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  • Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

    08/16/2018 5:07:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/16/18 | Staff Reporter
    ‘In hindsight, it was a mistake,’ the website’s creator saidThe Archdiocese of Washington has deleted the “Wuerl Report” website defending the cardinal’s handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh. The website was strongly criticised for striking the wrong tone after the release of a grand jury report detailing hundreds of sex abuse accusations against priests in Pennsylvania. Cardinal Wuerl was Bishop of Pittsburgh when some of cases happened, and the report condemns his handling of them. Catholic writer Elizabeth Scalia, a prominent critic of the website, said: “This is the sort of action we usually see being taken by a...
  • Cardinal O’Malley Withdraws from World Meeting of Families

    08/16/2018 5:03:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/16/18 | Alex Defert
    The cardinal said he would not attend due to 'important matters pertaining to the pastoral care' at a diocesan seminaryCardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has decided not to attend next week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin due to the ongoing investigation into St John’s Seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Wednesday. Cardinal O’Malley had been set to moderate a panel and discussion at the WMOF titled “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.” Currently, Cardinal O’Malley is President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. In its communique on Wednesday, the archdiocese stated that he would not be...
  • An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church

    08/15/2018 3:22:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 54 replies
    First Things ^ | 8/15/18 | Various
    Pope Francis has revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” This statement has been understood by many, both inside and outside the Church, to teach that capital punishment is intrinsically immoral and thus is always illicit, even in principle. Though no Catholic is obliged to support the use of the death penalty in practice (and not all of the undersigned do support its use), to teach that capital punishment is always and intrinsically evil would contradict Scripture. That the death...
  • Pope Francis to Visit the Dublin Street Where John Paul Failed to Stop

    08/15/2018 3:12:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8/12/18 | Patsy McGarry
    Former pontiff sped through area ‘faster than a joyrider’Pope Francis is to visit Seán McDermott Street in Dublin’s city centre briefly on Saturday, August 25th. During his 1979 visit to Ireland, Pope John Paul II had planned to stop on the street to visit Matt Talbot’s tomb in Our Lady of Lourdes church. However, the Popemobile was running behind schedule and drove on, much to the disappointment of many local people. Some said afterwards joyriders did not go down Seán McDermott Street as fast. The story still persists, of course, of how people were waiting for Pope John Paul to...
  • Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Details Decades of Clerical Abuse Allegations

    08/14/2018 4:01:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 119 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/14/18 | Christine Rousselle
    Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA).- A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month investigation into thousands of alleged instances of abuse spanning several decades. The report, detailing allegations made in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton, was released Aug.14. It reported on evidence of systematic abuse and cover-ups going back seven decades within these dioceses. About half of Pennsylvania’s nearly 3 million Catholics live within these six dioceses. The 884-page report was written by 23 grand jurors, who spent...
  • Vatican Advisor: Pope ‘Breaks Catholic Traditions Whenever He Wants’

    08/14/2018 3:53:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/14/18 | Staff Reporter
    Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now 'ruled by an individual rather than by... its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture'Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican advisor has said. In an admiring portrait of the Pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is “free from disordered attachments”. Fr Rosica, a Canadian priest and media advisor to the Vatican, was writing on the website of Salt &...
  • 10,000 Sign Petition to Stop Fr James Martin Speaking at World Meeting of Families

    08/14/2018 6:09:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/13/18 | Alex Defert
    Organisers say they will not change the line-upOver 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a letter, sent to Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, criticising Fr Martin’s support for the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry organisation. In particular, the letter denounces Fr Martin for having “publicly accepted an award from this group, delivered...
  • Missouri Bishop: Homosexuality at Root of Abuse Crisis

    08/14/2018 6:04:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/9/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Bp. Edward Rice backs article slamming gay infiltration of ChurchSPRINGFIELD, Mo. ( - A southern Missouri bishop is signaling that homosexuality is at the root of the clerical sex abuse crisis. On Tuesday, Bp. Edward Rice of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau published a column on his diocesan website affirming that the McCarrick scandal is but one component of a vastly larger crisis, and that the crisis springs from homosexuality. Titled "'Dear Troubled Catholics': Church needs spiritual renewal," the reflection began with Bp. Rice's direct observations. "I, along with all those who love the Church, am dismayed, disgusted, and numbed...
  • Catholic LGBT group rejected by event pope will attend in Dublin (World Meeting of Families)

