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  • Levada's Secret

    01/06/2006 11:58:45 PM PST · by narses · 24 replies · 494+ views
    SF Weekly ^ | January 4, 2006 | Ron Russell
    As he prepares to be deposed in San Francisco next week, former S.F. Archbishop William Levada may have to come clean about a priestly child molester he protected in Portland. By Ron Russell In April 2004, when questioned under oath by lawyers for victims sexually abused by priests, San Francisco's former archbishop, William J. Levada, was asked about Father Joseph Baccellieri, a parish priest accused of child molestation whom Levada removed from ministry in 1992 while archbishop of Portland. Levada restored Baccellieri to his post two years later. "I believe there was some allegation that occurred while I was there,"...
  • Gay RC priest quits (longs for loving relationship)

    01/06/2006 6:12:11 AM PST · by NYer · 74 replies · 1,204+ views
    Chronicle Journal ^ | January 6, 2005 | Carl Clutchey
    As Rev. Scott Gale strode through Marathon’s Holy Saviour church Thursday morning, a parishioner sitting in a pew caught his eye and said quietly, “See you on Sunday.” Sundays are typically busy for the outspoken Gale. But the day after tomorrow will be different — likely the last time the veteran cleric will address a congregation as an active priest. Gale, 47, resigned last month after revealing he is gay, and that he is no longer able to commit to being celibate. Most of Holy Saviour’s parishioners learned of Gale’s decision to pursue his “longing for a loving relationship” as...
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins was "Gay", And Other Stunning Revelations at Catholic Homosexual Conference

    01/05/2006 4:06:57 PM PST · by Coleus · 25 replies · 608+ views
    San Diago News Notes ^ | NICHOLAS OWEN
    "At Work in the Vineyard -- Planting, Nurturing, Harvesting" was the theme of this year's conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries, held September 22-25. Participants of the conference, held at the San Jose Hilton, were "out and proud,"with priests admitting their homosexuality and attendees railing against upcoming seminary visits and the approval by Pope Benedict XVI of a document that, some reports have said, would ban homosexuals from the priesthood. San Jose' s Bishop Patrick McGrath gave a welcoming speech on the opening night of the conference. Although the Hilton ballroom was set up...
  • Karl Keating e-letter (1/3/06 on the instruction regarding the ordination of homosexuals)

    01/04/2006 4:50:06 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 1 replies · 264+ views
    Catholic Answers ^ | 01/03/06 | Karl Keating
    1. The recent instruction regarding the ordination of homosexuals took, by various accounts, anywhere from five to eight years to write. I realize that things move slowly in Rome, but this may mark a new record in time inefficiently spent. The instruction was not long, it broke no new ground, and it contained no theological obscurities that necessitated long periods of high-level head scratching. It could have been written in a single afternoon. Perhaps it was, after which it was shuffled from one desk to another--for years. If in that time it was seen by many competent eyes, I wonder...
  • Stunning Revelations at Catholic Homosexual Conference

    01/04/2006 3:12:02 PM PST · by Notwithstanding · 55 replies · 2,543+ views
    San Diego NewsNotes ^ | January 2006 | NICHOLAS OWEN
    "At Work in the Vineyard -- Planting, Nurturing, Harvesting" was the theme of this year's conference of the National Association of Catholic Diocesan Lesbian and Gay Ministries...Participants ...were "out and proud," with priests admitting their homosexuality and attendees railing against upcoming seminary visits... San Jose' s Bishop Patrick McGrath gave a welcoming speech on the opening night of the conference.
  • Vatican dismisses priest accused of sexually abusing minors

    01/02/2006 5:55:15 AM PST · by NYer · 9 replies · 465+ views
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | January 1, 2006 | MARY PEMBERTON
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska - A priest accused of sexually abusing boys more than two decades ago has been dismissed from the priesthood, the Catholic Diocese of Juneau said Sunday. The dismissal of Michael Patrick Nash stems from an investigation that began in late 2002, when a former Juneau resident claimed that he had been abused by Nash in the early 1980s."I am relieved we are coming to a sense of resolution and some conclusion to what all around has been a tragic affair," Bishop Michael Warfel said Sunday.The diocese decided that Joel Post, who now lives in Duluth, Minn., had "suffered...
  • Few Priests Sign Name to Ban Gay Marriage

