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Vatican Told Irish Clergy to Keep Abuse Reports From Police

According to an official letter issued by the Vatican in 1997, the Holy See issued a warning to higher-ups in the Irish Catholic Church, strongly suggesting that they keep reports of child abuse by clergy members from outside authorities or they could face “embarrassing” consequences.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Marco Ravagli

Need a Job? Try Exorcism

While jobs may be scarce in most parts of the country, look out for a boom in the exorcism sector. A shortage in the number of clergy who can perform the rite has led the U.S. Catholic Church to hold a training session in the sacred art of purging spirits from the possessed.

Posted on Nov 13, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Deaf Defendant Includes Pope in Sex-Abuse Suit

By virtue of his past and present vaunted positions in the Catholic Church, Pope Benedict XVI has certainly had to deal with the ramifications of the wide-ranging sex abuse scandal that’s still rocking the Vatican. But now the pontiff has actually been named ... (continued)

Posted on Sep 27, 2010 READ MORE


rosary
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British Probe Finds Convicted Priests Still in the Fold

The Catholic Church has made remorseful noises and gestures in response to the widespread allegations of clergy sex abuse coming in from multiple dioceses, and some accused parties have been duly punished in recent months ... or have they?

Posted on Sep 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Pope Doesn’t Let Irish Bishops Resign

Two Catholic bishops in Ireland attempted to resign late last year in the midst of a scandal about widespread sexual abuse occurring in their Dublin diocese, but Pope Benedict XVI wasn’t having it.

Posted on Aug 11, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Shealah Craighead

Vatican Issues New Rules for Tackling Sex Abuse Cases

The Vatican is finally getting the message that it needs to get with the program in terms of addressing widespread reports of sex abuse by Catholic clergy members, with the Holy See releasing a new set of rules designed to speed up and step up the process.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Italian Women Ask Pope to Drop Celibacy Rule

A group of Italian women has posted an open letter to the pope on an Internet forum, asking Benedict XVI to reconsider the Catholic Church’s celibacy requirement for clergy members, claiming that they ... (continued)

Posted on May 28, 2010 READ MORE


rosary
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European Catholic Clergy Faces Fallout From Sex Scandal

Two more high-profile figures are paying the price for their parts, however direct or oblique, in the child abuse scandal still rippling through the ranks of the Catholic church. By Thursday, the Vatican had officially retired ...

Posted on Apr 22, 2010 READ MORE


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White House / Shealah Craighead

Pope on a Rope: Favorability Rating Falls in U.S. Poll

Pope Benedict XVI hasn’t exactly won the hearts and minds of Americans in recent weeks, according to the results of a CNN/Opinion Research Corp. survey released Friday, which showed the wear and tear of the ongoing clergy sex scandal on the pope’s public standing ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 16, 2010 READ MORE


Daily Show

‘Daily Show’: De-Sexifying Catholicism

Now that the shameful clergy sex scandal has reached its grabby hands all the way to the top levels of the Vatican, it’s time for drastic measures. As John Hodgman makes chillingly clear in this “Daily Show” clip, the Catholic Church is an “extremely sexy place” ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP / Andrew Brownbill

Pope Changes His Tune, Talks of ‘Penance’

While performing Mass on Thursday morning, Pope Benedict XVI inched toward acknowledging the need for the Vatican to show more contrition over the slew of clergy sexual abuse cases that have compromised the Catholic Church’s public standing in recent months ... (continued)

Posted on Apr 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Jon Stewart’s Not Buying What the Vatican’s Selling

As allegations of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy members continue to challenge the church, the Vatican, according to a visibly agitated Jon Stewart, has failed to respond appropriately, instead adopting a victim stance with the Western media as its persecutor. Quick—cue the kitten footage!

Posted on Apr 8, 2010 READ MORE


Rev. Cantalamessa
bbc.co.uk

Vatican Preacher Compares Backlash Over Clergy Abuse Scandal to Anti-Semitism

Note to the Vatican: Adopting the mantle of victimhood in the face of accusations of sexual abuse by clergy members and attempted cover-ups by other church officials is not bound to go over very well with the public—especially if parallels are drawn to the persecution of the Jews.

Posted on Apr 2, 2010 READ MORE


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AP / Silvia Izquierdo

Vatican: Pope Has Immunity in Abuse Cases

On Thursday, the Vatican’s top legal official pointed out that Pope Benedict XVI won’t be implicated in any of the sex abuse cases currently under investigation, as he is technically a head of state. Also, the Vatican would like The New York Times to “reconsider its attack mode” regarding the pope.

Posted on Apr 1, 2010 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP / Gerald Herbert

Pope to Pen a Letter Addressing Sex Abuse Scandal

Pope Benedict XVI’s official investigators at the Vatican have been inundated with claims of abuse by Catholic priests and nuns, all to be handled by a small team of 10 at the Holy See’s in-house operation. To offset some of the public discontent, the pope is writing ... (continued)

Posted on Mar 17, 2010 READ MORE


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Vatican Exorcist Sees Satan’s Work in Sex Scandals

It would make sense that the Vatican would have an official head exorcist, and indeed it does. He’s 85-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, and after wrangling many an unclean spirit in his time, he now has a book out with the catchy title “Memoirs of an Exorcist” and thinks he’s seen you-know-who in the details of recent sex scandals in the Holy See.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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Flickr / roblisameehan

Irish Bishops Called on the Carpet

The long-running clergy sexual abuse scandal within Dublin’s Archdiocese is still the Catholic Church’s problem, and on Monday, Pope Benedict XVI met with Irish bishops for the first part of a two-day strategy and damage-control session at the Vatican.

Posted on Feb 15, 2010 READ MORE


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Report: Irish Catholic Church Kept Child Abuse Secret

According to a newly released report commissioned by the Irish government, the Archdiocese of Dublin and other Catholic authorities in Ireland kept hundreds of complaints concerning the sexual abuse of children by members of the clergy covered up ... (continued)

Posted on Nov 27, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Dawn Villella

Lutheran Organization Votes to Include Monogamous Gay Clergy Members

The largest Lutheran organization in the U.S., the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, voted Friday to bring gay and lesbian clergy members into its fold—provided they are in committed relationships—signaling another seismic shift in the American Protestant scene this year.

Posted on Aug 21, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Holocaust Bishop’ Ordered to Recant

With a media-dubbed moniker that doesn’t look good for either party, the “Holocaust Bishop”—a British bishop recently un-excommunicated by the pope—is being told by the Vatican to recant his views after news broke that he “believe[s] there were no gas chambers [during World War II].”

Posted on Feb 4, 2009 READ MORE


Pope Benedict
AP photo / Gerald Herbert

Pope Preaches About America’s Hope and Pain

Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Mass Thursday in a venue different from his customary surroundings, leading a service at the Washington Nationals baseball stadium on the latest stop of his American tour.

Posted on Apr 17, 2008 READ MORE


ENTER_ALT_TEXT

Send In the Clergy!

KSLA News of Shreveport, La., is standing by its report on “Clergy Response Teams,” trained by the federal government to pacify an angry citizenry in the event of martial law. The idea being, as far as we can tell, that religious leaders are ideally suited to the task of explaining to people why they should give up their freedom for the “better good.”

Posted on Aug 20, 2007 READ MORE


An Agnostic for President — and a Woman at That

How refreshing that there is one democratic nation — Chile — where a leading candidate has the courage to suggest that the impact of the clergy has not always added to enlightenment, particularly as to the place of women in society. Jefferson lives.

Posted on Dec 12, 2005 READ MORE


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