Reckoning with clergy abuse: Is the Catholic Church falling short on its commitments?

“If it wasn’t for journalism, we would still be in the dark.” — Juan Carlos Cruz, clergy sex abuse survivor.

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Guam’s Catholics reckon with decades of sex abuse

A review of court papers and extensive interviews by The Associated Press show systematic sexual abuse was allowed by the Catholic Church in Guam going back to the 1950’s to as recently as 2015. (Aug. 8)

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Sri Lanka church bomber caught on cam moments before explosion

CCTV footage from Sri Lankan media shows the man suspected of bombing a Catholic Church in Negombo arriving at the scene shortly before the deadly explosion – one of a string of attacks that left hundreds dead on Easter Sunday.

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Victims of Church sex abuse in Poland fight for justice

Marek Lisinski, who was assaulted as a child by a priest in Poland, is the co-founder of a group called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA). The international alliance brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.

Divisive Polish film skewers Catholic clergy

The Polish film “Kler” (The Clergy) arouses passionate debates in the deeply religious country, winning awards but also triggering calls for it to be banned. Its release comes as the Catholic Church faces a crisis in several countries owing to charges of sexual abuse of children by clergy and lay members, which the Vatican’s chief spokesman has called “a cultural problem” and “very grave sins”.

Irish PM urges pope to ensure justice for abused

(25 Aug 2018) Irish Taoiseach Leo Varadkar on Saturday urged Pope Francis to “listen to the victims and survivors” of abuse by the Catholic Church and the state. (Aug. 25)

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AP Explains: Pope’s Letter on Sexual Abuse

(20 Aug 2018) Pope Francis issued a letter to Catholics condemning the crime of priestly sexual abuse and its cover-up and demanding accountability, in response to new revelations in the United States of decades of misconduct by the Catholic Church. (Aug. 20)

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The Philippines Could Be The Last Country To Legalize Divorce (HBO)

The Philippines is the only country in the world — besides Vatican City, the city-state of the Roman Catholic Church — where divorce is illegal.

Lawmakers are working to change that.

The Philippine Senate is back in session this week, and it’s considering a bill that would legalize divorce. The country’s House of Representatives approved the bill back in March.

But it’s far from a guarantee. Most Filipinos remain split on the issue. A special report from March found that 53 percent of Filipinos are in favor of legalizing divorce, with 32 percent against it, and 15 percent undecided.

There are two other major obstacles: President Rodrigo Duterte and the Catholic Church.

Thus far, Duterte has dodged questions about his stance on the issue, though his spokesperson said he’s against divorce. Meanwhile, the Catholic Church has been pulling out all the stops.

Congresswomen Pia Cayetano, one of the authors of the new bill, said the Church’s influence is the main reason why divorce still isn’t legal. She worries the powerful religious organization will go all out to keep it that way.

She felt the Church’s wrath in 2012, when she voted for a bill that allowed free access to contraception.

“My name was mentioned in Church as you know whatever messenger of the demon.” Cayetano recalls. “We have a very strong and influential Catholic Church and a lot of politicians, a lot of legislators tend to be concerned about what views the Church has.”

The Philippines remains a deeply Catholic country — more than 80 percent of the population identify as Catholic, and many rely on it for education and social services.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, May 1st: Some Central American migrants let into US; NY Times reports Mueller’s questions for Trump; Cardinal charged in Catholic Church sex abuse scandal; Arizona fire burns more than 13 sq. miles.

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Cardinal Pell Pleads Not Guilty in Australia

Cardinal George Pell pleaded not guilty to criminal charges in Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday. An Australian magistrate ordered Pell to stand trial. He is the most senior Vatican official to be charged in the Catholic Church sex abuse crisis. (May 1)

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Crucifixion in the Philippines

In the Philippines, Good Friday is spent performing a very literal reenactment of the Bible, specifically, the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. The annual ritual, which draws crowds of spectators to the streets of San Fernando — a city 50 miles north of Manila — feels like the movies, except it’s all real, from the Roman costumes, down to the real nails being hammered into real human hands.

The celebrations have been going on for years, much to the disappointment of the Catholic Church, who says the ritual is a corruption of Christ’s message.

VICE News attends the Good Friday celebrations in San Fernando to speak with people partaking in this controversial ritual.

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VICE News Daily: Saudi Bombs Former Yemen President’s Residence

The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Yemen’s former President Ali Abdulluh Saleh is safe after Saudi airstrikes destroyed his residence, a suicide bombing on a government bus killed three people in Kabul, Kathmandu continues to dig out of the rubble as many desert the city for family villages, and Cuba’s leader had high praise for Pope Francis and said he may rejoin the Catholic Church despite being Communist.

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Airstrikes Target Residence of Former Yemeni President
Three Saudi-led airstrikes destroyed the home of former Yemen President Ali Abdulluh Saleh for his support of Houthi rebels.

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Suicide Bus Attack Kills Three
The Taliban claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing on an Afghan government bus on Sunday.

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Kathmandu Continues Post-Earthquake Cleanup
The capital city is slowly digging out more than 2 weeks since a powerful earthquake struck the country.

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Castro Hints at Return to Catholic Church
Raul Castro said he would consider rejoining the Catholic faith after a positive meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – January 22, 2015

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The VICE News Capsule is a news roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Anti-government demonstrations grow in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, amateur video appears to show aftermath of Syrian air strikes on village controlled by the Islamic State, U.S. law enforcement agencies are using a radar that can detect if you’re home through the walls, and Crimea’s water shortage has zoo animals parched.

D.R. CONGO
Demonstrations Continue Against Proposed Electoral Law
The powerful Catholic Church has condemned the reform, which the opposition claims would only serve to extend President Joseph Kabila’s rule.

SYRIA
Aftermath of Government Raid on Militant-Controlled Territory
Medics say at least 65 people are dead after an air strike on a cattle market in the northeast village of Khansaa.

U.S.A.
Police Radar Used by 50 Agencies Can ‘See’ Inside Homes
Using radio waves, the Range-R device can detect the slightest of movements. Privacy advocates aren’t pleased.

CRIMEA
Water Shortage Threatens Zoo Animals
Reservoir levels on the peninsula have fallen and have left lions, tigers, and bears are at risk of going thirsty.

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VICE News Daily: Beyond The Headlines – March 14, 2014.

The VICE News Capsule is a daily roundup that looks beyond the headlines. Today: Iran outlaws online dating, NSA used Facebook to fool you, drone deaths on the rise in Afghanistan and Yemen, and controversy over Pope Francis.

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Government Outlaw Dating Sites, Creates a Match-Making Agency
Iran’s Youth Affairs Ministry banned dating websites last week, saying it’s opposed to organizations that offer match-making for young single Iranians who can’t find partners.

NSA Used Facebook as a Trojan Horse to Spy on You
The NSA disguised itself as a fake Facebook server to infect targeted computers with malware, according to a leak from Edward Snowden’s files.

Drone Deaths Rise in Afghanistan and Yemen
A UN report says civilian deaths from drone strikes are on the rise in Afghanistan and Yemen.

Controversy Over Pope Francis’s Role in Argentinean Sex Abuse
A report published yesterday, coming on the one-year anniversary of the election of Pope Francis as leader of the Catholic Church, describes the role he played during the sex abuse scandal in Argentina while he was archbishop.

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