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  • Catholic Church needs exorcists (Church short of priests who know how to perform exorcism)

    11/14/2010 10:12:15 AM PST · by WebFocus · 30 replies
    New York Post ^ | 11/13/2010 | Todd Venezia
    The Roman Catholic Church is looking for a few good men -- to battle Satan. The church in the US has become so short of priests who know how to perform an exorcism that it began an emergency two-day meeting yesterday to teach clerics how to properly cast out demons. A group of 56 bishops and 66 priests -- including an assistant to New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan -- have gathered in Baltimore for the Conference on the Liturgical and Pastoral Practice of Exorcism. The mystical meeting was focused on a lot more than just dodging green vomit and stopping...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Persevering in Prayer

    09/03/2010 6:28:14 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    Vultus Christi ^ | 8-31-10 | Fr Mark Kirby
    From time to time, I present anew some of the prayers that I composed for the Spiritual Mothers of Priests and for all, men and women alike, who pray, suffer, and offer themselves for the sanctification of priests. Here are three of these prayers: Prayer for Vocations Lord Jesus Christ, Who callest to Thy service whomsoever Thou wilt, let the light of Thy Face and the tenderness of Thy Heart rest upon the young men of our own parishes and families. Grant that those whom Thou hast chosen from among us may hear Thy invitation and respond to Thy call...
  • Catholic Word of the Day: FIRST MASS, 08-25-10

    08/25/2010 9:53:57 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies
    CatholicReference.net ^ | 08-25-10 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):FIRST MASS The first Sacrifice of the Mass offered by a newly ordained priest. In the new grant of indulgences (A plenary indulgence is granted to the priest, who celebrates his first Mass with any solemnity, and to the faithful who devoutly assist at this Mass." All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Can we Correct the Leadership Gap in the Catholic Church?

    07/30/2010 10:50:16 AM PDT · by Balt · 1+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 7/20/2010 | Father Michael Venditti, M. Div.
    As one who has made a point of actively persuing and personally instructing converts to the Catholic Faith,—rather than simply waiting for them to appear then throwing them into some “program” in which I am minimally involved—I have observed that one of the most attractive aspects of Catholicism drawing Protestant Christians as well as the “unchurched” to the Faith is the certainty and unmitigated intransigence of Catholic dogma. For the most part, the converts—and I am not ashamed of using that word, even for baptized Protestants entering the Church, inasmuch as anyone making such a change in his or her...
  • Pray for Priests! [PRAYER]

    07/26/2010 3:02:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 1+ views
    Saint Pio from Pietrelcina ^ | 7-26-10 | mlizzy
    Last night at Mass, our enlightened younger priest, who is from India, gave a homily that my teenage daughter referred to as "really good." I asked her what he said (I don't have my hearing), and she said he quoted saints and popes all throughout, adding in that people of great wealth (we live in a wealthy area) have difficulty putting time aside for prayer, that a survey claimed only four minutes per day on average for this group. At the end of Mass, our pastor, whose last day was yesterday, spoke at the lectern to say goodbye and he...
  • Vatican orders gay priests to clear out

    07/25/2010 1:24:30 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 24 replies · 2+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | July 25th 2010 | Nicole Winfield
    THE Catholic Church in Italy, still reeling from the clerical sex abuse scandal, has lashed out at gay priests who are leading a double life, urging them to come out of the closet and leave the priesthood. The Diocese of Rome issued the strongly worded statement last Friday after the conservative weekly magazine Panorama printed a cover story and accompanying video claiming it had interviewed three gay priests in Rome and accompanied them to gay clubs and bars and to sexual encounters with strangers, including one in a church building. One of the priests, a Frenchman identified only as Paul,...
  • Editorial: Homosexual Activity, Catholic Teaching and Scandalmongering

