Tag Archives: Catholic Church

BRITAIN: Disgraced Anti-Gay Cardinal Who Confessed To Sexually Preying On Young Priests Dies At Age 80

The BBC reports: Cardinal Keith O’Brien, formerly the Catholic Church’s most senior cleric in Britain, has died at the age of 80. The cardinal, who resigned as Archbishop of St Andrews and Edinburgh in 2013 after apologising for sexual misconduct, was hurt in a recent fall. His successor administered the last rites on Friday, on the eve of the cardinal’s …

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Catholic Church Removes Famed Founder Of Male Chastity Order For “Improper Conduct With Adult Men”

The Chicago Tribune reports: The Rev. C. Frank Phillips, founder of a religious order of men and pastor at the storied St. John Cantius Catholic Parish, was removed last week by the Archdiocese of Chicago amid an investigation into allegations of improper conduct with adult men, according to church officials. In a statement to parishioners, Cardinal Blase Cupich explained that …

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Multiple Sex And Corruption Scandals Rock Catholic Church: Child Molestation, Sadistic Child Porn, Fraud

It’s been another stellar week for the Catholic Church. Here’s a roundup of just five of the separate crimes that hit my inbox in the last few days. From the National Catholic Reporter: A Saginaw, Michigan, diocesan priest, previously cleared of accusations of sexual abuse of a minor, has been caught in a police sting operation and charged with criminal …

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Italian Escort Who Outed 40 Priests To Vatican Explains His Motivation In First Interview With US Gay Press

Earlier this month I reported that an Italian escort had delivered a 1200-page dossier to the Vatican which outs 40 gay priests as his clients. Unsurprisingly, the story continues to earn headlines in the Italian press. This week the escort speaks to our own Father Tony Adams, himself a retired Catholic priest, in an interview with South Florida Gay News. …

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ITALY: Male Escort Outs 40 Gay Priests To Vatican

The Associated Press reports: The archdiocese of Naples says it has sent the Vatican a 1,200-page dossier compiled by a male escort identifying 40 actively gay priests and seminarians in Italy. In a statement on the diocesan website, Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe said none of the identified priests worked in Naples. But he said he decided to forward the file to …

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Priest Arrested For Sex With Underage Boys [VIDEO]

Michigan Live reports: Sunday, the Rev. Robert DeLand Jr. conducted Mass at St. Agnes Church in Freeland and renewed the vows of a couple who had been married 25 years, according to people who were there. He was arrested later that day. Monday, he was in jail charged with sexual assault after police in Tittabawassee and Saginaw townships finished a …

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Bill Donohue Rants Against Gay Adoption On Fox News

From Laura Ingraham’s crackpot site LifeZette: “It’s a matter of gay bullying and harassment,” said Catholic League President Bill Donohue on Wednesday night’s “The Ingraham Angle.” “They’re gay activists. They are trying to shove their secular values down our throats,” he added. “Secular militants [are] trying to shove their way in and basically neuter Catholic institutions.” The case involves a …

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Pope Francis: Fake News Caused The Original Sin

NBC News reports: Fake news led to Adam and Eve’s original sin, Pope Francis said Wednesday. Disinformation and “manipulative use of social networks” can have “dire consequences” and the world must embark on a “profound and careful process of discernment,” he added in a speech marking World Communications Day. Fake news — a term popularized by President Donald Trump — …

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GUAM: Catholic Archbishop Denies Raping His Nephew

Catholic News Service reports: An embattled archbishop in Guam has denied an allegation that he raped his nephew nearly 20 years ago, when his accuser was a teen. Mark Apuron, nephew of Guam’s Archbishop Anthony Apuron, filed a lawsuit Jan. 10, claiming that his uncle raped him in a Church bathroom in 1989 or 1990. This is the fifth lawsuit …

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CHILE: Pope Francis Spawns Outrage After Accusing Victims Of Notorious Pedophile Priest Of Slander

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis accused victims of Chile’s most notorious pedophile of slander Thursday, an astonishing end to a visit meant to help heal the wounds of a sex abuse scandal that has cost the Catholic Church its credibility in the country. Francis said that until he sees proof that Bishop Juan Barros was complicit in covering up …

