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  • NASA has hired a Catholic priest to help humans prepare for alien encounters

    12/26/2021 6:49:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 98 replies
    rifnote ^ | 12/26/2021 | DAVID SIDMAN
    In a rather bizarre move, NASA has recruited a British priest to prepare the religious for the discovery of alien life as space agencies claim to be getting closer to discovering evidence that life exists outside of planet earth reports The Times. Reverend Dr. Andrew Davison, a priest and theology professor at the University of Cambridge, is among 24 theologians who participated in a program sponsored by NASA at the space agency’s Center for Theological Inquiry (CTI) at Princeton University. The theologians attempted to assess how major religions would react to news of alien life being found. A NASA expert...
  • CNN Priest Says Unvaccinated Shouldn't Come to Church on Christmas

    12/24/2021 2:26:55 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 50 replies
    Red State ^ | 12/24/2021 | Nick Arama
    Many will be gathering in church, celebrating the birth of Jesus over the next two days, for one of the most joyous times of the year.But a CNN religion commentator, Roman Catholic priest Fr. Edward Beck, has some thoughts on the subject that seem contrary to everything I learned about the love of one’s neighbor as a Catholic. He’s telling people to stay home, effectively telling them they are not welcome in the Church — on one of the most important days of celebration for Catholics — if they are unvaccinated.Yep. I said it. I don’t think unvaccinated people should...
  • Cincinnati priest pleads guilty to raping 10-year-old altar boy 30 years ago

    12/05/2021 2:37:38 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 46 replies
    Nypost ^ | 12/05/2021 | Patrick Reilly
    A Catholic priest from Cincinnati pleaded guilty on Thursday to raping a 10-year-old altar decades ago, one day before the jury was to be selected for his trial. The Rev. Geoff Drew, 59, was reportedly emotionless at his court appearance when he was directly addressed by his victim, now in his 40s.
  • Buffalo Diocese Hit With 900 Abuse Claims in Bankruptcy Court, More Than Any Diocese

    08/18/2021 7:59:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    Buffalo News ^ | 8/16/21 | Jay Tokasz
    More than 900 child sex abuse claims were filed against the Buffalo Diocese in federal bankruptcy court by Saturday, the deadline for abuse victims to come forward if they want part of a potential settlement that could cost the diocese tens of millions of dollars. The number of claims was double the largest number ever filed in the more than 20 prior diocese bankruptcies in the U.S. since 2004. “The total count right now is 924,” said Ilan D. Scharf, attorney for the committee of unsecured creditors in the diocese bankruptcy case. “There are sometimes duplicate claims or amended claims...
  • Man under investigation for cathedral fire now suspected of killing French priest

    08/09/2021 4:36:03 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    NBC ^ | August 9, 2021
    A Rwandan immigrant walked into French police station on Monday and said he had murdered the Catholic priest giving him shelter while he awaited possible trial over a fire at a cathedral last year... "So in France you can be an illegal immigrant, torch Nantes cathedral, never be expelled and reoffend by murdering a priest. What's happening in our country is unprecedented: the total failure of the state," Marine Le Pen France's immigration authorities handed the Rwandan national an expulsion order in 2019, but he remained in the country. Senator Bruno Retailleau, who represents the Vendee region, identified the victim...
  • [Italian] Cops Bust Cleric in Gay Prostitution Scandal

    08/06/2021 6:27:15 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 14 replies
    Church Militant ^ | 8/4/21 | Jules Gomes
    Wiretaps show Italian priest used cell phone apps for sex with teen boysPERUGIA, Italy ( - Italian paramilitary police have arrested a priest for "aggravated child prostitution" after electronic surveillance generated evidence of the homosexual cleric soliciting sex from underage boys "on a daily basis." Father Vincenzo Esposito, parish priest of San Feliciano in Magione, Perugia, over a hundred miles north of Rome, used digital phone applications like WhatsApp or Messenger to make sexual video calls to male minors from Termini Imerese and neighboring areas. The arrest has embarrassed the Conference of Italian Bishops (CEI) as its pro-gay president, Cdl....
  • New Sex-Abuse Lawsuit Names Theodore McCarrick, Father Michael Barrett