    07/23/2010 3:27:03 PM PDT · by tcg · 6 replies
    Catholic Online ^ | 7/24/10 | Deacon Keith Fournier
    The teaching of the Catholic Church regarding homosexual sexual activity as morally disordered, constituting grave sin and against the Natural Law which binds all human beings is unequivocal. Among the clearest summaries was one set forth by then Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in the "Letter to the Bishops of the Catholic Church on the Pastoral Care of Homosexual Persons" promulgated in 1986 by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the faith. Here are a few of the insights: "The Church, obedient to the Lord who founded her and gave to her the sacramental life, celebrates the divine plan of the loving...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] 23 Reasons Why A Priest Should Wear His Collar

    07/23/2010 1:55:10 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 6 replies · 4+ views
    Courageous Priest ^ | 7-22-10 | Msgr. Charles M. Mangan & Father Gerald E. Murray
    1. The Roman collar is a sign of priestly consecration to the Lord. As a wedding ring distinguishes husband and wife and symbolizes the union they enjoy, so the Roman collar identifies bishops and priests (and often deacons and seminarians) and manifests their proximity to the Divine Master by virtue of their free consent to the ordained ministry to which they have been (or may be) called. 2. By wearing clerical clothing and not possessing excess clothes, the priest demonstrates adherence to the Lord’s example of material poverty. The priest does not choose his clothes – the Church has, thanks...
  • Belgian child sex abuse police probe death threats

    07/05/2010 6:55:32 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 4 replies
    BBC ^ | July 4th 2010 | Dominic Huges
    Police investigating claims of child abuse by Belgian clergy have told the BBC they are probing death threats against witnesses and magistrates. Last month police raided a meeting of Belgium's Catholic bishops as part of their investigation, seizing computers and documents. They even searched the tomb of at least one cardinal, prompting an angry response from the Vatican. The country is one of several where the Church has been shaken by abuse claims. The investigation into child abuse allegations in Belgium's Catholic Church has already prompted extraordinary scenes, says the BBC's Dominic Hughes in Brussels. But now the investigation has...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS] Blessed Mother leads boy to priesthood

    06/28/2010 7:51:35 AM PDT · by mlizzy
    CNA ^ | 6-26-10 | Tanya Connor
    Worcester, Mass., Jun 26, 2010 / 01:14 pm (CNA).- “When I grow up, I want to be like him,” The 5-year-old was talking about the priest. But while still a child the boy fell in love – with the image of Our Lady of Fatima. “If I find a woman who looks like her, and has her characteristics, I’ll marry her,” he decided. “For 34 years I’ve never met that woman,” he says now. “I guess the Blessed Mother wants me. I’m all hers. Like John Paul II said, ‘Totus Tuus Maria.’” This is the story of Deacon Lowe Bretańa...
  • Priests are a gift from the Heart of Christ, Pope Benedict says

    06/13/2010 12:16:24 PM PDT · by markomalley · 2,435 replies · 3,592+ views
    CNA ^ | 6/13/2010
    Vatican City, Jun 13, 2010 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Thousands of pilgrims and faithful gathered at noon Sunday in St. Peter’s Square to pray the Angelus with the Holy Father. Before the prayer, he said that the fruits of the recently ended Year for Priests could never be measured, but are already visible and will continue to be ever more so. “The priest is a gift from the heart of Christ, a gift for the Church and for the world. From the heart of the Son of God, overflowing with love, all the goods of the Church spring forth,”...
  • [Catholic Caucus] Exclusive excerpt from Father Euteneuer's book on exorcism

    06/16/2010 3:24:59 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 27 replies · 318+ views
    RenewAmerica ^ | 6-11-10 | Matt C. Abbott
    Below is the Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant, a new book authored by Father Tom Euteneuer, president of Human Life International. ------- Introduction to Exorcism and the Church Militant:Draw your strength from the Lord and his mighty power. Put on the armor of God so that you may be able to stand firm against the tactics of the devil. Our battle is not against human forces but against the principalities and powers, the rulers of this world of darkness, the evil spirits in regions above. You must put on the armor of God if you are to resist...
  • [CATHOLIC CAUCUS} The Maternal Heart of Mary

    06/07/2010 11:11:58 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 2 replies · 14+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 6-5-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Mother Potter's Marian MissionAt the end of 1874, Mother Potter received the inner certitude that she and the religious Congregation she was to institute (The Little Company of Mary) were called to foster devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. "We are chosen," wrote Mother Potter, . . . to promulgate in God's Church an increase of devotion to the Maternal Heart of Mary. We must increase our love for Our Lady and her sweet Maternal Heart, which makes us desire to propagate that devotion and to lead as many of God's vast family as we can to love and...
  • The Catholic Blogosphere: friend or foe?