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CHILE: Pope Francis Apologizes For Pedophile Priests As Police Disperse Protesters With Tear Gas [VIDEO]

The Associated Press reports: Pope Francis dove head first into the sex abuse scandal that has devastated the Catholic Church’s credibility in Chile, apologizing Tuesday for the “irreparable damage” to victims, but also acknowledging the “pain” of priests who have been held collectively responsible for the crimes of a few. Francis’ words were delivered amid unprecedented opposition to his visit: …

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Catholic Cardinal Calls Out Trump’s Racism

Trump is getting it from all sides today: Cardinal Timothy Dolan on Monday marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day, saying the slain civil rights leader would remind people today that “no country is a ‘hole’.” Dolan has in the past been critical of President Trump. His tweet comes after President Trump reportedly referred to Haiti, El Salvador and African nations …

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Catholic League: Secular Groups Should “Mirror” The Catholic Church’s Way Of Handling Sexual Misconduct

Via press release from Catholic League blowhard Bill Donohue: The clergy sexual abuse scandal in the Catholic Church made headline news in 2002, even though most of the offenses took place from the mid-1960s to the mid-1980s. Over the past decade and a half, the Church launched many new policies to check this problem, the result being a dramatic reduction …

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Pope Francis: 2017 Was A Year Of Lies And Injustices

Reuters reports: At his last public event of the year, an evening vespers service in St. Peter’s Basilica, the pontiff said that humanity had “wasted and wounded” the year “in many ways with works of death, with lies and injustices”. While war was the most obvious sign of “unrepentant and absurd pride”, many other transgressions had caused “human, social and …

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Adulteress Begins Role As US Ambassador To Vatican

Agence France-Presse reports: Callista Gingrich, wife of the former House speaker Newt Gingrich, today began her duties as the new US ambassador to the Vatican. Wearing a traditional black mantilla, she presented her credentials to Pope Francis at the Vatican before officially taking on her role. The appointment carries some controversy: she is the former speaker’s third wife, and had …

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AUSTRALIA: Sydney Archbishop Laments 2017 As An “Annus Horribilis” Because Of Same-Sex Marriage

The Guardian reports: The Catholic Archbishop of Sydney Anthony Fisher said people of faith might describe 2017 as “annus horribilis” because of euthanasia laws in Victoria, the exposure of child sexual abuse in the Catholic church, and the legalisation of same-sex marriage were failures that challenged “our Christian conceptions of life”. “Like any year, this one has had its challenges …

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Pedophile-Enabling Catholic Cardinal Dies At 86

CBS News reports: Cardinal Bernard Law, the disgraced former archbishop of Boston whose failures to stop child molesters in the priesthood sparked what would become the worst crisis in American Catholicism, has died, the Vatican confirmed on Tuesday. He was 86. Law had been sick and was recently hospitalized in Rome. The Vatican Press Office confirmed his death in a …

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Pope Francis: Fake News Is A Very Serious Sin

The Guardian reports: Pope Francis has criticised journalists who dredge up old scandals and sensationalise the news, saying it’s a “very serious sin” that hurts all involved. Francis, who plans to dedicate his upcoming annual communications message to “fake news”, told Catholic media on Saturday that journalists perform a mission that is among the most “fundamental” to democratic societies. But …

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Poland To End Sunday Shopping Because Jesus

The Catholic Herald reports: Polish MPs have approved a bill that will phase out Sunday shopping by 2020. The Sejm, the lower house of Poland’s parliament, passed the bill by 254 to 156 to restrict Sunday shopping to the first and last Sunday of the month until the end of 2018, only on the last Sunday in the month in …

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AUSTRALIA: Catholic Archbishop Claims “Yes” Didn’t Win Majority Since 20% Didn’t Vote In Marriage Survey

The Daily Telegraph reports: It’s good enough for the people and good enough for the government — but that’s not good enough for the Catholic church. While the Yes vote for gay marriage was a convincing 61.6 per cent, the country’s most influential Catholic cleric Sydney Archbishop Anthony Fisher reckons that is not a majority. Because about 20 per cent …

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