    08/13/2018 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Mon 13 Aug 2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    An organisation representing LGBT Catholics around the world has been denied permission for a stall at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which Pope Francis is attending on 25 August. The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, which represents 60 organisations, has been told that due to “logistical considerations” it has not been allocated a booth in the gathering’s exhibition hall. The WMF, an international event held by the Roman Catholic church every three years, opens in Dublin next Monday. Pope Francis will spend 36 hours in Ireland attending events. The GNRC was told only in the past few days...
  • Women in France with Down syndrome find community in religious order

    08/13/2018 11:03:46 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 10 replies
    LiveAction ^ | August 12, 2018 | Cassy Fiano-Chesser
    People with Down syndrome are not often valued in society; they are often discriminated against and targeted for death. But one religious order in France, the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, aims to give women with Down syndrome a community, where their sense of worth is acknowledged and celebrated. Down syndrome Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb The order was founded when Mother Prioress Line met a girl named Veronique, who has Down syndrome, but also felt a calling to religious life. Mother Prioress Line knew it would be difficult — if not impossible — for Veronique to...
  • When You Want to Trust but Life Won’t Let You

    08/12/2018 11:59:20 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 17 replies
    Bible Gateway ^ | August 6, 2018 | Craig Groeschel
    “I want to believe God cares about me; I really do,” she told me, wiping tears from under her darkened, bloodshot eyes. Under the harsh fluorescent lights of the hospital corridor, Marci barely resembled the vibrant girl I remembered, that kid I’d watched grow up in our youth group at church. When she was a teenager, Marci was outgoing, fun-loving, and full of life, even as she was growing more and more serious about her faith, coming early to youth group and staying late. No one loved to worship and talk about God more than Marci.Then, in her early 20s,...
  • Evangelicalism is spreading quickly among the Chinese of South-East Asia

    08/12/2018 5:14:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 10 replies
    The Economist ^ | 01/04/2018
    WHEN Pastor Jimmy Parade took over at Indonesian Reformed Evangelical Church in Bandung, on the island of Java, five years ago, around 180 people came to services each week. Now the church—in a nondescript building in an outdoor shopping complex—is packed with around 450 each Sunday. “People keep coming,” Mr Parade shrugs. Some 1,000 miles away, up several sets of escalators at a shopping mall in Singapore, thousands of people take part in a two-hour service on a Saturday evening at the City Harvest Church, which has a weekly attendance of just under 16,000. The service involves a rock...
  • Victims Recount Sexual Abuse Horrors in Chilean Seminary

    08/12/2018 7:10:39 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/7/18 | Ines San Martin
    ROME - “We need for the Church to understand that those of us who come forth are not the enemy. We want to help the Church clean itself, so there are no other Mauricios drugged and raped in the seminary, so there are no other Sebastians forced to massage a bishop so he feels pleasure, so there’re no other Marcelos forced to receive oral sex, and so there’re no other Johns raped by their spiritual directors.” The stories are real. They belong to Mauricio Pulgar, Marcelo Soto, Sebastian del Rio and a fourth person, who will be described as “John...
  • The Wondrous LOVE of Almighty God for You!

    08/12/2018 5:25:19 AM PDT · by The Ignorant Fisherman · 2 replies
    IFB ^ | 8/12/18
    Oh my beloved, my heart rejoices greatly when I think about my Heavenly Father’s wondrous love towards you and me; sinners saved by His ETERNAL grace and mercy (John 3:16-17, 1 John 3:1-4)! To all of us that know God the Father by means of Jesus Christ our Savior, we are called His sons or children (John 1:12, Rom 8:14-19, 1 John 3:1-3)! Such wondrous truths cannot even begin to be fully comprehended by His redeemed ones (1 Cor. 2:9)! It will take all of FOREVER just to begin to experience and enjoy the PERFECT LOVE of our Heavenly Father!...
  • Cdl. O’Malley Launches Inquiry Into Gay Misconduct at [Boston] Seminary

