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  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ubthejudge
    +1 +1

    Pope's Letter Urges to Pray and Fast for Child Sex Abuse Victims

    Pope Francis wrote a "Letter to the People of God" in which he requests readers to pray and fast as a kind of atonement for sexual crimes committed by members of the clergy. The letter follows the release of a report which describes in excruciating detail how hundreds of Catholic priests scattered over a total of six Pennsylvania dioceses engaged in horrific sexual abuses of children. The pope admitted that the Vatican abandoned the victims.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Pfennig88
    +2 +1

    'Say Nope to the Pope' protest planned for Papal visit in Ireland

    Secure tickets to Pope Francis's Sunday mass in Dublin, then don't go. That's the plan for "Say Nope to the Pope" protesters, who will instead hold a demonstration against the Catholic Church's scandals of past and present. Plus: The Papal visit to Ireland is big business for shops selling Pope merchandise. See the strangest items on sale!

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Apolatia
    +23 +1

    I was raped by a priest, then it was covered up. The pope has to tell the truth

    I remember the last papal visit to Ireland. It was 1979, and I was aged 13. I went to a Christian Brothers school. I sang at mass every Sunday, occasionally did readings, and the youth group I attended every week took place in a convent. I remember being envious because my older brother and sister got to see the pope, but I didn’t. I was in the minority in that regard: a staggering 75% of the population saw John Paul II during his three-day visit. One-third of the population attended the papal mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. That event remains the largest single mobilisation of people in Irish history.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +20 +1

    By secular standards, the Catholic Church is a corrupt organization

    Imagine for a moment that a big, admired multinational corporation, one selling a beloved product, was employing large numbers of male pedophiles and rapists, operating in rings all over the world, and that their crimes had been uncovered in Australia, Ireland, Canada, the Philippines, Belgium, France, Austria, New Zealand, Argentina, Chile, Britain, Germany and the United States, and, further, that senior executives had systematically covered up and suppressed evidence, transferring and enabling hundreds of predators, betraying thousands of victims.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by Nelson
    +14 +1

    Pope begs forgiveness and vows to pursue justice in abuse scandal

    Pope Francis has said the church must be “firm and decisive in the pursuit of truth and justice” as the issue of sexual and institutional abuse continued to dominate his fraught two-day trip to Ireland. Speaking at the Marian shrine in Knock in the west of Ireland, the pope begged for forgiveness for the “scandal and betrayal” felt by victims of sexual exploitation by Catholic clergy.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +5 +1

    Former Vatican Official Claims Pope Francis Knew Of Abusive Cardinal

    The Vatican’s retired ambassador to the United States accused senior Vatican officials of knowing as early as 2000 that the disgraced former archbishop of Washington, ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, regularly invited seminarians into his bed but was made a cardinal regardless.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by geoleo
    +21 +1

    Catholic Church's massive wealth revealed

    The Catholic Church in Australia is worth tens of billions of dollars and massively wealthier than it has claimed in inquiries into child sexual abuse.

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by ckshenn
    +19 +1

    Pope Francis urges action on 'endless fields' of plastic in the world's oceans

    Pope Francis on Saturday called for concrete action to combat the "emergency" of plastics littering seas and oceans, lamenting the lack of effective regulation to protect the world's waters. Building on his papacy's concern for the environment, Francis issued a message aimed at galvanizing Christians and others to commit to saving what he hails as the "impressive and marvelous," God-given gift of the "great waters and all they contain."

  • Current Event
    2 months ago
    by messi
    +14 +1

    Several States Are Launching Their Own Investigations Into the Catholic Church

    Why do we know all the sordid details about the Catholic Church’s child sex abuse scandal and cover-up in six Pennsylvania dioceses? It’s because Attorney General Josh Shapiro used his office to pursue the investigation (which began before he took office). So why aren’t other attorneys general doing the same thing? Why aren’t they demanding records from the Catholic Church and investigating allegations of sexual abuse in their own states?

