former priest Michael Wempe, told the Times, that, though he would “relish an opportunity to tell...
  • Study: Most Priest Abuse Homosexual--Is Catholicism or Homosexuality to Blame? (L.A. Settlement)

    07/16/2007 9:50:41 PM PDT · by BigJohn44 · 96 replies · 3,745+ views
    The Archdiocese of Los Angeles has agreed to pay over $600 million to settle claims of sexual abuse by Catholic priests in that diocese. This is the latest in a string of multi-million dollar payouts by Catholic diocese throughout the country. Perhaps it is time to take another look at the most comprehensive study of Catholic priest sexual abuse ever conducted. In 2002, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned a national study of sexual abuse by Catholic priests. The study, conducted by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, found that nationwide, approximately 4400 Catholic priests were credibly...
  • New US Seminary Guidelines Insist on Total Acceptance of Full Teaching on Sexuality

    08/30/2006 3:50:39 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 9 replies · 427+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 8/30/06 | John-Henry Westen
    WASHINGTON, August 30, 2006 ( - Officially promulgated on August 4, a new 98-page Program of Priestly Formation has been issued by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) after being approved by the Vatican.  Replacing the fourth edition of the norms guiding priestly formation in all seminaries published in 1992, the fifth edition has taken seriously the scandal of priestly sexual abuse.  Speaking of a proper formation in sexuality, the document states, "As we have recently seen so dramatically in the Church, when such foundations are lacking in priests, the consequent suffering and scandals are devastating."In the...

    06/21/2002 7:15:35 AM PDT · by Liz · 127 replies · 6,354+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS ^ | 6/21/02 | MIKE CLAFFEY
    Queens parochial school principal who angered Catholic Church leaders by accusing a priest of looting school coffers to pay for a gay lover has won the backing of a prominent local Catholic educator. "Your courage in stopping this outrage, even at the risk to your own employment, has taught all of your pupils a lesson they will long remember," the Rev. Richard Van Houten, president of Archbishop Molloy High School in Jamaica, wrote to Barbara Samide. Van Houten went so far as to hint in the letter that he would come to Samide's rescue if she is ousted as principal...
  • "Remembering" Joseph Cardinal Bernardin

    08/19/2006 6:23:27 PM PDT · by NYer · 18 replies · 2,781+ views
    Renew America ^ | August 18, 2006 | Matt C. Abbott
    Few would dispute that the late Joseph Cardinal Bernardin exercised great influence in the Catholic Church in the U.S. Sadly, however, that influence was not for the good of the Church. The following are pertinent excerpts from Randy Engel's new book The Rite of Sodomy. Chapter 15 The Special Case of Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Introduction This segment on Joseph Cardinal Bernardin was originally incorporated into the previous chapter on homosexual members of the American hierarchy. However, because of his extraordinary influence on AmChurch, I decided Cardinal Bernardin deserved a chapter all his own. To do real justice to Cardinal Bernardin...
  • Attorney: priests claim 70 percent of U.S. bishops are gay

    08/02/2006 1:34:57 PM PDT · by Coleus · 38 replies · 1,200+ views
    MichNews ^ | 04.12.06 | Matt C. Abbott
    The following is an edited update from Catholic attorney Sharon Bourassa regarding the situation in the Miami archdiocese. (Note: This statement contains a graphic description.) “On March 21, 2006, Stephen Brady of Roman Catholic Faithful drove from Illinois to Fort Lauderdale to meet with Christifidelis members from All Saints Parish and parishioners from several other parishes -- St. Elizabeth of Hungary, St. Vincent and St. Augustine's.  The subject of Brady's visit was to discuss strategies for dealing with the ‘gay subculture’ that has infiltrated the Miami archdiocese (as well as many other dioceses across the U.S.), abuse of parish monies,...
  • Study Sees Church Rebounding From Scandal

    05/18/2006 7:02:29 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 32 replies · 584+ views
    The New York Times ^ | May 18, 2006 | LAURIE GOODSTEIN
    A new study has found that the scandal over sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church has not caused American Catholics to leave the church, or to stop attending Mass and donating to their parishes. The study shows that Catholic participation in church life and satisfaction with church leadership dropped noticeably at the height of the scandal in 2002, but has now largely rebounded to prescandal levels. The only significant decline is in the percentage of Catholics who contributed to diocesan financial appeals, annual campaigns that are usually run by bishops. While the percentage of Catholics who contributed to their...
  • The Suiciding of the Church (SNAP and VOTF go after the Catholic Church)

