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  • Medical Journal: If Pope Francis Can Change Doctrine on Death Penalty, Why not Abortion?

    08/20/2018 6:59:32 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 17 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/20/18 | Peter Kwasniewki
    August 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – In the media coverage of “Deathgate”—that is, the Pope’s emendation of the Catechism so that it states that capital punishment is always and everywhere inadmissible, as being contrary to human dignity and the Gospel—many authors have pointed out that if Francis comes to be seen as having authority to change a part of Church teaching that has been stable for millennia, people will naturally expect other parts to fall within the scope of his power. This impression will especially affect moral matters, where modern democratic convictions and social conventions are far removed from Christian teaching....
  • Cdl O’Malley Apologizes for not Responding to Letter...About Sex Abuse by Fellow Cardinal

    08/20/2018 6:52:17 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 22 replies
    The Boston Globe ^ | 8/20/18 | Aimee Ortiz
    Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley apologized Monday for the way his office handled a 2015 letter containing allegations against Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington who was removed from the ministry in June and resigned in July after reports that he had sexually assaulted minors and abused seminarians. O’Malley’s statement was released Monday evening, more than a month after news outlets reported that Rev. Boniface Ramsey, a priest in New York, penned the letter that raised questions on McCarrick. The statement tackles the issue of the Catholic Church’s credibility and strikes a more apologetic tone than his...
  • Pope Blames U.S. Sex Abuse Crisis on ‘Clericalism,’ Leaves out Homosexuality

    08/20/2018 6:46:42 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 41 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/20/18 | Lisa Bourne
    VATICAN CITY, August 20, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – Nearly a week after last Tuesday’s scathing Pennsylvania grand jury report exposing 70 years of clergy sex abuse of 1,000 known victims on the part of some 300 priests, Pope Francis responded to the scandal today, stating that “clericalism” was the root cause. The letter is facing criticism from faithful Catholics for failing to specify any concrete actions he would take to address the crisis, and ignoring the underlying issue of rampant homosexuality in the clergy. “Clericalism, whether fostered by priests themselves or by lay persons, leads to an excision in the ecclesial...
  • AMERICA PRAYER VIGIL – August 20, 2018

    08/19/2018 9:00:39 PM PDT · by · 25 replies
    Free Republic Intercessors ^ | August 20, 2018 | UMCRevMom
    Please join with others to pray for PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP/VICE PRESIDENT MIKE PENCE and AMERICA: Family, Government, Military, Business, Education, Churches, and the Media. This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. I John 5:14 Religion Forum threads labeled Prayer are closed to debate of any kind. Please join us in prayer.
  • Open Letter to the Bishops - The Church in Crisis

    08/19/2018 5:33:21 PM PDT · by pgyanke · 16 replies
    Yanke Academy ^ | 8/19/2018 | Patrick Yanke
    While everyone feigns shock at the revelations out of Pennsylvania this past week, this isn't news to the faithful in the pews.  We have been calling for accountability for years.  We all know someone or of someone who has been a victim of abuse or targeted for such abuse.  When confronted, prelates turned a deaf ear and a blind eye.  The abuse that came to light almost 15 years ago was an opportunity to cleanse the Church.  The result was a superficial cleaning that didn't touch the root problems, make amends with victims, nor administer appropriate penalties for offenders. The...
  • Cardinal Burke: U.S. Catholic Church in ‘Possibly the Worst Crisis that It’s Ever Experienced’

    08/19/2018 5:04:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 24 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 8/16/18 | Claire Chretien
    August 16, 2018 (LifeSiteNews) – The Catholic Church in the U.S. is undergoing “possibly the worst crisis that it’s ever experienced” right now, Cardinal Burke said tonight of the ongoing sex abuse scandals and the laity’s distrust for bishops who play a part in it. “That has to be recognized and it has to be dealt with in a thorough manner which is faithful to the Church’s moral law and to the Church herself and to the office of the bishops,” Burke, the former Prefect of the Apostolic Signatura and one of orthodox Catholics’ most beloved cardinals, told EWTN’s Raymond...
  • Pennsylvania Prelate Says Bishops Who Hid Abuse Should Resign

    08/19/2018 4:44:06 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 11 replies
    Crux ^ | 8/18/18 | Rhina Guidos
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - In an Aug. 16 interview with Eternal Word Television Network, Erie Bishop Lawrence T. Persico said the only way to regain the trust of the laity after decades-long claims of sexual abuse by priests and others at six Pennsylvania dioceses is by deeds and one of those deeds may mean getting rid of bishops who hid abusers. During a report on EWTN’s evening show, reporter Jason Calvi asks him: “Should bishops who knew about or covered up abuse resign?” “I think they should,” Persico answered. “I think we need complete transparency if we’re going to get the...
  • Evangelization in the days of heresy and abuse

