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  • [Cath Cauc] Pope Francis Phones Prominent Gay Theologian and Priest , Restores Him to Ministry

    09/29/2019 10:03:02 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 17 replies
    New Ways Ministry ^ | September 29, 2019 | Robert Shine
    [Catholic Caucus] Pope Francis Phones Prominent Gay Theologian and Priest James Alison, Restores Him to Ministry Fr. James AlisonPope Francis made a phone call to a leading gay theologian and priest who was suspended from active ministry in part over his LGBTQ-affirming work, and gave the theologian “the power of the keys,” a phrase indicating his restoration to active priesthood.Francis placed the call two years ago to Fr. James Alison who only yesterday shared in The Tablet his account of the experience, which was first reported about anonymously in Frédéric Martel’s In the Closet of the Vatican published earlier this...
  • American Trend: The declining respect for clergy

    08/29/2019 7:09:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/29/2019 | By John Stonestreet and Roberto Rivera
    My pastor recently told me that 25 years ago, the first person that people would contact when they faced a marriage crisis was their pastor. Ten years ago, he continued, it was their counselor or psychiatrist. Today, it’s their lawyers. A recent study conducted by the Associated Press and the University of Chicago concurs. “Doctors, teachers, members of the military,” and scientists are, according to the survey, esteemed “more positively than clergy.” Among infrequent churchgoers, clergy are viewed as negatively as lawyers. (For the record, that last line came from a member of our editorial team who’s been admitted to...
  • Clergy sex abuse: the damage done when faith is weaponized

    07/29/2019 4:28:17 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Baptist News Global ^ | July 29, 2019 | Christa Brown
    "Get your hand off me!" I wanted to yell. But I didn't. More than a month after the Southern Baptist Convention's annual meeting in Birmingham, I am still processing something that happened there. After the For Such a Time as This Rally, abuse survivors and advocates gathered at a coffee house to decompress. It was a warm-hearted event, filled with a sense of "beloved community," and I felt gratitude to everyone who was there. There was even a lovely candle-lighting ceremony honoring me for my years of advocacy work against sexual abuse and cover-ups in the SBC. Then, as the...
  • Face to Face with Brad Hall: Fighting for victims of clergy sex abuse

    07/14/2019 5:41:19 PM PDT · by Jyotishi
    Albuquerque Journal ^ | Saturday, July 13, 2019 | Kent Walz
    Attorney Brad Hall, in the firm's conference room with iPhone photos he has taken. (Greg Sorber/Albuquerque Journal) Editor's note: Albuquerque attorney Brad Hall has represented more than 200 victims of priest sex abuse in New Mexico. As his years-long legal battle nears its conclusion in federal bankruptcy proceedings, Hall talked about the legal and emotional journey that began with an unlikely visit. Brad Hall was thinking about hanging it up after more than two decades as a successful plaintiff's lawyer specializing in civil rights cases. Maybe travel. Visit his kids living in exotic locations. Maybe do some writing. That all...
  • Police seized 57 items from Saginaw Diocese during raid, including 'victim list'

    06/04/2019 1:21:07 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    MLive Media Group ^ | June 3, 2019 | Cole Waterman, Cole_Waterman@mlive.com
    SAGINAW, MI – When police executed search warrants at three Catholic Diocese of Saginaw properties last year during an investigation into claims of sexual abuse of minors, documents show they seized nearly 60 items of evidence. Among them, located in the bottom drawer of a filing cabinet at diocese headquarters, was a file labeled “victim list.” That information is contained in search warrant paperwork detailing what police seized during the March 2018 raid. The paperwork was recently unsealed and copies were obtained by MLive and The Saginaw News. The list of confiscated property shows investigators took 57 items during the...
  • Marching orders kept Buffalo cops from arresting child-molesting priests

    05/20/2019 4:56:31 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 32 replies
    The Buffalo News ^ | Monday, May 20, 2019 | Dan Herbeck
    Hardly any of the more than 100 Buffalo area priests implicated as child molesters spent so much as one day in jail. For years, most of their victims were too scared or embarrassed to make complaints. But Buffalo Police had marching orders not to arrest Catholic priests, according to former vice squad Detective Martin Harrington and other retired officers. Instead they alerted the bishop's office to any illegal activities. "The department's unwritten policy was that Catholic priests did not get arrested," said Harrington, who investigated vice crimes for 17 years and retired in 1995. "I never had any experience with...
  • Michigan AG Receives Death Threats over Clergy Abuse Probe

    05/09/2019 7:27:02 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies
    Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests ^ | Thursday, May 9, 2019 | SNAP
    We are very sad that any law enforcement officer would face threats for doing his or her job and we are distressed that the Michigan attorney general has suffered in this way. https://twitter.com/kenkolker/status/1126550761910018050/video/1 We hope Michigan's bishops quickly and harshly condemn this hatred. Violence is never the answer. For decades, police and prosecutors who pursued clerics who commit and conceal child sex crimes have been stonewalled, and Church officials have contributed to the unhealthy atmosphere that leads to threats of violence. While the Church hierarchy often postures as being the victims of governmental overreach, the reality is that they were often treated with too much deference in the...
  • Law firm releases 300 names of Catholic priests and others accused of abuse in NJ

