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  • Pope admits Vatican has 2000-case backlog of sexual abuse cases

    09/17/2017 12:46:23 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 49 replies
    The Associated Press via globalnews.ca ^ | May 13, 2017 | Nicole Winfield
    ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (AP) -- Pope Francis acknowledged Saturday that the Vatican has a 2,000-case backlog in processing clerical sex abuse cases and says criticism of the slow pace was justified. But he says more staff are being added and insists the Vatican is "on the right path." Francis was making his first comments about the criticism leveled at the Vatican's handling of sex abuse cases by Marie Collins, an Irish abuse survivor who resigned from Francis' sex abuse advisory commission in March. Collins quit because of what she said was the "unacceptable" level of resistance within the Vatican...
  • Steve Bannon Slams US Catholic Church, Says It Has 'Economic Interest' in Illegal Immigration

    09/08/2017 7:13:26 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 09/08/2017 | Stoyan Zaimov
    Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, a Roman Catholic, has strongly criticized the U.S. Catholic Church for what he described as its support for "unlimited illegal immigration" for economic reasons. Bannon, who is also executive chairman of Breitbart News, told Charlie Rose in an interview for CBS' "60 Minutes," part of which was released on Thursday, that there is internal debate on the conservative side over whether President Donald Trump is right to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. Trump said Tuesday that ending DACA will be a gradual process over the next six months to two...
  • POPE'S SWISS GUARDS SAY 'ONLY MATTER OF TIME' BEFORE ISIS ATTACKS ROME, VATICAN

    08/26/2017 4:28:20 PM PDT · by NYer · 38 replies
    Newsweek ^ | August 25, 2017
    The chief of the Swiss Guards, the force that protects the Vatican, has said it is only “a matter of time” before an attack that is inspired or directed by the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) against the home of the Catholic church. Commander Christoph Graf, speaking to Swiss Catholic news website cath.ch, said that the security force for Pope Francis is prepared for any act of extremism. “Perhaps it is only a matter of time before an attack like that happens in Rome. But we are ready also for this,” he said. Created in the 16th century, the force...
  • Marijuana activists plan eclipse service in DC basilica to bring peace

    08/14/2017 1:05:39 PM PDT · by deplorableindc · 5 replies
    A group that believes cannabis has a secret historical role in Christianity is forging ahead with plans to visit the largest Roman Catholic church in the nation during next week's solar eclipse, where members intend to light incense doused with cannabis-infused olive oil. Yet church leaders say the event won't happen. Anne Armstrong, founder and deaconess of Rhode Island's Healing Church, said the Monday afternoon service could "end degeneration, disaster and war" by consecrating the Americas to the Virgin Mary. ... "I don't anticipate any trouble, but if there is, we'll go outside," she said. "If they tell us to...
  • Hundreds of German choir boys abused over six decades - report

    07/19/2017 9:44:03 AM PDT · by Roman_War_Criminal · 58 replies
    BBC ^ | 7/18/17 | BBC
    At least 547 young members of the Regensburger Domspatzen boys choir in Germany were subjected to physical and in some instances sexual abuse over a period of 60 years, a new report says. The report accuses 49 members of the Catholic Church of carrying out the abuse between 1945 and the early 1990s. The alleged perpetrators are unlikely to face criminal charges because of the amount of time that has elapsed. Victims said the experience was like "a prison, hell and a concentration camp". The alleged physical abuse relates to children attending both the Regensburger Domspatzen's pre-school and high school,...
  • Rom Woods podcast: Ep. 952 Pope Francis: The Political Pope

    07/15/2017 7:23:28 PM PDT · by Lee N. Field · 2 replies
    The Tom Woods Show ^ | July 14, 2017 | Tom Woods
    Pope Francis is one of the most controversial popes in Church history, and has left a great many churchmen and faithful bewildered. His sympathy for leftist political causes, and his systematic removal of people unsympathetic to his progressive program, are clear enough. We get into some of the details in this episode. About the Guest George Neumayr is a contributing editor at The American Spectator and former editor of Catholic World Report. Book Discussed: The Political Pope, by George Neumayr
  • Pope Benedict XVI Says Church is ‘on the Verge of Capsizing’

    07/15/2017 5:51:35 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 21 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 7/15/17 | Claire Chretien
    July 15, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Benedict XVI sent a sobering message at the funeral of Cardinal Joachim Meisner today, saying he was moved at the dubia cardinal's ability to "live out of a deep conviction that the Lord does not abandon His Church, even when the boat has taken on so much water as to be on the verge of capsizing." The Church "stands in particularly pressing need of convincing shepherds who can resist the dictatorship of the spirit of the age and who live and think the faith with determination," Pope Benedict said in a message read by...
  • Priest Who Leads Largest Catholic Church in US: We Should Allow Married Priests