    08/19/2018 5:30:15 AM PDT · by dangus · 28 replies
    I prayed, "What are we supposed to do now, Jesus?" The pope was preaching against making theology an idol, condemning the faithful and praising the God-haters. The news was filled with how Cardinal McCarrick had raped children and how his successor Cardinal Wuerl had covered up and reassigned pedophiles. It wouldn't have been as bad if those who seek the Church's destruction were merely delighting in the scandal, but the Washington Post was defending Wuerl, pointing out that he had done the right things sometimes. "How do we bring people into this Church? Who would want to join us?" I...
  • Evangelicals in Cuba: Controlled, Repressed, but Still Multiplying

    08/18/2018 5:07:15 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 08/18/2018 | Michael Mutzner
    Like every other UN Member State, Cuba was reviewed earlier during this year in the framework of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) conducted by the UN's Human Rights Council in Geneva. At this occasion, our Geneva Liaison Office worked on a report explaining the situation of the Evangelical churches in Cuba. Following years of steady growth, Evangelicals currently amount to about 10% of the Cuban population. While a small minority of churches are protected, most still face some forms of restriction and yet hope for the government to guarantee more freedom. In this current context, it has not been possible...
  • Pope Francis Should Cancel Irish Visit, Says Belfast Priest

    08/18/2018 4:35:50 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8/17/18 | Gerry Moriarty
    Fr Patrick McCafferty says pope should ‘stay away’ because of issue of clerical sex abuseA Belfast priest has said Pope Francis should cancel his visit to Ireland because of the issue of clerical sex abuse. Fr Patrick McCafferty told his west Belfast congregation that “the pope should not come to Ireland”. “I am going to say something now that will shock you,” said Fr McCafferty at the masses in the Corpus Christi Church where he is the parish priest. “With two weeks to go to the pope’s brief visit to Ireland, for the World Meeting of Families, I think the...
  • New Allegations Surface Regarding Archbishop McCarrick and Newark Priests

    08/18/2018 4:29:57 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    Catholic World Report ^ | 8/17/18 | Ed Condon
    Newark, N.J., Aug 17, 2018 / 05:00 am (CNA).- Recent allegations against former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick include reports that he made sexual advances toward seminarians during his tenure as Bishop of Metuchen and Archbishop of Newark. CNA recently spoke to six priests of the Archdiocese of Newark, and one priest member of a religious order who was a seminarian in New York in the early 1970s, while McCarrick was a priest of the Archdiocese of New York. Citing archdiocesan policy and concerns about ecclesiastical repercussions for their candor, the priests agreed to speak to CNA only under the condition of...
  • Archdiocese Takes Down Website Defending Cardinal Wuerl’s Handling of Sex Abuse

    08/16/2018 5:07:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 7 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/16/18 | Staff Reporter
    ‘In hindsight, it was a mistake,’ the website’s creator saidThe Archdiocese of Washington has deleted the “Wuerl Report” website defending the cardinal’s handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh. The website was strongly criticised for striking the wrong tone after the release of a grand jury report detailing hundreds of sex abuse accusations against priests in Pennsylvania. Cardinal Wuerl was Bishop of Pittsburgh when some of cases happened, and the report condemns his handling of them. Catholic writer Elizabeth Scalia, a prominent critic of the website, said: “This is the sort of action we usually see being taken by a...
  • Cardinal O’Malley Withdraws from World Meeting of Families

    08/16/2018 5:03:55 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 2 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/16/18 | Alex Defert
    The cardinal said he would not attend due to 'important matters pertaining to the pastoral care' at a diocesan seminaryCardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston has decided not to attend next week’s World Meeting of Families in Dublin due to the ongoing investigation into St John’s Seminary, the Archdiocese of Boston announced on Wednesday. Cardinal O’Malley had been set to moderate a panel and discussion at the WMOF titled “Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults.” Currently, Cardinal O’Malley is President of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. In its communique on Wednesday, the archdiocese stated that he would not be...
  • An Appeal to the Cardinals of the Catholic Church