    05/27/2010 2:28:39 PM PDT · by Balt · 4 replies · 213+ views
    Master of Divinity ^ | 5/27/2010 | Rev. J. Michael Venditti
    “It is dangerous to be right in matters on which the established authorities are wrong” (Voltaire). Some twenty-five years ago, a discussion arose in the seminary about when a priest should or should not be dressed as such. All manner of examples were thrown out for consideration: restaurants, movie theaters, baseball games (with and without altar boys), etc. One of our professors, Msgr. William B. Smith, STD, whose obituary your M. Div. wrote last year and will post here eventually, had the most lucid comment: “Whenever a priest is in a situation where being known as a priest would...
  • Do Not Tire of Visiting Us [Catholic Caucus]

    05/13/2010 6:26:06 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 142+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 5-12-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Tonight, at least, I have no words to express what I perceive to be the significance of this Act of Consecration in the context of The Year of the Priest. I have nothing but joy, and an immense gratitude to the Holy Father. Consecration of Priests to the Immaculate Heart of MaryImmaculate Mother, in this place of grace, called together by the love of your Son Jesus the Eternal High Priest, we, sons in the Son and his priests, consecrate ourselves to your maternal Heart, in order to carry out faithfully the Father's Will. We are mindful that, without Jesus,...
  • Men of the Same Cloth?: Old Priests vs. New Priests

    05/02/2010 6:11:21 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 28 replies · 603+ views
    US Catholic ^ | 4/19/10 | Christina Capecchi
    As wing tips and clerical collars replace sandals and golf shirts, parishes react to a new style of priest.When the alarm clock rings, Father James Moore, 33, pops out of bed. He brews coffee, makes his bed, and launches into prayer. Down the hall, Father Bart Hutcherson, 48, likes to set two alarms half an hour apart to ease into the morning. He doesnÂ’t bother making his bed. Their days, their desks, and their general approaches to priesthood differ widely. Yet they are both Dominican priests serving the same parish, St. Thomas More Catholic Newman Center in Tucson, Arizona. When...
  • Blogging the Good News - Priests and Bishops Answer the Pope's Call

    04/25/2010 6:50:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 13 replies · 213+ views
    Faith and FamilyLive.com ^ | April 24, 2010 | Eddie O'Neill
    Blogging the Good News Priests and Bishops Answer the Pope's Call by Eddie O'Neill in Family on Saturday, April 24, 2010 5:00 AM “Who better than a priest, as a man of God, can develop and put into practice, by his competence in current digital technology, a pastoral outreach capable of making God concretely present in today’s world?” Benedict XVI wrote in his Message for the 44th World Communications Day, which will be celebrated on Sunday, May 16.The Holy Father says that a blog is a good way for priests to proclaim the Gospel, a significant message as the Church...
  • Singing priests top French album charts

    04/25/2010 4:31:41 AM PDT · by NYer · 13 replies · 521+ views
    Agoravox ^ | April 23, 2010
    Move over Lady Gaga. Sorry Black Eyed Peas. And tough for homegrown French talent such as Christophe Maé. This week’s best selling album here in France is none other than "Spiritus Dei" by a group called "Les Prêtres". "Holy voices singing eternal hits" goes the commercial for the album that is currently taking France by storm. Given the name, there are no prizes perhaps for guessing that the group is made up of two real-life priests, Jean-Michel Bardet and Charles Troesch and a seminarist, Dinh Nguyen Nguyen. A Boys Band with a difference, if you will, and the brainchild of...
  • What the Media DOESN'T say [regarding many abusive priests being homosexual]

