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 â€śmissionary dynamicâ€ť of lay people and must pay â€śparticular attention (to) baptized people who do not live according to the requirements of the baptism,â€ť 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 â€śnew methods, a new language that suits different culturesâ€ť in their bid for a â€śnew evangelism,â€ť he said during a closing mass at Saint Peterâ€™s....
Emily Bourke wrote: The Royal Commission into child sexual abuse has been told that not a single Marist brother in Australia has been formally dismissed from the order because of child sexual abuse. The head of the Marist Brothers in Australia Brother Jeffrey Crowe has told the inquiry that 16 brothers have been convicted for crimes against children, and seven remain in the order, including the notorious child sex offender Ross Murrin who remains in jail....
Emily Bourke wrote: The Royal Commission's investigation into child sexual abuse has been given further insights into the lives and minds of Catholic clergy and how they perceived child sexual abuse as recently as the 1980s. A senior Marist Brother with decades of teaching experience struggled to answer questions about whether he regarded the abuse of children as a crime.
Emily Bourke wrote: A senior Catholic Church officiakl has faced intense questioning over the Catholic Church's Towards Healing scheme for dealing with victims of child sexual abuse. Late last year, the royal commission heard from four different victims who went through Towards Healing and how the mediation process and the compensation payments varied....
Something of a roundabout way of getting news about America, from Australia.
SNAP... wrote: "Once again, another high-ranking Catholic official who repeatedly endangered kids and enabled predators is escaping punishment," an advocacy group, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP), said in a statement following the latest ruling.
"If kids are to be safer, we need to hold employers more responsible, not less responsible, for putting innocent children in harm's way," the group said.
Royal Commission examined vow of chastity and Church's sex offenders program wrote: The royal commission into child sexual abuse has been told that the Church ran a program for clergy who were sexual offenders which treated up to 40 priests and brothers each year. A leader of the Marist Brothers has told the inquiry the vow of chastity taken by Catholic clergy could be to blame for the phenomenon of child sexual abuse. Another leader from the Marist Brothers has told the inquiry that the Church has historically regarded sexual abuse of children as a moral problem rather than a criminal matter.
1 Timothy 4 2 by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron, 3 men who forbid marriage and advocate abstaining from foods, which God has created to be gratefully shared in by those who believe and know the truth.---NASB