The Los Angeles Times' Women becoming priests without Vatican's blessing
The world's oldest corporation has a problem. The same one it's always had. Well, at least since the founder died. If you've been to mass recently, I'd bet the female attendees outnumbered the men...in the pews. There's a ways to go, but... [more inside]
became Australia's first ever saint yesterday (Vatican time)
In a counterpoint to the celebrations, pressure groups
are calling for MacKillop, once banished from the church for exposing sex abuse,
to be made the Patron Saint of those sexually abused by the clergy.
Did the Vatican
just equate ordaining women with molesting children? Sure sounds like it
to a handful of women priests. The church is backpedaling
a bit today, but not very hard
“Deep down, historically speaking, the Jews are God killers."
And also, according to an Italian bishop, the culprits behind the Catholic Church's sex scandals. [more inside]
Rev. Gene Robinson's controversial aspirations to be the first gay bishop
in the Episcopal church have been put on hold over accusations regarding allegedly inappropriate touching in public conversation and an indirect hyperlink to pornography via a group called Outright
that says its mission is "to create safe, positive, and affirming environments for young gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans, and questioning people ages 22 and under." They also say that the would-be bishop is not affiliated with the group in any way
. The church's investigation into the matter, CNN has just reported, is now complete and the vote will soon be rescheduled.
Online database of abusive priests.
Disturbing to browse through especially since the list probably contains only a fraction of the perpetrators.
Finally, action from the Vatican.
After struggling with what to do with errant priests, several are excommunicated....
These aren't the priests one might expect...or maybe they are.
No zero tolerance for ass hunting priests !!
"...the group of cardinals and top bishops stopped short of developing a zero-tolerance plan to punish abusive priests"
Attention all catholics ! Be sure to ask your priest if he has already used his one free, get out of jail for sexually assaulting an unsuspecting child card, before you send your kid to Sunday school.
It baffles me how they cannot have zero tolerance for this.
Watch out gay community - you'll soon be under attack (once again) and for all the wrong reasons. An association that was initially intended to be an outreach program to young gay men - and was instantly iconoclized (?) into the realm of socially deviant folklore is the foucs of the current Catholic Priest Witchunt. I'm not sure what angers me more... the fact that priests violated the sanctity of their religion (i.e. trust in a relationship) or the fact that EVERYONE KNOWS THIS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR YEARS!! Come on, you KNOW you've been joking about priests and boys since before high school.
Why Would Celibacy Cause Pedophilia?
I been puzzled by the folks who are blaming the celibacy rule in the Catholic church for the pedophilic priests. Maybe I'm missing something, but the argument sounds counter intuitive to me.
Boston's Catholic Archdiocese questions link of celibacy to pedophilia.
The Pilot, the Archdiocese of Boston's newspaper, questions if celibacy causes sexual abuse by priests. Also questions if the priesthood attracts a disproportionate number of homosexual men. (Also on cnn.com
What do you think?
On a side note, the editorial also says that "We know that our sexual orientation is neither morally good nor evil." Since when was that a Catholic belief?
"The Archdiocese of Boston in the last 10 years has quietly settled child molestation claims against at least 70 priests
." And that conservative estimate represents about 10% of diocesan priests! Many are priests still. Could there be a safer haven than the Church for these animals? Easy access to children, and if you get caught, worst case is that the church pays off your victims and you get reassigned to a prison or hospital, with no messy publicity. Shameful.
I hate to post from Salon but this just torqued my ass!
"The Vatican has come up with new guidelines for the Roman Catholic Church to handle pedophilia accusations against priests, ordering church officials worldwide to inform it swiftly of such cases and declaring them subject to secrecy..."
Since when does being a Catholic priest exempt you from the law? Vatican II
was supposed to bring Catholicism to the people and that included allowing man's laws to permeate the pontifical sphere that has protected so many priests for centuries. We expect holiness from these men, allowing for human failing and error; however, no one should be above the law!
catholic priests in africa
have found a novel, if unethical way, to avoid catching aids. they rape nuns. the foundation for democracy in africa
have a frightening report on the epidemic.
Priests and missionaries sexually abusing nuns.
I'm thinking it's long past time the Catholic church re-thought the whole "celibacy" thing.
Help wanted, celibate.
The Diocese of Rochester NY is using the web to recruit young men for the priesthood. According to MSNBC
the supply of priests is dangerously low.