NY diocese bankruptcy upsets alleged abuse victims

New York’s Roman Catholic Diocese of Rockville Centre has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection because of financial pressure from lawsuits over past sexual abuse by clergy members. (Oct. 1)

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Analysis: Catholic Church wins $1.4B in virus aid

The U.S. Roman Catholic Church used a special and unprecedented exemption from federal rules to amass at least $1.4 billion in taxpayer-backed coronavirus aid. (July 10)

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Second man accuses Brooklyn bishop of sexual abuse

The Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, already under a church investigation for alleged sex abuse, has been accused by a second man who says he was molested in the 1970s. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio has denied the accusations. (June 4)

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Flurry of sexual abuse suits filed in New York

The Roman Catholic Church, the Boy Scouts and schools are some of the targets named in a flurry of sex abuse lawsuits filed Wednesday in New York as the state began accepting cases that had been blocked by an old statute of limitations. (Aug. 14)

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Fire destroys historic Texas church

A historic rural Roman Catholic church that had served its surrounding Central Texas farming community for more than a century has burned to the ground. The Church of the Visitation’s building in Westphalia dated to 1895. (July 30)

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Prominent Detroit priest removed from ministry

Detroit’s Roman Catholic archdiocese removes a prominent priest from public ministry after reviewing what it describes as a “credible allegation” that he had abused a child decades ago. (July 8)

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Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic leader condemns suicide bombings

Sri Lanka’s Roman Catholic leader condemns the Easter attacks during a private mass as the country marks a week since suicide bombers hit three churches and three luxury hotels. IMAGES of Cardinal Malcolm, Sri Lanka PM and President attending the mass

Emotions run high as Holy Staircase reopened in Rome

Emotional pilgrims climb the Scala Santa or Holy Staircase on their knees, for the first time since 1723 when the steps were covered in wooden planks to preserve them. The marble staircase of 28 steps is believed in the Roman Catholic tradition to have been the staircase Jesus Christ walked before his judgement before the Roman prefect Pontius Pilate. The steps are open to pilgrims for a short time only, and in two months will once again be covered in wood to protect the soft marble.

Abuse survivors demand diocese’ list “predators”

Outside the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina, two sexual abuse survivors called for the public release of the names of clergy involved in credible abuse allegations. (April 2)

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Horses ‘purified’ by fire as part of 500yo tradition in Spain

Dozens of men rode horses through a bonfire in the small Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares in the northwest of Madrid on Wednesday.

The event was held in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, on the evening before his feast day is celebrated in the Roman Catholic faith.

The age-old tradition, called ‘Luminarias’ dates back over 500 years, is believed to purify and protect the animal from diseases in the coming year.

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Calif. diocese releases names of alleged abusers

(14 Jan 2019) A San Francisco Bay-area Roman Catholic diocese has released a list of 39 priests and deacons who church leaders say have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Bishop Robert Vasa of the Santa Rosa Diocese commented on the list Monday. (Jan. 14)

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Pilgrims arrive at Virgin of Guadalupe Basilica in Mexico City

Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims complete their annual trip to the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico to celebrate the date that, according to Roman-Catholic tradition, the Virgin appeared to San Juan Diego at the mountain of Tepeyac.

Harrisburg Bishop Offers Forgiveness Mass

(17 Aug 2018) A Pennsylvania bishop named in a grand jury report on sexual abuse by Roman Catholic clergy says he has “profound remorse” and offers his “heartfelt apology” to the victims. Harrisburg Bishop Ronald Gainer spoke Friday at a Mass of forgiveness. (Aug. 17)

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Analyst: Catholic Abuse Report a ‘Wake Up Call”

(16 Aug 2018) A priest and religion expert says the scathing report released this week accusing hundreds of Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania of molesting more than 1,000 children since the 1940s is a “wake up call to other dioceses in the country.” (Aug. 15)

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(15 Aug 2018) Here’s the latest for Wednesday August 15th: Cardinal Wuerl asking parishioners not to loose confidence in the Roman Catholic Church after report on sex abuse; Trump revokes John Brennan’s security clearance; Closing arguments made in Manafort trial. (Aug. 15)

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Clergy Abuse Survivor Reacts to New Report

(15 Aug 2018) A Wisconsin man, who was abused by a priest and helped start the group Ending Clergy Abuse, says he wasn’t surprised by a new Pennsylvania report of abuse and calls for a federal investigation of the Roman Catholic church. (Aug. 15)

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Bishop with Pa. Ties: Abuse Report ‘Nauseating’

(15 Aug 2018) The Bishop of Dallas says he feels anger and pain about a report detailing roughly 300 Roman Catholic priests in Pennsylvania who molested more than 1,000 children — and possibly many more — since the 1940s. (Aug. 15)

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Ireland Referendum Could Lift Abortion Ban

Ireland appeared to move away from its conservative Roman Catholic roots and embrace a more liberal viewpoint Friday as two major exit polls predicted voters had repealed a constitutional ban on abortion. (May 25)

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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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‘Everyone should do this’? Visitors play tennis in 16c Italian church

A thought-provoking art project in Italy’s Milan saw people hitting tennis balls right under the ancient relics and frescos of a 16-century church.
The playground has been installed in Milan’s Chiesa San Paolo Converso, a former Roman Catholic church currently used as an exhibition space. The project allows visitors to take racquets and play, or just observe the game in front of the old stone statues and paintings.

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