Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Vatican Erases Its Official Record: Pope Francis Didn’t Mean To Suggest That Gay Kids Need Psychiatric Help

The Guardian reports: The Vatican has rolled back on a recommendation by Pope Francis that parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies. The pope made the comments to journalists as he was flying back to Rome from Ireland, but the Vatican later removed his phrase from its official account, saying he had not meant to suggest that …

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Catholic League: If You’re Mad About The Molestation Scandal, You’re Just “Taking The Bait” Of Church Haters

Via press release from Catholic League head Bill Donohue: Conservative Catholics have been especially strident in their comments. Unfortunately, they are being played. To be specific, their call for grand jury investigations in every state, and the wholesale release of priest personnel files, is playing into the hands of the enemies of the Catholic Church. So are their appeals to …

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Pope Francis: Parents Shouldn’t Reject Their Gay Kids, But Should Seek Psychiatric Help For Them [VIDEO]

Agence France-Presse reports: Pope Francis has recommended parents seek psychiatric help for children who show homosexual tendencies, during a press conference on his plane taking him back to Rome from Ireland. A journalist asked the pontiff on Sunday what he would say to parents who observe homosexual traits in their children. “I would say first of all pray, not to …

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Pope Refuses Comment On Claim He Ignored Abuse

Agence France-Presse reports: Pope Francis has declined to comment on a claim he personally ignored sexual abuse allegations against a senior clergyman, after a visit to Ireland dominated by Church scandals. Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, a former Vatican envoy to the United States, said he had told Francis of the allegations against prominent US cardinal Theodore McCarrick in 2013. But …

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Former Vatican Official Fired Over Kim Davis Meeting Claims Popes Long Knew About Cardinal’s Misconduct

The Washington Post reports: A former Vatican ambassador to the United States has alleged in an 11-page letter that Pope Benedict XVI and Pope Francis — among other top Catholic Church officials — had been aware of sexual misconduct allegations against a top American cardinal years before that prelate resigned this summer. The letter from Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano [photo], …

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Pope To Ireland’s Gay PM: “I’m Ashamed” [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: Pope Francis has said he is ashamed of the Catholic Church’s failure to adequately address the “repellent crimes” of sex abuse by clergy. The Pope was addressing political leaders and diplomats at Dublin Castle during the first papal visit to the Republic of Ireland for 40 years. He is expected to meet victims of clerical sex abuse …

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Catholic League Continues Whataboutism Crusade: Nobody Is Going After “Hollywood Perverts” And MTV

Just in from Catholic League president Bill Donohue: While some Catholics are spinning out of control over cases of sexual abuse committed by the dead and the laicized, MTV will present the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award to Jennifer Lopez on August 21. No one from the media, and certainly no finger-pointing Catholic, will question why there is an award …

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PENNSYLVANIA: New Calls Flood Clergy Abuse Hotline

USA Today reports: A surge in calls to a clergy abuse hotline in Pennsylvania is breathing new life into a vast investigation of “predator priests” and Roman Catholic Church leaders accused of protecting them. The hotline has drawn more than 300 calls since the release of a withering grand jury report last week claiming church leaders protected hundreds of accused …

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Pope Issues Letter Condemning Sex Abuse Coverup

NBC News reports: Pope Francis on Monday issued a letter to Catholics around the world condemning sexual abuse and cover-up, and demanding accountability in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. Francis begged forgiveness for the pain suffered by victims and said lay Catholics must be involved in any effort to …

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Pennsylvania Bishops Hold “Forgiveness” Mass [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on rampant sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy said Friday he has “profound remorse” and offers his “heartfelt apology” to the victims. Speaking at a Mass of Forgiveness, Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer opened by reading the first paragraph of this week’s stunning report that said more than …

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Catholic Cardinal Blames Pennsylvania Molestations On “Disordered Homosexual Culture” Among The Clergy

From a Christian Newswire press release: When asked about what is at the root of the crisis Cardinal Burke said “it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at the root. It is of course a …

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Vatican Breaks Silence On Pennsylvania Molestations: Victims Should Know That The Pope Is On Their Side

CNN reports: The Vatican broke its silence on Thursday about a Pennsylvania grand jury report that detailed decades of sexual abuses by priests and cover-ups by bishops, calling the accusations “criminal and morally reprehensible.” “Regarding the report made public in Pennsylvania this week, there are two words that can express the feelings faced with these horrible crimes: shame and sorrow,” …

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Catholic League “Debunks” Pennsylvania Molestation Scandal: It’s Not Rape When The Child Isn’t Penetrated

Catholic League president Bill Donohue today posted a lengthy “debunking” of media reports about the still-unfolding and massive molestation scandal wracking the Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. Donohue’s missive includes his usual charges of anti-Catholic bigotry and personal attacks on “salacious” Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro. There’s also this: Shapiro said that “Church officials routinely and purposely described the abuse as …

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Vatican: No Comment On Pennsylvania Molestations

CNN reports: The Vatican has declined to respond to an explosive grand jury report detailing decades of sexual abuse and cover-ups by priests and bishops in Pennsylvania, refusing even to say whether church officials in Rome have read the damaging documents. “We have no comment at this time,” Paloma Ovejero, deputy director of the Vatican’s press office, said Wednesday. But …

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Grand Jury: Pittsburgh Priests Ran Child Porn Ring

The Allentown Morning Call reports: George said he never discussed the nude Polaroids, or the twisted, secret gift he and the other kids had been given decades ago by the men who preyed on them. These weren’t the kinds of things you could share without feeling humiliated, especially not if you grew up tough, like he did on the South …

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Catholic League: Pennsylvania Pedophile Priests Probe Is A “Scam” Because Other Religions Were Ignored

Via press release from blowhard Bill Donohue: The grand jury report will attract the prurient interest of the public, much to the delight of the media. But when the dust settles, what counts are the facts.  The media are saying that the report will name “more than 300 predator priests.” Not true. Many of those named are not priests: the …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Grand Jury Finds Dioceses Committed Systemic Coverups For 300+ Pedophile Priests [VIDEO]

The Allentown Morning Call reports: A scathing grand jury report released Tuesday reveals sexual abuse by hundreds of priests that went unchecked for decades in dioceses across Pennsylvania, including Allentown. Instead of reporting pedophiles, dioceses routinely shuffled them from parish to parish, enabling them to prey upon new victims, the document shows. The statewide grand jury spent two years on …

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Catholic League Accuses Pennsylvania AG Of “Bigotry” For Sexual Abuse Probe Of Over 300 Predator Priests

Via press release from blowhard Bill Donohue: Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro needs to explain why he never convened a grand jury to investigate the sexual abuse of minors in the public schools. That’s where the action is — his state has one of the worst records on this score of any state in the nation — so why is …

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IRELAND: Gay PM To Raise LGBT Rights With Pope

Irish Central reports: Irish leader Leo Varadkar will bring up same sex marriage to Pope Francis when he meets him in Ireland on August 25th saying that such marriages are the same as any conventional marriage and should be treated as such by the church. Varadkar is Ireland’s first gay leader. Questioned on what he would say to the Pope …

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PENNSYLVANIA: Priest Pleads Guilty To Molesting 4th Grader In First Conviction Of Massive Probe [VIDEO]

Penn Live reports: At a news conference Wednesday in Westmoreland County, Attorney General Josh Shapiro called Father John Sweeney of the Greensburg Diocese a predator. Sweeney, 75, is the first priest convicted as a result of the 40th Statewide Investigating Grand Jury, which recently concluded an investigation into sexually abusive priests and clergy in six of the state’s eight Catholic …

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