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  • Report: Polish priest killed in Tunisia

    02/18/2011 12:17:24 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb. 18, 2011
    TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) -- Tunisia's official TAP news agency says a Catholic priest from Poland has been killed and his body had multiple stab wounds and his throat was slit. The report cites the Tunis archbishopric as saying 34-year-old Marek Marius Rybinski worked at a religious school in the Tunis suburb of Manouba.
  • Second priest removed in Salinas sex-abuse case

    02/19/2011 1:06:42 PM PST · by Gamecock · 3 replies
    The Californian ^ | Feb. 19, 2011
    he Diocese of Monterey announced Friday that a second priest has been stripped of religious duties — the latest fallout from allegations that a Central Coast clergyman sexually molested a teenager in Salinas. Diocese spokesman Tom Riordan said church officials learned Thursday that the priest failed to notify proper authorities after he was approached in November or December by the alleged victim, who told him about his allegations against the Rev. Edward Fitz-Henry. "The priest didn't report it to anyone," said Riordan, adding that the diocese's policies clearly state that allegations of this nature must be reported immediately to the...
  • Priest sentenced for molesting girl, 11

    02/18/2011 5:42:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 1,341 replies
    A Catholic priest who pleaded guilty to inappropriately touching an 11-year-old Fairfax County girl last year was sentenced Friday to nine months in jail. In September, he pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual battery. Owino, a native of Kenya, is a member of the Apostles of Jesus missionary congregation, an African congregation of priests and brothers. He had been serving as a philosophy instructor at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia and as an associate pastor at St. Paul Roman Catholic Church in Weirton, W.Va. Owino did not exactly apologize when given the opportunity to speak...but instead prayed aloud for several...

    02/15/2011 10:31:34 AM PST · by grace522 · 29 replies
    Philadelphia Magazine ^ | 15 Feb 2011 | Chris Freind
    It is incomprehensible that in light of those crises, the Catholic Church would respond by fast-tracking the late Pope John Paul II for sainthood, since so many sins occurred under his watch. If John Paul’s beatification --- part of the path to sainthood--- takes place as scheduled on May 1, it will have been the fastest in history, thanks to Pope Benedict XVI, who waived the requirement of a five-year waiting period after a person’s death for that process to begin. I’m sorry, but what planet are these folks living on…Uranus? One way or another, Pope John Paul is complicit...
  • Pope: Church must reflect on what's wrong with Christianity that allowed sex abuse [AP Lie]

    12/21/2010 6:22:04 AM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 49 replies · 2+ views
    AP via ^ | Dec 20, 9:33 PM EST | NICOLE WINFIELD
    VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Benedict XVI told Vatican officials Monday that they must reflect on the church's culpability in its child sex-abuse scandal, but he also blamed a secular society in which he said the mistreatment of children was frighteningly common. In his traditional, end-of-the-year speech to Vatican cardinals and bishops, Benedict said revelations of abuse in 2010 reached "an unimaginable dimension" that required the church to accept the "humiliation" as a call for renewal. "We must ask ourselves what was wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing...
  • Crime fighting priest hits the streets

    12/18/2010 7:03:32 AM PST · by minnoh · 3 replies · 1+ views
    CNN ^ | December 16, 2010 | Kate Bolduan
    It was the murder of 75-year-old Tom Repchic that was the final straw for Father Greg Maturi, a Dominican priest in Youngstown, Ohio. Repchic and his wife, Jackie, were shot near Saint Dominic's Church in September. Jackie Repchic had to have a leg amputated because of her injuries and is recovering.
  • Shadowing an Exorcist

    12/16/2010 10:55:36 AM PST · by mgstarr · 12 replies · 3+ views ^ | 12/16/10 | TRISH BAILEY DE ARCEO
    A movie starring Anthony Hopkins explores exorcism. The man who wrote the book behind the film talks about what chasing the devil really entails. Matt Baglio’s curiosity was piqued. An exorcism course at a Vatican-affiliated university in Rome? It was an unusual topic. As an American journalist living in the Eternal City, he thought it might make for an interesting article; as a non-practicing Catholic at the time, he approached it with some skepticism. Taught by exorcists and experts in theology, satanic cults, criminology and psychology, the course he took challenged many of his assumptions. But what really intrigued him...
  • DNA and the Aaronic Priesthood