    05/06/2006 6:02:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 19 replies · 506+ views
    Catholic Exchange ^ | May 6, 2006 | Richard Leonardi
    "This is an ancient, rigid, secretive, top-down, all-male monarchy. It always has been. It always will be. The answer is not to reform them, but to go around them and to contain them." Whatever constructive role these groups once played in the national “dialogue” about the abuses perpetrated by predatory, largely homosexual priests, it has long since past. In fact, they don’t seek dialogue at all. Clohessy now counsels against dialogue with bishops and instead urges Catholics to lobby state legislatures to exempt dioceses from statutes of limitation that prevent an endless stream of aging, often dubious, claims. High profile...
  • Catholic Priest Was Marrying Gay Couples 15 years Before It Was Legal in Massachusetts.

    03/27/2006 6:02:44 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies · 466+ views
    The Rev. Gerard L. Branconnier, who was removed from ministry after allegations were made that he sexually abused minors, had a gay marriage ministry in operation 15 years before it was legal in this state. However, gay marriage is not “legal” in the Roman Catholic church, which has opposed gay marriage and opposes adoption of children to same-sex couples. Paul A. Guries of Auburn, who settled a suit with the Catholic Worcester diocese, has released a copy of a video that shows Father Branconnier in 1989 marrying two men in a traditional Catholic marriage rite. The video is available here...
  • Relatives of Slain Man Object to Anti-Gay Group's Use of His Name

    03/27/2006 1:25:17 PM PST · by Diana in Wisconsin · 8 replies · 864+ views
    JSOnline via AP ^ | March 27, 2006 | Staff Writer from AP
    ST. PAUL, MN (AP) -- Relatives of a slain funeral home director are objecting to the use of his name for a group trying to fight homosexuality in the Roman Catholic Church. Dr. David Pence, a longtime critic of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, recently formed the Dan O'Connell Society to fight what he considers a "gay culture" in the church. But relatives of O'Connell, who was killed in 2002, allegedly by Wisconsin priest Ryan Erickson, are threatening legal action unless Pence stops using O'Connell's name. The goal of Pence's group, according to its founding documents and Web...
  • Ex-priest busted in kiddie sex sting

    03/23/2006 7:39:54 PM PST · by CAWats · 36 replies · 2,108+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 03.23.06 | BY TARA CONRY
    Equipped with gummy bears, lubricant and gay porn, a defrocked Pennsylvania priest was ready for sex with a boy but instead got busted by an undercover cop, police said. Thomas Bender, 72, of Macungie, Pa., was arraigned yesterday in First District Court in Hempstead on five counts of first-degree disseminating indecent material to a minor and one count of attempting to commit a criminal sexual act. Since September 2004, cops said, he engaged in online conversations with a detective who was posing as a teenager. "During that year, he was grooming the boy - or who he thought was a...
  • Vatican Defrocks Boston Monsignor and 6 Priests

    03/18/2006 5:38:42 AM PST · by NYer · 60 replies · 914+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | March 17, 2006
    A former vice chancellor of the Boston Archdiocese and six other priests accused of molesting children have been defrocked by the Vatican, church officials announced Friday.In a statement, Boston Archbishop Sean O'Malley expressed his "deepest sorrow for the grievous harm" done by Monsignor Frederick Ryan and the other Boston priests."The violations of childhood innocence, under the guise of priestly care, are a source of profound shame," O'Malley said.Ryan was one of the highest-ranking church officials to be accused of child molestation since the Boston sex scandal broke in 2002. He resigned that year after being accused of abusing two boys...
  • Doctrinal head (Levada): Openly gay priests make it tough to represent Christ

    02/27/2006 12:24:00 PM PST · by NYer · 70 replies · 1,057+ views
    Catholic News Agency ^ | February 27, 2006 | Cindy Wooden
    ROME (CNS) -- Cardinal-designate William J. Levada said a priest who publicly announces he is homosexual makes it difficult for people to see the priest as representing Christ, the bridegroom of his bride, the church. A public declaration of homosexuality places a priest "at odds with the spousal character of love as revealed by God and imaged in humanity," said the U.S. cardinal-designate, who is prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Cardinal-designate Levada made his remarks during a Feb. 26 homily as he presided over a Mass for the installation of the new rector of Rome's...
  • Patrick Madrid debates Bishop Thomas Gumbleton on gays in the priesthood (streaming audio)