    04/16/2010 1:24:19 PM PDT · by mlizzy · 7 replies · 537+ views
    You Tube / Real Catholic TV ^ | 4-16-10 | Michael Voris
    Media prejudice is always based on its own view of the world and the agenda it wants to put forward. In the case of clerical sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church, there is one point which constitutes a virtual conspiracy of silence and coverup on the part of the media.
  • Vatican under fire for linking gays to pedophilia

    04/14/2010 10:28:34 AM PDT · by DManA · 28 replies · 703+ views
    Reuters via The Vancoever Sun ^ | April 14, 2010 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY - Gay groups and politicians condemned Pope Benedict's number two on Wednesday for calling homosexuality a "pathology" and linking it directly to sexual abuse of children. The comments made by Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a visit to Chile, and the controversy they caused, were splashed on mainstream Italian newspapers on Wednesday. The French foreign ministry and some Catholic blogs that support the pope also condemned the cardinal's remarks.
  • Vatican attacked (by gay groups) over cardinal's claim of homosexuality and paedophilia link

    04/14/2010 6:49:02 AM PDT · by NYer · 63 replies · 912+ views
    Guardian ^ | April 14, 2010
    Gay rights groups have condemned the Vatican's secretary of state, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, for claiming that the Catholic church's sexual abuse crisis was linked to homosexuality and paedophilia and not celibacy among priests.Bertone, who is considered Pope Benedict's number two, sparked the controversy on a visit to Chile when he suggested gay sexuality was to blame for the church's child abuse scandals.Homosexual associations in Italy reacted with anger and indignation. The biggest group, Arcigay, called the cardinal's words "shocking and irresponsible". The president of the gay media service, Gaynet, said if senior church officials "feel constrained to dump the blame...
  • In Defense of the Pope [Dershowitz]

    04/13/2010 11:35:38 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 467+ views
    Front Page Magazine ^ | 4/13/10 | Alan M. Dershowitz
    Having criticized particular Catholic cardinals for blaming everything–including the Church’s sex scandal–on “the Jews”, let me now come to the defense of the Pope and of the Church itself on this issue. To begin with, this is an extraordinarily complex problem, because the Church has at least five important traditions that make it difficult to move quickly and aggressively in response to complaints of abuse. The first tradition involves confidentiality, particularly not exclusively the confidentiality of the priest with regard to the penitent. But there is also a wider spread tradition of confidentiality within the Church hierarchy itself. Second, there...
  • Mean Men [Media Falsely Portraying Catholic Sex Abuse Issue]

    04/13/2010 8:20:46 AM PDT · by freespirited · 2 replies · 262+ views
    Newsweak ^ | 04/08/10 | Pat Wingert
    The Catholic sex-abuse stories emerging every day suggest that Catholics have a much bigger problem with child molestation than other denominations and the general population. Many point to peculiarities of the Catholic Church (its celibacy rules for priests, its insular hierarchy, its exclusion of women) to infer that there's something particularly pernicious about Catholic clerics that predisposes them to these horrific acts. It's no wonder that, back in 2002—when the last Catholic sex-abuse scandal was making headlines—a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll found that 64 percent of those queried thought Catholic priests "frequently'' abused children. Yet experts say there's simply...
  • Newsweek: Priests Unfairly Targeted as Abusers (Comments on Mean Men article -- some sanity?)

    04/12/2010 9:36:43 AM PDT · by Salvation · 48 replies · 595+ views
    TheSacred Page.com ^ | Michael Barber comments on Newsweek article
    <p>Finally, some sanity! PLEASE, SPREAD THIS AROUND! I'm going to embolden key elements in the story and add some comments in red ink. Tip of the hat to www.NewAdvent.org.</p> <p>Mean Men: The priesthood is being cast as the refuge of pederasts. In fact, priests seem to abuse children at the same rate as everyone else.</p>
  • Want to encourage vocations? Shoot the bishop.

