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....
Sydney lawyer and child abuse victim John Ellis is awarded the National Civil Justice Award. "Laura Tchilinguirian spoke to Sydney based lawyer, Dr Andrew Morrison, who represented John Ellis in his legal battle with the Church. The Australian Lawyers Alliance says John Ellis was awarded the National Civil Justice Award for leading the fight to make the Catholic Church accountable for the actions of its clergy and staff. The Alliance say his personal litigation was part of the catalyst that led to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse."
"The NSW Police Integrity Commission is investigating the possible misconduct of senior police officer, Inspector Elizabeth Cullen, who says it wasn't her responsibility to report sexual abuse cases during the six years she sat on an internal panel of the Catholic church." from the above news story that has a transcript with it.
David Shoebridge wrote: It became apparent that there was a formal memorandum of understanding between the police and the church we saw this police officer engaged on the internal church committee. And then when we asked for the details of the evidence that had been given to that police officer, we were told that there was a protocol in place that either all the evidence was returned by the police officer or anything that was retained by the police was shredded.
s c wrote: Francis, the talking "pope" (hoggardism) stated: "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. ..." If only he would try out the blueprint in the real Bible. Then they wouldn't need "relevant, new" methods. It's really so simplistic: Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.
sc, I looked over your comment again, and saw that it was quite good. I think this is a useful addition to it, Who is a Roman Catholic?
Things have been going a little slowly down under, so I gave you the above 4 reading. I may have reported on what was happening in Chicago earlier, but this gives more detail and the old Chicago bishop I should say archbishop has been replaced today, so it should be brought up again
This is an interesting commentary, and looking at what she does, she probably even a Christian. If I remember the breakdown for religious groups in Australia, the great number belong to the Catholic/Anglican combine. There are Christians there, and has been seen on SermonAudio, do make themselves heard, but still not like in the USA (though sometimes that does little good), Anyway, interesting article, Church's 'moral failure' goes beyond the individual.
Archbishop Hart apologises for paedophile priest title, from which, "...At the royal commission into child sexual abuse this morning, the Catholic Archbishop of Melbourne apologised for the Church conferring a title on a paedophile priest after he'd been released from jail."
Courts pay better than the Church from which we get this excerpt: "Sexual abuse victims who sue the Catholic Church receive far more in compensation than those who reach settlements under the church's own scheme." This article not only has a video but also I transcript. I wonder if victims in the United States what also find going through the court system to be a better idea?