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  • Pope 'Could Cancel UK Visit' Over 'Offensive' Foreign Office Memo

    04/26/2010 5:58:03 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 12 replies · 407+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4/24/10 | Gordon Rayner and Nick Pisa
    The Pope could cancel his planned visit to Britain because of a “hugely offensive” Foreign Office memo mocking his stance on abortion and birth control, sources in the Vatican said. Senior Papal aides suggested the Foreign Office had not taken strong enough disciplinary action against those responsible for the document, which suggested the Pope should open an abortion clinic, bless a homosexual marriage and launch his own range of condoms while he is here. No-one has lost their job over the memo, which was sent to Downing Street and at least three Whitehall departments, and the civil servant who authorised...
  • Reigniting the Word of God - Celebrating 5 Years With Pope Benedict XVI

    04/23/2010 4:05:39 PM PDT · by NYer · 3 replies · 116+ views
    NC Register ^ | April 23, 2010 | Dr. Scott Hahn
    As I write this, I’m looking at the cover of one of Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger’s books, now reissued under his papal name. The book is titled God’s Word, and the cover shows a photograph of the Holy Father. He’s slightly off-center because he’s holding up the book of the Gospels — covering himself, as it were, with the word of God. For me, that cover is emblematic of his pontificate thus far. His hallmark is the centrality of the word of God. That’s where he has kept our focus — not on fads or scandals or the world’s alarms....
  • Abuse Victim in Malta: Pope Benedict XVI is a 'Saint'

    04/23/2010 6:49:45 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 20 replies · 379+ views
    Rome, Italy, Apr 22, 2010 / 01:46 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Vatican analyst Andrea Tornielli spoke with Joseph Magro, 38, one of eight victims of clerical abuse who met with Pope Benedict XVI during his recent visit to Malta. Magro said the meeting “was truly a most beautiful gift, after all this suffering, we all cried, even the Pope.” In the interview published by the Italian daily Il Giornale, Magro, who proudly showed the rosary he was given by the Holy Father in Malta, shared details about his meeting with the Pope. “I did not have any faith in priests. Now,...
  • The Pope, Unscripted

    04/22/2010 3:07:17 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 249+ views
    The Catholic Thing ^ | April 22, 2010 | Joseph Wood
    Consider the case of perhaps the most intelligent man in the world, a quiet theologian who, a little over five years ago, expected at this point in his life to be playing the piano with his brother in a serene retirement. What would it sound like if this man took upon himself, in his office, the horrible sins committed by some in the hierarchy he now supervises over the course of the two or three previous decades? And if he felt as well the weight of both the 2000-year history of his office as the safeguard of what we know...
  • A Dumb Idea, via Christopher Hitchens and Richard Dawkins: Arresting the Pope

    04/21/2010 9:03:35 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 338+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | 04/20/2010 | Clarice Feldman
    In recent years there have been numerous attempts to greatly expand the concept of judicial jurisdiction, under the rubric of “universal jurisdiction.” The latest threat, by atheists Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens to sue the pope in Great Britain for claimed failures in halting priestly abuse of minors, seems doomed — as were a number of other such adventures in creative law by NGOs and overreaching, grandiloquent jurists. And that is a good thing. Jurisdiction of Courts In Western jurisprudence, a court must have “jurisdiction” to hear a matter. The concept is broad but utterly rational: the court must have...
  • Evidence of Renewal (“not by the work of human beings, but through the power of Christ’s gift")

    04/19/2010 1:03:36 PM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 7 replies · 236+ views
    National Review Online ^ | April 19, 2010 | Kathryn Jean Lopez
    ‘Shock and awe” would be the best description of my response to this recent Associated Press headline: “US Catholic church moving faster on abuse cases.” Not because it was news to me, but because it was making news. At a time of great sadness, anger, and confusion...Read between the lines and you will see a story of penance and perseverance, a story about an institution that challenges us to live differently than the gods of popular culture would have us live. The AP article explained that, after receiving an allegation this month of abuse by a priest back in the...
  • Pope's childhood home defaced

    04/13/2010 8:17:30 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 4 replies · 412+ views
    MARKTL-AM-INN, Germany, April 13 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI's childhood home in Germany was vandalized Tuesday with graffiti that was quickly painted over, police said. Police in the southern German town of Marktl-am-Inn didn't release the exact words of the graffiti but said it referred to the current sex-abuse scandal plaguing the Roman Catholic Church, The Washington Times reported. "The wall over the entrance door of the Pope birth house had insulting contents written in blue," said a Bavarian police report, which the Times translated with the help of a computer program. "The writer obviously used a lacquer spray can...
  • Looking Critically at the Attacks on the Pope