    08/06/2021 10:13:38 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 8 replies
    National Catholic Register ^ | August 4, 2021 | Matt Hadro, Christine Rousselle
    NEW YORK, N.Y. — A new civil sex-abuse lawsuit has been filed against former cardinal Theodore McCarrick, also naming Opus Dei priest Father Michael Barrett, who is currently a pastor in the Archdiocese of New York. “My youth, my childhood was robbed from me,” said the plaintiff, who filed the lawsuit anonymously, in the case during the online press conference. He said he was “abused by two people involved in the Catholic Church, and this is Father Michael Barrett and Cardinal McCarrick, who wasn’t a cardinal then, and he should have never become one.”
  • Ex-NY Bishop Howard J. Hubbard admits diocese ‘temporarily’ moved priests accused of sexual abuse

    08/02/2021 1:40:15 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 12 replies
    The New York Post ^ | JUly 31, 2021 | Patrick Reilly
    A former Catholic bishop admitted that the Archdiocese of Albany covertly moved around priests accused of sexual misconduct before reintroducing them back into the ministry. Howard J. Hubbard, who headed the diocese from 1977 to 2014, said it was common practice in the 1970s and 1980s to temporarily remove accused priests, send them for supposed rehabilitation — then put them back on the job. Hubbard said that he regrets the “flawed” system.
  • New Hampshire bishop faces sex abuse allegations from his time as priest in Deer Park

    07/25/2021 1:12:48 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 5 replies ^ | July 23,. 2021 | News12 Staff
    A Catholic bishop is accused of sexually abusing a boy while serving as a priest on Long Island. Bishop Peter Anthony Libasci of Manchester New Hampshire Catholic Diocese is facing sexual abuse claims from nearly 40 years ago.
  • Married Texas pastor gave teen drugs at church then raped her multiple times, police say

    07/23/2021 6:38:41 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 46 replies
    Christian Post ^ | July 22, 2021 | Leonardo Blair
    A married Texas pastor who claims he was only counseling a 15-year-old girl and her family is now in jail after police say he groomed her, gave her methamphetamines and then raped her multiple times in the last month, including at church. The teenager was hospitalized after her most recent encounter. Brian Pounds, 45, who was listed as the lead pastor at First Assembly of God in Vernon along with his wife, Amy, has been charged with sexual assault of a child and delivery of a controlled substance to a child, according to his redacted arrest warrant.
  • Top U.S. Catholic Church official resigns over report linking him to gay bars and Grindr

    07/21/2021 8:17:00 AM PDT · by Sixgun Symphony · 24 replies
    Axios ^ | 7-20-2021 | Axios
    The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced Tuesday the resignation of its top administrator for "possible improper behavior" after an outlet linked Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill's phone activity to gay bars and the LGBTQ dating app Grindr.
  • Family Loses Appeal in Lawsuit Over Priest’s Funeral Remarks

    07/12/2021 6:10:04 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 62 replies
    AP ^ | 7/10/21
    TEMPERANCE, Mich. (AP) — A priest who criticized a teenager’s suicide during his funeral is protected by the religion clauses of the First Amendment, the Michigan Court of Appeals said. The court affirmed a decision by a Monroe County judge who had dismissed a lawsuit by the mother of Maison Hullibarger. The 18-year-old, who was an athlete and honors student in the Monroe area, died in 2018. Mourners were shocked when the Rev. Don LaCuesta gave a critical sermon. He said suicide was a “secular crime” and a “sin against God with dire eternal consequences.” Linda Hullibarger sued the priest...
  • Anti-gay Catholic priest accused of having sex with men to "heal" their homosexuality

    07/08/2021 12:12:28 PM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    MetroWeekly ^ | July 8, 2021 | Rhuaridh Marr
    A French priest with a history of campaigning against gay rights faces a Catholic Church trial over allegations that he sexually assaulted men to “heal” their homosexuality. Msgr. Tony Anatrella, a Vatican adviser and psychotherapist, will stand trial in church court after multiple allegations of abuse and inappropriate sexual relationships with his male clients, per the National Catholic Reporter.
  • The Priest of the Titanic

    04/15/2021 7:08:55 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 16 replies
    Dominicana ^ | April 14, 2021 | Br. Paul Marich, O.P.
    The Priest of the TitanicThe sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic is regarded as one of the most tragic shipwrecks in history. Regarded as the engineering marvel of its time, the Titanic’s makers boasted that “God himself could not sink this ship.” Yet on the night of April 14, 1912, the ship was brought down by a solitary iceberg. Since then, the disaster has been remembered for the many stories that have made the shipwreck legendary: the band playing in order to calm the passengers, the distress calls that received no response from a nearby ship, and the insufficient number of...
  • Biden inauguration priest under investigation for unspecified allegations in NorCal

