Tag Archives: Catholic Church

Pope Shifts Church Policy: Death Penalty Is Inadmissible

USA Today reports: Pope Francis has changed church teaching about the death penalty, saying in a new policy published Thursday that it is always “inadmissible” because it “attacks” the inherent dignity of all humans. The Vatican said Francis had approved a change to the Catechism of the Catholic Church – the compilation of official Catholic Church teaching. Previously, the catechism …

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignation Of Accused Cardinal

The New York Times reports: The pope has accepted the resignation of Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick, the former archbishop of Washington and a prominent diplomat who has been at the center of a mushrooming scandal after several men came forward with allegations of decades-old sexual abuse, the Vatican announced on Saturday. In a statement, the Vatican said: “Yesterday evening the …

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IDAHO: Catholic Diocese Has 10-Person Exorcism Crew Cleanse Home Of Priest Arrested For Child Porn

The Idaho Statesman reports: The house where a retired Boise priest lived for 15 years — until he was accused in February of sharing child pornography online and of drug possession — has been cleaned out, freshened up and blessed by an exorcist, according to the priest preparing the property for sale. “We bless houses all the time,” said Father …

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PHILIPPINES: Catholic Church Calls For Three Days Of Fasting In Repentance For President’s “Blasphemy”

The South China Post reports: Philippine Catholic bishops on Monday called for fasting and prayers after President Rodrigo Duterte called God “stupid” and questioned God’s existence in profane remarks that set him on a collision course with Asia’s largest Catholic Church. Archbishop Romulo Valles and the association of bishops that he heads called for a day of prayers on July …

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Duterte: Prove God Exists And I’ll Resign Immediately

The Philippine Star reports: President Rodrigo Duterte on Friday vowed to immediately resign if Christians can prove that their God exists. “If there is anyone of you there, the noisy ones, who would say that you have been to heaven, talked to God, saw him personally, and that He exists, the God that is yours, and if He does is …

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Archbishop Sentenced To One Year Of “Home Detention” For Molestation Coverup [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: A Catholic archbishop in Australia has been given a maximum sentence of 12 months in detention for concealing child sexual abuse in the 1970s. Philip Wilson, now archbishop of Adelaide, is the most senior Catholic globally to be convicted of the crime. He was found guilty by a court last month of covering up abuse by a …

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Two More Bishops Resign Over Molestation Scandal

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis on Thursday accepted the resignations of two more Chilean bishops, the latest fallout from a sex abuse scandal whose scope and gravity were initially underestimated by the pontiff. Last month all 31 of Chile’s active bishops offered to quit for collectively failing to protect children from pedophile priests. The Vatican announced that Francis allowed …

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Catholic League Rants That The Media Is “Deliberately” Not Covering Pope Francis’ Attack On LGBT Families

Via press release from Bill Donohue: Earlier last week, I pointed out that the pope made it clear that gay couples are not a family. “It is painful for me to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family,” but “the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the only one.” …

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Catholic Priests Affirm That All Sexual Acts Outside Of Man-Woman-Jesus Holy Marriage Are “Intrinsically Evil”

From a press release published by Christian Newswire: We, the priests and deacons of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy in the United States, declare our solidarity with our brethren of the British Province of the CCC particularly in their recent statement on the fiftieth anniversary (July 25, 1968) of Humanae Vitae. We, too, profess our total acceptance of the infallible …

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ITALY: Vatican Tribunal Sentences Former Diplomat Priest To Five Years In Prison For Child Porn Possession

The Associated Press reports: The Vatican tribunal has convicted a former Holy See diplomat and sentenced him to 5 years in prison for possessing and distributing child pornography in the first such trial of its kind inside the Vatican. Monsignor Carlo Capella admitted to viewing the images during what he called a period of “fragility” and interior crisis sparked by …

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Vatican Uses “LGBT” For First Time In Official Document