    05/06/2019 4:23:20 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 11 replies
    North Jersey Record ^ | Monday, May 6, 2019 | Deena Yellin, Monsy Alvarado and Jean Rimbach
    Attorneys on Monday, May 6, 2019 released a report containing names of more than 300 New Jersey priests and others accused of misconduct. Philip DeVencentis, Staff Writer, @LocalNewsPhil A law firm specializing in representing abuse victims put the names in a report, linked to a suit by a man who says he was abused in Ridgefield Park. Edward Hanratty doesn't think it's a coincidence that four abusive priests wound up at his parish in Ridgefield Park.  In his Irish Catholic community, nobody ever questioned the church, which was at the epicenter of the community, recalled Hanratty, a victim of clergy...
  • When a priest, this NJ teacher impregnated a 16-yr-old... you can't fire him, school dist. is told

    05/01/2019 12:26:11 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 22 replies
    NJ.com ^ | Wednesday, May 1, 2019 | Kelly Heyboer
    Complete title: When he was a priest, this N.J. teacher impregnated a 16-year-old. No, you can't fire him, school district is told. A veteran Burlington County teacher who had a baby with a 16-year-old girl while he was a Catholic priest nearly 30 years ago should not lose his job because of his past, a state arbitrator told the school district. Cinnaminson school officials brought up tenure charges against middle school teacher Joseph DeShan earlier this year after parents learned about his history as a priest in the diocese in Bridgeport, Connecticut. DeShan left the priesthood in 1994, four years...
  • Shining a light on the Neverland of child sex abuse

    03/10/2019 2:47:05 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    Santa Cruz Sentinel ^ | March 9, 2019 | Editorial Board
    It is both harrowing and infinitely sad to see "Leaving Neverland" and "Surviving R. Kelly,"  two cable television documentaries about the crime of child sexual abuse, its perpetrators and victims. R. Kelly currently sits in a Chicago jail cell for failure to pay child support, while at the same time, years of allegations about his sexual abuse of underage girls, have finally caught up with him. The R&B star says he is unfairly accused and that his career has been ruined by the allegations. "Leaving Neverland" aired last week, profiling two men who say Michael Jackson sexually abused them when...
  • Church Pedophiles & Child Sex Trafficking Nests Intersect by The Thousands

    02/27/2019 7:49:25 PM PST · by Perseverando · 13 replies
    DC Dirty Laundry ^ | February 27, 2019 | Corey Lynn
    Do not turn a blind eye. Pedophilia goes far beyond the walls of the church, and spreads much like the plague, infesting local communities and infiltrating daycares, schools, and foster care, while many remain protected by local community leaders and officials. Child sex trafficking and church pedophiles are rampant, and the lists being disseminated by churches across the country, pointing to pedophile priests and clergy, most of which have long been deceased, is a swift way to clean their hands of it, with false transparency. What they don’t want people to know, is just how far this truly reaches, and...
  • Kerala rape case: Sis. Lucy, who protested against accused bishop, says sex abuse rampant in Church

    02/23/2019 6:22:14 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Firstpost ^ | February 21, 2019 | T K Devasia
    Full title: Kerala rape case: Sister Lucy, who protested against accused bishop, says sexual abuse is rampant in Church Religious women, priests and laymen who supported a nun after she filed a police complaint of rape against Jalandhar ex-bishop Franco Mulakkal, are being systematically targeted by the Catholic Church in Kerala. Nuns, who form the most vulnerable community in the Church, are facing most of this oppression. While five nuns who took to streets demanding the arrest of the bishop are being put under pressure and threatened, another nun who was an important witness in the case was harassed and tortured...
  • Galloping Growth of Madrasas in India

    02/11/2019 2:47:13 PM PST · by Jyotishi · 18 replies
    India Facts ^ | Monday, February 11, 2019 | Ram Ohri
    Image: http://indiafacts.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Galloping-Growth-of-Madrasas-1000x500.jpg Islam is hell-bent on re-conquering India. Post-independence through Madrasa multiplication Darul Uloom Deoband has laid a formidable siege to India. The task was facilitated by secularism-doped Hindus swearing by Pandit Nehru! The quantum jump in the number of madrasas from 88 in 1947 to five lakhs in 2006 across India is a mind boggling narrative of unremitting Islamic aggression. It has the potential to bring about tectonic changes in the future geopolitical developments across India -- including the much dreaded clash of civilizations! Unfortunately the secularism-trapped Indian government never tried to exercise any control over lakhs of madrasas...
  • Vatican Launches Track Team Made Up of Nuns, Clergy, Swiss Guard, and Other Staff