    04/13/2010 2:24:33 PM PDT · by SalAOR · 4 replies · 237+ views
    Axis of Right ^ | 4/13/2010 | Sal
    There have been many attacks on Pope Benedict as of late in regards to his alleged handling of clergy sexual abuse cases during his tenure as prefect of the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith. The state-run media is attacking him on all fronts, producing supposed “smoking guns” that purport to show him spiking the defrocking of a Priest who was involved in the horrific abuse of children. If your only source of information was the Associated Press and New York Times, you’d think the Pope practically abused the children himself. The problem is that, as we in the...
  • Katherine Kersten: The media fires up its inquisition

    04/11/2010 4:07:36 AM PDT · by rhema · 15 replies · 750+ views
    Minneapolis Star Tribune ^ | April 10, 2010 | KATHERINE KERSTEN
    You'd think the evil of sexual abuse was exclusive to the Catholic Church.This Easter season, we've been bombarded by media reports about the ogre Pope Benedict and his den of iniquity -- the Catholic Church -- that preys on children. The secular bishops of our day -- our major regional newspapers -- dutifully reprint the encyclicals of their own pope, the New York Times. They breathlessly relay every rumor of priestly indiscretion. I'm not here to defend evil, and clerical sexual abuse of children is a very grave evil indeed. I am interested, though, in why the media consistently portray...
  • Milwaukee WI Archbishop defends Pope Benedict

    03/31/2010 7:49:02 AM PDT · by ADSUM · 52 replies · 463+ views
    Milwaukee JS ^ | 3/31/2010 | A Johnson
    Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki on Tuesday defended Pope Benedict XVI's handling of the clergy sex abuse scandal. And he absolved him of any blame in decisions involving Father Lawrence Murphy.(42)
  • Defending the Pope against Hot Air

    03/30/2010 8:51:12 AM PDT · by Salvation · 25 replies · 793+ views
    AmericanPapist ^ | March 29th, 2010 | Thomas Peters
    Defending the Pope against Hot Air by Thomas Peters on March 29th, 2010 Since this most recent attempt to smear Pope Benedict began a couple of weeks ago, I have felt little need to defend him on these pages, because no credible charges had been made against him. Well today, there still haven’t been any credible charges made against him, but the attacks keep coming so we have to take action. These attacks on the pope, after all, are at heart attacks on the Church. Look at what David Dayen of the liberal FireDogLake blog wrote: “The cumulative effect of...
  • Pope Benedict will 'not be intimidated by petty gossip' over sex abuse scandals

    03/28/2010 8:37:57 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies · 580+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 03/28/2010 | Nick Pisa in Rome
    n a clear indication that the Vatican continues to insist the continual abuse revelations are part of a conspiracy the Pope said: "From God comes the courage not to be intimidated by petty gossip." Although he did not directly mention the crisis that has seen claims of abuse from Ireland, Germany, Austria, Holland and Brazil the 82 year old Pontiff's message was evidently clear. As he spoke, thousands of pilgrims who had gathered in a sunlit St Peter's Square clapped and shouted "Viva il Papa" (Long Live The Pope). The scandals seemingly not to have had an impact on their...
  • Catholic Caucus Prayer Thread: Perpetual Novena for the Pope

    03/26/2010 9:14:47 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 19 replies · 281+ views
    various | 03/26/2010 | n/a
    From Oratio pro summo Pontifice/Prayer for the PopeLatin: V. Oremus pro Pontifice nostro N. Dominus conservet eum, et vivificet eum, et beatum faciat eum in terra, et non tradat eum in animam inimicorum eius. [Ps 40:3] Pater Noster, Ave MariaDeus, omnium fidelium pastor et rector, famulum tuum N., quem pastorem Ecclesiae tuae praeesse voluisti, propitius respice: da ei, quaesumus, verbo et exemplo, quibus praeest, proficere: ut ad vitam, una cum grege sibi credito, perveniat sempiternam. Per Christum, Dominum nostrum. Amen. English: V. Let us pray for N, our Pope. R. May the Lord preserve him, and give him life, and...
  • Obama behind recent attacks against Pope Benedict

    03/25/2010 11:33:09 AM PDT · by Balt · 20 replies · 1,053+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 3/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    No doubt you’ve heard the story about how the Pope refused to “defrock” (a term not found in the Canon Law of the Catholic Church) a priest who abused 200 deaf children. It’s been on television news because it was in the New York Times (remember that network news decides what to cover based on what’s in the Times); and, of course, whenever the Times in involved, the truth is hard to find. The story is actually an old one. The priest in question, Father Lawrence Murphy, abused his victims between 1950 and 1974, while assigned to a school for...
  • Pope does not mention rebuke to Irish bishops