    08/10/2018 7:09:11 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/10/18 | Christine Niles
    In response to ex-seminarians' testimony of widespread homosexual cultureBOSTON ( - Cardinal Sean O'Malley is launching an investigation into alleged homosexual activity at St. John's Seminary, after ex-seminarians went public with disturbing revelations. "The allegations made this week are a source of serious concern to me as Archbishop of Boston," he said in a statement released Friday, announcing that he had placed the rector, Msgr. James P. Moroney, "on sabbatical leave for the Fall Semester, beginning immediately." On Wednesday, Church Militant published an article written by John Monaco, former seminarian at St. John's Seminary in Brighton, which he attended from...
  • [Coptic Patriarch] Tawadros Forbids Social Media to Monks, to Safeguard Religious Life

    08/08/2018 6:50:54 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    La Stampa-Vatican Insider ^ | 8/4/18 | Gianni Valente
    Monks and nuns of the Coptic Orthodox Church, no one excluded, have a month to shut down their personal accounts and any blog they manage on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. Within that time frame, they will have to take leave of the forms of communication considered unsuitable for monastic life. Any failure to comply will result in canonical penalties. Among the 12 rules ratified by the patriarch Tawadros II, this is the decree that more than others will raise a clamour. The regulations were ordered for all those who live in the monastic condition inside the Coptic...
  • Pro-‘Gay’ ‘Church’ Sells Building, Plans to Open Brewery in New Facility, Donate Profits to...

    08/08/2018 8:12:54 AM PDT · by Morgana · 17 replies
    Christian News ^ | August 6, 2018 | Heather Clark
    FULL TITLE: Pro-‘Gay’ ‘Church’ Sells Building, Plans to Open Brewery in New Facility, Donate Profits to Planned Parenthood SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — The pro-homosexual Greater Purpose Community Church in California says that it has sold its former building and plans to open a public brewery in the now-closed Logos Bookstore in Santa Cruz. The brewery, which will also be used as meeting space for Sunday services, will donate part of the proceeds to Planned Parenthood, among other organizations. “We decided to sell the building, because for us a church is a community and a movement,” leader Chris VanHall told NBC...
  • Priest: McCarrick’s Treason is ‘Damnable Abomination,’ but Bishops’ Silence is Even Worse

    08/06/2018 6:14:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 3 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/31/18 | Dorothy Cummings McLean
    GREENVILLE, South Carolina, July 31, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – A U.S. parish priest was planning to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Humanae Vitae on the weekend by preaching on the great encyclical, but then the scandal of ex-Cardinal McCarrick made him change his plan. So instead Fr. Jay Scott Newman gave a must-hear homily blasting priests and bishops who have rejected Humanae Vitae, both by teaching false doctrine and through their own “evil conduct.” “The treason of Cardinal Theodore McCarrick is a damnable abomination,” he said, “but while McCarrick’s sins are appalling, they are merely the crimes of one man…. Worse...
  • Amir Tsarfati on recent news in the Middle East 8/5

    08/06/2018 5:05:46 AM PDT · by firebrand · 4 replies
    Behold Israel YouTube Channel ^ | August 5, 2018 | Amir Tsarfati
    Iran's maneuvers in the Straits of Hormuz and Bab Al Mandeb, to restrict oil flow and distract from their problems. Jared Kushner and Jason Greenblatt and others are now considering eliminating the UN anti-Israel UNRWA eternal-refugee status as part of their peace plan. The proposal for the U.S. and Europe to fund the reconstruction of Syria. The Israeli military strike on the Iranian facility at Hama yesterday. Clarification of the presence of Russia on the Israel-Syria border. And more on censorship of the social media.
  • Pope Francis May Not Meet Abuse Survivors in Ireland, Says Archbishop

    08/05/2018 7:00:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/2/18 | Staff Reporter
    The Archbishop of Dublin said it would be 'great' if a meeting could be arranged but that 'time is very tight'Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin has said it is still uncertain whether or not Pope Francis will meet abuse survivors during his two-day visit to Ireland later this month. Archbishop Martin said: “He will obviously speak about various forms of abuse not just clerical abuse, the abuse in the institutions, the laundries and the mother and baby homes. It would be great to meet some of the victims or survivors from that group, but the time is very tight.” According...