    12/31/2005 2:29:18 PM PST · by marshmallow · 8 replies · 720+ views
    Springfield Republican ^ | 12-30-05 | Bill Zajac
    Despite the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church urging support for a petition against same-sex marriage, only 20 percent of priests who work in the Springfield diocese signed the petition, according to a Web site tracking the issue. Of the 154 active local priests, 31, or 20 percent, signed the petition that seeks to define marriage as a union between a man and a woman. Information about petition signers was gathered from the Web site of the pro-gay marriage organization, knowthyneighbor.org. Leaders of the organization said their Web site's petition database contains all the names accepted by the Massachusetts Secretary...
  • Homosexual Activists Cheer Appointment of New San Francisco Archbishop

    12/22/2005 2:56:40 PM PST · by Aussie Dasher · 95 replies · 3,364+ views
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 23 December 2005 | Hilary White
    SAN FRANCISCO, December 22, 2005 (LifeSiteNews.com) - Archbishop George Hugh Niederauer, soon to be installed as the new Archbishop of San Francisco, has told a local news outlet that he is opposed to the Vatican’s prohibition of homosexuals in seminaries. “Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse of minors by priests,” Niederauer said Monday in an interview with the Intermountain Catholic News. Niederauer referred to the “sexual orientation” of homosexual men, what the Vatican document on ordaining homosexual men called “deep seated homosexual tendencies” as merely “a...
  • Texas Priest Accused of Groping Teen

    12/20/2005 8:40:42 PM PST · by apoc · 33 replies · 869+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2005 | AP
    Texas Priest Accused of Groping Teen MARBLE FALLS, Texas (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest accused of groping a 16-year-old boy at a movie theater during a showing of "King Kong" has been charged with indecency with a child by sexual contact. Father Paul M. Clogan, 74, was arrested Friday as he left the theater, police Capt. F.T. Goodwin said in Monday's online edition of the Austin American-Statesman. Clogan was free on bond Monday. Clogan sat next to the teen in the theater, Goodwin said. The boy, who did not know Clogan, told investigators the priest groped him about an...
  • Newark priest knew of McCarrick "sleepovers," fires back at archdiocese

    12/19/2005 8:02:10 PM PST · by markomalley · 12 replies · 837+ views
    Renew America ^ | 12/18/2005 | Matt C. Abbott
    Father Robert Hoatson, who recently filed a lawsuit against the New York and Newark archdioceses, is now the second priest to go on record as saying that Cardinal Theodore McCarrick abused his authority by "inviting" certain seminarians to sleep with him. (Father James Haley was the first priest to on record about the matter.) Then-Bishop McCarrick reportedly would have the seminarians sleep next to him, but did not engage in sexual activity with them. Recounts Father Hoatson: When I had decided to leave the Irish Christian Brothers to become a priest in 1994, the very first question I asked...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/18/2005 12:17:07 PM PST · by lizol · 20 replies · 553+ views
    The Tablet ^ | 17 December 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays

    12/16/2005 8:19:45 PM PST · by hiho hiho · 10 replies · 307+ views
    The Tablet (UK) ^ | December 17, 2005 | Jonathan Luxmoore
    Russian Orthodox back Vatican stance on gays. RUSSIA’S ORTHODOX Church has backed the Vatican’s position on homosexuals in seminaries, and accused Protestant denominations of “succumbing to secular values” over the issue. “Homosexuality was called a sin in Holy Scripture – there’s no possibility of any other interpretation,” said Fr Igor Vyzhanov, chairman of the Moscow Patriarchate’s Commission for Inter-Christian Dialogue. “There are certain differences in how we handle candidates for priesthood, since celibacy is obligatory for Catholics whereas Orthodox can marry if they don’t aspire to hierarchical posts. But there’s total agreement between both Churches as concerns candidates’ homosexual tendencies.”...
  • NEW ARCHBISHOP FOR SF: Tolerant statements toward gays Homosexuals can minister as priests,

    12/16/2005 8:02:28 AM PST · by SmithL · 35 replies · 1,367+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/16/5 | Wyatt Buchanan
    San Francisco's incoming Catholic archbishop, George Niederauer, has spoken boldly in support of gay priests and has praised gay parishioners, leaders of gay Catholic organizations said Thursday. Many in the church hierarchy have blamed the international clergy sex abuse scandal on gay priests, and the Vatican's recent instruction on gays in the priesthood stated new rules on gay clergy were "made more urgent by the current situation." Niederauer disputed those ideas in an interview with his diocesan newspaper in Utah. "Some who are seriously mistaken have named sexual orientation as the cause of the recent scandal regarding the sexual abuse...
  • Priest Resigns Post Over Vatican Document

