This past Sunday, while privately meeting with a delegation of clerics from Latin American and Caribbean Confederation of Religious, Pope Francis reportedly confirmed the existence
of a "gay lobby
" within the Curia. The delegation's notes of the meeting were published by Reflection and Liberation
, a Chilean website focusing on liberation theology
. While the Pope's statements were not public remarks, the question puzzling most Vatican watchers is not whether he made the remarks, but rather what does gay lobby in the Vatican mean? Rocco Palmo
from the blog Whispers in the Loggia
. Columnist Jimmy Akin
from the conservative National Catholic Register
. [more inside]
Irish PM condemns Vatican interference in sex abuse cases.
Enda Kenny, the new Taoiseach of Ireland, has scathingly criticized the Vatican, citing the Cloyne Report
and a recently-leaked Vatican letter
intended to prevent sex abuse cases from going public, despite their public policy of reporting all abuse claims to the authorities. (Similar claims of the Vatican not reporting recent child abuse cases have also been made in the US
.) Ireland's Minister for Justice has cited an extensive list of The Church's failures to comply with their policies
, and is supporting legislation to make it a crime not to report child abuse claims
. The Vatican's envoy was asked to report to Parliament and explain The Church's position on this matter quickly, with the implied threat that they might be forced to testify.
Today, the Church, citing "surprise and disappointment at certain excessive reactions"
has recalled their envoy. "(This) should be interpreted as an expression of the desire of the Holy See for serious and effective collaboration with the (Irish) Government."
Pope Benedict XVI has announced
the establishment of a new Vatican department
dedicated to tackling what he called 'a grave crisis in the sense of the Christian faith and the role of the Church." The Pontifical Council for the Promotion of New Evangelisation will (per Archbishop Vincent Nichols,
) focus on countries "in which, even though the Christian Gospel has shaped an entire culture,"
secularism now reigns, in what the Pope termed an "eclipse of a sense of God." [more inside]
The source Fr. Amoth refers to
, according to Fr. Fortea
, is the demons who are being exorcised
. Of this, the Spanish priest wrote that knowing whether or not the demon
is telling the truth "is in many cases impossible." "We can know with great confidence when a demon tells the truth in the subject directly related with the exorcism. That is, the number of demons, their name and similar things. But we cannot be confident in what regards concrete news relating to people." [more inside]
"Ratzinger is an Evolutionist, which by definition makes one an athiest"
, is one of the reasons that this website
, in which the "true" catholic faith (different [?] from the other catholic faith
) is promoted, gives as to claiming Benedict XVI isn't the true pope. And to make their point they have elected a "real" pope themselves: Pope Pius XIII
His real name? Lucian Pulvermacher
) [more inside]
The value of disobedience. [note: nytimes]
"Ignoring the reactionary policies of the Vatican, some local priests and nuns quietly do what they can to save parishioners from AIDS." So: when and why do people choose to quietly disobey, rather than leave and promote change from outside their social institutions...or vice versa? Should dissenters just leave, or stay and fight? Anecdotes from Republicans and NRA members are especially welcome ;-)
The Vatican's Pontifical Council for Culture
releases a document on the surging interest in New Age thought (e.g., Zen Buddhism
). They advise that Harry Potter is okay
but that Deepak Chopra
might be someone to be wary of
. Evidently the Age of Aquarius
isn't coming so that peace will guide the planets
. Bummer. That might be nice.
Vatican to test if trainee priests are gay
. As if the Catholic Church doesn't have bigger concerns. They seem to be trying to throw dirt onto their own graves. Organized religion is SO last millennium. If a gay person really wanted to be a priest, wouldn't it be simple to "pass" a psychological screening? And what self-respecting gay person would want to be a part of something that seeks to exclude him?
Patron saint for Internet users?
The Pope has given the Internet his blessing (thanks!) and there's talk he is searching for a patron saint for Internet users
. Who would you nominate for patron saint of the Internet? St. Berners-Lee of CERN
? St. Metcalfe of Ethernet
Pope John Paul II has been busy protecting his conservative legacy by appointing a record number of new cardinals
. This expanded group of cardinals will vote for the next pontiff and so a continuation of the Church's present course on abortion and birth control is quite likely.
Still, it's a little known fact that the Vatican actually ceased to the home of the true
Catholic Church on October 9th, 1959
and that John Paul II is, in fact, a heretical anti-pope
Vatican's lines too long?
The Pope has just closed the door to the bronze Holy Door in St. Peter's Basilica for the next 25 years. I have heard of crowd control but give me a break, can the lines really be that bad?