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by Apolatia
    +8 +1

    Pope Francis Says Sex Abuse Crisis Has Driven Young Catholics Away From The Church

    Pope Francis on Tuesday acknowledged that young people are being driven away from the Roman Catholic Church because of the way it has handled the problem of clerical sexual abuse. Speaking to a room of young people during his trip to Estonia, Francis said the church needs to change its ways in order to regain the trust of future generations, The Associated Press reported.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by canuck
    +14 +1

    Pope defrocks Chile priest at center of global abuse scandal

    Pope Francis has defrocked the Chilean priest at the center of the global sex abuse scandal rocking his papacy, invoking his "supreme" authority to stiffen a sentence originally handed down by the Vatican in 2011. In a statement Friday, the Vatican said Francis had laicized the 88-year-old Rev. Fernando Karadima, who was originally sanctioned to a lifetime of "penance and prayer" for having sexually abused minors.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by rhingo
    +18 +1

    Atheists think Sinead O’Connor is owed an apology, and then some

    Irish singer Sinead O’Connor has been a longtime critic of the Catholic Church and as more and more scandals continue to come to light, some have wondered if O’Connor is owed some sort of an apology. In 1992, the Irish singer made headlines when she tore up a picture of Pope John Paul II and said: “Fight the real enemy” during a performance of her song War on Saturday Night Live.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by TentativePrince
    +3 +1

    The Sex Abuse of Deaf Orphans in Pope Francis’ Backyard

    “Giuseppe” was born to impoverished parents outside of Verona in northern Italy with a congenital birth defect that left him deaf and mute. When it became clear that his parents could not provide for him—much less communicate with him—they brought him to the local Catholic church, which enrolled him in their Antonio Provolo Institute for deaf and mute children. It was here he learned to communicate through standard sign language and other visual cues.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by everlost
    +19 +1

    Pope adviser urges rethink on Catholic celibacy

    The head of Germany's Catholic Church has called for a debate on the celibacy requirement for priests, in response to the clergy sex abuse scandals. Cardinal Reinhard Marx said "weak excuses" were no longer acceptable.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by socialiguana
    +9 +1

    Kim Jong-un invites Pope to North Korea

    North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited Pope Francis to visit the country, South Korea's presidential office has announced. The invitation to visit Pyongyang will be delivered by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who will be in the Vatican next week as part of a trip to Europe. No pope has ever visited North Korea, though the late Pope John Paul II was once invited.

  • Current Event
    1 month ago
    by lexi6
    +1 +1

    Pope compares abortion to hiring a hit man to solve problems

    Pope Francis compared abortion to a mafia-style killing Wednesday, saying it's the equivalent of hiring a hit man to "take out a human life to solve a problem." Francis made the comments, among his strongest yet against abortion, during his weekly Wednesday audience dedicated to the commandment exhorting the faithful not to kill.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +13 +1

    Vatican 'must immediately remove' child abusers

    The UN has said that the Vatican should "immediately remove" all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers. The UN watchdog for children's rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by zritic
    +6 +1

    Pope Takes Responsibility in Priests’ Abuse Scandal

    Pope Francis said on Friday that he took personal responsibility for the harm done by priests who sexually abused children, and he pledged that the Roman Catholic Church would confront the issue unflinchingly and impose sanctions when necessary. “The church is aware of this damage,” he said. “It is personal moral damage, carried out by men of the church, and we will not take one step backward regarding how we will deal with this problem.

  • Expression
    4 years ago
    by KondoR
    +17 +1

    The Politics of Saint-Making

    Two popes will become saints this week. On Sunday, Pope Francis will officially add to the Roman Catholic canon the names of two of his recent predecessors: Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII. It would be better if he were not doing so.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by bkool
    +15 +1

    Pope Francis Says He Would Definitely Baptize Aliens If They Asked Him To

    Pope Francis would absolutely baptize an alien from Mars, if one showed up at the Vatican and asked for it. During his weekly homily on Monday, Franics said that aliens — which he imagines could be "Green, with that long nose and big ears, just like children paint them" — should be baptized just like anyone else who asks for it, because it's not up to any human to decide who should receive the Holy Spirit.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +14 +1

    Sex-Abuse Victims to Pope: Stop Begging for Forgiveness and Just Stop the Abuse

    The crisis isn’t over. The head of the world’s largest support group for victims has a 15-point checklist for Francis.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by cone
    +14 +1

    Pope Francis: 'About 2%' of Catholic clergy paedophiles

    Pope Francis has been quoted as saying that reliable data indicates that "about 2%" of clergy in the Catholic Church are paedophiles. The Pope said that abuse of children was like "leprosy" infecting the Church, according to the Italian La Repubblica newspaper. He vowed to "confront it with the severity it demands".

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by zritic
    +36 +1

    'Please stop!', Pope Francis makes plea for peace

    Pope Francis made an emotional plea for peace on Sunday in an impromptu addition to comments delivered at his weekly Angelus address in Saint Peter's Square. As the Argentinian-born pontiff wrapped up his regular address to the faithful, he spoke of the upcoming centenary of the outbreak of World War One and said his thoughts were on the Middle East, Iraq and Ukraine in particular.

