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There are still good reasons for becoming a Catholic
Talk about going against the flow: Thousands of Americans choose to join the Catholic Church each year.These are men and women figuratively swimming against a very powerful tide. Overall, the church has lost more than three million congregants in the past 10 years. Every time the church adds a member, six leave.Why? If you are a Christian, there is one obvious reason: Because it’s the church founded by Jesus Christ. My denomination, the Anglican or Episcopal church, traces its roots to King Henry VIII’s antipapal pique in the 16th century. Martin Luther founded the Lutheran church, Joseph Smith begat the Mormons, and so on.But there is only one church founded by the guy whose name is on the door. Jesus’ words are right there on the dome of St. Peter’s basilica in Rome: “Upon this rock I will build my church.” The rock refers to the apostle Peter (“Petrus,” or rock), the first pope of the Roman Catholic church.In 2018, women and men come to Catholicism for reasons both profound and mundane.“Catholicism has a delineated history back to 100 A.D.,” “and it’s 2018 and it’s still the Catholic church. I feel its historical authority helps to keep it on the right path.”“The problems facing the Catholic church are problems that face any institution run by human beings,”
catholic  faith  christian  Christianity 
4 hours ago by thomas.kochi
The man who said no to free love: Paul VI becomes saint
Pope Paul VI, the man who cracked down on free love during the 1960s and carried out sweeping changes to the Church, became a saint Sunday, along with slain Salvador archbishop Oscar Romero.He was a pope of great initiative. The first pilgrim pope -- crossing continents on his trips to meet the faithful, he was also the first to attempt to reform the Vatican's powerful Curia, the first to hold weekly general audiences with the common man in Saint Peter's Square and seek the opinions of non believers.He is most famous, however, for reaffirming the Church's ban on artificial contraception -- despite the fact that his own birth control commission, set up to advise the Vatican, voted overwhelming to lift the prohibition.The decision enraged many Catholics at a time when believers were embracing sexual freedom and women were demanding the right to use the birth control pill.The ceremony coincides with a meeting of the world's bishops, for it was Paul VI who introduced the tradition of holding such synods.The current meeting is being held as the Church struggles to emerge from a series of abuse scandals.Francis was in his late 20s when Paul VI was elected and while it is yet to be seen whether he will stand firmer than the Italian pope, the pair share a sense of humility and openness towards people of all backgrounds.Some of Francis's actions have also echoed those of Paul VI before him, from the latter's historic 1964 encounter in Jerusalem with the Patriarch of Constantinople to his 1965 speech to the United Nations in which he cried out an appeal for "no more war, never again!"
catholic  saints 
23 hours ago by thomas.kochi
Eastern European bishops want a focus on Eucharist, fatherhood in Youth Synod
Archbishop Kondrusiewicz said that Eucharist is fundamental to the Catholic faith, and gave an example of how the Eucharist has drawn Belarusian youth deeper into their faith.Church needs not just “horizontal efforts…we need vertical efforts,” meaning that the Church must not only be “a comfortable place for everyone, it must above all be a place of strong spiritual formation.”“We should always remember that liturgy is source and climax of Christian life, and at the same time we must recognize that we lost this truth, and celebrations of Eucharist are turned into theater,” “data show that when a father is seriously involved in faith issue, there is a 75 percent probability that (his) children will follow him, while when only the mother is involved in the faith, there is just a 15 percent chance that (her) children will follow.”Likewise, “when a mother converts, the family converts after her in 17 percent of cases, while when a father converts, the family will convert in 93 percent of cases.”Archbishop Stankevics said that Catholics must look past the “stereotype that education to faith must be entrusted to mother,” as “in God’s plan, man defends (his family) not only from concrete dangers, but also from spiritual and ideological dangers.”
C.Herald  catholic  summits 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi
At the synod, the Church’s culture war looks a lot like class war
Oscar Wilde once said that the Catholic Church was “for saints and sinners. For respectable people, the Anglican Church will do.” The Francis party seems to want the Catholic Church to resemble the Anglican in this sense. They suggest that the most forgivable sins are those of the bourgeoisie – those done with planning, foresight, and an eye to respectability. As Archbishop Mark Coleridge put it at the last synod, “A second marriage that is enduring and stable and loving and where there are children who are cared for is not the same as a couple skulking off to a hotel room for a wicked weekend.”Every time a bishop urges Catholics to speak with parrhesia of the importance of the new pastoral paradigm of discernment in dialogue and encounter with the concrete situations of the lay faithful whose well-formed consciences must be respected in light of the new historical reality of our increased understanding of human dignity, I want to chew off my hand. Progressive Catholicism has become so obsessed with avoiding offence that it now offers little more than a concatenation of clichés.Happily, when the forces of blandness seek to remake the Church, they meet organized resistance. Characters as disparate as Cardinal Robert Sarah and Mariae Gloria, Princess of Thurn and Taxis can find something to hate in bourgeois Catholicism. Ultimately, I think these people will be able to build a Church that is more capacious and welcoming, more tolerant of human variety, than the one that the organisers of the Synod on Youth are trying to sing into being
C.Herald  catholic  summits 
2 days ago by thomas.kochi
The prayer reminds us of the reality of hell and the need for humility
Fatima prayer.Our Lady revealed this short prayer to the children on July 13th 1917, soon after she had given them a terrifying glimpse of hell, directing them to say it after each decade of the Rosary. She had asked for the Rosary to be recited daily, which makes the prayer the most commonly recited after the Our Father, Hail Mary and the Glory Be. It is a mere 29 words: “O My Jesus/ Forgive us our sins/Save us from the fires of hell/And lead all souls to heaven/Especially those in most need of Thy mercy/Amen.”
catholic  prayers  miracles 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
Letter from Pope Francis to Cardinal Wuerl.
To our Venerable Brother.."That they may be all one ,as you ,Father, are in you and I in you,that they may be also in us,that the woid may believe that you sent me (John 17:21).This is the horizon from which we are continually invited to discern all our actions
pope  catholic  letters 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
What Óscar Romero’s Canonization Says About Pope Francis
Reassessing the Catholic Church’s dubious history in Latin America:"I implore you, I beg you, I order you, in the name of God: stop the repression!” As the archbishop read the Gospel, the assassins pulled up to the chapel. As he raised the consecrated bread and wine, the gunman fired a shot to the heart.Nearly four decades later, Pope Francis has declared Óscar Romero a saint. An archbishop murdered at the altar, in the manner of England’s Thomas Becket, would seem a simple case. But Romero’s path to canonization—at an October ceremony at Saint Peter’s Basilica, in Rome—has been tortuous. At a moment when bishops in the United States and around the world are being called to account for their criminal cover-up of priestly sexual abuse, Óscar Romero stands in stark contrast as a bishop who strove to be holy by being accountable—a voice for the voiceless rather than for the Church and its patrons. To celebrate Romero, the Church has to address unholy episodes in its past—episodes as troubling, in their own way, as the current sexual-abuse scandal. The canonization also forces us to consider Francis in a different light—as a figure scarred by Latin American politics and his own encounter with fear and violence, compromise and complicity.
catholic  saints  pope 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
Ireland is led by fools’: an interview with John Waters
Chesterton once wrote that a religion is dead “when it has ceased to dwell on the positive and happy side of its visions, and thinks only of the stern or punitive side”. Does this description fit the fate of Irish Catholicism, at least in part?.. Pseudo-rationality has become the core form of thinking in our culture now: what Pope Benedict characterised as the thinking of the bunker: the bunker that man has built for himself to live in, excluding Mystery, including the Mystery of himself. But I can exit the bunker at will, simply by going through a series of rational steps.Leo Varadkar and Simon Harris,..They are interlopers, fools.A better day will dawn in Ireland. I may not be here for it, but I know it is coming. If I did not believe that, I would not be entitled to call myself a Christian. That is part of the promise we hold to: that we can leave our loved ones behind in the knowledge that they will be looked after as we were. That’s all I can hope for now, as these terrible days unfold themselves. I know a better day is coming, when every tear will be wiped away.
C.Herald  Ireland  catholic 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
Wuerl hounded from office for becoming face of abuse crisis
"Antistite nostro Donaldo." For more than 10 years, from the time of his installation as Archbishop of Washington in 2006,.. every Sunday at Mass, I softly repeated these words as the priest said them in the Roman Canon. "For our bishop Donald,"Today, the Body of Christ in the United States is bruised and bloodied. The depredations of former-cardinal Theodore McCarrick and the grim and gruesome details of clergy sex abuse revealed in the Pennsylvania grand jury report both conspired to place the abuse of children by clergy back at the center of the church's consciousness and public image. Cardinal Donald Wuerl was a link between the two scandals, having succeeded McCarrick in Washington in 2006 and been a bishop in Pennsylvania for 18 years.It did not matter that Wuerl was one of the first bishops to meet with victims and their families, despite being advised by lawyers not to do so. It didn't matter that he introduced policies, such as mandatory reporting to police, a decade before the 2002 Dallas Charter for the Protection of Children made such policies the law for all bishops. It did not matter that he was one of the leaders in Dallas who fought back against efforts at ameliorating the "zero tolerance" policy which many, many priests found offensive and unfair. It did not matter that the grand jury report was spotty and inconsistent. It did not matter that unscrupulous columnists and commentators conflated stories and elided details, all of them unable to answer the core problem with the report: Why, if Wuerl was willing to risk his career fighting powerful Vatican forces to remove pedophile Fr. Anthony Cipolla from ministry, was he being portrayed by news accounts as indifferent to the suffering of child victims at the same time? It didn't matter that fringe and dangerous groups like Church Militant were calling for Wuerl's resignation before the grand jury report came out. None of that mattered. He has been hounded from office because he became the face of the crisis
Reporter  scandals  catholic 
3 days ago by thomas.kochi
First Synod reports focus on abuse and sexuality
In their first formal reports to the entire Synod of Bishops, many of the gathering’s working groups reported that they had discussed the clerical sexual abuse crisis and, especially, its impact on young Catholics...“the context for vocational discernment has changed utterly. Our group suggests that the issue of child sexual abuse in the church cannot be skimmed over tangentially in a few short sentences.”“The shattered trust, the trauma and lifelong suffering of survivors; the catastrophic failures in case management; the continued silence and denial by some of these awful crimes and sins – these issues cry out to be named openly by the synod,” ‘Trust arrives slowly, on foot, but Trust leaves on horseback! Trust must be rebuilt, one person at a time.'”..the central concern of the synod must be the central concern of the church: preaching salvation in Jesus Christ. Pastors today “do not have answers to young people’s questions nor a pastoral and missionary strategy appropriate for a globalised, secular and digital culture,” the group said. “It appears urgent and necessary to rethink the content of formation in seminaries and novitiates, to propose a new style of priestly life and a new form of exercising priestly ministry.