    03/19/2021 11:45:39 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 15 replies
    ktla ^ | Mar 19, 2021 / 10:33 AM PDT
    The Jesuit priest who presided over an inaugural Mass for President Joe Biden is under investigation for unspecified allegations and is on leave from his position as president of Santa Clara University in Northern California, according to a statement from the college’s board of trustees. Rev. Kevin O’Brien allegedly “exhibited behaviors in adult settings, consisting primarily of conversations, which may be inconsistent with established Jesuit protocols and boundaries,” O’Brien gave the service at Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle...for well as ... Kamala Harris, their families and elected officials before the inauguration ceremony at the U.S. Capitol. O’Brien also...
  • Catholic Priest Kidnapped, Murdered In Niger

    01/24/2021 4:54:44 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    Nigerian Tribune ^ | Adelowo Oladipo
    Whereabouts of deceased's junior brother still unknownA Catholic priest of the Diocese of Minna, Niger State, Rev. Father John Gbakaan Yaji has been abducted and murdered by gunmen suspected to be armed bandits in the state. The incident was said to have happened on Friday night in Tufa village along Lambata-Lapai road axis of the state. The late clergyman was said to be returning from Lambata in Gurara local government area of the state where he had attended a religious meeting in conjunction with his colleagues when he was attacked. Nigerian Tribune reliably gathered that the deceased was kidnapped along...
  • Missing Catholic Priest Found Dead in Burkina Faso

    01/24/2021 4:58:37 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 2 replies
    The Defense Post ^ | JANUARY 22, 2021
    "The priest's lifeless body was found in the Toumousseni Forest," a security source said.A priest missing since Tuesday in Burkina Faso’s jihadist-plagued southwest has been found dead, security and local sources said Thursday. “The priest’s lifeless body was found in the Toumousseni Forest” in the Cascades region bordering Ivory Coast and Mali, a security source said. A local politician confirmed that the priest, Abbot Rodrigue Sanon from the Notre Dame de Soubaganyedougou parish, had been found dead.
  • German nuns were ‘pimps’ for sick priests, says sexual abuse victim

    12/24/2020 12:50:00 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 21 replies
    New York Post ^ | December 22, 2020 | Hannah Sparks
    The cathedral in Speyer, Germany -- AFP via Getty Images A child rape victim has accused nuns at a now-shuttered Catholic children’s home in Germany of “pimping” out orphans to priests, politicians and other wealthy men. The victim, now 63, has remained anonymous despite having fought and won a legal battle for compensation in May over the horrors they endured, beginning at 5 years old in March 1963. The man, who has struggled with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression since then, was awarded a total of 25,000 euros by German courts due to claims he’d been raped more than 1,000...
  • Wisconsin police say priest is being harassed for hunting deer on abbey grounds

    12/03/2020 12:13:48 PM PST · by SJackson · 45 replies
    Fox News ^ | Janine Puhak
    The priest who has been heckled and vandalized for hunting deer to help feed the hungry This holy hunter probably never expected to need police protection. Police in Wisconsin have spoken out to stop the criminal harassment of a priest who has been heckled and vandalized for hunting deer, to help feed the hungry, on the private grounds of the 160-acre abbey where he resides. The De Pere Police Department says that the harassment toward Father Jordan Neeck has stopped since the Norbertine priest filed a police report and authorities shared the story with local media last week, WBAY reports....
  • Bishop threatens ‘canonical penalties’ for priest whose viral video warned Catholics can’t be Democrats

    09/10/2020 7:20:02 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 15 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | September 10, 2020 | Doug Mainwaring
    Bishop threatens ‘canonical penalties’ for priest whose viral video warned Catholics can’t be Democrats But there has been an outpouring of support from laity for Father James Altman, the faithful priest who warned his flock about the dangers of voting for candidates who support intrinsic evils. PETITION: Stand with priest who faces Church penalties for saying "You can't be a Catholic and a Democrat."! Sign the petition here. LACROSSE, Wisconsin, September 10, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – After a Catholic priest’s video message, “You cannot be Catholic & a Democrat. Period.,” went viral, his bishop appears to be taking measures to silence him...