    12/15/2005 12:58:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 43 replies · 939+ views
    AP ^ | 12/15/5
    Collegeville, Minn. -- A priest at St. John's University said he was resigning his leadership position because of the Vatican's latest statement that homosexuals should be barred from entering the Roman Catholic priesthood. "Because I can no longer honestly represent, explain and defend the church's teaching on homosexuality, I feel I must resign," the Rev. Bob Pierson said in an e-mail Wednesday to administrators and students at St. John's and the nearby College of St. Benedict. The Vatican announced last month that it was toughening its stand against gay candidates for the priesthood, advising that men with "deep-seated" gay tendencies...
  • Gay clergy issue letter on Vatican policy

    12/15/2005 6:09:14 AM PST · by NYer · 21 replies · 504+ views
    Tri City Herald ^ | December 15, 2005
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - A group of gay Italian clergy said Wednesday that their homosexuality has not stopped them from being good priests,a direct response to a recent Vatican policy statement banning priestly candidates with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies. The message, an open letter in which the priests said they felt like the church's "unloved and unwanted children," was posted on the Web site of the Italian Catholic news agency Adista. The agency last month leaked the Vatican instruction on gay priests a week before its scheduled release by the Holy See. Adista said 39 priests, 26 diocesans and 13 more...
  • (Rochester) Priest gets prison on child porn charge

    12/15/2005 6:30:31 AM PST · by NYer · 14 replies · 650+ views
    Star Gazette ^ | December 14, 2005 | GREG LIVADAS
    ROCHESTER -- The Rev. Michael Volino was sentenced today to 15 months in federal prison and 10 years supervised release in connection with child pornography charges. U.S. District Judge David Larimer also prohibited the Catholic priest from ministering to children or working with school programs. Volino is an Elmira native. "I think Father Volino had more than an idle curiosity. It was extreme," Larimer said. Defense lawyer John Parrinello had asked for a sentence that did not include jail time. He argued that there had never been an allegation of molestation or inappropriate physical contact. He also had asked that...
  • Gay Clergy Issue Letter on Vatican Policy

    12/14/2005 11:06:45 PM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 470+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Wed Dec 14, 2005
    A group of gay Italian clergy said Wednesday that their homosexuality has not stopped them from being good priests,a direct response to a recent Vatican policy statement banning priestly candidates with "deep-seated" homosexual tendencies. The message, an open letter in which the priests said they felt like the church's "unloved and unwanted children," was posted on the Web site of the Italian Catholic news agency Adista. The agency last month leaked the Vatican instruction on gay priests a week before its scheduled release by the Holy See. Adista said 39 priests, 26 diocesans and 13 more members of various religious...
  • Vatican edict tests faith, gay group says

    12/14/2005 10:18:51 AM PST · by presidio9 · 36 replies · 952+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | Tue, Nov. 29, 2005 | CARA BUCKLEY
    True to Catholic tradition, Joe Mele marched a crucifix to the altar ahead of the priest this past Sunday, rang the Sanctus bell at the right times and pressed a wine-filled chalice to the lips of the faithful during Communion, solemnly intoning the words ``the blood of Christ.'' But when asked what he thought about the Vatican, which is expected to issue an edict today barring most gay seminarians, Mele, 58, arched a bushy eyebrow and wryly asked, ``Who?'' Hard feelings toward the Vatican run strong among congregants at the weekly services held by Dignity USA, a national organization for...
  • Vatican's Gay Policy Gets Liberal Reading

    12/12/2005 10:28:41 AM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies · 231+ views
    AP ^ | 12/12/5 | BRIAN MURPHY
    Ask the archbishop of Dublin to describe the theological weight of the Vatican's latest statement on whether gay men have a place in the priesthood. He'll say it didn't amount to much. In Archbishop Diarmuid Martin's opinion, the document issued last month left a fundamental tenet untouched: The path to possible ordination is still open to anyone, including homosexuals, who remain celibate and follow the church's moral teachings. Martin is not alone. A high-profile array of European pastors and theologians have issued similar liberal interpretations of the Vatican's "instruction" on gay priests, which was formally released Nov. 29 after years...
  • A Flawed and Disordered Document (VOTF on homosexual ban from priesthood)

    12/12/2005 4:52:41 AM PST · by Aquinasfan · 15 replies · 421+ views
    Voice of the Faithful ^ | 11/29/05 | Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien, SJ
    From Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien, SJ – November 29, 2005I am coming out as a gay, chaste Jesuit priest because it hurts too much not to. I deeply love the Church and the Jesuits. I have experienced unconditional love from Cardinal Maida in granting me permission to function as a priest in this Archdiocese. I have experienced unconditional love from my Jesuit brothers—especially those who know me well. I have experienced unconditional love from my friends and family. Being a priest in the Society of Jesus has been a joy for me. I have found it to be life-giving and...