C.Herald  catholic  summits  scandals 
4 days ago by thomas.kochi
An underrated Catholic novelist by Francis Phillips
Lucy Beckett is an underrated Catholic novelist of originality and breadth. Her subjects have included The Time Before You Die, a sympathetic historical exploration of the life of a former Carthusian at the time of the Reformation, and A Postcard from the Volcano and its sequel, The Leaves are Falling, two novels charting the lives of a group of cultured young people caught up in the last war in Germany, Poland and Russia.Her most recent novel, The Year of Thamar’s Book (Gracewing £20) is no less unusual in scope and interest; set in the Burgundian countryside and in Algeria between the 1960s and the present day, as a young Frenchman, Bernard, discovers a bond with his grandfather, Thamar, who has been deeply affected by conscription in the French-Algerian war of the early 1960s.As always with her writings, the novel raises absorbing and perennial questions about the existence of God, the meaning of suffering and evil in the world and the distinctive presence and mission of the Catholic Church
C.Herald  catholic  fiction  books 
4 days ago by thomas.kochi
St. Thaïs, the Prostitute Who Became a Nun
it’s wonderful that a Catholic saint inspires secular artists — as in the case of Mark Twain, who was taken with stories of St. Joan of Arc and made her the subject of his fascinating novel Personal Recollections of St. Joan of Arc. Though it can hardly be said that Twain admired Catholics or the Catholic Church, he held St. Joan in the highest regard and treated her respectfully in his work and in everyday contemplation.Such are the mysterious workings of the Holy Spirit.Another such case of a Catholic saint who made her splash in the arts and held up as a moral tale was that of St. Thaïs (pronounced “thigh-ees”).Thaïs was a repentant courtesan in fourth-century Roman Alexandria. She is one of the Egyptian Desert Mothers and a contemporary of St. Augustine of Hippo...Christ and His followers have always inspired good art in the past two millennia. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Ring and The Silmarillion come immediately to mind. Mel Gibson’s 2004 The Passion of the Christ, Franco Zeffirelli’s 1972 Brother Sun and Sister Moon, Karen Blixen’s 1987 Babette’s Feast, Ann Clare Booth Luce’s 1949 Come to the Stable and Vittorio de Sico’s 1947 Bicycle Thieves are all outstanding contributions to the field of art and great opportunities for Christians to evangelize.
catholic  register  saints  movies 
5 days ago by thomas.kochi
Catholics in Egypt: We will not leave this country because we have a mission
“These roots, this heritage if it is not lived, if it is not cared for by people for whom it means something, runs the risk of becoming something to fill up museums and that disappears little by little, of being forgotten. History and today's events tell us that where there are more Christians there is more freedom of conscience, more democracy and a greater spirit of coexistence. It is like a natural antibody to fanaticism. That's why I think we have to help these Christians to stay in their countries.”
catholic  Christianity  MiddleEast  Egypt 
7 days ago by thomas.kochi
Sydney Archbishop apologises to young people for Church’s failures
“And for the times when you were searching for your sexual, ethnic or spiritual identity and needed a moral compass, but found Church people unsympathetic or ambiguous: I apologise,”The Catholic Church, Archbishop Fisher said, often “sold you short” by not challenging young people to live up to their baptismal call to holiness, by offering them “unbeautiful or unwelcoming liturgies” and by not sharing with them Church traditions such as the sacrament of reconciliation, pilgrimages and Eucharistic adoration.He apologised for “poor preaching, catechesis or spiritual direction” that failed to inspire conversion and for families, dioceses and religious orders that adopted a “contraceptive mentality” that did not even try to give birth to new vocations.
C.Herald  catholic 
8 days ago by thomas.kochi
The Church’s Disease Is Called Post-modernism. The Diagnosis of a Theologian
More than 80% of known sexual abuses committed by clergy are not in fact cases of paedophilia, but of pederasty. The conviction that any form of love is to be accepted has become more commonplace as a consequence of lifting the ban on contraception, even without changing dogmatic formulas. The very essence of Modernism consists in changing the theory with the praxis, by letting people become used to customs accepted by the majority.
catholic  scandals 
9 days ago by thomas.kochi
Pederasty and Paedophilia – What’s the Difference? And What Difference Does It Make? – Part II
Among sex offenders, the habituated homosexual pederast has one of the highest incidences of recidivism.Father Gerald Fitzgerald founder of the Congregation of the Servants of the Paraclete in 1941. Based in Jemez Springs, New Mexico, Father Fitzgerald’s Paraclete Center was one of the first Catholic facilities to treat clerical sexual perversions including pederasty.Father Fitzgerald understood the incorrigibility of priests and religious who sexually abused adolescent boys, stating that they “would never be free of the temptation to act out.” He recommended the involuntary laicization of these men, or at the very least, that they be restricted to the seclusion of a monastery. Under no circumstances were they to be permitted to exercise their ministry in the outside world..before his death in 1969, Father Fitzgerald shared his first-hand knowledge of the crime of pederasty with the Vatican during the pontificate of three popes – Pope Pius XII, Pope John XXIII, and Pope Paul VI. Numerous bishops in the United States received letters warning them of the dangers of homosexuality and pederasty in the clergy and religious life.The crime of pederasty, including clerical pederasty, as evidenced by the early writings of Saint Peter Damian in the 11th century; in the tragedy of the Piarist Order in the 17th century; and the recorded history of the founder of the Paraclete Fathers in modern times, has been a reality of clerical life since the earliest days of the Catholic Church.
catholic  scandals 
9 days ago by thomas.kochi
“Being a priest in an unprecedented time of change”
The crisis we face in the Church is deep-seated, perhaps not unlike the financial institutions whose culture of corruption and self-interest has been exposed.Indeed, to many people, Catholics included, it is not only the case of a few bad apples. It is more like the apple that is rotten at its core... the dirt hit the fan in the Vatican itself.The sexual abuse crisis is inundating the whole Church like a tsunami and it has the potential to cause long-term damage, chaos and even schism. (Mind you, there is already a silent schism in that the majority of Catholics in many parts of the world have simply walked away from the practice of the faith.)Clearly, Captain Francis will have to weather both the storm and the mutiny onboard. Pope Francis has unleashed a new energy, he has poured a new wine which cannot be contained in old wineskins. He has challenged us to move in concert with him and bring about the rebirth of the Church The harder part is to do what most of you do, which is to labour at the coalface of the Church.t is have the smell of the sheep, to accompany our people in their joys and griefs, hopes and struggles. Transition times call for deep discernment, courageous imagination and prophetic action.Like Noah before the flood, we must be able to prepare for what is around the bend. Like the prophets who accompanied their people into exile, who interpreted the signs of the times and led them in the direction of the Kingdom, we must do the same for our people in the context of this new millennium.Like Ezekiel who dream and enact the dream of the New Temple, we must embody the vision of the Church made anew and the priesthood made anew from the ashes of the old clericalist model. We must learn to re-incarnate the spirit of Jesus, faithful to the past but also creative to the present and courageous to the future.
catholic  scandals 
12 days ago by thomas.kochi
Wealthy Catholics to target Cardinals with ‘Red Hat Report’
Austen Ivereigh@austeni How wealthy US libertarian allies of Viganò who oppose Pope Francis are exploiting abuse crisis to undermine his allies (incl Parolin) & to bend the next conclave to its neo-Jansenist ideology..“The Better Church Governance Group” held its launch on the campus of the Catholic University of America (CUA) with the stated intention of producing its “Red Hat Report” by April 2020.The Red Hat Report, dubbed as the group’s “flagship project,” is designed to audit all 124 current papal electors.Better Church Governance’s Operations Director, Jacob Imam, said the organization was not meant as an attack on Pope Francis, though he asked the crowd of nearly forty attendees: “What if we would have had someone else in 2013 who would have been more proactive in protecting the innocent and the young?”“Had we had the Red Hat Report, we may not have had Pope Francis,”Imam, who is currently a Marshall Scholar of the University of Oxford and converted to Catholicism from Islam three years ago, alleged that following the 2013 conclave that elected Francis, many major news outlets based their knowledge of the newly elected pope on what they could find on Wikipedia
catholic  pope  conservatives 
14 days ago by thomas.kochi
Claims against Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor 'lacked credibility'
The Church in England and Wales’ child protection policies, considered to be among the most robust in global Catholicism, arose out of an independent review conducted in 2001 by Lord Nolan and recommendations in a report compiled by Baroness Cumberlege in 2007. A 2016 policy statement from the National Catholic Safeguarding commission makes clear that “Church authorities always report allegations of abuse to the statutory agencies to ensure that they are dealt with promptly and properly.” After an allegation is lodged, the Church ordinarily uses the police inquiry for the substantive part of their investigation into an abuse claim, and following that outcome take the next steps in the canonical process for assessing the allegation.This includes a review panel to examine allegations and undertake a risk assessment of the accused, who is in many cases withdrawn from ministry throughout this process...according to the guidelines set out in the 2007 Cumberlege report “the management of an allegation of abuse and whether or not a priest or religious is temporarily removed from active ministry (or an employee or volunteer is suspended from his duties) depends entirely on the nature and seriousness of the allegation and the situation of the alleged offender at the time the allegation is made.” It also states that this decision “remains that of the Bishop or Congregational Leader” and recommends that bishops “apply the civil standard of proof” in an “internal investigation and determination of any matter relating to the abuse of children and vulnerable adults.”This means that an assessment of allegations made against priests needs to be made, as it runs the risk that any clergy or church worker could be removed from ministry or a job as the result of false claims.The Cumberlege report also makes clear that as a general principle those accused of abuse are treated with "respect and in a consistent manner in accordance with nationally agreed procedures, natural justice, and Canon Law.”
catholic  scandals  Britain 
16 days ago by thomas.kochi
Both on China and the abuse crisis, Pope Francis faces a trust deficit
Five days after announcing a landmark deal with China over the appointment of bishops, Pope Francis released a letter to Chinese Catholics on Wednesday. The gist of it amounts to, “Trust me.”Specifically, Francis asked the roughly 13 million Catholics in China to “place your trust ever more firmly in the Lord of history and in the church’s discernment of his will.”In some ways, the situation isn’t entirely dissimilar from the approach Francis has taken on the charges leveled a month ago by Italian Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò.In some ways, it’s an understandable request. From the beginning of his papacy, Francis has shown himself to be a friend of victims, underdogs and oppressed peoples everywhere, and to have a keen pastoral heart for those shoved to life’s peripheries. It’s thus perhaps not unreasonable for him to think that he could rely on a certain benefit of the doubt.The problem he faces, however, is two-fold.First, Francis suffers from an institutional trust deficit that didn’t begin with him, but he inherited it and it’s part of his reality.Moreover, both constituencies are feeling a little ambivalent about Francis himself these days, wondering if despite the new tone the underlying music from the Church really hasn’t changed that much.Transparency, in other words, isn’t just a “best practice” in both avoiding and remedying scandals, though it certainly is that. It’s also a down payment on trust - a payment that can’t just be made once, but regularly, like gas and water, because otherwise the service gets turned off.Both on China and on sex abuse, making that payment may be costly for Francis and his Vatican team, but experience may prove that doing is no longer a luxury but a necessity.