    01/18/2019 8:52:08 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Runner's World ^ | January 15, 2019 | Taylor Rojek
    A new international sports team may have a supernatural boost: Vatican representatives announced last week that the city-state has launched a national track and field team. The group will start with about 60 members, pending official clearance and a health examination required by the Italian government, Father Melchor Jose Sanchez de Toca y Alameda, team president and the head of the Vatican’s sports department in the culture ministry, told Runner’s World. Those members range in age from 18 to 62, and have a variety of professions within the Vatican. “There’s all types of people—it cuts across the Vatican world. There...
  • Michigan attorney general investigating all 7 Catholic dioceses

    09/21/2018 9:10:33 AM PDT · by blu · 12 replies
    Up North Live ^ | 9-21-18 | Madeline Ciak
    LANSING, Mich. --The Michigan Attorney General’s office says it’s launched an investigation into alleged sex abuse and assault of children in all seven dioceses in Michigan. Michigan Catholic Diocese Map by Madeline Ciak on Scribd Ads by ZINC The attorney general’s office says it’s investigating allegations dating back as far as 1950. The investigation will also include any allegations related to the cover up of sexual abuse or assault.
  • Greensburg diocese removes Bishop Connare's name from conference center

    08/30/2018 9:55:21 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 2 replies
    Tribune-Review (Suburban Pittsburgh) ^ | Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2018, 1:51 p.m. | Deb Erdley
    The Greensburg Catholic Diocese removed the name of the late Bishop William Connare from a retreat center in Unity Township, Bishop Edward Malesic said Wednesday. The move was the latest of a series of aftershocks rippling across the state in the wake of the Aug. 14 grand jury report that detailed seven decades of priest sexual abuse allegations and cover-ups by church leaders in six dioceses across the state, including Greensburg and Pittsburgh. Malesic said the decision to strike Connare’s name from the center was made at the request of several survivors of priest sexual abuse who said it was...
  • Ruth Institute on Clergy Sex Abuse Scandal

    08/22/2018 10:43:47 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 22 replies
    The Ruth Institute ^ | August 11, 2018 | Father Paul Sullins, Ph.D.
    Fr. Paul Sullins, Ph.D., Research Associate of the Ruth Institute, Answers Questions on The Clerical Sex Abuse Scandal Is the current Catholic sex abuse scandal related to homosexuality?Yes. The current scandal includes mostly revelations about male on male sexual abuse of seminarians, where the victims are adults. These kinds of cases were not even considered in the responses to the 2002 scandal, which was about the criminal abuse of minors.Was the 2002 scandal also related to homosexuality?The US Conference of Catholic Bishops commissioned two reports, one in 2004 and in 2011, by the John Jay College of Criminal Justice to...
  • Greece Denies Visas to Russian Orthodox Priests

    08/10/2018 1:53:43 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 4 replies
    Greek Reporter ^ | Aug 2018 | J. Smith
    "The Patriarchate of Constantinople is struggling with the Russian Church for influence in the Orthodox world. The Moscow and Constantinople Patriarchates are in tense relations today because of Ukraine.” Russian Orthodox priests are complaining they are unable to obtain Schengen visas for EU travel through Greek missions as relations between Athens and Moscow worsens... In a report carried by the BBC’s Russian-language service on Thursday, a source from the church in Constantinople claimed this Greek “policy” is because “Russian priests … are perceived as potential spies and agents of influence”. Several priests told the BBC they had either been refused...
  • Pedophilia By Any Other Name Is Still Homosexuality

    04/10/2018 9:12:17 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    BarbWire ^ | April 10, 2018 | Paul Cameron, Ph.D., Kay Proctor, M.Ed., & Kirk Cameron, Ph.D.
    As scientists, we are concerned about recent discussions regarding clergy sexual abuse. Numerous authors, like a recent Chilean post by Riccardo Cascioli (February 8, 2018), seem to believe there is a significant difference between ‘pedophiles’ and homosexuals. Indeed, Riccardo Cascioli re-makes a point often made: “the so-called ‘pedophilia cases’ are actually an overwhelming majority of incidents of homosexuality”[1] where pedophilia properly refers to the attraction of adults for pre-pubescent children. When such attraction is directed towards teenagers, one must instead speak of ephebophilia which is initiated by homosexual persons. This is what we are talking about in Chile, but it...
  • Public Statement on Orthodox Deaconesses by Concerned Clergy and Laity

    01/18/2018 9:26:34 AM PST · by Carpe Cerevisi · 42 replies
    American Orthodox Institute ^ | January 18, 2018 | FR. JOHANNES JACOBSE
    WASHINGTON — Fifty-seven Orthodox Christian clergymen and lay leaders, including the heads of two leading Orthodox seminaries in the U.S., have issued a public statement calling on church leaders to defend Orthodox teaching on the creation and calling of man as male and female by opposing the appointment of deaconesses in the Orthodox Church. The statement comes in response to a public statement issued in October by nine Orthodox liturgical scholars in the U.S. and Greece, expressing support for the Patriarchate of Alexandria’s November 2016 decision to “restore” the ancient order of deaconesses and its February 2017 appointment of deaconesses...