    02/25/2006 1:35:19 PM PST · by Rupert Pandrakos · 11 replies · 525+ views
    How weird it is that I, a layman, had to debate a Catholic bishop on the issue of the problem of homosexuality in the priesthood. It's weird because I was defending the Catholic Church's perennial teaching about this issue and Bishop Gumbleton was taking the position that their being homosexuals in the priesthood is not a problem. It was a brief debate, all of 20 minutes ... but it was enough time to see the two massively different approaches to this issue that Bishop Gumbleton and I took. What are your thoughts? Listen to the show here... [with link to...
  • Outing Cardinal Egan (priest now outing the bishops)

    02/07/2006 1:13:07 PM PST · by NYer · 194 replies · 2,876+ views
    Village Voice ^ | February 7, 2006 | Kristen Lombardi
    Who knows whether Cardinal Edward Egan is sleeping soundly these days. But as head of the New York archdiocese—as the top Roman Catholic prelate in the state—he'd have every reason to be restless after the recent advent of a little-noticed lawsuit. The suit, now pending in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, was filed on December 13 by Bob Hoatson—a 53-year-old New Jersey priest considered a stalwart ally among survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Hoatson, the now-suspended chaplain for Catholic Charities in Newark, is suing Egan and nine other Catholic officials and institutions, claiming a pattern of "retaliation and harassment"...
  • Letter from Cardinal George asks priests to come forward

    02/11/2006 6:15:13 AM PST · by NYer · 25 replies · 630+ views
    ABC ^ | February 10, 2006 | Ben Bradley
    February 10, 2006 - Chicago's Francis Cardinal George sent a letter containing an ultimatum to priests. Seemingly stunned by the ongoing issue of priest sex abuse, the cardinal has called for any priest living a double life to come forward for the good of the church. Francis Cardinal George is tending to his wounded flock, dispatching a letter to more than 400 churches across the Archdiocese. In his letter to priests the Cardinal writes: "All of us are sinners, but there are types of perversion that are completely incompatible with the calling toward ordained priesthood." The cardinal apologizes for not...
  • Inmate Guilty of Killing Pedophile Priest

    01/25/2006 11:35:12 AM PST · by US admirer · 57 replies · 2,162+ views
    AP ^ | Jan 25, 2006 | DENISE LAVOIE
    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - A jury rejected an insanity defense and found prison inmate Joseph Druce guilty Wednesday of first-degree murder in the strangulation of pedophile priest John Geoghan, a central figure in Boston's clergy sex abuse scandal. Druce admitted sneaking into Geoghan's prison cell in August 2003. He jammed the door shut with a book, then beat and strangled the 68-year-old before guards could stop him. The defense had argued that Druce was mentally ill and under the delusion that God had chosen him to kill Geoghan and send a message to pedophiles around the world. Prosecutor Lawrence Murphy...
  • Inmate says arrogant Geoghan angered him

    01/23/2006 4:57:03 PM PST · by LouAvul · 26 replies · 1,155+ views
    modbee ^ | 1-23-06
    WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) - The inmate who strangled child-molesting priest John Geoghan behind bars testified Monday that he resolved to kill the clergyman after Geoghan arrogantly brushed off criticism that he had "destroyed all kinds of lives." Joseph Druce took the stand for a second day at his trial for killing Geoghan, who was serving time for groping a 10-year-old boy and had been accused of molesting 150 other children. Druce, 40, said that in the weeks before the slaying, he twice confronted Geoghan about molesting children. Instead of denying the accusations, Geoghan was "arrogant" and said he was worth...
  • Revealed: US Bishops Asked Pope to Delay Homosexuality and the Priesthood Document

    01/19/2006 3:53:41 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 81 replies · 1,236+ views ^ | 20 January 2006 | John-Henry Westen
    CHICAGO, January 19, 2006 ( - In an annual interview with Chicago Sun Times reporter Cathleen Falsani, Chicago Cardinal Francis George revealed that last year the United States Bishops visiting with the Pope asked the Vatican to delay release of the long-awaited document on homosexuality and the priesthood. The document entitled, "Instruction Concerning the Criteria for the Discernment of Vocations with regard to Persons with Homosexual Tendencies in view of their Admission to the Seminary and to Holy Orders", reinforced Church teaching barring men "who practise homosexuality, present deep-seated homosexual tendencies or support the so-called 'gay culture'", from becoming priests....