Why being pope means never having to say you're sorry: Time Magazine cover story Trial of Benedict XVI
"The crisis facing the church is deeply complicated by the fact that in 1980, as Archbishop of Munich, the future Benedict XVI appears to have mismanaged the assignment of an accused pedophile priest under his charge." -- Time Magazine cover story May 2010
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Fact Sheet and Action Guide: Sexual Abuse of Women by Clergy
"Sexual relations between clergy and congregation members is an abuse of power." So says the Fact Sheet and Action Guide: Sexual Abuse of Women by Clergy published by the National Organization for Women (NOW).
Moreover, the fact sheet reports that sexual abuse of female parishio
For Someone Awakening to the Trauma of His or Her Past
A fellow DFW SNAP member sent this to me today and I thought it was beautiful and worth sharing. It may touch you in some way as it touched me. I warn you, it may be a tear-jerker though.
For Someone Awakening to th
This Week in Quotes: Catholic priest, canon lawyer, survivors advocate makes poignant, personal statement
My serious questioning started when I found myself on the inside looking out as the clergy sex abuse scandal started to unfold back in 1984 ... I saw first-hand the duplicity and institutionalized lying of the self-proclaimed “successors of the Apostles”... Thomas P. Doyle, priest, Catholic canon la
This Week in Quotes: Medieval monarchy model of church allows no accountability, says catholic theologian
"As elite members of the last feudal system in the West and one of the last absolute monarchies in the world, we shouldn't be surprised if bishops, as princes of the realm, are answerable only to their sovereign, the bishop of Rome.
"If the hierarchy's royal accruement
This Week in Quotes: Boston Globe columnist says clergy abuse directly tied to "inhuman asexuality" of priests
"Catholic scandal has laid bare an essential pathology that is unique to the culture of clericalism, and mandatory celibacy is essential to it. Immaturity, narcissism, misogyny, incapacity for intimacy, illusions about sexual morality — such all-too-common characteristics of today’s Catholic cl
This Week in Quotes: Boston Herald columnist says Roman hierarchy responsive to its victims only if forced
"For the Catholic hierarchy, again, has made it abundantly clear: They won’t stand up for children anywhere until somebody makes them." -- Boston Herald Columnist Margery Eagan -- Sunday, May 16, 2010
Pope's defense: Official documents are no proof; bishops not on Vatican payroll; motives too complicated for courts
The Vatican is detailing its defense against the first U.S. case to reach the stage of determining whether victims actually have a claim against the Vatican itself for negligence for the failure of bishops to alert police or the public about Roman Catholic priests who molested children.
Narrow culture of clericalism in the church must be eliminated, says Ireland archbishop
Diarmuid Martin, Ireland's archbishop, seems to have reassured some abuse victims by lashing out at the clerical caste system in the Roman church in Ireland this week.
Irish Times reports that in many meetings with abuse victims and their supporters, mostly in private, Martin has ear
Pope calls kettle black again, blaming Portugal's financial crisis on the country's need for "moral responsibility"
In yet another mind-boggling display of the pope calling the kettle black, pope Ratzinger, quoting himself, blamed the people of Portugal -- who, as all papal hosts countries are required to do, are underwriting his current trip there to the tune of millions of dollars -- saying that the current fis
Austrian cardinal attacks former Vatican No. 2; Roman hierarchy needs reform urgently: "days of coverup are over"
Austria's Roman cardinal has said the former second-highest Vatican official blocked a probe into a sex abuse scandal that rocked the country's Catholic church 15 years ago.
Cardinal Christoph Schoenborn also accused Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the retired Vatican secretary of stat
Untold story of Roman Catholic hierarchy reassigning known pedophile priests to 3rd world, poverty striken nations
There is a huge story, yet to be told, of the Roman Catholic Church's track record for reassigning known priest rapists and sexually abusive clerics to 3rd world, Catholic dominated nations, where victims have minimal to no resources for defending themselves.
A specific instance is t
New sex abuse charges force pope to finally boot German bishop who admitted to assault of children last month
A German bishop, who admitted assaulting children, and who offered to resign last month, was finally taken off line by the pope when new charges against him of sexually abusing children emerged.
Read the story in today's Washington Post ...
Vatican top cop on abuse admitted failing to notify police, parishioners; follows party line
Vatican chief inquisitor, William Levada admitted to authorities in 2006 that he had failed to notify police of allegations of abuse by priests in his charge. But records reported today in the New York Times show he followed Vatican policy to protect suspected priest abusers, and to obfuscate, delay
Vatican's chief of cardinals one of Maciel's "powerful protectors in the Roman Curia," says NY Times and NCR
According to an article in today's NY Times, Vatican scapegoat, and priest-rapist Marcial Maciel had powerful protectors in the Roman Curia.
For years, Maciel had cultivated these powerful allies among the cardinals, through gifts and cash donations. This is according to reporting b
Pope opts for a few "carefully orchestrated" words over safety of children, says SNAP's Clohessy
"With just two or three carefully orchestrated sentences over a few days, Benedict leaves the impression that he's doing something about an intractable, decades-old crisis. ...
Keep in mind that the pope is the CEO of a global monarchy with a very troubling track record when it
NCR Editorial spotlights abuse of power, ignoring of victims by Roman hierarchy
In an editorial published Friday, the National Catholic Reporter calls attention to "ongoing problem that, at its core, has to do with power and authority and how it is used in the church."
"A central, sad truth runs through the story that has been unraveling for the past 25 year
Vatican verbally assaults, scapegoats one of its own in words that ring of self-indictment; SNAP responds
A seemingly indignant pope vitiated the former czar of the Legionaries of Christ, priest Marcial Maciel, using words that could be applied to the Vatican itself.
The pope appointed a personal delegate to run the neo-conservative band of Roman priests, refusing to disband Maciel's gro
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