Tag: Roman Catholic Church

US Lutherans approve agreement with Catholic Church

Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church door, the largest Lutheran denomination in the U.S. has approved a declaration recognizing “there are no longer church-dividing issues” on many points with the Roman Catholic Church.   Nearly 500 years after Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the Castle Church […]

Ex-Catholic priest admits 27 counts of child sex assault in London

A former Catholic priest and children’s home worker has pleaded guilty to 27 charges of historical sexual assault against minors during the 1970s in London. Philip Temple, aged 66 of no fixed address, admits abusing 12 boys and one girl while working in several south London care homes and a north London church.   Temple […]

Priest who molested ‘maybe 20 boys’ says he was ordered to pray as punishment

A Catholic priest who sexually abused “maybe 20” boys was instructed to say prayers to repent for his crimes.   The 95-year-old admitted to molesting boys on Guam, a US island in the Pacific, and said he “got the impression that kids liked it”.   According to Mr Brouillard, other Church members at the time knew about […]

Archbishop Warns Europe Migration Crisis Fueled by Muslims’ ‘Will to Conquer’

One of the most important prelates in the Catholic Church in Hungary has warned that the enormous waves of migrants rolling into Europe are due in no small part to a Muslim “will to conquer,” by expanding their territory into the continent. “Jihad is a principle for Muslims that means they must expand,” said Archbishop […]

Pope Francis Appoints Panel to Study Women Deacons: Q&A With a Member

Pope Francis has created a commission to study the possibility of ordaining women as deacons in the Roman Catholic Church. On Tuesday, he named 12 experts — six men and six women — to serve on the panel.   Francis had promised to establish the panel in May in a meeting with an assembly of […]

Christian persecution extends beyond genocide, Pope says :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)

In a wide-ranging question and answer session on Saturday, Pope Francis said it is “reductionism” to describe the violence against Christians in the world; the correct word, he said, is persecution.   “I want to say clearly, I do not like it when one speaks of a genocide of Christians, for instance in the Middle […]

Archbishop of Canterbury Says DNA Test Shows His Father Was Churchill’s Private Secretary

The archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the Church of England, said on Friday that a DNA test had revealed that his biological father was not the whiskey salesman who had married his mother, but the man who had been the last private secretary for Sir Winston Churchill.   In an unusually frank statement on his […]

Pope Calls Migrant Crisis ‘Arab Invasion’, Says Europe Must ‘Rediscover Its Cultural Roots’

Pope Francis has described the European migration crisis as an “Arab invasion”. He said that “Europe weakens” by “forgetting its own history”, but, because of its low birth rate and colonial history, the mass migration could be beneficial.   “Today we can talk about an Arab invasion”, the Roman Catholic leader told the Vatican newspaper […]

Vatican Cardinal Pell: Catholic Church ‘Mucked Things Up’ on Sex Abuse

Vatican treasurer George Pell admitted Sunday that the Roman Catholic Church had “mucked things up” as he became the highest-ranking church official to testify on sexual abuse.   Giving evidence in front of abuse victims, the Australian cardinal said the organization reflected society as a whole and there was a “tendency to evil in the […]

Bishops do not have to report child abuse, Vatican says

The Catholic Church is telling newly appointed bishops it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse to authorities.   A document explaining how senior clergy members ought to deal with allegations of abuse suggests only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.   The document, […]