    04/10/2010 12:54:09 PM PDT · by Balt · 2 replies · 263+ views
    Priestly Pugilist ^ | 4/10/2010 | The Priestly Pugilist
    In the few thoughts that your PP has offered about media attacks against Pope Benedict XVI during the last couple of weeks, something has been creeping around in the back of your PP’s mind. Albeit, the back of your PP’s mind is a rather dark and deleterious place—I myself try to avoid it as much as possible—filled with all manner of unfriendly spirits. The one I’ve been having to beat back more than others, however, seems to have been conjured forth by the example of so many bishops rushing to the Holy Father’s defense—in some cases, bishops who, by the...
  • 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...
  • Newsweek: Priests Abuse at Same Rate as Non-Priests?

    04/09/2010 7:52:25 AM PDT · by mattstat · 4 replies · 286+ views
    Newsweek writes, “The priesthood is being cast as the refuge of pederasts. In fact, priests seem to abuse children at the same rate as everyone else.” People have known since Peter’s days that some Catholic priests did not take their vows of celibacy seriously. Holiness wasn’t the only reason that some women got themselves to a nunnery. I recall my paternal grandfather warning me not to be a choir boy because I ran the risk of being “diddled.” He said this to me in crowd of adults who laughed knowingly at his witticism. Yet focus over the last decade has...
  • Vatican Declined to Pursue Accused Priest

    04/05/2010 3:00:51 PM PDT · by Cardhu · 101 replies · 1,338+ views
    New York Times Europe ^ | April 5th 2020 | JACK HEALY
    A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a teenage girl in Minnesota has been allowed to continue working at a Catholic diocese in southern India despite warnings from an American bishop that he could still “pose a risk to minors,” according to church documents released Monday. In a letter sent in December 2005, the bishop, Victor H. Balke, told Vatican authorities that preliminary investigations showed that the priest, Father Joseph Pavanivel Jeyapaul, had molested a 16-year-old girl after promising to discuss her interest in becoming a nun. Bishop Balke wrote that the priest had also “misappropriated a substantial amount of...
  • GRASSROOTS EFFORT EMERGES TO SUPPORT PRIESTS (Catholic Caucus)

    04/01/2010 12:52:10 PM PDT · by Jeff Chandler · 4 replies · 220+ views
    ATLANTA, Ga. (April 1, 2010)—A lay Catholic organization announces the formation of a new movement to support Catholic priests called EncouragePriests.org™ . This announcement comes on Holy Thursday, the day Christians celebrate the anniversary of Christ instituting the priesthood and the Eucharist.
  • Forgotten Study: Abuse in School 100 Times Worse than by Priests

    04/01/2010 12:35:40 PM PDT · by topher · 113 replies · 2,693+ views
    LifeSiteNews.com -- Your Life, Family, and Cutlure Outpost ^ | April 1, 2010 | By James Tillman and John Jalsevac
    Thursday April 1, 2010 Forgotten Study: Abuse in School 100 Times Worse than by Priests By James Tillman and John JalsevacWASHINGTON, DC, April 1, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) – In the last several weeks such a quantity of ink has been spilled in newspapers across the globe about the priestly sex abuse scandals, that a casual reader might be forgiven for thinking that Catholic priests are the worst and most common perpetrators of child sex abuse. But according to Charol Shakeshaft, the researcher of a little-remembered 2004 study prepared for the U.S. Department of Education, "the physical sexual abuse of students in...
  • Pope willing to excommunicate Catholic Priests accused of pedophilia, turn them over to authorities

    04/01/2010 10:36:21 AM PDT · by RGirard · 127 replies · 1,866+ views
    examiner.com ^ | April 1, 2010 | Réne Girard
    In a surprising, yet reassuring turn of events, Pope Benedict XIV, the head of the Catholic Church has announced that he is willing to excommunicate any and all Catholic Priests who have been rightfully accused of pedophilia while in service to the Catholic Church. "It is my sworn duty to uphold the tenants of the faith which rest securely on the never changing, holy scripture, which speaks succinctly, yet passionately, against sexual sin within the body of Christ." Pope Benedict wrote in a letter addressed to "Fellow Catholics, Christians, and citizens of this great planet." ...
  • Chrism Mass: Sharing in the Anointing of the Christ