J.Allen  catholic  pope  scandals  accords  China 
17 days ago by thomas.kochi
Conservatives must face John Paul II's legacy in sex abuse crisis
First, it is always an honor to be mentioned alongside Frs. Spadaro and Martin, as well as Professor Faggioli. But, while I can't presume to speak for them, I can assure Ms. Eberstadt that the reason I called Vigano's filthy lies a "putsch" attempt was because he not only mixed just enough truth amidst the lies to tantalize many journalists for a week, and apparently still has her believing him, but he called for the pope to resign. In the face of the fact that Francis is the only pope who ever really took action against McCarrick, this call for his resignation was self-evidently an attempt at triggering a putsch, the modern day ecclesial equivalent of the shot fired by the cruiser Aurora to trigger the October Revolution in 1917. This is what Viganò and his crowd of admirers want, for Francis to go.I detest hypocrites. I do not think John Paul's dreadful legacy on sex abuse takes away from the great things he did, but it does require us to rethink the whole "John Paul the Great" cult. I do not believe all the diplomatic work on behalf of the church that McCarrick undertook is vitiated because we know now he was living a double life for many years and what he kept hidden was predatory and disgusting. Still, to give credence to Viganò's unproven and self-evidently score-settling allegations, dribbled out through friendly media outlets aligned against the pope, and not to smell a rat? You have to be willfully obtuse. Eberstadt may not see it. Weigel may not see it. Still, their ideology blinds them.John Paul II, more than any other person, set the model for obfuscation and cover-up that became the sex abuse scandal. Saying so does not make me a partisan. It is the simple truth.
catholic  Reporter  scandals  pope 
17 days ago by thomas.kochi
Coffee was “Satan’s brew” before Pope Clement VIII baptized it
2.25 billion cups of coffee are consumed daily, worldwide.Legend has it that a goat herder named Kaldi was the first to discover the effects of coffee, around the year 850.The drink quickly achieved popularity in the Middle East, although it was seen by some as a vice akin to alcohol and tobacco. During the reign of Sultan Murad IV (1612–40), all three of these items were made illegal, in a bid to cleanse the land of vice.Coffee was met with harsher criticism when it came to Western society. The association with its Islamic founders fanned the flames of prejudice and it was commonly dubbed “Satan’s Drink.” It was not until the reign of Pope Clement VIII, more than 700 years after its discovery, that the West accepted the drink.When members of his court implored Pope Clement VIII to denounce coffee, the pontiff insisted on trying a cup before he cast his verdict. After a few sips, he announced, “This Satan’s drink is so delicious that it would be a pity to let the infidels have exclusive use of it.”Popular tradition holds that the pope then “baptized” coffee beans in order to cleanse them from the devil’s influence. Historians are unclear whether this was a metaphorical baptism, or if the pope performed an exorcism rite on actual beans, but either way it had the same effect. Once Catholics knew they were allowed to drink coffee, it spread through Europe like wildfire...Church has blessed beer and they have blessed cheese, but we bless Pope Clement VIII for his role in bringing us, each day, our daily brew.
culinary  culture  beverages  catholic 
18 days ago by thomas.kochi
House of card(inal)s
The problem is that the current scandals reflect corruption of clergy, leadership and the institution itself, going far beyond the sexual abuse alleged. The roots of the corruption were sown as the institution that evolved from a tribal guerrilla movement that the Roman empire co-opted, to a militant state, to an empire and, finally, to adapt to modern demands for specialization and efficiency, to a corporate institution.The problem is that, as it “corporatized” and specialized, it made the mistake of many companies — it began to focus on protecting the institution, rather than meeting the needs of the customer, in this case, the “faithful.”.. the estimated $170 billion operating budget of the U.S. church, $100 billion is hospitals and health care, $50 billion is colleges and universities, $10 billion is churches and parishes, $5 billion is charity — note the relatively small proportion devoted to pastoral work of spreading the gospel and helping parishioners, though of course schools and hospitals could be considered pastoral or charitable in some cases.It would be a miracle if a secretive and tightly controlled organization with a $170 billion operating budget did not have other hidden scandals.The problem is that the pope is a product of the socialist, revolutionary theology, Latin American wing of the church.Unfortunately, he has adopted the favorite strategy of authoritarian socialist leaders when the heat is turned up: resorting to extreme nationalism and creating external “threats.” Venezuela’s former president Hugo Chavez and Cuba’s communist revolutionary and former president Fidel Castro went for “American imperialism.” Pope Francis is going for “the devil.” The problem for socialist leaders is, when their economic and political foundations crumble, such nationalistic trope never works for long.
catholic  America  criticism  pope 
19 days ago by thomas.kochi
The left-leaning German news weekly strongly criticises the Holy Father
Here are five areas where it takes a particularly critical stance..Division in the upper levels of the Church..Criticism not just from ‘archconservatives’..Francis “does not really listen to people who don’t share his views”, many believers end up “disenfranchised”..The wrong silences..Argentine background ..Juan Pablo Gallego, who prosecuted Grassi, says that Pope Francis won’t return to Argentina because he would face heavy criticism over his handling of abuse cases..Bad advisers..some of the Pope’s “advisers and assistants” are “in more or less obvious concubinage with representatives of one sex or the other.”..a document supposedly commissioned by Pope Benedict, describing the “gay lobby” in the Vatican.
Spiegel  pope  catholic  criticism 
19 days ago by thomas.kochi
Pope Francis Takes Responsibility for China Deal
Francis said the agreement was the fruit of a dialogue that has taken several years.“The Vatican team worked a lot,”Cardinal Parolin has a special devotion to the lens; he studies all of the documents down to the period, comma, notes, and this gives me a great assurance.”“You know that when you make a peace agreement or a negotiation, both sides lose something,” “This is the law.And you move ahead.”..the dialogue that led to the agreement was a process of going two steps forward and one step back. “Then, months passed without speaking to each other; and then the time of God, which appears to be [the time of the] Chinese. Slowly. This is wisdom, the wisdom of the Chinese.” “the bishops who were in difficulty were studied case-by-case,” and “dossiers came on to my desk about each one. And I was responsible for signing the case of the bishops.““I think of the resistance, the Catholics who have suffered. It’s true. And they will suffer. Always, in an agreement, there is suffering. They have a great faith.”He said they have written him, saying that “what the Holy See, what Peter says, is that which Jesus says. The martyrial faith of these people today goes ahead. They are the great ones!
accords  catholic  China  pope 
20 days ago by thomas.kochi
In the Accord with China, "a Glimmer of Positivity." The Commentary of an Expert
The commentary by Fr. Bernardo Cervellera,is the most authoritative and balanced evaluation published so far on the accord between the Holy See and the Chinese authorities signed in Beijing on September 22. Pope Francis, in Vilnius, recalling the victims of the Nazi and communist genocide, expressed a prayer in which he asks the Lord that we do not become "deaf to the cry of all those who today continue to raise their voices in heaven". And that's exactly what Chinese Catholics are asking for. But if in the agreement, although provisional, we can see even a glimmer of positivity, then the Lithuanian celebrations are a sign of hope: communism, "the delirium of omnipotence of those who claimed to control everything", did not win. And this also gives us hope for China… China's Catholic Church (Patriotic) said it would "persevere to walk a path suited to a socialist society, under the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party."The Vatican has said it would lead to "the full communion of all Chinese Catholics.
catholic  China  accords 
21 days ago by thomas.kochi
7 facts about American Catholics
1.roughly 51 million Catholic adults in the U.S., accounting for about one-fifth of the total U.S. adult population (21% in 2014;24% in 2007) 2. Catholicism has experienced a greater net loss due to religious switching than has any other religious tradition.13% of all U.S. adults are former Catholics By contrast, 2% of U.S. adults are converts to Catholicism- 6.5 former Catholics for every convert to the faith 3.Catholics in the U.S. are racially and ethnically diverse-Roughly six-in-ten Catholic adults are white, one-third are Latino..4.Compared with some other religious groups, Catholics are fairly evenly dispersed throughout the country: 27% live in the South, 26% in the Northeast, 26% in the West, and 21% of U.S. Catholics live in the Midwest 5.Politically, Catholicvoters are evenly split between Democratic Party (47%) and GOP (46%).6Large majorities of U.S. Catholics have admired Pope Francis throughout his tenure, but there are signs of growing discontent.. disenchantment with Pope Francis was especially pronounced among Catholics on the political right
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22 days ago by thomas.kochi
Pilgrimage in a time of turmoil
Prepping us for the eight days ahead, the Jesuit leading our pilgrimage to the Holy Land said our time together would be less like a tour and more like a spiritual retreat. As it unfolded for me, it was also something like time travel by bus.Billed as an opportunity to walk “in the footsteps of Jesus,” the trip promised its 100 participants a chance to see for ourselves the places we’d been reading and hearing about since childhood.Given the turbulence roiling the present day church, the prospect of exploring its origins beckoned as a welcome respite, a refresher on the stories that shaped our beliefs in the first place...As much as there was nothing holy about the unruly queue we endured to get in, fumbling our way through conflict in pursuit of the sacred seemed not unlike what we’re up to in the life of the church these days.Once inside the tomb, we were hustled out after just a couple of moments. Exiting the place where Jesus is said to have done likewise seemed like a pretty good way to conclude a pilgrimage in the time of turmoil.
christian  Christianity  pilgrimage  Israel-Palestine  scandals  catholic 
22 days ago by thomas.kochi
Time to Leave?