    07/13/2017 11:02:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 51 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 07/13/2017 | Brandon Showalter
    The man who leads the largest Roman Catholic Church in America is advocating that the church allow married men to become priests, and plans to spend his retirement ministering among the poorest of the poor.Monsignor John McSweeney, 75, who is originally from New York, is concluding 43 years of ministry in Charlotte, North Carolina, where he has most recently served as priest at St. Matthew in Ballantyne, an affluent suburb of the state's most populous city.St. Matthew Catholic Church is the largest Roman Catholic parish in the United States which boasts of over 10,000 families, according to The Charlotte Observer Sunday.Much...
  • Australian Cardinal, a Top Adviser to Pope, Is Charged With Sexual Assault

    06/28/2017 5:59:01 PM PDT · by NRx · 46 replies
    NY Times ^ | 06-28-2017 | JACQUELINE WILLIAMS
    SYDNEY, Australia — Australia’s senior Roman Catholic prelate, and one of Pope Francis’ top advisers, has been charged with sexual assault, the police in the Australian state of Victoria said on Thursday. The prelate, Cardinal George Pell, became the highest-ranking Vatican official in recent years to face criminal charges involving accusations of sexual offenses. “Cardinal Pell has been charged on summons, and he is required to appear at the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court” on July 18, Shane Patton, the deputy police commissioner, said at a news conference. The charges were served on the cardinal’s legal representatives in Melbourne. Commissioner Patton said...
  • From Street to Sanctuary: The LGBT Take On the Church

    06/13/2017 7:53:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    The Homiletic and Pastoral Review ^ | 6/12/17 | Fr. Regis Scanlon OFMCap
    The “Lesbian-Gay-Bi-Trans” movement (hereafter, LGBT) has largely succeeded in becoming fully accepted into the secular society worldwide. Now it’s clear that this movement—composed of lesbians, gays, bisexuals and the trans-gendered—is setting its sights on the Roman Catholic Church. Members of the LGBT movement want to be accepted as fully Catholic and wholly Christian, without any admittance that the two ways of life—LGBT principles and an authentically Catholic life—may be mutually exclusive. They seek the Church’s approval of their lifestyle, even though most members of the LGBT movement reject the Church’s teaching on celibacy for single life outside of a “one...
  • Wikileaks: The Dems Visit the Vatican

    10/21/2016 10:41:32 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 25 replies
    Wikileaks ^ | Oct 21 2016 | released by Wikileaks
    From:hms@sandlerfoundation.org To: ses@sandlerfoundation.org, james@sandlerfoundation.org Date: 2015-06-22 18:26 Subject: FW: PICO: Vatican Visit I thought you might find this of interest. From: Knaebel, Sergio Sent: Monday, June 22, 2015 12:58 PM To: Sandler, Herbert Subject: FW: PICO: Vatican Visit Herb, In case you did not get this from Steve. Sergio Knaebel Grant Director Sandler Foundation sknaebel@sandlerfoundation.org From: Scott Reed [mailto:sreed@piconetwork.org] Sent: Thursday, June 18, 2015 8:39 AM To: Knaebel, Sergio Subject: PICO: Vatican Visit Hi Sergio: I just sent a note to Steve with this summary of our visit to the Vatican. I look forward to talking soon. PICO sent a...
  • “The Catholic Church…has become one of Islam’s loudest boosters”

    04/26/2017 8:20:34 AM PDT · by Lera · 19 replies
    Jihad Watch ^ | Robert Spencer
    In this excellent piece, George Neumayr refers to the rupture of relations between the Vatican and al-Azhar that took place during the time of Pope Benedict. As I explained here, that rupture took place because Pope Benedict dared to speak out about the Muslim persecution of Christians. By contrast, Francis energetically defends Islam, and leaves the persecuted Christians twisting in the wind, so he is acceptable to al-Azhar. The worst part about this is the fact that because this man is Pope, all too many Catholics, including some in positions of high authority, treat him as if he were a...
  • Dublin Archbishop Denounces Church for ‘Harshness’ Towards Gays

    04/17/2017 6:24:27 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 23 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 4/17/17 | Rodney Pelletier
    Abp. Diarmuid Martin made his critical remarks during Holy Week homilyDUBLIN (ChurchMilitant.com) - In his Holy Week and Easter Sunday homilies, Ireland's head archbishop, Diarmuid Martin, called Catholicism a "religion of fear" and a "faith of prohibitions," denouncing the Church for its historic "harshness" towards the LGBT community. In his speech at the Good Friday Way of the Cross in Dublin, he remarked, "How is it that the Church and its institutions could at various times in history, and not only in a distant past , have been so judgmental and treated broken people who were entrusted to its care...
  • Pentecostals Come Home to Rome — Eastern Rome, That Is