  • Analysis
    4 years ago
    by KondoR
    +24 +1

    This pope means business

    The wildly popular Francis is more than a pontiff of the people. He’s an elite manager who’s reforming the Vatican’s troubled finances.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by timex
    +15 +1

    Pope marries couples who have cohabited, had children

    Pope Francis married 20 couples on Sunday, some of whom had already lived together and had children, in the latest sign that the Argentine pontiff wants the Catholic church to be more open and inclusive.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by geoleo
    +18 +1

    Pope Francis tipped to win Nobel Peace Prize

    Pope Francis is the favourite to win this year's Nobel Peace Prize, according to bookmakers. The Argentinian Pope is now the 5-2 front-runner for the award, which will be announced by the Nobel Institute in Oslo on Friday, according to bookmaker's William Hill. Paddy Power also has him as a strong contender.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by cone
    +12 +1

    Pope Francis: 'God is not afraid of new things'

    Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council's vast changes, called on the church to adapt to "changing conditions of society." His remarks took on added meaning as the bishops ended a two-week conference by rejecting landmark wording that would soften the church's stance toward homosexuality and divorce.

  • Current Event
    4 years ago
    by messi
    +22 +1

    Pope Demotes U.S. Cardinal Critical of His Reform Agenda

    Pope Francis on Saturday sidelined a powerful American cardinal who has emerged as an unabashed conservative critic of the reform agenda and the leadership style that the Argentine pontiff has brought to the Roman Catholic Church.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hedman
    +4 +1

    Pope gunman visits John Paul II tomb

    The Turkish man who shot and injured former Pope John Paul II in 1981 has laid flowers on the late pontiff's tomb in the Vatican. Mehmet Ali Agca told police he felt he needed to make the gesture, Italian media report. It comes 31 years to the day that the Pope visited Agca in prison and forgave him for the attempt on his life.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +15 +1

    Pope favors developing world in naming new cardinals

    Pope Francis on Sunday named new cardinals to the group that will choose his successor, with appointments that strengthened the Catholic Church in Asia, Africa and Latin America and further shifted its power center away from the developed world. It was the second time the 78-year-old Francis has used the appointment of cardinals to put his stamp on the 1.2 billion-member church. The two sets of appointments increase the chances that the next pontiff will, like Francis, be a non-European.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by drunkenninja
    +9 +1

    Pope Francis to Raffle Off Gifts He's Received in Aid of Poor

    As a head of state and leader of the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, Pope Francis has received hundreds of gifts from devotees and world leaders since his election in 2013. But the pontiff is not the type to keep them in a trophy cabinet or let them gather dust in a Vatican warehouse. Instead, he will raffle the presents — including a car and expensive hat — to raise money for the poor, according to the Holy See.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by hxxp
    +23 +1

    Knights Templar win heresy reprieve after 700 years

    The Knights Templar, the medieval Christian military order accused of heresy and sexual misconduct, will soon be partly rehabilitated when the Vatican publishes trial documents it had closely guarded for 700 years. A reproduction of the minutes of trials against the Templars, "'Processus Contra Templarios -- Papal Inquiry into the Trial of the Templars'" is a massive work and much more than a book -- with a 5,900 euros ($8,333) price tag.

  • Expression
    3 years ago
    by AriZona
    +14 +1

    Pope not expecting many anniversaries at the Vatican

    Pope Francis marked the second anniversary of his election on Friday by giving an interview in which he says he expects his time at the Vatican to only last for another two or three years. "I have a feeling my pontificate will be brief," the 78-year-old told Mexico's Televisa channel. "Four or five years, I don't know. Two years have already gone by.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by geoleo
    +10 +1

    Vatican backs using force against IS

    The Vatican says force may be necessary to stop attacks on Christians and other Middle East minorities by Islamic State (IS) if no political solution is found. Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Vatican's top diplomat at the UN in Geneva, said jihadists were committing "genocide" and must be stopped. The Vatican traditionally opposes military intervention in the region.

  • Current Event
    3 years ago
    by bradd
    +12 +1

    Pope Francis rejects gay French envoy Laurent Stefanini to Vatican

    Pope Francis has rejected France's new ambassador to the Vatican because he is gay, French media has reported. Francis I, who has won praise from liberals for his campaigns against poverty and conciliatory stance towards homosexuality, is yet to accept President François Hollande's nomination for the post, Laurent Stefanini, a senior diplomat and the president's chief of protocol.