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....
Harriet Sherwood Religion wrote: Francis‚Äôs reception in Santiago has been much more low key than he is used to. The focus of critics‚Äô anger is the appointment by the pope of Juan Barros Madrid as bishop of Osorno in southern Chile in 2015. The new bishop is accused of covering up the activities of a notorious sex abuser in the church, Father Fernando Karadima, in the 1980s and 90s.
Karadima, a powerful, well-connected priest, was found guilty by a Vatican internal inquiry of sexual and psychological abuse in 2011, 27 years after the first complaints about him were made. He was forced to retire, and sentenced to a lifetime of ‚Äúpenance and prayer‚ÄĚ.
The pope, ... has encountered an atmosphere of distrust in the church, which has lost moral authority because of abuse scandals and clerical elitism.
Getting the Catholic Church to act responsibly in Australia is doubted by the following person,
Elise Scott wrote: Child sexual abuse survivor Damian De Marco is calling for the Catholic Church to be banned from operating Australian schools unless it agrees to report abuse revealed during confession....
He fears politicians will not act on the commission's toughest recommendations, concerned allegiances to religious institutions will create a conflict.
"How can we continue with the knowledge that they've been running a secret judicial system hidden from our society, trafficking paedophiles from place to place ... allowing more and more children over and over again to be abused?" he said....
I caught some news announcements about him tonight - - though it was daytime in Australia, so I went to the Australian Broadcasting Company's website and I only found something of interest for today but due to and incorrect dating I found an article about 4 years ago where he was interviewed. It was highly informing and there is a transcript with it. Just tap on the word transcript to see it. Pell admits coverup.
ABC News wrote: Cardinal George Pell will face a four-week committal hearing next March as he fights historical sexual offence allegations, some of which are impossible, according to his legal team.
Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson wrote: ... Priest and religious predators have benefited from easy access to children in parishes and schools, particularly those living in one-priest presbyteries and with access to a car. The risk was especially high in countries like Australia and Ireland which historically had a large number of orphanages and residential schools.
The risk of predation is highest in residential settings. That risk continues today, particularly in India and Italy, which have a significant proportion of the Church‚Äôs remaining 9,500 orphanages.
Pope Pius X‚Äôs 1910 decision to lower the age at which children make their first confession to seven years indirectly contributed to putting more children at risk.
Popes and bishops created a culture of secrecy, leading to a series of gross failures in transparency, accountability, openness and trust as they endeavoured to protect the Church‚Äôs reputation as an all-holy institution above all else, even at the expense of children‚Äôs safety.
I actually found the following article, to Australians, no I'm beating up on the USA this time, because Abuse tracker pointed out a Catholic article complaining about it--probably didn't have enough abuse cases?
USA TODAY Network wrote: In May 2003, Thomas O‚ÄôBrien, then bishop of the Diocese of Phoenix, admitted to sheltering at least 50 priests accused of sexual abuse, often shuffling them around to parishes across the state.
I should look at the percentage of the Australian population that is Romist and Anglican. Too high for it to be a garden of Eden (especially having the 10 deadliest snakes scattered throughout the land and some of the deadliest churches as mentioned above
Reuters wrote: Australian police said late last month Pell, an adviser to Pope Francis, faced multiple charges of "historical sexual offences" from multiple complainants. That makes the Vatican economy minister the highest-ranking Church official to face such accusations.
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....
Lisa Millar wrote: The very fact Greg Burke ‚ÄĒ a former Fox News correspondent and now Papal spin doctor ‚ÄĒ was standing alongside him [Pell] was significant in itself.
This was the Vatican saying very deliberately: We are standing by our man.
They could have added: For now.
The charging of Pell has created two significant problems, the first being the absence of someone in a key Vatican role.
But the other was amplified by Guardian reporter Stephanie Kirchgaessner, who was the only voice to call out at the end of the Pell media appearance.
"What about the victims?" she asked....
This Pope wants to be seen to be tough on allegations against those accused of committing abuse but he has critics who say he hasn't done enough. And this case will bring the focus back to what is or what isn't being done....
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.