Damon Linker, Sexual Abuse, and the Church Linker a convert to Catholicism. In a recent column titled “The Unbearable Ugliness of the Catholic Church,” Linker announced his decision to leave the church, which he described as “thoroughly corrupt.” A photograph of Pope Francis wearing what looks like a burial shawl accompanies the article online.What is harder to understand is why this would suddenly hit home for Linker now, sixteen years after the scandal broke wide open in Boston. The Pennsylvania grand-jury report, as horrible as the details are, does not provide any evidence that sexual abuse continues to be epidemic in the church.He writes, “But to wade through the toxic sludge of the grand jury report; to follow the story of Theodore McCarrick’s loathsome character and career; to confront the allegations piled up in Viganò’s memo—it is to come face to face with monstrous, grotesque ugliness. It is to see the Catholic Church as a repulsive institution—or at least one permeated by repulsive human beings who reward one another for repulsive acts, all the while deigning to lecture the world about its sin.”Like many converts, Linker seems to have a tendency to mistake flawed people and fallible institutions for a reified ideal, whether that is Rudy Giuliani, Richard John Neuhaus, or the Catholic Church. In my mid-twenties, I was getting reacquainted with Catholicism. One day I was waxing poetical about the church in the presence of my maternal grandfather, who had been educated by the Jesuits at Boston College High School and Boston College.He warned me in a vague but unmistakable way about the clergy and the church. He said in effect, “They’re not as bad as some people claim, but they aren’t as good as they want you to think.” In other words, although we owe a certain loyalty to the church, what priests and bishops say should get the same scrutiny we give to the pronouncements of others in positions of authority. Skepticism is warranted.How can we justify staying? I think the answer is similar to the one you might give when asked to justify allegiance to the United States of America, a nation founded as a slave state and established by the virtual annihilation of its native population, a country that killed several million Vietnamese in an unprovoked and unjust war and now threatens the peace of the entire world by putting nuclear weapons in the hands of a clearly repulsive and disturbed individual. You remain because, despite the nation’s manifold sins, you still want to believe in the truth of the propositions put forth in the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Gettysburg Address. You stay in the church, despite its sins, because you long for what it proposes about the nature and destiny of human life to be true as well.
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26 days ago by thomas.kochi
Reconsidering the fiction of Andre Dubus
When I think of Dubus, I often return to the end of his story “Anna.” Wayne is cooking hamburgers at Wendy’s. Anna listens to the end of a Waylon Jennings record before going to the laundromat. The air’s moist. She’s among the “gurgling rumble and whining spin of washers, resonant clicks and loud hiss of dryers.” Two women smoke, read magazines, and talk. And then there is Anna, alone. She “took a small wooden chair from the table and sat watching the round window of the machine, watched her clothes and Wayne’s tossing past it, like children waving from a ferris wheel.” It is the perfect Dubus sentence: gracefully hypnotic, curiously innocent, and beautifully sad. You’ve got to believe in something to write that way.
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26 days ago by thomas.kochi
The Elephant in the Sacristy, Revisited
The Catholic laity is far from blameless in this hour. The scandals might have been reduced long ago if the laity’s rejection of church teaching on birth control hadn’t led to collusion of mutual misuse. Many priests winked at the laity’s breaking the law against contraception and many laity tacitly returned the favor by not worrying overmuch about their priest and some of his friends.“If humility is now required of Catholics, so too is backbone. If it takes shutting down certain seminaries to protect boys of the present and future, close them now. If vocations to the priesthood should be so far reduced by stringent screening for abuse victims that American Catholics have to travel 50 miles to Mass, let them drive.” Today, a laity forged in this latest round of scandal knows all too well that there are worse things for the church than a priest shortage. And thanks again to the Internet, the same laity is scrutinizing the hierarchy as never before.Good things will come of the evil confronted today. Judging by the signs of newfound courage and questioning, they already are. The ultimate legacy of 2018, whether we live to see it in this world or not, will be a holier and more transparent church.
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26 days ago by thomas.kochi
Source: China and the Vatican to sign historic agreement by end of September
Pope Francis firmly believes in the culture of encounter, not that of confrontation The Jesuit pope, following in the footsteps of Matteo Ricci, the famous Italian Jesuit missionary who is buried in Beijing, has given strong leadership in this direction.Holy See recognizes that it is “not a good agreement,” but it believes that it is the only one possible at present and that, in a small but highly significant way, it opens the door to developing a constructive and improving dialogue with the world’s emerging superpower..the Holy See and Beijing have agreed on a process for the nomination of bishops. Candidates will be chosen at the diocesan level through the “democratic election” system that the Chinese authorities introduced in 1957, whereby the priests of the diocese, together with representatives of women religious and laypeople, vote from among the candidates presented by the authorities that supervise church affairs. The results of these elections will be sent to the Beijing authorities that oversee the church in China, including the bishops’ conference, which will examine them and then submit a name to the Holy See through diplomatic channels. The Holy See will have some months to carry out its own investigation of the candidate and, based on this work, the pope will either approve or exercise his veto. The Holy See will then communicate his decision to Beijing.If the pope approves of the candidate, the process will continue. But if he exercises his veto, both sides will engage in a dialogue, and Beijing would eventually be expected to submit the name of another candidate.
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27 days ago by thomas.kochi
Glen Argan: Francis is making slow but sure progress
VatiLeaks had fostered the perception that the Pope(Benedict) was the captain of a ship of fools. The cardinals entering the March 2013 conclave were resolute that, among other qualities, the next pope should be a man who would sweep the deck and impose clear discipline on the ranks.That man chosen was Pope Francis..from well outside the Vatican club and owed no debts to those within it. He immediately set up his Council of Cardinals, nine diocesan bishops who advise him on running the Church’s internal matters. His annual Christmas greetings with the Curia also became an event filled, not with sweet remembrances of the year past, but chastisements and moral advice to avoid the sins that can occur in an entrenched bureaucracy.Many say real reforms to that bureaucracy have been slow to arrive. Still, Pope Francis has made more than his share of enemies. To those who want reform, this is a good sign, but to those whose careers are rooted in the curia, the negative papal attention can lead to resentment.So it should be no surprise that some have publicly tried to discredit the Pope and even force his resignation. To those in the bureaucracy, he represents a formidable threat to their established way of life. It would serve their purposes to have Francis disgraced and rendered ineffective, if not totally out of the picture.Pope Francis’ Christmas remarks to the curia have included calls for greater holiness. Structural reforms are needed, but will be of no avail if those implementing them are cut from the same cloth of careerism and in-fighting which has been the norm. Earlier this year, the Pope even issued a letter to all the faithful — Gaudete et Exsultate (Rejoice and Be Glad) — underlining the universal call to holiness. As the Pope wrote in his recent letter, holiness is the most attractive face of the Church. An evident lack of holiness is the Church’s repulsive face.Whatever his faults, Pope Francis has pointed us in the right direction, a direction opposite from the deplorable situation indicated in the butler’s leaked documents.
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28 days ago by thomas.kochi
In Ciociaria the teocon academy that cheers Salvini: "But it is not true that we are against Pope Francis"
The Dignitatis Humanae will open at Certosa di Trisulti sponsored by the former Trump strategist Steve Bannon together with Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke, leader of the opponents of Bergoglio..it is not true that we are against the Pope."This is a project to promote Western civilization and its Judeo-Christian foundations, according to the populist nationalist thought developed by Bannon".. And already this strides with the recent words of Francis in Sicily, for which the only admissible populism is the "Christian": "to serve and to listen"."Yes, but it is not said that one must share every word of the Pope to be Catholic",In this same thought they coagulate an Islamophobia that transcends into white suprematism, the denunciation of the "crony capitalism" of global finance, the "bloody conflict" necessary to preserve the Western roots, the emergence of a right-wing world movement (a sort of "tea party" on a global scale)..."every man is made in the image and likeness of God". «On this concept all courses will take place». Every person, therefore. Even the homosexuals? "Good question. Anyway, yes, every person because we are all sinners. This does not mean that the Church can not propose the right rules for living .. some newspapers knew about Bannon and Burke and they got a narrative - that of an anti-Francis frond - that I understand is captivating, but it does not correspond to truth.
L.Stampa  catholic  counter-view  conservative 
28 days ago by thomas.kochi
Adoration may seem useless – but the world needs it desperately
The film Into Great Silence (2005) offers a rare glimpse into the life of a Carthusian monastery. Every so often the camera lingers over the faces of the monks, one by one, and in each of them we see a great serenity. We see the contentedness of a creature happy in his dependant, finite nature and happier still with the love of God shining in his eyes. It is a life of contemplation, of Adoration, which creates such freedom in a creature. JRR Tolkien once said he did not return to fidelity to the Lord by being chased by Francis Thompson’s Hound of Heaven, but through hunger for the Blessed Sacrament, as one starving for love. In a letter to his middle son during World War II (the context of the letter is marriage and sex), he wrote:Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament. . . . There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth… by the taste of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships… take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man’s heart desires.
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29 days ago by thomas.kochi
RELICS AND EARLY CHURCH GRIT
If it’s hot, airy churches like San Giovanni provide the weary pilgrim with a spiritual and physical oasis. Most likely, you’ll be sweaty and your feet sore from treading the miles of cobblestone streets in the Eternal City. Walk up the worn marble steps of San Giovanni and enter. Head down the left aisle and, at the end, you’ll notice a striking silver reliquary in the shape of…a foot. Inside this reliquary is the foot of Saint Mary Magdalen. (This is Rome, folks, so get used to seeing bones encased in elaborate gold and silver surrounded by vigil candles and corpses under altars and many other things that will certainly strike some Americans as odd or macabre. The Church has been doing this for ages.)
C.Herald  catholic  Rome  saints 
4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The Catholic Crisis as It Stands Now
If the Church is in the middle of a cold civil war between a Benedict faction and a Francis faction, the question all laypeople have is whether that factionalism has now become all-consuming, so that even the punishment of flagrant sexual abuse is subordinated to factional concerns. Pope Francis should dignify us with an answer.