    12/15/2010 2:54:28 PM PST · by GiovannaNicoletta · 49 replies · 1+ views
    The Omega Letter ^ | December 14, 2010 | Wendy Wippel
    According to the book of Exodus, God himself established the priestly line of Israel by naming Aaron – the older brother of Moses—to the position of high priest and designating that only Aaron’s direct descendants would thereafter be eligible to serve in the same capacity. Best estimate is that Aaron founded the company of Hebrew priests—called Kohenim-- about 3400 years ago. This tradition was meticulously adhered to up until 70 AD, when both the Temple and Jerusalem were destroyed by the Romans under Titus and the surviving Jewish population scattered throughout the world. Since then, tribal distinctions have been largely...
  • Russia Has More Freedom of Speech Than USA, Graduate of Russian Theological Seminary in US Believes

    12/07/2010 6:45:05 AM PST · by marshmallow · 16 replies
    Interfax ^ | 12/7/10
    Moscow, December 7, Interfax - Hieromonk Makary (Markish), lecturer of the Ivanovo-Voznesensk seminary, who worked as a programmer in the USA and graduated from the ROCOR Holy Trinity seminary believes that Russian citizens have more freedom of self-expression than Americans. "Those who remember Soviet rule should lose their tongue, if they start speaking about lacking freedom of self-expression. I lived in the USA and here in Russia freedom of expression is much higher than in the States though they have 200 year old democratic tradition," Father Makary said in his interview with Interfax-Religion. According to him, "the fact that anyone...
  • Fr. Paul Schenck and the National Pro-Life Center on Capitol Hill

    12/01/2010 5:26:20 AM PST · by tcg
    Catholic Online ^ | 12/1/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    To anyone in the Pro-Life movement for any length of time Paul Schenck is an iconic figure. The image which adorned the cover of Life magazine of a younger Paul Schenck, still a Protestant minister at the time, is a part of the pictorial history of the movement. ... ...In 2004 I served as the Deacon at the Mass where Fr. Frank Pavone received Paul into full communion with the Catholic Church. Paul laid aside his ordained ministry in the Reformed Episcopal Church to become a Catholic. ... With a dispensation from Rome waiving the celibacy requirement, Paul was ordained...
  • New Irish priest group: Church must re-evaluate sexual teaching (Catholic Caucus)

    11/16/2010 2:05:25 PM PST · by Pyro7480 · 18 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 11/15/2010 | Hilary White
    About 200 priests were present at the first meeting of the Association of Catholic Priests (ACP) in Port Laoise on September 15. The group is calling for a “re-evaluation of Catholic sexual teaching and practice that recognizes the profound mystery of human sexuality and the experience and wisdom of God’s people.” The association’s goals include pressuring the Church for a “re-designing” of the ministry “to incorporate the gifts, wisdom and expertise of the entire faith community, male and female” – likely a thinly veiled call for the ordination of women. The rest of the list includes the full roster of...

    11/09/2010 4:51:47 PM PST · by Gamecock · 14 replies
    Sky Valley Chronicle ^ | November 09, 2010
    (BOSTON) -- The former pastor of a Catholic parish in Haverhill, Mass. who resigned last June after six years there, was arraigned last week on larceny and forgery charges. The Rev. Keith LeBlanc of St. John the Baptist Church was then released on personal recognizance. Police allege the priest stole more than $83,000 from the church and used it pay off $25,000 in pornography-related credit card debt. Local published reports in Boston cite a police report that said LeBlanc had a credit card he used for online pornography and that he admitted to an investigator for the Boston archdiocese he...
  • Priest To Raise World's Largest Jesus Statue

    11/05/2010 2:27:23 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | November 5, 2010 | VANESSA GERA
    SWIEBODZIN, Poland -- Step aside, Rio de Janeiro. This town is building a Jesus bigger than yours. A Polish priest is on the verge of realizing his dream of erecting what he says will be the world's largest statue of Jesus Christ in a small town in western Poland. Attempts were made Friday to complete the statue - which will rise a couple yards higher than the iconic Christ the Redeemer monument in Rio de Janeiro.
  • Malawi Muslim students desecrate Bibles