    03/21/2010 6:45:05 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 432+ views
    post ^ | March 21, 2010
    VATICAN CITY -- Pope Benedict XVI is urging Catholics to be intransigent toward sin but not to judge the sinner. The pontiff addressed pilgrims in St. Peter's Square on Sunday but didn't mention his rebuke to Irish bishops a day earlier for their handling of decades of clergy sexual abuse of minors. He told English-speaking pilgrims they should humbly beg forgiveness for their own failings. Benedict read the Gospel passage about Jesus' inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. In his letter made public Saturday by the Vatican, Benedict said Irish bishops made grave errors...
  • Man screams abuse at Pope Benedict XVI [Catholic Caucus]

    03/17/2010 12:12:23 PM PDT · by Pope Pius XII · 21 replies · 521+ views
    AFP ^ | March 18, 2010
    A man, apparently in his early 50s, shouted "bulls***, bulls***" while stretching an accusatory arm towards Benedict XVI, after approaching the barrier in front of the Pope's podium. Vatican police forcibly removed the man, still shouting, from the square. The Pope went on to announce that he would "soon" send a pastoral letter to Irish Catholics over the paedophile priest scandal that has rocked Ireland. The address was the first of the year to be held in St Peter's Square, which was bathed in early spring sunshine. Security for the 82-year-old Pope was tightened after a woman knocked him to...
  • Confirmed: Benedict XVI to Consecrate Antonio Gaudi's Sagrada Familia

    03/04/2010 11:31:27 AM PST · by marshmallow · 34 replies · 572+ views
    The New Liturgical Movement ^ | 3/4/10 | Shawn Tribe
    We recently reported that there was a possibility that Benedict XVI might consecrate Antonio Gaudi's famed Barcelona church, the Sagrada Familia. Today, the Vatican Information Service confirmed that this has now been determined, and the Holy Father will consecrate the church: VATICAN CITY, 4 MAR 2010 (VIS) - Benedict XVI is due to visit the Spanish cities of Santiago de Compostela and Barcelona in November this year, according to announcements made yesterday by Archbishop Julian Barrio Barrio of Santiago de Compostela, and Cardinal Lluis Martinez Sistach, archbishop of Barcelona. The Holy Father will travel to Santiago de Compostela on 6...
  • ‘Evidence of Science’ Backs Pope’s Assertion Against Condom Use To Stem HIV-AIDS in Africa

    03/02/2010 12:03:26 PM PST · by raptor22 · 19 replies · 620+ views
    CNS News ^ | March 2, 2010 | Susan E. Wills
    Last March, Harry Knox, who serves on the President’s Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships, criticized Pope Benedict XVI for his comment that the African AIDS epidemic will not be overcome by promoting condoms. Knox wrote that Pope Benedict was “hurting people in the name of Jesus,” adding that “on a continent where millions of people are infected with HIV, it is morally reprehensible to spread such blatant falsehoods.” Recently a CNSNews.com reporter asked Knox if he stood by his statement – he indicated that he emphatically does – even in light of the strong defense of Pope Benedict...
  • Benedict XVI to Visit Lutheran Church in Rome

    02/19/2010 12:13:31 PM PST · by NYer · 19 replies · 407+ views
    Zenit News Agency ^ | February 18, 2010
    >Ecumenical Event Scheduled for March 14 VATICAN CITY, FEB. 18, 2010 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI will visit a Lutheran church in Rome for a German-language service in which both he and a Lutheran pastor will give homilies. The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Vatican press office today confirmed that the visit -- previously announced -- will take place March 14. The president of the unity council, Cardinal Walter Kasper, will participate in the visit. Rome's Lutheran community had invited the Pope in 2008 to mark the 25th anniversary of Pope John Paul II's visit to the church. The...
  • Papal Trip to Commemorate St. Paul's Shipwreck

    02/12/2010 7:17:18 AM PST · by marshmallow · 9 replies · 206+ views
    Vatican Confirms Details of April Journey to MaltaVATICAN CITY, FEB. 11, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The Vatican press office confirmed Wednesday the itinerary for Benedict XVI's April 17-18 trip to Malta. The visit will celebrate the 1,950th anniversary of St. Paul's shipwreck on the island that, according to tradition, occurred in the year 60 A.D., during the Apostle's second voyage toward Rome. The Holy Father will meet with the president of the nation, as well as Maltese youth and clergy. He will leave Rome on Saturday afternoon, arriving in Malta at 5 p.m., and giving an address at the airport. He will...