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Why Francis’s child protection summit may be highest-stakes gamble of his papacy
Over the last five and a half years, dozens of times I have found myself in conversations - sometimes with Church people, sometimes with colleagues in the media, sometimes on the lecture circuit - the subject of which is, “Can anything end the public love affair with this pope?”Francis is such a compelling, inspirational figure, it’s always been a tough question to answer. Usually, I would say something like the following: “If the pope came to be perceived as dirty on the abuse mess, that might be the only thing that could do it.”..the fact that the meeting is so short, just three days, and that participants aren’t pushovers but the elected leaders of national bishops’ conferences who likely won’t be amenable to having prefabricated outcomes just shoved down their throats, may make it difficult to accomplish much.Francis has a great deal to lose if this goes wrong, and a great deal to gain if it goes right - the dictionary definition, therefore, of a high-stakes move
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Bishop Rhoades cleared of wrongdoing by district attorney’s investigation
A Pennsylvania district attorney said the allegations were baseless and lamented the fact they were leaked.Francis Chardo, Dauphin County district attorney.“This has been a case of a public airing of mere speculation of impropriety with no foundation. In this case, the leaking of what turned out to be an unfounded report did unnecessary harm. This has done a disservice to actual victims of sexual abuse. It has also caused significant and unnecessary harm to Bishop Rhoades.”He encouraged “reports of any suspicion of the abuse of a child to law enforcement,” while adding that “once reports are made to proper authorities, they should be fully investigated without public speculation about guilt. Where appropriate, we will bring charges. Here, we found no evidence of wrongdoing. We now regard this case as closed.”
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
If the Church won’t hold bishops accountable, then should the courts?
Where the Church failed to act, many US Catholics argue, the state must.But not all conservatives are applauding New York and New Jersey for stepping in. Among those who are not is Adrian Vermeule, the Ralph S Tyler Professor of Constitutional Law at Harvard. He suggests that such famously progressive states are unlikely to have the Church’s best interests at heart. Rather, he argues, “their main aim will be to break the sanctity of the confessional, to change irrevocably settled Church practices surrounding ordination, and in general to conform the Church to liberal-secular mores.”His fears are valid. Earlier this year, the Australian government proposed a new law requiring priests who hear the confessions of abusive priests to report them to the authorities. This is, canonically speaking, impossible. A priest who reveals the contents of another person’s confession – however grave their sin – is automatically excommunicated. Yet failing to do so could result in Australia’s priests being charged with complicity. “It’s odd that many Catholic intellectuals who (rightly) insist on the observance of Church doctrine seem to have forgotten that the liberty of the Church is part of that doctrine,”“Not everyone who wields the subpoena is doing God’s work.”
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
When the Far-right teams up with those critical of Pope Francis
Populist are allying with conservative Christians to defend religious identity from Islam and secularization. The international anti-multiculturalist movement run by the Italian League, and the four Visegrad countries, Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro and Austria.Vendée’s revenge – religious fanatism to protect class interests and privileges Even Voltaire’s homeland is suffering a bit from the wind blowing from the east and from overseas, if the former minister of the Sarkozy family and practicing Catholic, Nadine Morano makes blatant claims of a “White” France, walking on a ground already ploughed by the paladins of the anti-gay marriage, Manif pour tous and by the neo-con of Sens Commun. All belonging to that reactionary front that by rediscovering God have shortened its distances Salvini’s anti-immigrant Italy. Europe is haunted by a new Ghost, this time white. Is it Vendée’s revenge on the long cultural hegemony of the Republican Enlightenment?“The cultural convergence between national-populism and the Catholic right both hostile to Bergoglio’s ecumenism is a real phenomenon and is particularly evident in Italy, the only country in Western Europe where populists are in power” A recent Pew study reveals a reversal trend in the hitherto contagious march of secularism, especially in Greece and in the former communist countries, where the term “Christian” (over 70% of those questioned) is increasingly linked to nationalism and conservative social positions. Salvini: “I believe that people of Catholic sensitivity have been able to appreciate many of our struggles, especially in recent years - Salvini declares to Rossoporpora - from the establishment of the family as the core of society, formed by father and mother, and not by anonymous parents 1 and 2 which are quite disturbing, up to the defense of those religious symbols that also belong to our cultural heritage and say much of our common roots as the Nativity Scene or the Crucifix in public offices. Protecting these symbols also means protecting our history and culture”.
catholic  pope  alt-right  populism 
4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Archbishop Viganò has sparked a revolution no one can control
who is the author of this unprecedented attack on the head of the earthly Church? He is a man whose seemingly effortless progression towards the highest ranks of papal service was abruptly halted, before this extraordinary postscript was added some two years after his retirement.For more than 30 years, Viganò succeeded in being noticed only by the right people in the right way.His administrative talents and unblemished service led to him being singled out for preferment.Had Viganò’s once irresistible rise hit the buffers? It seemed so in 2012, when he became a key figure in the VatiLeaks scandal.For the first time his name was cited beyond the rarefied circle of Vatican watchers. Detractors have adduced aspects of Viganò career which appear to undermine his credibility: a family feud with an estranged brother, also a priest, over an inheritance; and a case where Viganò himself is accused of having covered up for an abuser bishop.Even in the much reviled Roman Curia, many serve the Church with self-denying sincerity. Generally, they are saddened and worried. Noting that Viganò’s letter violated the “pontifical secret”, one official told me: “I can’t believe he took the same oath as I did.” The “pontifical secret”, which is enshrined in canon law, is designed to protect the papacy from outside interference. The consequences of breaking it, even if that seems necessary in the face of grave corruption, are unforeseeable.Opening up the Vatican to secular scrutiny may seem salutary, but it might allow things other than light to enter.
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Saline our prayers! The cathedral carved out of SALT that can hold 10,000 people and is located 590ft underground
Workers removed 250,000 tons of salt to create the incredible Salt Cathedral of Zipaquirá in Colombia The place of worship opened in 1995 after a $1 million injection of cash from a government-run company It features dozens of hand-carved sculptures and the average temperature is around 14 degrees Celsius
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
SAVING SYNOD-2018 FROM ITSELF
Anyone looking for a remedy for insomnia might try working through the Instrumentum Laboris, or “working document,” for the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held in Rome next month on the theme “Young People, the Faith, and Vocational Discernment.” The IL is a 30,000-plus-word brick: a bloated, tedious doorstop full of sociologese but woefully lacking in spiritual or theological insight.Synod participants might also emphasize that the clarity of Catholic teaching on life issues attracts many young people today, precisely because that clarity is in sharp contrast to the incoherence about what makes for human happiness that people of all ages increasingly detect in the lifestyle libertinism of contemporary Western culture. Someone at Synod-2018 should, for example, talk about the experience of the annual March for Life in Washington, D.C., which, for years now, has become both larger and younger.Synod-2018’s IL contains no reflection on why St. John Paul II was a magnet for millions of young people, which surely had something to do with both his compassion and his clarity about the truth. Fr. Karol Wojtyla, who later became John Paul II, led a young adult ministry of challenging spiritual accompaniment a half-century before “accompaniment” became code in some Catholic circles for “[This hard teaching] is really a goal or ideal.” So let Synod-2018 rescue “accompaniment” and link it to the truth that liberates.
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Church, Clericalism, Corruption
Ezra Pound, the American poet, once wrote of the Catholic Church: “Any institution that could survive the picturesqueness of the Borgias has a certain native resilience.” we should follow Dr. Johnson’s advice to “clear your mind of cant.” It’s cant, he told Boswell, when we say things not quite true in public: “You may talk in this manner; it is a mode of talking in Society; but don’t think foolishly.”here are three “Cs” in our discussions about the abuse crisis that must be cleared of cant: the Church, clericalism, and corruption.It’s cant, in my view, when we say “the Church” failed in handling abuse. Still worse, that “we’re all responsible.” The “Church” did not fail. Specific individuals committed specific acts.Second “C”: we can postpone the discussion of clericalism without great loss. After what’s happened, if you think people are going to be excessively deferential toward priests, bishops, archbishops, cardinals, and popes: clear your mind of cant.In fact, we’ll probably see the opposite...the dangers of the monsignori getting too much deference now is cant, and a diversion from the main thing.Third “C”: Yes, we may have to talk of corruption when we discuss abuse in public, but that’s a primarily secular term. The current abuse crisis, among other things, is also – to use a Catholic term – simony. Fr. Marcel Maciel and ex-Cardinal McCarrick were “great fundraisers” for various causes. But they were also evil geniuses in using the money they raised to buy themselves friends, even in Rome.In Dante, the Simoniacs, in case you were wondering, include several popes. And their punishment, in case you were also wondering, is to be stuffed head down in a hole in solid rock while flames lick the soles of their feet. Since their “priorities” – as we might say today – were upside down, the fire of the Holy Spirit does not inspire their heads and hearts, but burns them at the opposite end
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops,' the Pope said
The Great Accuser, as he himself says to God in the first chapter of the Book of Job, ‘roams the earth looking for someone to accuse’.“In these times, it seems like the Great Accuser has been unchained and is attacking bishops.”“True, we are all sinners, we bishops,” he added. “He tries to uncover the sins, so they are visible in order to scandalize the people.A bishop’s strength against the Great Accuser is prayer, that of Jesus and his own, and the humility of being chosen and remaining close to the people of God, without seeking an aristocratic life that removes this unction.A good bishop also does not “try to find refuge with the powerful of elite,” “The ‘elites’ criticise bishops, while the people has an attitude of love towards the bishop.“This is almost a special unction that confirms the bishop in his vocation.”
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Pope should not resign, but church abuse tribunal needed: Bannon
Bannon, himself a Catholic, clearly distanced himself from Vigano, saying a papal resignation was not appropriate.“This is as serious as it gets. We can’t have memos and letters and accusations. The pope is from an unbroken chain the Vicar of Christ on Earth. You don’t just sit there and say ‘I think you should resign’,” said Bannon during a visit to Rome.Instead, he said an independent tribunal had to be created to look into every aspect of the multiplying scandals.“This has nothing to do with whether you are a liberal Catholic or right-wing traditionalist ... It can’t be seen as a political witchhunt.”