    10/28/2010 5:22:13 AM PDT · by SoonerStorm09 · 17 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | October 28, 2010 | Staff reports
    LILONGWE, Malawi -- Reacting to Muslim primary school students’ desecration of Bibles in Malawi earlier this month, a local priest said that their vehement reaction is novel and a sign that militancy is a possible danger. Representatives of the Gideons Bible organization had offered a Catholic primary school in a predominant Muslim area free copies of the New Testament, the local parish priest Fr. Medrick M. Chimbwanya told the Germany-based Aid to the Church in Need (ACN). Although the school had made it clear that no Bibles were to be given to the Muslim pupils and that no one was...
  • Church attacked after paedophile priest jailed for sexual abuse

    10/22/2010 4:27:34 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 22 replies
    Daily Telegraph ^ | October 22nd 2010 | Nick Collins
    The Catholic Church was criticised in court as a paedophile former priest was jailed for a campaign of sexually abuse against young boys that spanned four decades. James Robinson, 73, who fled to the US in 1985, was found guilty of 21 sexual offences at Birmingham Crown Court yesterday after being extradited from America. The jury heard he carried out a string of abuses against six victims, including two altar boys, between 1959 and 1983. Robinson, who worked in the Black Country, Staffordshire, Birmingham and Coventry after being ordained as a priest in 1971, denied all the charges but was...
  • Pope on UK visit admits failures in abuse scandal

    09/16/2010 11:18:50 AM PDT · by killermedic · 6 replies
    Yahoo! ^ | 16 September 2010 | NICOLE WINFIELD, Associated Press Writer
    EDINBURGH, Scotland – Pope Benedict XVI braved a chilly atmosphere Thursday in mostly secular Britain to issue his strongest comments yet on the sex abuse crisis, admitting that the Catholic Church had not acted decisively or quickly enough to remove priests who molested children. Speaking to reporters traveling with him from Rome, Benedict said the church's top priority now was to help abuse victims heal — ye the comments failed to satisfy victims' groups. Benedict's historic four-day visit has been overshadowed by disgust over the abuse scandal and indifference in Britain...
  • Still No Word On Why Polish Priest Committed Suicide

    08/27/2010 10:44:17 PM PDT · by 0beron · 8 replies
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 08/28/2010 | Tancred
    Back Ground Still Unclear German. It is thoroughly unclear, why the clergyman David Zalass originally of Poland, took his life in January 2010 in the city of Duisburg. This was reported on the website, 'Der Westen' yesterday. His body lay a month long, unnoticed in his home. Father Zerfass was active for sex years as chaplain in three Parishes in Poland, then as School Chaplain and in the marriage tribunal in Warsaw. From 1993 he worked in a Polish community in London. Then he was one year with the Carthusians in Parkminster in South England. since 1996 he was active...
  • Priest who blessed Morales found with cocaine

    07/30/2010 1:47:53 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 3+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 7/30/10 | Carlos Alberto Quiroga
    LA PAZ (Reuters) – The Aymara priest who blessed Bolivian President Evo Morales at an inauguration ceremony four years ago has been arrested in possession of 530 pounds (240 kg) of cocaine, police said Thursday. Anti-drugs police in the Andean country found a cocaine laboratory in the home of priest Valentin Mejillones. His son and a Colombian couple were also detained. The stash of liquid cocaine seized in the raid was valued at $240,000. Mejillones told local media he had been tricked by the Colombians, and Vice President Alvaro Garcia said Morales had not chosen the priest to preside at...
  • Letters unlock doors for priest with Alzheimer's