    03/30/2010 8:24:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 4 replies · 431+ views
    TheTidings.com ^ | Friday, March 27, 2009 | Rev. Christopher Bazyouros
    Chrism Mass: Sharing in the Anointing of the Christ By Rev. Christopher Bazyouros One of my favorite moments in the Rite of Baptism for Children is the post-baptismal anointing with chrism oil. Its fragrant aroma stirs profound memories of moments in my life, especially those connected with my priesthood.One moment, certainly, was the day of my priestly ordination when that same oil was poured over my hands by Cardinal Roger Mahony. The foundation of that moment was laid many months before at the celebration of the Chrism Mass on 14 April, 2003. My classmates and I, being deacons at...
  • Pope John Paul II Ignored Ratzinger's Pleas to Pursue Sex Abuse Cardinal

    03/29/2010 11:43:25 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 759+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/29/10 | Damian Thompson
    Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger tried to persuade Pope John Paul II to mount a full investigation into a cardinal who abused boys and young monks, one of the Church’s most senior figures revealed yesterday. But Ratzinger’s opponents in the Vatican managed to block the inquiry. As the future Benedict XVI put it: “The other side won.” The pervert cardinal was the late Hans Hermann Groer, removed as Archbishop of Vienna in 1995 following sex allegations. The source for the story is Groer’s successor in Vienna, Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn, an intellectual whom some commentators have tipped as a possible future Pope.The source...
  • The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you

    03/26/2010 9:38:33 PM PDT · by Salvation · 39 replies · 949+ views
    CatholicCulture.org ^ | March 25, 2010 | Phil Lawler
    The Pope and the Murphy case: what the New York Times story didn't tell you   By Phil Lawler | March 25, 2010 2:55 PM Today's front-page story in the New York Times suggests that the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF), under the direction of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, failed to act against a Wisconsin priest who was accused of molesting scores of boys at a school for the deaf.Is the story damaging? Yes. Should the Vatican have acted faster? Yes. Should the accused priest have been laicized? In all probability, Yes again.Nevertheless, before assigning all blame to...
  • "Now there is a loss of trust in the church..."

    03/23/2010 3:45:22 PM PDT · by NYer · 42 replies · 779+ views
    Beliefnet ^ | March 23, 2010 | Deacon Greg Kandra
    The New York Times this morning printed an essay from German author Peter Schneider, who raised some pointed questions about the Church in the pope's homeland: Pope Benedict should also recognize how precarious the Catholic Church is in Germany. Like Americans, Germans have already had to cope with a general loss of trust in public institutions. First there were the bankers, with their insane bets and bonuses. Then the politicians, who couldn't stop the bankers. Now there is a loss of trust in the church. But unlike in America, religion in Germany is already weak. In the former Communist east,...
  • Vatican says media in "ignoble attempt" to smear pope

    03/25/2010 1:29:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 100 replies · 1,118+ views
    Reuters ^ | March 25, 2010 | Philip Pullella Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – The Vatican on Thursday angrily attacked the media over its reporting of sexual abuse of children by priests, saying there was an "ignoble attempt" to smear Pope Benedict "at any cost." The editorial in a Vatican newspaper came on a day abuse victims protested near St Peter's Square to demand the pope open files on pedophile clerics and defrock "predator priests," and a cardinal spoke of a "conspiracy" against the church. "The prevalent tendency in the media is to ignore the facts and stretch interpretations with the aim of spreading the picture of the Catholic Church...
  • 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...
  • Ratzinger's Responsibility

    03/25/2010 8:19:34 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 62 replies · 823+ views
    National Catholic Reporter ^ | March 18, 2010 | Hans Kung
    1st Question: Why does the pope continue to assert that what he calls "holy" celibacy is a "precious gift", thus ignoring the biblical teaching that explicitly permits and even encourages marriage for all office holders in the Church?...The rule of celibacy is not a truth of faith, but a church law going back to the 11th Century... 4th Question: Is it not time for Pope Benedict XVI himself to acknowledge his share of responsibility, instead of whining about a campaign against his person? In his eight years as a professor of theology in Regensburg, in close contact with his brother...
  • The Great Catholic Cover-Up