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The bruised and bloodied church will be reborn -- or it won't
There is a reason that Pepsi never attacked Coca-Cola head-on, or vice-versa. They did not want to "ruin the brand," in the parlance of marketing. They did not want people turning against the concept of soda altogether. So, instead, each company adopted clever ways of situating their project in the consumer's mind, and they even occasionally took an implied swipe at their competitor — e.g. Coke was "the real thing," in one ad campaign, implying Pepsi was not real, or at least nothing better than a copycat.The Catholic Church is not a soda company. It is not a company at all. But it is hard not to recognize that this summer, conservative critics of Pope Francis became so overwrought that they decided to ruin the brand. As Massimo Faggioli explained in a brilliant essay at Commonweal, in seeking to de-legitimize Francis, they have de-legitimized all popes and more. "[W]hat is really in danger is the bond between the church as a people and ecclesiastical authority — not just particular church officials, but the very idea of ecclesiastical authority."The fact that this result is ironic — the same crowd attacking Francis has been repeating, albeit often in a misunderstood way, Pope Benedict XVI's warning against the "dictatorship of relativism" for years — is little comfort. And, irony is not the problem here. Hypocrisy is.
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
THE CHURCH'S FUTURE BEAUTY
Catholic writer Damon Linker published an angry, sad goodbye to Catholicism titled “The Unbearable Ugliness of the Catholic Church.” The core of the scandal, “isn't personal immorality, or institutional corruption, or hypocrisy. The core of the problem is ugliness.” Almost twenty years ago, Linker explains, he was drawn to conversion by the church’s beauty “in the sense of seemliness, order, and proportion, but also elevation, nobility, and exaltation.” A whole, unbroken edifice undergirded by a story of gut-stabbing hope and, again, beauty:God sacrifices his beloved son, and his son freely accepts that sacrifice, out of self-giving love for humanity. Out of that breathtakingly beautiful gesture, the church built a new civilization founded on a message of forgiveness of sins, of care for the poor, of beatitude, of salvation and eternal life for all.Here Linker and I seem to part ways. Perhaps.Our society is drowning in self-acquittal, even—especially—in this age of perpetual, disingenuous, PR-composed apologies. Could the Catholic Church be the first institution to present itself as containing simple, undeniable wickedness, and swathed to the point of immersion in the ugliest fluids of our condition? Could it present itself as sibling to sinners, pining for a grace it in no way deserves, wounded but pointing toward the light? This would be a new kind of Church, and also very old. If this is indeed where the American Church is headed, all people of good will should hope that she succeeds and comes back from this self-inflicted wound stronger, because openly, unabashedly, and beautifully weak.
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Trust in the priesthood has been shattered – but not entirely
Sir Alec Guinness in The Detective, played GK Chesterton’s Father Brown. Guinness was leaving the set in France one afternoon, still clad in his actor’s clerical soutane, when a little boy darted up to him. Mon Pere, he babbled, “I want to tell you about my day at school!” And for several minutes the atheist-Anglican actor and the little Catholic boy walked hand in hand, discussing the day.Sir Alec describes the moment in his memoirs, Blessings in Disguise: “Continuing my walk I reflected that a Church which could inspire such confidence in a child, making its priests, even when unknown, so easily approachable, could not be as scheming or as creepy as so often made out.” The Englishman entered the Catholic Church two years later and remained a frequent communicant until his death in 2000.
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Full interview with Fr Hans Zollner: Confronting the reality of abus
It was in 2002 in the US they introduced the so-called Dallas Charter, guidelines and mandatory information sessions every year. In Australia, as has been shown by the Royal Commission … in almost all dioceses the number of allegations referring to the current years, not 50 years ago or 30 years ago, is almost nil. There is no other institution, there is no other Christian denomination or religion, that has been investigated as thoroughly as the Catholic Church.We have also to acknowledge that by far most sexual abuse and of course physical abuse of minors happens in the family context.Which means five per cent of all abuse happens in all institutions altogether, of which the Catholic Church is a part. Now this does not excuse the Catholic Church. Every single abuse that takes place is one too many. Every single abuse that is committed by Catholic clergy and other personnel in the Church is a horrendous crime and needs to be prosecuted and punished full stop.There is no causal effect between celibacy and child sexual abuse.The point is that 99.9 per cent of all abusers do not live a celibate life.
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Catholic CEOs’ group Legatus withholds Vatican tithe, cites ‘recent revelations’
The highly influential Catholic business association Legatus has put its annual Vatican tithe “in escrow,” citing the current crisis in the Church.The amount withheld is $820,000.“We certainly pledge our continued devotion to Holy Mother Church, and recognize the tithe has been an important commitment of Legatus since our founding.""However, in light of recent revelations and questions, we believe it appropriate to respectfully request clarification regarding the specific use of these funds,”Legatus, is described as “the most influential lay organization in the Church” a Legatus member must be a practicing Catholic and an owner, chairman, president or CEO of a business with a minimum of $7 million annual revenue and at least 49 employees, or, for a financial service company, with at least 10 employees and $275 million in assets under management. The association was founded in 1987 and has 3,000 current members.
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5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Domino's Pizza Founder Tom Monaghan Biography
Thomas Stephen Monaghan was born in 1937 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, Detroit suburb. His father died when he was four years old, and, two years later, his mother placed him and his younger brother James in an orphanage run by an order of nuns, the Felician Sisters.Although his mother was later able to raise the boys on her own, the nuns had a tremendous effect on Monaghan, leading him to consider becoming a priest. At the time, though, he did not have the necessary discipline and was expelled from the seminary. He gained a better sense of discipline by serving three years in the U.S. Marine Corps.Upon his discharge in 1959, Monaghan enrolled in the University of Michigan to become an architect, inspired by the work of Frank Lloyd Wright. In 1960, however, he and his brother James borrowed $500 to buy a pizzeria called DomiNick’s. Tom changed the name to Domino’s Pizza,He invented an insulated box that would not only keep the pizza warm but also support the weight of multiple boxes on top of it, allowing several to be delivered at once, without the box’s lid sagging and causing the cheese to be stuck to the top.In 1992, a reawakening of his Catholic faith led Monaghan to alter his lifestyle.Maintaining his love of Frank Lloyd Wright's architecture, he had Domino’s Ann Arbor headquarters designed to look like a Wright-style building and was in the process of building a Wright-style house when his reawakening occurred. He decided the large house was too ostentatious and stopped construction.The house still sits unfinished. He also sold some of his classic cars and founded/funded Catholic colleges in Ypsilanti and Florida.In 1998, Monaghan sold his controlling interest in Domino’s to Bain Capital,Bain Capital mismanaged Dominos and caused the company to fall into dire straits. In 2001 Monaghan, still holding a 7-percent stake in the company, returned to its management. By 2004, the company had rebounded enough to begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange. In his adopted hometown of Naples, Florida, he started Gyrene Burger, reasoning that hamburgers are more popular than pizza.
persons  business  catholic  entrepreneurs 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Flirting with Schism
This summer has inaugurated a new chapter in the history of the abuse scandal. The ecclesial context of this chapter is very different from the situation between 2002 and the pontificate of Benedict XVI. The sex-abuse crisis is now reacting explosively with another crisis: the growing rifts within the Catholic Church in the United States. There is, first, the not entirely new rift between different kinds of Catholic culture. Then there is the rift between the current pope and many American bishops, which is more recent. Finally, there is a new rift between Pope Francis and American Catholics; even those who love him can’t make out what his short-term strategy for dealing with the abuse crisis is—as opposed to the long-term fight against clericalism outlined in his “Letter to the people of God” of August 20.The current crisis is really a combination of three different kinds of crisis: theological, political, and geopolitical. The new enthusiasm for an older version of Catholicism on the part of conservative intellectuals with no interest in theology also mirrors the rise of Ultramontanism in the first half of the nineteenth century... the game is played mostly by journalists and other lay intellectuals whose understanding of the church is essentially political rather than spiritual
catholic  scandals  schisms  Commonweal 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Migrants, "there is no peaceful future except in solidarity"
"Work creates dignity, subsidies, when not linked to the precise objective of giving back work and employment, are addictive and de-contributised""The current centrality of financial activity compared to the real economy is not random: behind this there is the choice of someone who thinks, wrongly, that money is made with money. Money, real money, is done with work. It is the work that gives dignity to man, not money. Unemployment affecting several European countries is the consequence of an economic system that is no longer capable of creating jobs, because it has put an idol at the center, which is called money.he distribution and participation in the wealth produced, the insertion of the company in a territory, social responsibility, corporate welfare, equal treatment of wages between men and women, the conjugation of working time and life time, the respect for the environment, the recognition of the importance of man in relation to the machine and the recognition of the right salary, the ability to innovate are important elements that keep alive the community dimension of a company. Pursuing an integral development calls for attention to the topics I have just listed ".
catholic  pope 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The (inaccurate) memories of the former nuncio who wants the head of the Pope
New denials of Viganò’s memorandum that asks for the renunciation of Francis, the Pope who punished Cardinal McCarrick. An analytic chronology of events based on the news that has emerged so far
catholic  pope  scandals  A.Tornielli 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
What has Pope Francis covered up?