    07/30/2010 4:23:03 AM PDT · by MDJohnPaul · 14 replies · 1+ views
    The Catholic Review ^ | July 29, 2010 | George P. Matysek Jr.
    After attempting suicide several years ago at a Cumberland penitentiary, a prisoner spent his days lying alone on the floor of his tiny cell. Staring at the ceiling and speaking few words, the man seemed lost. Father Milton A. Hipsley, then the pastor of St. Mary in Cumberland and a chaplain for the area’s prisons, was moved by the man’s despair. Wearing his black clerics and white collar, the priest entered the cell and lay down beside the motionless figure. He became a channel of God’s mercy. “Inmates are good people,” Father Hipsley remembered. “They are lonely and they’re frustrated....
  • Testimony of a Former Irish Priest

    07/18/2010 6:04:05 AM PDT · by Titus Quinctius Cincinnatus · 7,614 replies · 432+ views
    BereanBeacon.Org ^ | Richard Peter Bennett
    The Early Years Born Irish, in a family of eight, my early childhood was fulfilled and happy. My father was a colonel in the Irish Army until he retired when I was about nine. As a family, we loved to play, sing, and act, all within a military camp in Dublin. We were a typical Irish Roman Catholic family. My father sometimes knelt down to pray at his bedside in a solemn manner. My mother would talk to Jesus while sewing, washing dishes, or even smoking a cigarette. Most evenings we would kneel in the living room to say the...
  • Police: Conn. priest stole $1M for male escorts

    07/06/2010 10:53:58 AM PDT · by raccoonradio · 18 replies · 1+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 7/6/10 | Boston Herald
    A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut was charged today with stealing $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants. The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, Waterbury police said. Arraignment was expected Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court. Gray, 64, used the money to stay at such hotels as the Waldorf-Astoria and on expensive clothing labels including Armani suits and Brooks Brothers, said Capt. Christopher Corbett. He also paid the college tuition and rent of...
  • Police: Conn. priest stole $1M for male escorts

    07/06/2010 8:58:23 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 40 replies · 1+ views
    hosted. ^ | Jul 6
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. (AP) -- A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut was charged Tuesday with stealing $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing and luxury hotels and restaurants. The Rev. Kevin J. Gray, former pastor at Sacred Heart/Sagrado Corazon Parish in Waterbury, was arrested and charged with first-degree larceny, Waterbury police said. Arraignment was expected Tuesday in Waterbury Superior Court....
  • Of priests and possible priests to be

    06/18/2010 12:24:18 PM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 187+ views
    osv ^ | June 14, 2010 | Mary DeTurris Poust
    For the past nine months I’ve been working with eight Boy Scouts from my parish, including my own 13-year-old son, toward the completion of their Ad Altare Dei medal, a fairly rigorous religious program for Catholic Scouts that requires them to study the seven sacraments one by one. Service projects and prayers, Powerpoints and collages are all part of the “homework” that has to be done before they conclude with a weekend retreat. I recently helped the boys with the Holy Orders chapter and thought it would be a good experience for them to attend an actual ordination. So this...
  • The Priest's Preparation and Thanksgiving for Mass

    06/18/2010 9:30:27 AM PDT · by markomalley · 93+ views
    Zenit ^ | 6/18/2010 | Father Paul Gunter, OSB
    ROME, JUNE 18, 2010 ( The priest depends on his union with God for the fruitfulness of his life and ministry and the people of God rely on the priest to pray for them. Jesus Christ entrusted to his closest followers a premise for any good they would do. "I am the vine, you are the branches. Those who abide in me and I in them bear much fruit, because apart from me you can do nothing."[1] The same Jesus, in the context of many miracles that he worked, established times to be by himself so as to spend time...
  • Pro-life Hero, Protestant Minister to Catholic Priest: Fr. Paul Schenck

    06/16/2010 4:37:14 AM PDT · by tcg · 2 replies · 158+ views
    Catholic Online ^ | 6/16/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    I had the privilege of being part of Church history on Saturday, June 12, 2010. My friend of many years, former Protestant minister and Pro-Life hero, Paul Schenck, was ordained as a Priest of the Catholic Church. My history with Fr. Paul Schenck goes back decades. ...It was against this background that I traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania this past weekend; to rejoice with my long time friend at the goodness of the Lord in calling him. He was ordained a deacon six months ago. With a dispensation from Rome waiving the celibacy requirement, he was ordained to the Holy Priesthood...
  • Local husband, dad to join Catholic priesthood

