Tag: Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis: The Devil Wages a ‘Dirty War’ to Destroy the Church

Commenting on the Letter of St. Paul to the Corinthians, where Paul reprimands the early Christians for their quarrels, factions and infighting, Pope Francis said that “the devil has two powerful weapons to destroy the Church: divisions and money.”   On the one hand, the Pope said before a group of faithful in the chapel […]

Report finds American Catholics have lots to learn about Islam

Well, at least there’s room for improvement.   That could be the takeaway from a new Georgetown University report released on Monday that found fewer than two in 10 U.S. Catholics hold a favorable view of Muslims, with many possessing little understanding when it comes to the beliefs of the world’s second largest religion.   […]

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 […]