DamianThompson:..the pontificate of ‘The Great Reformer’ has already ended in failure; whether it also ends in disgrace remains to be seen.
catholic  pope  scandals  DamianThompson 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Viganò, a blessing in disguise for Francis
Was there a coup in the Vatican? Perhaps not, but there is proof that for the first time ever the Pope is a global leader.What is really new – and it is the first time in the history of the world – is that news about the Holy See has gained instant global interest. In the past, Vatican news was important only in the Western, Christian world and in particular in countries with Catholic majorities.The overall sense is not only that Francis is a saint (which perhaps he is as it is emerging in all of this, and again one should thank Viganò for it)..here is no religious element, not actual elements of faith involved, and perhaps the Pope’s opponents shot themselves in the foot showing how weak is their hand.Here everything becomes very complicated. Whereas seeing the problem can be easy, solving it practically can be very difficult, because it is not religious but perhaps highly political, where the Church must be extremely prudent..there is the delicate issue of political management of the Church, of its global reach, and the relationship with civil authorities. This will become more complicated as time goes by and as the trend of global reach of the Church grows.Therefore, regardless of future issues, the Church will become more controversial and subject to more pushes and pulls by all authorities and political and economic centers. With this, yes, Viganò’s statement is just the beginning of a new set of frictions between the Church and secular powers.Yes, after all, this is the history of the Church, but its scale and scope now is totally different. For this the Church, and the world, must prepare.
catholic  pope  scandals 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Why It’s a Good Thing Pope Benedict Resigned and We Have Pope Francis
“If only we had been given a sign,” joked Catholic Vote’s Joshua Mercer. Accompanying his comment was a photo of lightning hitting the dome of St. Peter’s the day Pope Benedict announced he would resign.He thinks Benedict should not have resigned. That God did not want Francis to be pope the last five years. Viganò’s letter proves it.My reaction was the exact opposite.The lightning that hit St. Peter’s dome the night of Benedict’s announcement was not, I believe, a sign of God’s displeasure. It was, rather the lightning of Luke 17:24, as described in the Battle Hymn of the Republic: “He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword: His truth is marching on.” May that lightning now cleanse His Church.
catholic  pope  scandals 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
It’s Time to Turn Down the Temperature
It was a mistake for Archbishop Viganò to call for the resignation of Pope Francis. For the Pope to resign under a cloud would be a catastrophe for Catholic credibility and unity.It was also a mistake for some of those defending Pope Francis to denounce the character and truthfulness of Archbishop Viganò himself.There is a reasonable way forward, both in terms of rooting out corruption in the Church and restoring a measure of harmony.
catholic  pope  scandals  register 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Frustrated by Filth? Follow Jesus Christ Our Hope, and Trust in What He Says and Does
St. Paul calls us to test everything and retain what is good (1 Thessalonians 5:21). This is another way of saying, “Trust but verify.” It’s to have a prejudice, a working presumption awaiting confirmation or refutation, that someone the Church believes has been called by God to be a priest, ordained and sent out is a man of God rather than a scoundrel. To have the opposite prejudice is to risk that one would end up rejecting those Christ has truly sent — and, as Jesus said, to reject such a person is to reject him and the Father who sent him (Luke 10:16).One thing that helps me is Church history. St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican, which was rebuilt between 1506 and1626 and ultimately served as an architectural and artistic response to the scandals of the Protestant Reformation. Within the massive pillars holding up interior of the rebuilt church are the saints who founded religious orders crucial in the Counter-Reformation. The Lord, likewise, wants us to become saintly pillars in the reconstruction .. at Windsor Castle north.. in the famous Waterloo Room a portrait of Cardinal Ercole Consalvi, the Holy See’s secretary of state during the time of Napoleon. In 1801, the Frenchman told him that he would annihilate the Church if it opposed his will, but Cardinal Consalvi replied, with both wit and faith, “If in 1,800 years the clergy have failed to destroy the Church, do you really think that you’ll be able to do it?” The gates of hell will ultimately not prevail (Matthew 16:18). God will conquer evil with good (Romans 12:21).Hope is ultimately an anchor thrown beyond the clouds, the Letter to the Hebrews tells us (6:19).
catholic  scandals  register 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Today’s ‘Way of the Cross’
The first station: Victims and their families grievously hurt.The second station: Our faithful people mourn for their Church.he Third Station: Our Faithful Priests mourn their vocation.
catholic  scandals 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Trump defends Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse crisis
Donald Trump has defended Pope Francis’s handling of the abuse crisis, saying that the Pontiff is handling the situation “the best anyone can handle it”... the abuse scandal dated back 70 years, and was “one of the sadder stories ’cause I respect so much the Catholic Church.”I’m surprised at McCarrick, everyone knew him and so incredible to see these things.
catholic  pope  Trump  scandals  C.Herald 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Benedict, Viganò, Francis, and McCarrick: Where things stand on nuncio’s allegations
It is also possible that the archbishop wasn’t certain exactly what happened, and that he overcommitted to what he did know by claiming to have “certainty” Benedict had imposed canonical sanctions. This seems a likely scenario, given that Viganò’s entire testimony has a certain dramatic flair.It seems unlikely that semantic disagreements about Viganò's claims will lead Catholics to dismiss entirely the questions he has raised, implicitly and explicitly, about whether, and by whom, McCarrick’s situation was inadequately addressed or simply papered over.
catholic  pope  scandals  back-and-forth  usage  CNA 
5 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The government must investigate the Catholic Church
The vast majority of Catholics who came through the parochial schools of the ’50s, ’60s and early ’70s shared a great educational experience. Friday fish frys at the parish went the way of all human things, but the community was there, for good and for bad, most definitely for the rich and the poor. American Catholicism has always had a heart for the poor and the vulnerable.Sometime in the ’80s, a clerical monster arrived at my alma mater and abused a lot of the boys of that era.This is so far removed from the “old Church” of my youth that I find it hard to even describe it as Catholic. In that “old church,” the moms would have counseled with the dads and the dads would have delivered to the principals, the pastors and the bishops the message about their town’s kids: Off limits.That old Church is still around — and it is angry. It didn’t sign up for this meltdown. Its priests were leaders, its bishops men of seriousness and substance...Pope Francis is 81, and the Church is 2,000 years old. It’s not as though he’s going to remake or break the Church, however breathless his critics or his fans.
catholic  scandals  culture  Wapo 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Pope Francis recommends silence before forces of scandal and division
The Pope’s homily concerned the Gospel from Luke (4:16-30), when Jesus returns to Nazareth and and the fury of the townspeople when he refused to perform miracles for them(Catholic Herald)..those who attacked Jesus “were not persons, they were a pack of wild dogs that threw him out of the city. They did not reason. They shouted. Francis recommended “silence and prayer” when one is confronted “with people lacking good will, with people who only seek scandal, who seek only division, who seek only destruction, even within the family: silence, prayer.”“The truth is meek. The truth is silent. The truth is not noisy,"Gospel story helps us “to reflect how to act in daily life, when there are misunderstandings” and “to understand how the father of lies, the accuser, the devil, acts to destroy the unity of a family, of a people.” “silence wins, through the Cross.” “the dignity of the Christian is anchored in the power of God.”“May the Lord give us the grace to discern when we should speak and when we should stay silent. This applies to every part of life: to work, at home, in society.”In this way, “we will be closer imitators of Jesus.”
pope  catholic  scandals  AmericaMag 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Vigano’s Testimony; McCarrick’s Defiance
Pope Francis has asked journalists to provide the initial response to the archbishop’s testimony. The Holy Father declared that he will “not say one word,” and no senior Vatican officials have come to his defense on the substance of the charges.So the journalists are hashing it out,The simplest answer is that, in fact, there were no sanctions, and that Archbishop Viganò somehow misunderstood what he had been told by the Congregation for Bishops and what his predecessor as nuncio in Washington, Archbishop Pietro Sambi, had told Cardinal McCarrick...As a journalist, then, I would conclude that there are four major episodes of defiance that make it plausible that Archbishop Theodore McCarrick could have defied sanctions placed upon him.
catholic  pope  scandals  back-and-forth  register 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The Power Play Driving the Latest Vatican Crisis
the letter is a power play by Viganò as much as a cri de coeur calling for a cleanup of the Church.The questions fit the pattern of those raised by every abuse case to come to light in recent decades, which generally fall into these lines: Who knew what when? Who acted and didn’t act? Who treated abuse as a sin and who as a crime to be punished? And who in the Vatican hierarchy was aware that abuse cases were to be taken seriously, not to be dismissed as calumnious attacks on church officials? More specifically, in this case: What exactly did Francis know about McCarrick? Did Benedict indeed sanction the then-cardinal in 2009, and if so, why weren’t those sanctions applied?How Francis responds will define his papacy.
catholic  pope  scandals  back-and-forth  AtlanticMag 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Pope Francis and McCarrick: where does the evidence lead?
Claim 1: Pope Benedict XVI imposed sanctions on McCarrick.Do the facts support the claim? Mostly – but there are complications. Claim 2: Pope Francis was told about McCarrick’s depravity Do the facts support the claim? Inevitably, it’s hard to say – nobody can read the Pope’s mind.Claim 3: Francis abandoned Benedict’s sanctions.Do the facts support the claim? The facts are, at least, not inconsistent with Viganò’s allegation.Claim 4: Francis made McCarrick an important adviser.Do the facts support the claim? Broadly, yes, though not every detail can be confirmed.What, then, does all this add up to? Everyone will draw their own conclusions. My own is that, while a position of agnosticism can be justified – especially at this early stage – it’s not unreasonable to believe Viganò’s central claims.A more difficult position, I think, is to dismiss what Viganò is saying. There are two ways to do this.The first is to say that Viganò is a liar, even a fantasist, on a truly epic scale – a sort of Catholic Mark Hofmann.The second possible argument is that we just don’t know enough: that, as in a detective story, some key evidence can turn everything on its head. That if the files of the Vatican and the US nunciature were opened, or if the churchmen accused by Viganò came out to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, the picture would change dramatically.
catholic  scandals  pope  back-and-forth  C.Herald 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Inside the extraordinary meeting between Pope Francis and abuse survivors
The eight were sitting in a circle. The pope sat in front of them. Fr McCafferty noted the informality of it, but the atmosphere was far from relaxed..the pope heard them out for an hour and a half.The pope threw in the odd English word. He would also use the word caca the Spanish equivalent of “poo” to describe those who cover up abuse.. the atmosphere was tense but civil. “It was robust, but he is an elderly gentleman. There was a recognition of that. It was very passionate. People spoke with their hearts.”“Jesus is knocking on the door not from the outside to give us inspiration,” the pope recounted. “He is knocking from within to get out of this church which is full of corruption and filth.”Fr McDonald said the pope looked like he was “bowed down” by the scale of abuse and could hardly believe what he was hearing.“Speaking from a human perspective, I saw a man I believe was broken by this darkness. You have this old man listening to all of this, but in a strange way he was very strong. There was some resolve or strength or toughness in him,” “He has a deep personal relationship with Jesus of Nazareth. If he didn’t have it, it doesn’t make sense.”Fr McDonald came away from the meeting believing the pope was serious about doing something about sex abuse.“The immediate difference it made is that it shaped the penitential rite for the papal Mass,” “I was amazed at his engagement, his energetic, sustained interest, his obvious desire to understand, his repeatedly seeking clarification. I found in Pope Francis a man who knows Jesus.”