    06/11/2010 9:41:34 AM PDT · by NYer · 26 replies · 415+ views
    ydr ^ | June 10, 2010 | MELISSA NANN BURKE
    Paul Schenck and his family say grace before dinner at their Manchester Township home in 2007. Schenck will become the first married priest in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg on Saturday. A former Anglican pastor will become the Roman Catholic Diocese of Harrisburg's first married priest when he's ordained Saturday in Springettsbury Township. Paul Schenck, 51, of Manchester Township will be ordained by Bishop Victor Galeone of the Diocese of St. Augustine (Fla.) during a 10 a.m. Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Galeone, a longtime friend of Schenck's, will perform the rite because the Diocese of Harrisburg has...
  • From Jewish boy to Protestant Catholic Priest

    06/09/2010 5:52:05 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies · 42+ views
    The Deacon's Bench ^ | 6/8/10 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    It's the first Catholic ordination in one Pennsylvania community -- and it's one for the history books: St. Joseph's Church in York will be the setting on Saturday for an event sure to go down in local religious history, and perhaps more. Paul Schenck, born into a Jewish family, eventually ordained as a Protestant minister, converting then becoming a Catholic deacon ... plus being married and blessed with many children ... will be ordained a Catholic priest in solemn ceremonies at St. Joseph's on Saturday. This will be the first-ever Catholic ordination in York, and surely, from a ministerial perspective,...
  • 'Father Oprah' now a South Florida Episcopal priest and becoming father from marriage

    05/31/2010 12:13:57 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 15 replies · 596+ views
    AP ^ | May 31, 2010
    Miami -- A Miami priest who left the Catholic Church after photos surfaced of him kissing his girlfriend on the beach has been ordained as an Episcopal priest. Alberto Cutie, known as "Father Oprah," has since married Ruhama Canellis and the two are expecting a baby.
  • A special message from the Priestly Pugilist

    05/25/2010 5:42:24 PM PDT · by Balt · 2 replies · 180+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 5/25/2010 | The Priestly Pugilsit
    1:53 PM 5/25/2010 — There will come a day when the mad people will look at the normal people and say, "Look at these mad people because they are not like us" (St. Anthony the Great). We (I mean, me) regret to announce that the Priestly Pugilist© has been closed. There is no cabalistic reason for the site's termination at this time; and any you may come up with on your own will be the products of your own paranoia. Suffice it to say, the reasons are personal, which means they're none of your business. For the benefit of some...
  • Longtime Catholic priest accused of inappropriate contact placed on leave in Rowlett

    05/24/2010 9:48:22 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 32 replies · 410+ views
    Dallas News ^ | 22 May 2010 | MATTHEW HAAG
    A longtime Catholic priest has been placed on leave and is under investigation by Rowlett police after two teenage girls and some parish staff members accused him of touching them inappropriately. The women told the Catholic Diocese of Dallas that in recent months the Rev. Bob Crisp, a priest at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, had made them feel uncomfortable, giving them lengthy hugs and rubbing his feet against their legs. Crisp joined the Dallas Diocese in the 1970s and has been assigned to several parishes, including Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Garland and St. Pius X Catholic Church in northeast...
  • Priest Arrested in Brazil on Charges of Sexually Abusing Boy {Priest had erotic dungeon}

    05/24/2010 6:00:39 AM PDT · by TSgt · 20 replies · 850+ views
    SĂO PAULO, Brazil — The authorities in Rio de Janeiro said Sunday that they had arrested a Polish priest and charged him with sexually abusing a 16-year-old former altar boy. The judge who issued the arrest warrant said the priest, Father Marcin Michael Strachanowski, 44, had used his parish’s rectory as an “erotic dungeon” to carry out sex acts with boys. The police in Rio de Janeiro State said that Father Strachanowski, who was arrested late Friday, was being held at a police station awaiting court proceedings. He is accused of handcuffing the 16-year-old to a bed “to satisfy his...
  • Polish priest detained in Brazil sex-abuse case