The Independent reports: The Vatican has recognized the term “LGBT” by using it in one of its official documents for the first time. A paper examining the Catholic Church’s relationship with young people, published on Tuesday, said “some LGBT youth” were looking to “benefit from greater closeness and experience greater care by the church.” The use of the term appears …

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Top Cardinal Booted Over “Credible” Abuse Claims

CBS News reports: Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, archbishop emeritus of Washington DC, has been removed from public ministry after an accusation he abused a teen nearly 50 years ago while serving as a priest in New York archdiocese. McCarrick, now at age 87, previously served as archbishop of Newark in New Jersey. The cardinal maintains his innocence but has accepted the …

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Pope Francis Blasts Trump’s “Immoral” Migrant Policy

The Washington Post reports: Pope Francis stepped into a growing controversy over President Trump’s immigration policies, criticizing the separation of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexican border and saying that “populism” and “creating psychosis” are not the way to resolve migration problems, according to an interview published Wednesday. Speaking to Reuters news agency, the pope said, “It’s not easy, but populism …

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Pope Francis: Only Heterosexuals Can Form A Family

Reuters reports: Only heterosexual families can form a family, Pope Francis said on Saturday, when he also condemned abortion and hailed the “sanctity” of women who forgive cheating husbands. “It is painful to say this today: People speak of varied families, of various kinds of family,” but “the family [as] man and woman in the image of God is the …

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Breitbart Endorses Ex-Gay Torture, Denounces Removal Of Homosexuality From Lists Of Psychological Disorders

In a column denouncing the pending California bill which would ban ex-gay torture for adults under fraud laws, today Breitbart interviews Joseph Nicolsi Jr., the son of NARTH founder Joseph Nicolosi, who dropped dead last year at the age of 70. An excerpt: Nicolosi is a licensed clinical psychologist who runs the largest reparative therapy clinic in the world. He …

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Pope Francis Accepts Resignations Of Three Chilean Bishops Accused Of Covering Up Clerical Sexual Abuse

The Guardian reports: Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of a Chilean bishop he robustly defended earlier this year despite claims of a cover-up of clerical sexual abuse, a move that later forced the pontiff into making a public apology. In his continuing efforts to show he has grasped the extent of the Catholic church’s sexual abuse scandal, and intends …

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MINNESOTA: “Bankrupt” Catholic Archdiocese Agrees To $210 Million Settlement With 450 Sexual Abuse Victims

The Associated Press reports: The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has agreed to a $210 million settlement with 450 victims of clergy sexual abuse as part of its plan for bankruptcy reorganization, an attorney said Thursday, making it the second-largest U.S. payout in the priest abuse scandal. Victims’ attorney Jeff Anderson said the settlement was reached with the survivors …

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IRELAND: Officials Confirm Abortion Ban Repeal

The Guardian reports: Ireland has voted by a landslide to legalise abortion in a stunning outcome that marks a dramatic defeat for the Catholic church’s one-time domination of the Republic. The Irish electorate voted by 1,429,981 votes to 723,632 in favour of abolishing a controversial constitutional amendment that gave equal legal status to the lives of a foetus and the …

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BREAKING: Exit Poll Projects Ireland Has Repealed Abortion Ban In Landslide, Vote Count Is Tomorrow

The Irish Times reports: Ireland has voted by a landslide margin to change the constitution so that abortion can be legalised, according to an exit poll conducted for The Irish Times by Ipsos/MRBI. The poll suggests that the margin of victory for the Yes side in the referendum will be 68 per cent to 32 per cent – a stunning …

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IRELAND: High Turnout In Vote To Repeal Abortion Ban

The BBC reports: Turnout in the Republic of Ireland’s referendum on abortion laws is higher, so far, than in recent votes. Voting will continue until 22:00 local time on Friday. The turnout at mid afternoon on Friday was higher than at the same stage of the country’s referendum on same-sex marriage and its most recent general election. Polls opened at …

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