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Cardinal Burke Addresses the Clergy Scandal

August 16, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Burke Addresses the Clergy Scandal
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Thomas McKenna: Your Eminence, a new wave of clergy sexual abuse has surfaced and is indicating a widespread practice of homosexuality among clergy in dioceses and seminaries across the country. What would you say is the root cause of this corruption?   Cardinal Raymond Burke: It was clear after the studies following the 2002 sexual abuse crisis that most of the acts of abuse were in fact homosexual acts committed with adolescent young men. There was a studied attempt to either overlook or to deny this. Now it seems clear in light of these recent terrible scandals that indeed there is a homosexual culture, not only among the clergy but even within the hierarchy, which needs to be purified at…Continue Reading

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families

August 16, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley will not attend the World Meeting of Families

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston and Chair of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Children, unfortunately will not be able to participate in the World Meeting of Families to be held in Dublin, Ireland from August 21-26. Though previously scheduled to moderate a panel presentation and discussion at the World Meeting of Families, important matters pertaining to the pastoral care of St. John’s Seminary in the Archdiocese of Boston and the seminarians enrolled in the formation program there require the Cardin

Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

August 14, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Cardinal Wuerl named in Pennsylvania grand jury report, responds to criticism

Washington D.C., Aug 14, 2018 / 02:30 pm (CNA).- Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, D.C., and the former Bishop of Pittsburgh, has been named more than 200 times in a Pennsylvania grand jury report, released Aug. 14, after an 18-month investigation into historic allegations of sexual abuse in six Pennsylvania Catholic dioceses. The cardinal released a statement in response to the report, underscoring the gravity of the sexual abuse for the Church and the real need for repentance for past failures. “As I have made clear throughout my m

Vatican advisor: Pope ‘breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’

August 14, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Vatican advisor: Pope ‘breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants’

Fr Thomas Rosica said the Church is now ‘ruled by an individual rather than by… its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture’ Under Pope Francis, the Church is now “openly ruled by an individual rather than by the authority of Scripture alone or even its own dictates of tradition plus Scripture,” a Vatican advisor has said. Fr Thomas Rosica wrote that Pope Francis “breaks Catholic traditions whenever he wants” because he is

A Priest Responds to the Catholic Church’s ‘Summer of Shame’

August 11, 2018 breaking Comments Off on A Priest Responds to the Catholic Church’s ‘Summer of Shame’

The ongoing scandals are the bitter fruit of a corrupt clerical culture, marked by a widespread failure to accept traditional teaching on sexual morality. A few weeks before I was ordained a Catholic priest in the late autumn of 1994, my superior in the seminary told me that, in his opinion, it was probably the most difficult time in a century to become a priest. Yet, he went on, it was also the most exciting time. I really did not take much notice of what he said. In fact, in my overconfidence, I thought he was talking nonsense. The Nazis had a special section of the Dachau co

Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?

August 10, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Where Are the Bishops Who Will Defend Faithful Priests?

It is hard to communicate to people the life of a priest. The inexpressible joys that we experience every day are so difficult to express, as is the privilege of journeying with people through the dark valleys in their lives with hope that we can be the shepherd who brings them comfort. In light of the current ecclesial climate, I would like to share my story—not so much my biography, though elements of it are mentioned in several places. I would like people to know where my heart is. It is tired, and it is broken—I can physically feel pain in my chest. While I know there is

Argentina’s Senate rejects bill to legalise abortion

August 9, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Argentina’s Senate rejects bill to legalise abortion

Argentina’s Senate has rejected a bill to legalise elective abortion in the first 14 weeks of pregnancy. The issue has divided the homeland of Pope Francis. Politicians debated for more than 15 hours and voted on Thursday with 31 in favour to 38 against. Crowds of supporters and opponents of the measure braved the heavy rain to watch the debate on large screens set up o

AN OPEN LETTER FROM YOUNG CATHOLICS

August 8, 2018 breaking Comments Off on AN OPEN LETTER FROM YOUNG CATHOLICS

Archbishop McCarrick’s predatory career would not have been possible without the culpable silence or active complicity of men at the highest levels of the Church. Revelations of his abuse have therefore gravely damaged the credibility of the whole Catholic hierarchy. Here a group of young Catholics speaks with one voice about the need for a cleansing fire. Their statement is non-partisan, assuming nothing but the eternal validity of the Church’s teaching. They call for an independent investigation of who knew what and when, a new intolerance of clerical abuse and sexual sin, and public acts of penance by Catholic bishops. They promise to work and suffer for the Chu

Communist Chinese Officials Bulldoze Catholic Church in Surprise Raid

August 6, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Communist Chinese Officials Bulldoze Catholic Church in Surprise Raid

Chinese government agents have demolished a Catholic church in Jinan province, bulldozing it to the ground, despite a government permit to operate legally. Some 40 law enforcement officials and government workers stormed Liangwang Catholic Church on the morning of July 17, according to a report published Saturday. The communist authorities who arrived with no prior warning searched the three women who had been acting as caretakers to the church—Gao Rongli, Zhang Siling and Li Xiangmei—smashing their cell phones and forcibly removing them from the premises. Another 30 men arrived later in the day with bulldozers, razing the building to the ground, and demolishing the altar and church furnishings. Officials

Indiana Bishop Calls for Public Inquiry of Catholic Leaders

August 5, 2018 breaking Comments Off on Indiana Bishop Calls for Public Inquiry of Catholic Leaders

Bishop Timothy Doherty, who presides over the diocese of Lafayette, Indiana, is calling for a public inquiry on all Catholic bishops in the wake of the Cardinal Theodore McCarrick scandal. Doherty is the chair of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Child and Youth Protection Committee. He wrote in an op-ed appearing in the Aug. 5 edition of the Lafayette diocesan newspaper “The Catholic Moment” that “general prayers and apologies are necessary, but not sufficient.” McCarrick, the former cardinal and retired archb