    05/22/2010 2:38:14 PM PDT · by Grunthor · 30 replies · 581+ views
    Ass Press ^ | Sat May 22 | ALAN CLENDENNING
    SAO PAULO – A Polish priest accused of sexually abusing a former altar boy in Rio de Janeiro and turning his parish home into an "erotic dungeon" has surrendered and is now in police custody, a public safety official said Saturday.
  • Documents, Including Letter To Ratzinger, Sought In Priest Sex Abuse Lawsuit

    05/19/2010 8:30:24 AM PDT · by TSgt · 157 replies · 990+ views ^ | May 18, 2010 | DAVE ALTIMARI
    Attorneys for the Diocese of Norwich are trying to keep secret hundreds of documents — including a letter written to the pope when he was a cardinal — that discussed the status of a priest accused of molesting more than a dozen young girls. The letter from Bishop Michael Cote to then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in April 2005 concerned "canonical processes" regarding Thomas W. Shea, a retired priest accused of molesting as many as 16 girls at 11 different parishes during a nearly 40-year career, according to court records. The letter is one of more than 600 documents that the diocese...
  • Vatican Statement On Legion Of Christ Leaves Unanswered Questions, Says Ex-Legionary Priest

    05/05/2010 4:21:38 AM PDT · by Biggirl · 171+ views ^ | May 5, 2010 | Matt C. Abbott
    Father James Farfaglia, a priest of the Diocese of Corpus Christi for nine years, was formerly with the Legion of Christ for 21 years. His response to the Vatican's recent statement on the scandal-plagued order? "When I read it, my first response was that of hurt and anger. I don't see how the Legion of Christ can reform itself by leaving in place the present leadership," Father Farfaglia said in an e-mail.
  • (Catholic Priest) Cites Church Stand Against Illegal Immigration [Ecumenical]

    04/29/2010 3:47:35 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 8 replies · 455+ views
    The Wanderer ^ | 04/22/2010 | Dexter Duggan
    Fr. Patrick Bascio, an author and retired priest of the Holy Ghost Fathers, recently had published On the Immorality of Illegal Immigration, a book that he says has been sent to many bishops to help inform their views. Fr. Bascio’s book was published by AuthorHouse, Bloomington, Ind., 800- 839- 8640, www. authorhouse. com. Bascio, who served in the United States, the Caribbean, and Africa and whose e- mail address is paj bascio@ yahoo. com, engaged in the following edited e- mail interview with The Wanderer. Why do you think a Catholic priest’s book on the immorality of illegal immigration is...
  • Did Priest Break Seal Of Confession?

    04/22/2010 6:51:34 AM PDT · by marcbold · 167 replies · 1,388+ views
    National Catholic Register ^ | 4/22/10 | Patrick Archbold
    In all the media hype surrounding the sex abuse scandal, haters of the Church have wondered if that scandal could destroy the Church and the priesthood. The short answer is no, but a scandal like this one could. (Not destroy permanently, of course. Nothing could do that.) Father David Verhasselt, a priest in the parish of St. Catherine of Alexandria Church in the diocese of Milwaukee, has been placed on administrative leave because he is under investigation for breaking the seal of confession. The charge is so serious that Archbishop Jerome Listecki has even barred Fr. Verhasselt from visiting the...
  • UK victims of paedophile priests seek meeting with pope

    04/10/2010 5:28:42 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 7 replies · 994+ views
    guardian. ^ | 11 April 2010 | Riazat Butt,
    Vatican is urged to use the papal visit to demonstrate concern at the damage done by paedophile priests The Vatican is being urged to arrange meetings between victims of clerical sexual abuse and Pope Benedict XVI when he comes to the UK later this year. Victim support groups, including the Survivors' Network of those Abused by Priests (Snap) and One in Four UK, said such encounters would help defuse anger and demonstrate the church's concern for its wounded congregation. The call comes after the papal spokesman, Father Federico Lombardi, said that the pope had "written of his readiness to hold...
  • Q&A: Understanding the Priest Scandal (Pedophilia occurs more frequently in Protestant Churches)