    03/25/2010 7:20:44 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 33 replies · 824+ views
    Slate ^ | March 15 2010 | Christopher Hitchens
    The pope's entire career has the stench of evil about it. On March 10, the chief exorcist of the Vatican, the Rev. Gabriele Amorth (who has held this demanding post for 25 years), was quoted as saying that "the Devil is at work inside the Vatican," and that "when one speaks of 'the smoke of Satan' in the holy rooms, it is all true—including these latest stories of violence and pedophilia." This can perhaps be taken as confirmation that something horrible has indeed been going on in the holy precincts, though most inquiries show it to have a perfectly good...
  • Vatican Defends Decision Not to Defrock U.S. Priest

    03/25/2010 7:00:24 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 116 replies · 1,470+ views
    Reuters ^ | 3/25/10 | Philip Pullella
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican did not discipline a Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing up to 200 deaf boys in the United States from the 1950s to the 1970s as Church laws do not require automatic punishment, its spokesman said on Thursday. The New York Times reported on Thursday that the Vatican did not defrock Rev. Lawrence Murphy in the late 1990s despite receiving clear warnings from his bishops that his case was serious and could embarrass the Church. The report came amid mounting allegations of sexual abuse by priests in Europe and pressure on bishops, mostly in...
  • Pope Benedict Faces Child Abuse Cover-up Queries

    03/25/2010 6:51:30 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 40 replies · 576+ views
    BBC ^ | 3/25/10
    Questions are being raised about whether Pope Benedict was personally involved in covering up a case of child sex abuse by a Roman Catholic priest. Documents seen by the New York Times newspaper allege that in the 1990s, long before he became Pope, he failed to respond to letters about a US case. Fr Lawrence Murphy, of Wisconsin, was accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys. Defending itself, the Vatican said US civil authorities had investigated and dropped the case. For more than 20 years before he was made Pope, Joseph Ratzinger led the Congregation for the Doctrine of...
  • Letter to a Brother Priest [on Eucharistic adoration]

    03/25/2010 8:38:18 AM PDT · by mlizzy · 5 replies · 181+ views
    Vultus Christi ^ | 03-25-10 | Fr. Mark Kirby
    Dear Father X, You asked me the other day to write something that would encourage you to be faithful to your daily Eucharistic adoration. Here then are a few thoughts that came to me while at prayer. I share them with you simply, as one priest to another. When you come into Our Lord's presence to adore Him, and when you prefer Him to the countless other things that solicit your attention and make claims upon your time, Jesus is consoled and glorified. The proof of friendship is the choice of one's friend over all else. Our Lord wants you...
  • Anti-Popes and Dangers of a Parallel Magisterium (Church under attack) [Catholic Caucus]

    03/23/2010 10:28:19 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies · 368+ views
    zna ^ | March 22, 2010 | Monsignor Giampaolo Crepaldi
    ROME, MARCH 22, 2010 (Zenit.org).- The attempt of the press to implicate Benedict XVI in the question of pedophilia is only the most recent sign of the aversion that many have for the Pope. It is necessary to ask oneself how this Pontiff, despite his evangelical meekness and honesty, the clarity of his words joined to the depth of his thought and of his teachings, arouses in some places sentiments of disgust and forms of anti-clericalism that it was believed had been surmounted. And this, it must be said, causes even greater astonishment and also distress when those who do...
  • Pope Benedict XVI's Almighty Battle in the Catholic Church

    03/20/2010 8:02:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies · 321+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/20/10 | Damian Thompson
    A malicious storm is being stirred up over the Pope's alleged failure to deal with abusive priests, says Damian Thompson.After a week of disastrous publicity for the Roman Catholic Church, it's a fair bet that if you conducted a word-association test in the average British high street, the results would be as follows: Catholic priest? "Paedophile." Pope? "Nazi." The reputation of the Church internationally has never been lower. On Wednesday, St Patrick's Day, Cardinal Sean Brady, Primate of All Ireland, apologised for helping to persuade two boys – aged 10 and 14 – to sign letters agreeing not to tell...
  • Is the pope a reactionary or a prophet?