    08/15/2018 3:22:52 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 55 replies
    First Things ^ | 8/15/18 | Various
    Pope Francis has revised the Catechism of the Catholic Church to read, “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person.” This statement has been understood by many, both inside and outside the Church, to teach that capital punishment is intrinsically immoral and thus is always illicit, even in principle. Though no Catholic is obliged to support the use of the death penalty in practice (and not all of the undersigned do support its use), to teach that capital punishment is always and intrinsically evil would contradict Scripture. That the death...
  • Pope Francis to Visit the Dublin Street Where John Paul Failed to Stop

    08/15/2018 3:12:14 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    The Irish Times ^ | 8/12/18 | Patsy McGarry
    Former pontiff sped through area ‘faster than a joyrider’Pope Francis is to visit Seán McDermott Street in Dublin’s city centre briefly on Saturday, August 25th. During his 1979 visit to Ireland, Pope John Paul II had planned to stop on the street to visit Matt Talbot’s tomb in Our Lady of Lourdes church. However, the Popemobile was running behind schedule and drove on, much to the disappointment of many local people. Some said afterwards joyriders did not go down Seán McDermott Street as fast. The story still persists, of course, of how people were waiting for Pope John Paul to...
  • Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report Details Decades of Clerical Abuse Allegations

    08/14/2018 4:01:30 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 119 replies
    Catholic News Agency ^ | 8/14/18 | Christine Rousselle
    Pittsburgh, Pa., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:27 pm (CNA).- A redacted grand jury report on clerical sexual abuse in six of Pennsylvania’s Catholic dioceses was released Tuesday, following an 18-month investigation into thousands of alleged instances of abuse spanning several decades. The report, detailing allegations made in the dioceses of Allentown, Erie, Greensburg, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, and Scranton, was released Aug.14. It reported on evidence of systematic abuse and cover-ups going back seven decades within these dioceses. About half of Pennsylvania’s nearly 3 million Catholics live within these six dioceses. The 884-page report was written by 23 grand jurors, who spent...
  • Vatican Advisor: Pope ‘Breaks Catholic Traditions Whenever He Wants’

    08/14/2018 3:53:02 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 64 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/14/18 | Staff Reporter
    Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now 'ruled by an individual rather than by... its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture'Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican advisor has said. In an admiring portrait of the Pope, Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is “free from disordered attachments”. Fr Rosica, a Canadian priest and media advisor to the Vatican, was writing on the website of Salt &...
  • 10,000 Sign Petition to Stop Fr James Martin Speaking at World Meeting of Families

    08/14/2018 6:09:02 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 8/13/18 | Alex Defert
    Organisers say they will not change the line-upOver 10,000 people have signed a petition to withdraw an invitation to Fr James Martin from the World Meeting Of Families. The petition, started by the Irish branch of Tradition, Family, Property, opposes Fr Martin’s attendance on the grounds that he “supports trangenderism for children,” and “favours homosexuals kissing during the mass.” Included with the petition is a letter, sent to Dublin Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, criticising Fr Martin’s support for the pro-LGBT New Ways Ministry organisation. In particular, the letter denounces Fr Martin for having “publicly accepted an award from this group, delivered...
  • Missouri Bishop: Homosexuality at Root of Abuse Crisis

    08/14/2018 6:04:18 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/9/18 | Stephen Wynne
    Bp. Edward Rice backs article slamming gay infiltration of ChurchSPRINGFIELD, Mo. ( - A southern Missouri bishop is signaling that homosexuality is at the root of the clerical sex abuse crisis. On Tuesday, Bp. Edward Rice of the diocese of Springfield-Cape Girardeau published a column on his diocesan website affirming that the McCarrick scandal is but one component of a vastly larger crisis, and that the crisis springs from homosexuality. Titled "'Dear Troubled Catholics': Church needs spiritual renewal," the reflection began with Bp. Rice's direct observations. "I, along with all those who love the Church, am dismayed, disgusted, and numbed...
  • Catholic LGBT group rejected by event pope will attend in Dublin (World Meeting of Families)

    08/13/2018 11:44:06 AM PDT · by Mrs. Don-o · 9 replies
    Guardian (UK) ^ | Mon 13 Aug 2018 | Harriet Sherwood
    An organisation representing LGBT Catholics around the world has been denied permission for a stall at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, which Pope Francis is attending on 25 August. The Global Network of Rainbow Catholics, which represents 60 organisations, has been told that due to “logistical considerations” it has not been allocated a booth in the gathering’s exhibition hall. The WMF, an international event held by the Roman Catholic church every three years, opens in Dublin next Monday. Pope Francis will spend 36 hours in Ireland attending events. The GNRC was told only in the past few days...