    04/09/2010 7:24:29 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 103 replies · 1,662+ views
    Catholic Answers ^ | 04/09/2010
    Make no mistake: The ongoing crisis of priestly sexual abuse is the biggest scandal of our lifetime. If faithful Catholics are left to cringe at the mention of the scandal, if we are silenced or hampered in our evangelization efforts because of the sins of a few priests, the Church will suffer the consequences for decades to come. But if we understand the true nature of the problem, we can help those around us separate truth from distortion and hopefully bring about healing more quickly. We must step up and defend our faith. To do anything less would be a...
  • Minn. attorney: Extraditing priest may take years

    04/08/2010 5:55:27 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 2 replies · 207+ views
    hosted ^ | Apr 8 | PATRICK CONDON
    MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- Extraditing a Roman Catholic priest from his native India to face charges of sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Minnesota could take several years, the prosecutor in the case said Thursday. Roseau County Attorney Lisa Hanson said federal officials told her the extradition of Rev. Joseph Palanivel Jeyapaul could last four or five years if he's uncooperative. A formal extradition request was filed with the Department of Justice last fall, she said.
  • Church: Norway bishop resigned in '09 over abuse

    04/07/2010 7:36:40 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 334+ views
    hosted. ^ | Apr 7
    OSLO (AP) -- Norway's Catholic Church revealed Wednesday that a bishop who resigned last year did so after admitting he had molested a child years earlier, when he was a priest. Georg Mueller stepped down as bishop in the western city of Trondheim in June 2009. The church said it had not previously disclosed the reason for his resignation at the request of the victim.....
  • Wisconsin's Catholic child abuse anguish

    03/27/2010 3:29:23 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 174 replies · 2,327+ views
    BBC ^ | 26 March 2010 | Matthew Price
    What must it feel like to have lost 50 years of your life? For that is what 61-year old Arthur Budzinski has endured. Five long decades of personal pain. And he has to rely on others to speak of his anguish. It is made worse by the fact that no-one has been held to account for the sexual abuse he says he suffered as a child while at the Roman Catholic St John's School for the Deaf in St Francis, Wisconsin. Arthur and around 200 other boys are said to have been sexually abused at the school by Father Lawrence...
  • US priest accused of molesting 200 deaf boys

    03/26/2010 6:27:09 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 63 replies · 2,276+ views
    hosted ^ | Mar 26 | DINESH RAMDE and TODD RICHMOND
    ST. FRANCIS, Wis. (AP) -- Steven Geier says that four times in the mid-1960s, the Rev. Lawrence Murphy coaxed the then-14-year-old student into a closet at St. John's School for the Deaf just outside Milwaukee and molested him, using God to justify his actions. Geier said when he told Murphy what was happening was wrong, the priest replied, "Oh, yes. God sent me. This is confession." Geier, now 59 and living in Madison....
  • Major scandals in Catholic Church

    03/22/2010 6:21:30 AM PDT · by Gamecock · 234 replies · 2,397+ views
    Montreal Gazette ^ | March 22, 2010
    Pope Benedict's weekend apology to Ireland went further than any other papal statement on child-sex abuse by priests, but still fell too short for many victims of the scandals shaking the Catholic Church across Europe. Following are details of some of the major abuse scandals in various countries: SWITZERLAND: The Swiss Catholic Church is investigating allegations of abuse by clergy. The Diocese of Chur, in eastern Switzerland, said Saturday it was investigating about 10 complaints. The abbot of a monastery in the diocese said at least three of the 77 monks at Einsiedeln had committed acts of abuse since he...
  • Catholic Caucus: Father Paul Marx, Founder of Human Life International, Passes Away

    03/21/2010 8:24:30 PM PDT · by topher · 12 replies · 264+ views
    Saturday March 20, 2010 Updated: Fr. Paul Marx, Founder of Human Life International, Passes Away HLI's Fr. Thomas Euteneuer: "Because of Fr. Paul Marx, the world has a pro-life movement" By Steve JalsevacCOLLEGEVILLE, Minnesota, March 20, 2010 ( - Fr. Paul Marx, the famed pro-life missionary priest who founded Human Life International in 1981, and the Population Research Institute in 1989, died at 8:10 a.m this morning at the St. John's Benedictine Abbey in Collegeville, Minnesota. He was 3 months short of 90 years of age. Fr. Thomas Euteneuer, the current head of Human Life International, called LifeSiteNews today...
  • Victims disappointed by Pope abuse letter