    03/23/2010 1:55:21 PM PDT · by NYer · 37 replies · 430+ views
    Guardian ^ | March 23, 2010 | John Hooper
    Under an all-but-full moon on the opening evening of the Second Vatican Council in 1962, tens of thousands of Romans poured into St Peter's Square in a torchlight procession. Called to the window of his study by the multitude, John XXIII, the man Italians called "the good pope" (a term that speaks volumes about their view of the previous 260), delivered one of the great speeches of an eloquent decade. Its emotional high point came when he told the crowd: "Returning home, you'll find the children. Give your children a caress and say: 'This is the caress of the pope.'"Forty-three...
  • The End of Euphemism : Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland

    03/22/2010 7:53:23 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 9 replies · 374+ views
    National Review ^ | March 22, 2010 | George Weigel
    MARCH 22, 2010 The End of Euphemism Benedict XVI and The Corruptions of Catholic Ireland. GEORGE WEIGEL In a March 20 pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland, Pope Benedict XVI vigorously condemned the physical and sexual abuse of “children and vulnerable young people” in which Irish priests and religious women had engaged for decades, and mandated an Apostolic Visitation of various segments of the Irish Church. The visitation seems likely to result in major changes in the Church’s leadership in what was once one of the world’s most intensely Catholic countries, and is now one of the centers of...
  • Pope and Pedophilia—the Plain Truth

    03/22/2010 7:41:57 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies · 690+ views
    The Trumpet ^ | 3/22/10 | Ron Fraser
    Currently there’s a great hue and cry emanating from the world press in relation to Pope Benedict xvi’s reaction—or rather perceived lack of reaction—to the publicity being given to pedophilia charges brought against certain priests in Europe. The loudest clamor surrounds cases in Germany, particularly in Benedict’s old diocese of Freiburg, Bavaria. Nothing justifies anything but absolute condemnation of the abuse of priestly office. But what is really behind this latest outcry against the Catholic Church and its spiritual leader? Dig behind the headlines and you see an agenda. It’s an agenda driven by fear of the rising power of...
  • Catholic Sex Abuse Scandal: Time to Sack Trendy Bishops and Restore The Faith

    03/22/2010 8:13:14 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies · 497+ views
    The Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3/22/10 | Gerald Warner
    It has become fashionable to claim that the sex abuse scandal currently afflicting the Catholic Church is “its biggest crisis since the Reformation”. Oh, really? Tell me about it. The abuse issue is just a small part of the much larger crisis that has engulfed the Church since the Second Vatican Catastrophe and which is more serious than the Reformation. Abolish clerical celibacy? The last thing a priest abusing altar boys needs or wants is a wife. There is no compulsory celibacy in the Church of England, but that has not prevented vicars and boy scouts furnishing gratifying amounts of...
  • Too Few Priests as Catholic Ranks Surge

    03/21/2010 6:20:43 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 31 replies · 558+ views
    Charlotte Observer ^ | 3/21/10 | Tim Funk
    Charlotte's parishes add overflow Masses, think creatively to accommodate attendance boomThe pews are packed at many Charlotte-area Catholic churches, but a scarcity of priests is leaving even some of the biggest parishes short-staffed and scrambling for help from retired and visiting clergy. Recent examples aren't hard to find: Just one full-time priest for months at 13,000-member St. Gabriel in Cotswold. A pastor's heart bypass operation, with complications, that left 14,000-member St. Mark in Huntersville struggling to find substitutes to celebrate Mass. A sanctuary so crowded on Ash Wednesday that a parishioner at St. Matthew in Ballantyne, where two priests serve...
  • Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland [Catholic Caucus]

    03/20/2010 2:48:05 PM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 319+ views
    WITL ^ | March 19, 2010 | Rocco Palmo
    Here below in full, the text of Pope Benedict's Pastoral Letter to the Catholics of Ireland. * * * 1. Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Church in Ireland, it is with great concern that I write to you as Pastor of the universal Church. Like yourselves, I have been deeply disturbed by the information which has come to light regarding the abuse of children and vulnerable young people by members of the Church in Ireland, particularly by priests and religious. I can only share in the dismay and the sense of betrayal that so many of you have...