Pope Benedict XVI on Sunday called on bishops from around the world to revive the Christian faith among those who have forgotten or abandoned it.
The Church needs a new ‚Äúmissionary dynamic‚ÄĚ of lay people and must pay ‚Äúparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,‚ÄĚ he said as 262 bishops wound up a three-week huddle that broached all major issues and crises shaking the 2,000-year-old institution.
Clerics must also apply ‚Äúnew methods, a new language that suits different cultures‚ÄĚ in their bid for a ‚Äúnew evangelism,‚ÄĚ he said during a closing mass at Saint Peter‚Äôs....
Rachael Brown wrote: A priest who sexually abused the son of cold case murder victim Maria James was seen covered in blood on the day of her murder, metres from the crime scene.
The priest ‚ÄĒ identified as Father Anthony Bongiorno ‚ÄĒ had blood on his face and arm as he ran into St Mary's Parish Thornbury, roughly 50 metres from the bookshop and home where Maria was stabbed 68 times in 1980.
Yerachmiel Lopin wrote: Only two important groups stand in the way of strengthening legislation against child sex abusers in New York State: the Roman Catholic Church and its pipsqueak partner, Agudath Israel of America (aka Agudah).
Both groups decry sexual immorality, preach protection of the weak, and rhapsodize about their children. Yet they both have long, ugly histories of helping their molesters escape prosecution and financial reparations.
Not only interesting article about the goings-on in New York state, but I wonder if some of the approaches that the author has mentioned are adaptable to other parts of the country? Of course don't forget, Abuse by Priests with Abuse Tracker
It was thanks to Abuse Tracker that I saw the story.
Amy Calderstaff wrote: Waterville ‚ÄĒ The Rev. Larry Jensen of St. Joseph Maronite Catholic Church on Appleton Street has been removed from the church amid a ‚Äúsubstantiated‚ÄĚ allegation of sexual abuse of a minor 15 years ago in Connecticut....
There are about 50 priests in the Brooklyn Eparchy, which covers Maronite churches along the East Coast from Maine to Florida, and they all know each other. Within the Catholic Church there are individual churches, or rites, that may have differing local customs but all pledge to be in communion with the pope in Rome. The Maronite church is one such rite, with a history in the eastern regions of the world, while the Roman Catholic rite includes most in the western world.
Charles Spurgeon wrote: It is the bound and duty of every Christian to pray against this Antichrist, and as to what Antichrist is, no sane man ought to raise a question. If it be not the popery in the Church of Rome there is nothing in the world that can be called by that name.
Popery is contrary to Christ‚Äôs gospel and is the antichrist and we ought to pray against it.¬† It should be the daily prayer of every believer that the antichrist might be hurled like a millstone into the flood and for Christ, because it wounds Christ, because it robs Christ of his glory, because it puts sacramental efficacy in the place of his atonement and lifts a piece of bread into the place of the Savior and a few drops of water into the place of the Holy Spirit.¬† And puts a mere fallible man like ourselves up as the Vicar of Christ on Earth.¬† IF we pray against it, because it is against him, we shall love the persons though we hate their errors.¬† We shall love their souls though we loathe and detest their dogmas.¬† And so the breath of our prayers will be sweetened because we turn our faces toward Christ when we pray.
Oh, and paying attention to Abuse Tracker, since there is a lot Catholic scandal going on in Ireland, hey St. Patrick's day is coming up! See, Patrick (214-228) and he would turn green with nausea if he saw what had gone on in the Emerald Isle after he had died, So, fro the Abuse Tracker
Connacht Tribune wrote: A city councillor has called for the Western Distributor Road in Knocknacarra to be renamed in memory of the children who died in Mother and Baby Homes nationwide. Councillor Cathal O‚Äô Conchuir says the scandal is ‚Äėour holocaust‚Äô ‚Äď and the most innocent and precious lives that passed away in the homes must be remembered....
Charles Spurgeon on Catholic Priests wrote: It‚Äôs very difficult to receive honor and expect it, and yet to keep your eyesight, for men‚Äôs eyes gradually grow dull through the smoke of the incense which is burned before them. And when their eyes become dim with self conceit, their own great selves conceal the cross and make them unable to believe the truth.
When a fellow comes forward in all sorts of curious garments and says he‚Äôs a priest, the poorest child of God may say, ‚ÄúStand away and don‚Äôt interfere with my office. I am a priest. I know not what you may be. You surely must be a priest of Baal. The priesthood belongs to all the saints. They sometimes call you laity, but the Holy Ghost says of all the saints, ‚Äúyou are God‚Äôs klńďros.‚ÄĚ You are God‚Äôs clergy. Every child of God is a clergyman or a clergywoman. There are no priestly distinctions known in scripture. ‚ÄúAway with them,‚ÄĚ ‚Äúaway with them forever.‚ÄĚ
Charles Spurgeon on Catholic Priests [Continured] wrote: The prayer book says, ‚ÄúThen shall the priest say.‚ÄĚ What a pity that word was ever left there. The very word priest has the smell of the sulfur of Rome about it, that so long as it remains, the Church of England will give forth an ill saver. Call yourself a priest, sir. I wonder, men are not ashamed to take the title. When I collect what priests have done in all ages, what priests connected with the Church of Rome have done, I repeat what I have often said. I would sooner a man pointed at me in the street and called me a devil than call me a priest, for bad as the devil has been, he has hardly been able to match the crimes and cruelties and villainies that have been transacted under the cover of a special priesthood.
I was looking for a particular article about Australia, but didn't find what I was looking for, but I did find this, What explains the Catholic Church's silence on child sexual abuse?--"what if many priests and bishops stayed quiet because they were hiding their own sex lives? not with underage people but with consenting adults. Not breaking the law but breaking their vows." This is an audio program. It is only 10 minutes long. I'm listening to it now and its quite informative
Abuse survivor quits pope's commission citing 'shameful' resistance---"It is a reflection of how this whole abuse crisis in the Church has been handled: with fine words in public and contrary actions behind closed doors," and "I feel (he) does not appreciate how his actions of clemency undermine everything else he does in this area," [ Marie Collins] she said, referring to a recent report that the pope had reduced sanctions against several pedophile priests who had sought clemency.
Keep track of, Abuse by Priests! with Abuse Tracker /7-percent-of-Australian-Catholic-priests-accused-of-abuse>7 percent of Australian Catholic priests accused of abuse
More late material,
Robbie Buck wrote: Former Detective Peter Fox ended his career when he began speaking out about child sexual abuse and what he saw as an institutionalised cover up. Now, as the Catholic Church releases figures on the extent of abuse within its ranks, Fox says survivors are finally getting what they've always wanted - simply to be believed.