Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Catholic League Screams “Religious Liberty” After Feds Seek To Seize Diocese Land For Trump’s Border Wall

Oh, the ironic hilarity. Via press release from Bill Donohue: Building a wall to protect our borders is a legitimate national security issue, but it should not be done at the expense of religious liberty. To be sure, no right is absolute, and that means that government seizure of church grounds may be acceptable in some very limited instances. But …

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Omaha Archdiocese Names 38 Priests For Sex Crimes

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Shock and questions abound after the Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha made public on Friday the names of 38 clergy members accused of sexual misdeeds with minors. The archdiocese said “substantiated claims of sexual abuse of, or sexual misconduct with, a minor” had been made against 34 priests and four deacons on a list it provided to …

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Catholic Diocese Accused Of Covering Up “Rare Cancer” GoFundMe Scam By Priest Who Preyed On Parishioners

Mississippi’s Starkville Daily News reports: A Starkville priest is at the center of a criminal investigation involving a string of fraudulent charity efforts that federal agents believe was covered up by church leaders in Jackson. According to a 37-page affidavit filed Friday by Department of Homeland Security Special Agent William G. Childers in U.S. District Court in Jackson, an ongoing …

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Pope Bars Bishops From Action On Clergy Sexual Abuse

From the National Catholic Reporter: The plenary meeting of the Unites States Conference of Catholic Bishops opened with a bombshell. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the conference, announced that the Holy See had insisted the U.S. bishops not vote on any concrete action items regarding the clergy sex abuse crisis, pending the February meeting of the presidents of all episcopal …

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Missouri Diocese Names 33 “Credibly Accused” Priests

The Associated Press reports: Thirty-three priests or religious brothers in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Jefferson City, Missouri, have been “credibly accused” and/or removed from the ministry over sexual abuse of minors, the bishop of the central Missouri diocese said Thursday. Bishop W. Shawn McKnight released a complete list of the names that followed an internal investigation begun in February. …

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Ohio Priest Charged With Impregnating Underage Girl

ABC News reports: An Ohio priest is facing charges after his diocese said he admitted to having a relationship with a now-pregnant 17-year-old girl. Father Henry Christopher Foxhoven, 45, was the pastor at Holy Cross and St. Mary of the Hill parishes in the Diocese of Steubenville. According to the Athens County prosecutor, the teen was an altar girl at …

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Priest Accused Of Faking Anti-Catholic Hate Crime Assault On Day Pope Condemned Abuses By Priests

CBS News Chicago reports: A Northwest Indiana priest failed to adhere to (at least) one of the Catholic Church’s ’10 Commandments’–‘Thou Shalt Not Lie’–after accusations surfaced that he made up a story about being attacked at the altar in August. Father Basil Hutsko of Saint Michael Byzantine, a Catholic church in Merrillville, has been placed on administrative leave following allegations …

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Ireland Votes To Abolish Archaic Blasphemy Law

The Guardian reports: Campaigners in Ireland celebrated the end of a “medieval” ban on blasphemy on Saturday, after voters overwhelmingly backed removing the offence from the constitution in a referendum. The referendum saw 64.85% vote yes to remove the prohibition on blasphemy, with 35.15% in favour of retaining it. A total of 951,650 people voted for the change, with 515,808 …

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Ex-Gay Crowdfunding Site Raises $100K To Help “Death To Gays” Chicago Priest Who Burned Rainbow Flag

From the crowdfunding site Funding Morality: Chicago priest Father Paul John Kalchik is being persecuted by his bishop Cardinal Blase Cupich and was forced into hiding on September 21st after Cardinal Cupich threatened to have him committed to a psychiatric treatment center. Kalchik’s offense? Burning a banner that had been unused for close to a dozen years that depicted a …

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Catholic Exorcist To Hold Special Mass To Protect Brett Kavanaugh Against Curses From “Evil” Brooklyn Witches