    04/16/2017 1:35:41 PM PDT · by vladimir998 · 29 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | April 15, 2017 | Nicholas Wolfram Smith
    Pentecostals Come Home to Rome — Eastern Rome, That Is. Through studying the Church Fathers, an Arizona pastor leads part of his congregation into Catholicism. TUCSON, Ariz. — The phrase “Swimming the Tiber” has been used to describe Protestants coming into the Catholic Church. But a group of Pentecostals in Arizona are coming “home to Rome” through Constantinople, leaving their Assembly of God church for the Byzantine Catholic Church.
  • Top Vatican and US Church Officials Back New Gay-Friendly Book

    04/08/2017 12:00:09 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 13 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 4/7/17 | David Gibson
    (RNS) The Vatican’s point man on family issues and a U.S. cardinal who is close to Pope Francis have both blurbed a new book by a Jesuit priest and popular author that calls on the Catholic Church to be more respectful and compassionate toward gay people. They called it “brave, prophetic, and inspiring” and a “much-needed book.” Such positive language from such senior church leaders is extraordinary and another sign of how Francis is reorienting the church toward a more pastoral focus. “Building a Bridge: How the Catholic Church and the LGBT Community Can Enter into a Relationship of Respect,...
  • Boston St. Patrick’s Parade Admits Gay Group After Death Threats

    03/16/2017 8:18:34 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 10 replies
    OUTVETS has been re-admitted after the parade council was threatened and bullied by gay activistsMass Resistance and the Catholic Action League of Massachusetts have received multiple reports from within the Allied War Veterans Council — organizers of Boston's Saint Patrick's Day Parade — that the homosexual group OUTVETS was admitted to the 2017 parade only after numerous threats of violent protests disrupting the parade, potentially causing injuries and worse, were directed at Council members on social media. Reports were also received that the Boston Police found these threats to be credible, and told Council members that they could not guarantee...
  • Portuguese Feminists Abort Jesus in Front of Church

    03/11/2017 9:13:13 AM PST · by impetrio1 · 41 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 3/11/17 | Black & Blonde Media
    We've always said that certain premium causes of the left (gay rights, abortion) were also meant to be taken as a middle finger to the church. Feminists in Portugal took that middle finger to the next level on "International Women's Day".
  • Claims of sex orgies, prostitution and porn videos shake Catholic Church in Italy

    03/09/2017 9:52:39 PM PST · by Old Yeller · 21 replies
    Religion News Service ^ | 03/09/17 | Josephine McKenna
    ROME (RNS) Lurid accusations of priests involved in sex orgies, porn videos and prostitution have emerged from several parishes in Italy recently, sending shock waves all the way to the Vatican and challenging the high standards that Pope Francis has demanded of clergy. In the southern city of Naples, for example, a priest was recently suspended from the parish of Santa Maria degli Angeli over claims he held gay orgies and used internet sites to recruit potential partners whom he paid for sex. The allegations concerning the Rev. Mario D’Orlando were brought to the attention of the diocese when an...
  • Pope Francis Lampooned at Huge Viagreggio Carneval Parade as "Papa Communista"

    02/27/2017 8:54:11 PM PST · by ebb tide · 7 replies
    Eponymous Flower ^ | February 27, 2017 | Giuseppe Nardi
    Rose Monday is a traditionally cheerful day celebrated in the Rhineland and the Alemanic areas with large carnival parades. Four years ago, on this day, the Catholic Church was struck by the unexpected announcement of Pope Benedict XVI. Surprising, as he was the first head of the Church in history to step down from his office because of old age and weakness. In 2017, Pope Francis was the main figure of the largest Italian Carnival parade - in a very special way. At Carnevale di Viareggio, Italy's most famous carnival parade, to which more than 300,000 people came to the...
  • Do Catholic Bishops Miss Obama

    02/16/2017 11:43:41 AM PST · by from occupied ga · 19 replies
    lewrockwell.com ^ | 2/16/17 | christopher manion
    Donald Trump has scared the devil out of America’s Catholic bishops. They have supported the Democrat agenda for so long – global warming, amnesty, raising the minimum wage, and national health care – that they can’t seem to let go. As a result, with few exceptions, these prelates have blithely ignored Trump’s defense of moral principles supported by the Church – on abortion, on religious freedom, on radical federal judges, and on education. Given Trump’s reversals of Obama’s pernicious policies, why aren’t Catholic bishops cheering? Why haven’t they told the faithful and the public that at last we have a...