catholic  pope  scandals  Ireland 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Viganò's latest statement part of concerted campaign to attack papacy
Carlo Maria Viganò,is a prickly sort of man. He offered his 11-page dossier and pretended it was an account regarding former Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, when it was really just chock-full of score settling, conspiracy theories, bigotry and misinformation.Now Viganò has published another statement, this time promising to explain what "really happened" regarding the meeting between the pope and Kim Davis.What Viganò actually demonstrates is that he is incapable of telling the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, and that his anti-gay bigotry has so blinded him, he still mischaracterizes the issues surrounding Davis. His 11-page dossier was filled with anti-gay slurs and complaints about a "lavender mafia" that tried to do him in. Viganò's magnum opus of last week is falling apart. Edward Pentin at the National Catholic Register, who played a key role in disseminating Viganò's original dossier, now appears to be realizing that perhaps he has been taken for a ride.For this, the pope should resign? The pope should dignify the charges of this man who seems incapable of telling the truth, get down in the mud with this score-settler, and why?This man whom his sister now calls a "farabutto" or "scoundrel.". Let's admit it was a huge mistake for Benedict to get rid of the headache Viganò was at the Vatican by making him America's headache, and let's thank Francis — the guy who actually sacked McCarrick — for preserving the dignity of the papacy by refusing to get into the Viganò gutter
catholic  pope  scandals  Reporter 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Viganò: Benedict did not want public sanctions because McCarrick was retired
It is interesting to note the explanation that the former nuncio gives: Pope Ratzinger probably did not want to publicly humiliate the cardinal harasser - who until then, let us remember, was not known to be also an abuser of minors - also because he was already retired. He no longer carried out the ministry of Archbishop of Washington and just over a year later, at eighty, he would also no longer be one of the cardinals with the right to participate in the conclave.The second hypothesis proposed by Viganò seems less logical: Pope Ratzinger was convinced that he would obey. It is legitimate in fact to ask: but if McCarrick showed himself to ignore these secret sanctions (or recommendations?) of the Pope, that he himself reminded (unsuccessfully) the cardinal, why did he not ask Benedict himself to intervene? Perhaps by transforming those secret indications - that had never become operative into public sanctions - would have made the whole Church aware of the serious moral problems, abuses and crimes committed by the important American cardinal?Viganò's interview with LifeSiteNews objectively represents another element that brings out the instrumental nature of the operation that has taken place in recent days: the request for the resignation of Francis, that is of the Pope who was the first to adopt public sanctions against McCarrick, the only one who had them enforced, and the Pope to take away the purple cap, as has not happened in the Church for almost a century.
catholic  pope  scandals  A.Tornielli 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
John Irving wrestles with religious themes new and old
In John Irving's latest novel, statues weep, miracles abound, and the supernatural seems more real than the natural.His most recent novel features a protagonist named Juan Diego, whose sister Guadalupe experiences childhood visions of the Virgin Mary. As in his dozen other novels, moments of redemption are often punctuated by the bloody sacrifices of important characters who give life or limb so that the innocent might live. Statues weep, miracles abound, and the supernatural seems more real than the natural. Other characters in Avenue of Mysteries (2015) include a Jesuit scholastic, a slum priest and enough strife between the sexual teachings of the Catholic Church and the lives of the characters to light a trash dump ablaze. And, as in many of his other novels, Graham Greene is quoted: “There is always one moment in childhood when the door opens and lets the future in.”
John Irving, Catholic novelist?Not by a long shot, according to the foremost authority, Irving himself.
authors  faith  religion  catholic 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Separating Facts About Clergy Abuse From Fiction
Few topics elicit more emotion and rage from the public than sexual abuse committed by Catholic priests.With such emotion, inevitably, misinformation abounds.Four Important Facts to Keep in Mind:The best available data reports that 4 percent of Catholic priests sexually violated a minor child during the last half of the 20th century with the peak level of abuse being in the 1970s and dropping off dramatically by the early 1980s.No empirical data exists that suggests that Catholic clerics sexually abuse minors at a level higher than clerics from other religious traditions or from other groups of men who have ready access and power over children (e.g., school teachers, coaches).2.Clerical celibacy doesn’t cause pedophilia and sexual crimes against minors.3. Homosexual clerics aren’t the cause of pedophilia in the Church.. 4.The Church has used best practices to deal with this issue since 2002.The incidents of clerical abuse in recent years (i.e., since 2002) are down to a trickle. Many of the newer abuse cases since 2002 have been perpetrated by visiting international priests here on vacation or sabbatical who have not gone through the extensive training and screening that American clerics now go through.The Catholic Church in 2002 put in place best practices in child protection that are clearly working.
catholic  scandals  PychologyMag 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Bill Donohue: the Devil is in the details of Catholic Church scandals
The Apocalypse (12:7-9) speaks of Satan as the one who "seduceth the whole world." Jesus referred to Satan as the Father of Lies who perverted the truth. The Catholic Catechism says Satan's "seductive voice" seeks to turn us against God.If Satan tempted our Lord in the desert, he is surely capable of tempting the clergy, and sometimes winning. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen put it well when he said, "Satan stations more devils on monastery walls than in dens of iniquity, for the latter offer no resistance."
catholic  scandals  B.Donohue 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Believe It Or Not, I Became A Catholic Because Of Gay Pride
became Catholic because of gay pride.My husband and I were recently married, and we were building a life together in a new city after his company moved us from New York City to Georgia. I was not looking for church to be a part of that new life. He was raised Catholic, and while not particularly devout, was clear that if we had children they would be raised Catholic. I was less than excited about this..Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, a downtown Atlanta Catholic church,The priest, a genial Santa Claus type, spoke passionately about Jesus’ love for all people.In this (latest) time of horrific scandal in the Catholic Church, it’s no wonder that attendance continues to decline. If we truly want to move away from the corrupt and insular church of the past, we need a blueprint of openness and radical hospitality for the future.I guess you could say I’ve become, well, church-y.. for now, I’ve found the place for me, where grace abounds and everyone is welcome to it.
catholic  gender  counter-view  debates  Huffpost 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Facts and omissions of Viganò’s testimony against Francis
In any case, the pure and crude facts, and assuming that every detail told by the former nuncio is true, here is what happened. There is a holy Pope whose entourage (much less holy) promoted and made cardinal a homosexual bishop who abused his power to sleep with seminarians, even if it is not clear how much information had reach directly the ear of John Paul II, then perfectly capable of understanding and willing, to whom certainly could not pass unnoticed the importance of the appointment of the Archbishop of Washington. There is another Pope who has emerged today, Benedict, who (perhaps) would have ordered this cardinal to live withdrawn but without then being able to enforce his orders, who never flinched not even after seeing him arrive at the Vatican on several occasions, and without his nuncio to the USA (Viganò) having any problem in taking pictures next to him, in concelebrating with him, in having dinner with him, in pronouncing speeches in his presence. And finally, there is a Pope, Francis, who stripped the cardinal - despite being old and retired for some time – from his cardinal status after having reduced him to silence, forbidding him from celebrating in public. And yet it was of the latter’s head that the former nuncio today indignant is asking for, probably only because Francis had “dared” to appoint in the United States some bishop who are less conservative than those previously appointed, when it was cardinals like Bernard Law who advised on the American appointments. That it is a biased operation, it is evident to anyone who reflects on the succession of events, without the need to revisit information that tends to discredit the figure of Viganò.
catholic  pope  scandals  back-and-forth  A.Tornielli 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Here Are the Catholic Church Politics Behind That Letter Calling on Pope Francis to Resign
A scathing letter attacking Pope Francis over claims that he covered up allegations of sexual abuse by a high-profile American cardinal has brought into focus a crisis in the Catholic Church.The 11-page text, written by noted anti-gay conservative Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, calls for Francis to resign over his alleged negligence.Massimo Faggioli, a theology and religious studies professor at Villanova University, says the charges in Vigano’s letter are motivated by a personal vendetta on behalf of conservative American Catholics. “People are especially upset with the fact that Francis is opening the church on sexuality and homosexuality,”“So, here you have a very cynical alliance with a cynical agenda that has nothing to do with the sex abuse crisis.”Here’s a breakdown of the accusations against Francis and why they are coming up now.Who is calling for Pope Francis’ resignation and why?Conservative bishops in America have voiced their support for Vigano..What has Pope Fracis said about the accusations?Pope Francis declined to confirm or deny the claims by Vigano on Sunday during a press conference. He said the text, which he had read, “speaks for itself,” and that he trusted reporters to judge the claims in it for themselves.“It’s an act of trust,” “I won’t say a word about it.”Who Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, the man accusing the Pope?Vigano has also been accused of covering up misconduct claims
Time  catholic  pope  scandals  testimonies  letters  back-and-forth 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
The Man Who Took On Pope Francis: The Story Behind the Viganò Letter
The journalist, Marco Tosatti, said he had smoothed out the narrative. The enraged archbishop brought no evidence, he said, but he did supply the flair, condemning the homosexual networks inside the church that act “with the power of octopus tentacles” to “strangle innocent victims and priestly vocations.”“The poetry is all his,” The pope has said he won’t dignify it with a response, yet the allegations have touched off an ideological civil war, with the usually shadowy Vatican backstabbing giving way to open combat…Cardinal Bertone, who Archbishop Viganò writes in the letter “notoriously favored promoting homosexuals,” banished him to the United States..He said he needed to stay because his brother, a Jesuit biblical scholar, was sick and needed care, In 2012, when he was already in the United States as nuncio, or ambassador, the letters started appearing in leaks eventually pinned on the pope’s butler. The scandal consumed the Vatican and prompted intense blowback.But Archbishop Viganò’s brother, Lorenzo Viganò, told Italian journalists that his brother “lied” to Benedict that he had to remain in Rome “because he had to take care of me, sick.” To the contrary, he said he had lived in Chicago and was fine and hadn’t talked to his brother in years over an inheritance dispute.
NYTimes  catholic  pope  scandals  testimonies  letters  back-and-forth 
6 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
Vigano letter exposes the putsch against Pope Francis
Unfortunately, Vigano’s tissue of misinformation will leave its mark. In the midst of a feeding frenzy, no one stops to ask basic questions and even journalists can forget to undertake basic tasks like asking for corroboration or looking at the questions a text such as Vigano’s poses.Vigano is a disgruntled former employee. Such people are always a bit angry. They are also often a bit unreliable. He was always a crackpot. But, make no mistake: This is a coordinated attack on Pope Francis. A putsch is afoot and if the U.S. bishops do not, as a body, stand up to defend the Holy Father in the next 24 hours, we shall be slipping towards schism long before the bishops meeting in November. The enemies of Francis have declared war.
catholic  pope  scandals  back-and-forth  Reporter 
7 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
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