Tag: Roman Catholic Church

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, […]

Pope Francis, Catholics and Lutherans Will Recall Reformation

Nearly 500 years ago, Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of a German church, beginning the Protestant Reformation that led millions to break with the Roman Catholic Church and ushered in more than a century of conflict and war.   On Monday, the Vatican announced that Pope Francis will participate in a […]

Massachusetts Judge Tells Catholic School to Hire Homosexuals

A Roman Catholic school in Massachusetts has been ordered by a Superior Court judge to hire homosexuals for non-teaching positions.   Matthew Barrett was hired in 2013 as the food service director at Fontbonne Academy in Milton, an all-girls preparatory high school. The school is sponsored by the Roman Catholic Sisters of Saint Joseph of […]

After almost 500 years, Catholics and Lutherans reach agreement on issues of church, ministry and Eucharist

Almost 500 years after Martin Luther tacked his 95 theses to the Castle Church in Wittenberg, launching the Protestant Reformation, Catholics and Evangelical Lutherans have taken a decisive step toward resolving long-standing disagreements.   Read More: After almost 500 years, Catholics and Lutherans reach agreement on issues of church, ministry and Eucharist – Houston Chronicle

Not all gay Catholics are pleased about how Vatican priest came out of the closet

Two days before a longtime Vatican official burst from his stained-glass closet last month, he was dining with an Italian media consultant inside an elegant restaurant on the right bank of Rome’s Tiber River. The topic of conversation: How should the official come out?   Krzysztof Charamsa was still employed at one of the Holy […]

Hong Kong Catholic Cardinal: Homosexual Marriage Will Turn Our Society ‘Upside Down’

Catholic Cardinal John Tong Hon of Hong Kong spoke out last week in a pastoral letter against the recognition of homosexual marriages in Hong Kong and a proposed “Sexual Orientation Ordinance,” just days before an annual gay pride parade on Nov. 7.   “In recent years, social trends and political movements, such as extreme libertarian […]

Pope urges Catholic church to disavow conservatism and fundamentalism

Pope Francis called on the Catholic church on Tuesday to stop clinging to conservatism and fundamentalism as a defensive response to the problems it is facing, and said the church ought to be “bruised, hurting and dirty” instead of obsessed with money and power.   The sweeping remarks before an audience of Italian bishops at […]

L.A. Archbishop Gomez: God’s Plan for Marriage is One Man, One Woman United for Life

On retuning to Los Angeles after attending the synod on the family at the Vatican, Roman Catholic Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles published a column expressing his satisfaction that the final document produced by the synod strongly reaffirmed the Catholic teaching that God designed marriage as the union of one man and one woman […]

Pope Francis faces ‘poison bait’ plots to destabilise from within

Conservatives within the Catholic Church are trying to lay “poisoned bait” for Pope Francis, it has been claimed just days after the pontiff faced a rebellion from Vatican cardinals opposed to his more liberal stance. With the Pontiff mid-way through a Vatican summit on the family that has been dogged by scandal and rumours of […]