Sanctions, sex abuse and silence: A primer on the pope saga

By : wire report
Comments: 0

VATICAN CITY (AP) | Two weeks after Pope Francis’ papacy was thrown into crisis by accusations that he covered-up sexual misconduct by ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick, Francis has refused to respond, his accuser has changed his story and a host of new characters have entered the fray.

Cardinals, bishops, priests and ordinary faithful, meanwhile, are demanding answers, given that the Vatican knew about it as early as 2000.

Continue Reading >>

Italy church defends ordaining seminarian in gay sex probe

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

VATICAN CITY (AP) – An Italian diocese is defending its decision to ordain a seminarian accused in a book and an investigative TV report of having engaged in gay sex with a fellow teenager while both studied at the Vatican’s youth seminary.

A statement from the diocese of Como Nov. 14 said church superiors had investigated claims against the seminarian and determined that he was worthy of being ordained a priest. It said church authorities in Rome had given him a “positive” evaluation.

Continue Reading >>

Pope backs opposition to Mexico’s same-sex marriage proposal

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

VATICAN CITY (AP) – Pope Francis has voiced support for Mexican bishops and citizens opposing the government’s push to legalize same-sex marriage.

At his weekly Sunday blessing Sept. 25, Francis said he willingly joined their protest “in favor of family and life, which in these times require special pastoral and cultural attention around the world.”

Continue Reading >>

Bishops scrap welcome to gays

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Vatican City (AP) – Catholic bishops scrapped their landmark welcome to gays Saturday, showing deep divisions at the end of a two-week meeting sought by Pope Francis to chart a more merciful approach to ministering to Catholic families.

The bishops approved a final report covering a host of issues related to Catholic family life, acknowledging there were “positive elements” in civil heterosexual unions outside the church and even in cases when men and women were living together outside marriage.

Continue Reading >>

Pope Francis: church “obsessed with” gays, abortion – balance needed

By : Wire Report
Comments: 0

Vatican City (AP) – Pope Francis is warning that the Catholic Church’s moral edifice might “fall like a house of cards” if it doesn’t balance its divisive rules about abortion, gays and contraception with the greater need to make the church a merciful, more welcoming place for all.

Six months into his papacy, Francis set out his vision for the church and his priorities as pope in a remarkably candid and lengthy interview with La Civilta Cattolica, the Italian Jesuit magazine. It was published simultaneously in other Jesuit journals, including America magazine in the U.S.

Continue Reading >>