    03/20/2010 9:35:25 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 127 replies · 3,610+ views
    ab ^ | 1 hour 33 minutes ago
    Irish victims of clerical child sexual abuse are deeply disappointed by Pope Benedict's letter of apology as it fails to address the role of senior church leaders, a group representing victims said. "My first response was deep disappointment in the letter," said Maeve Lewis, executive director of victims group One in Four. "We feel the letter falls far short of addressing the concerns of the victims." She said the Pope's letter focused too narrowly on lower-rank Irish priests without recognising the responsibility of the Vatican and senior Irish clerics for protecting offenders and dealing with victims. "There is nothing in...
  • New Yorkers step in where Congress fails to aid ailing priest who gave last rites at Ground Zero

    03/16/2010 2:41:21 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 17 replies · 537+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | 3-15-10 | Michael Mcauliff
    WASHINGTON - Congress has failed ailing 9/11 responder Father Stephen Petrovich, but New Yorkers are stepping up to help the cleric, impoverished and dying from poisons he inhaled at Ground Zero. Petrovich, 58, of Huron, Ohio, spent almost two weeks in the ruins of the World Trade Center and its makeshift morgue, blessing shattered parts of human beings and ministering to rescuers. The dust damaged his lungs, leaving him disabled and reduced to hospice care in what could soon be his deathbed. He is among the thousands weighing the 9/11 settlement offer, and desperately hoping Congress will do better by...

    03/14/2010 3:32:22 PM PDT · by Jedediah · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Bible and The Comforter ^ | scribed by Jedediah
    These are days of fulfillment in you for others and my will being released through your touch and words for as you walk in My will and my ways I come alive in you as an effervescent eternal Spring of Life for others " Cornerstone " . For I AM The Melchizedek ( Priest ) of your life and the Breath ( Spirit ) of your Heart ( Will ) along the Wellspring (Path) of My Ways in you " Cornerstone " ! In the New Testament, references to Melchizedek appear only in the Epistle to the Hebrews (end I...
  • Married Priests Practiced Celibacy

    03/09/2010 12:13:22 PM PST · by the invisib1e hand · 200 replies · 1,161+ views
    Rome Reports ^ | March 8, 2010 | Rome Reports
    Married or single priests from the early stages of Christianity practiced celibacy, according to a Vatican archaeologist. During the first four centuries, married priests would renounce having intimate relationships with their wives, but they needed their the approval of their spouse. Brief video:
  • A priest showed the way

    02/28/2010 9:02:37 AM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 41 replies · 1,200+ views
    New York Post ^ | February 28, 2010 | BRAD HAMILTON and SUSANNAH CAHALAN
    She thought she might get off with a few Hail Marys. Instead, she got three years in prison. The 27-year-old New Jersey woman who cried rape and put away an innocent man had no idea what coming clean would cost her when she stepped into a confessional a year ago and told her priest everything. "She was going to confess this was her sin and that was it," said a source familiar with the shocking recantation of Biurny Peguero Gonzalez, who on Tuesday was sentenced to one to three years in prison for falsely accusing William McCaffrey of a violent...
  • Ashes found in Tampa trash laid to rest in Chesapeake

    02/07/2010 6:16:49 PM PST · by csvset · 7 replies · 827+ views
    The Virginian-Pilot ^ | February 7, 2010 | Kristin Davis
    CHESAPEAKE "We couldn't be there when she died. But we can be there for her now." The priest's robes flutter in the frigid breeze as he moves quickly toward the Blessed Sacrament Chapel with the square-shaped urn. He holds the gold-colored box like a treasure he must protect, because for so long, no one did. Monsignor Michael McCarron calls her "Barbara." He knows only the sparest details of her life, mostly dates and addresses: She was born in Germany in 1897. She moved to the United States in 1955. She died in Tampa a decade ago at 103. They had...