From the right wing National Catholic Register: Catholics and exorcists are responding to the news that a curse on the newest U.S. Supreme Court Justice is planned for Saturday Oct. 20 at Catland Books, a “metaphysical boutique and occult bookshop” in Brooklyn, New York. He will be the main focus, at the “Ritual to Hex Brett Kavanaugh” but others will …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Justice Department Opens Its Own Probe Into Catholic Church’s Sexual Abuse Scandal

The Washington Post reports: The Justice Department has launched an investigation into alleged sexual abuse by clergy in the Roman Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, according to a person familiar with the matter. The U.S. Attorney’s office in Philadelphia began issuing subpoenas recently, the person said. The investigation was sparked after a state grand jury issued a scathing report in August …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest Named In Massive Probe Pleads Guilty To Sexual Abuse, Later Made Victim “Confess”

The York Daily Record reports: A former Catholic priest accused of sexually abusing two boys and having one confess afterward, pleaded guilty to corruption of minors and endangering the welfare of children. Rev. David Lee Poulson pleaded guilty to the third-degree felonies during his court hearing on Wednesday. Poulson, 65, of Oil City, was arrested in May. Prosecutors have alleged …

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Pope Francis Defrocks Two More Bishops, Vatican Cites “Overwhelming Evidence” Of Sexual Abuse Of Minors

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis on Saturday defrocked two more Chilean bishops accused of sexually abusing minors, and to show greater transparency about how he’s responding to the church’s global sex abuse crisis, he publicly explained why they were removed. The Vatican’s unusually detailed statement announcing the laicization of retired Archbishop Francisco Jose Cox Huneeus and retired Bishop Marco …

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Pope Accepts Resignation Of Embattled DC Cardinal

The Washington Post reports: Pope Francis on Friday accepted the resignation of Washington’s archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, who in a matter of months went from a trusted papal ally who had largely managed to avoid controversy over a long career to a prominent symbol of what many Catholics have come to regard as an infuriatingly weak and defensive response by …

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Pope Francis Blames Sexual Abuse Scandals On Satan

Bloomberg reports: The devil is alive and well and working overtime to undermine the Roman Catholic Church, Pope Francis says. In fact, the pope is so convinced that Satan is to blame for the sexual abuse crisis and deep divisions racking the Church that he has asked Catholics around the world to recite a special prayer every day in October …

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“Death To Gays” Priest Who Burned Rainbow Flag Says “Homosexualists” Have Driven Him Into Hiding [VIDEO]

NBC News Chicago reports: In his first interview since he was forced out of his church following the burning of a rainbow pride flag, Father Paul Kalchik reveals that he’s been in hiding since the incident took place. Kalchik spoke to the conservative Catholic website Church Militant this week after he was removed from Resurrection Parish following the burning of …

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Pope: Sex Abuse Scandals Are Driving People Away

Pope Francis today acknowledged that sexual abuse scandals all over the world are driving people away from the Catholic Church. Francis referred directly to the crisis convulsing his papacy on the fourth and final day of his Baltic pilgrimage, which coincided with the release of a devastating new report into decades of sex abuse and cover-up in Germany. Francis told …

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Cardinal Boots Priest Who Burned Rainbow Flag

The Chicago Sun-Times reports: The priest who ignited controversy last week by burning an LGBTQ-friendly flag on church grounds against the orders of Cardinal Blase Cupich [photo] has been removed from his Avondale parish. Cupich sent two of his top deputies to Resurrection Catholic Church on Friday to notify the Rev. Paul Kalchik that he was being removed as pastor, …

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Brooklyn Diocese Settles Abuse Suits For $27.5 Million

The New York Times reports: Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The settlement comes two weeks after …

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CHICAGO: “Death To Gays” Priest Defies Archdiocese, Cuts Up, Burns Rainbow Flag In “Prayer Of Exorcism”

As I reported several days ago, the Archdiocese of Chicago ordered Father Paul Kalchik to cancel his plan to burn a rainbow flag that someone supposedly left in his church. He did it anyway and then some. NBC News reports: “We did so in a private way, a quiet way, so as not to bring the ire of the gay …

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