Is priestly celibacy the cause of clerical sex abuse? Not likely, victim says

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2015 / 12:47 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- One survivor of priestly sexual abuse says that despite a common perception that clerical celibacy can lead to sex abuse of minors, most perpetrators likely had issues before entering the seminary. “People don't enter the priesthood and become child abusers, I don't think that's the case. I think that they had serious issues before entering Holy Orders,” Peter Saunders told journalists in a Feb. 7 press … [Read more...]

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Society’s dire need for the ‘female soul’ – Pope Francis speaks to women

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2015 / 10:51 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis has advocated for the widespread participation of women in all levels of the Church and society, saying that their unique gifts enrich both their families – as well as the public sphere. “A more widespread and incisive female presence in the community is desirable, so that we can see many women involved in pastoral responsibilities, in the accompaniment of persons, families and groups, as well as in theological … [Read more...]

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For Cardinal Baldisseri, consensus at the Synod of Bishops remains important

Vatican City, Feb 7, 2015 / 06:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Even though the 2014 Synod on the Family's final report included three paragraphs that failed to gain a consensus among the synod fathers, the secretary general of the Synod of Bishop maintains that the principle of consensus remains valid. Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri recently granted an interview to “La Settimana,” a Italian weekly magazine specialized in religion. In the interview, Cardinal Baldisseri spoke about the … [Read more...]

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Killed by terrorists, named a martyr: the life of Fr. Alessandro Dordi

Lima, Peru, Feb 6, 2015 / 05:07 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- On Feb. 3, Pope Francis recognized the martyrdom of Father Alessandro Dordi, an Italian priest whose work of evangelization with the poor cost him his life at the hands of a Communist terror group in Peru. Fr. Sandro, as he was known, came to Peru in 1980, the year in which the Shining Path launched its violent campaign to bring Communism to power in the country, killing thousands. At the time, Peru was also experiencing a severe economic … [Read more...]

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Pope Francis backs traditional marriage as Slovakia vote looms

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2015 / 01:41 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- With Slovaks set to hit the polls on tomorrow's referendum on marriage, Pope Francis used this week's general audience as a chance to encourage voters in defending the sacrament’s traditional definition. “I greet the pilgrims from Slovakia and, through them, I wish to express my appreciation to the entire Slovak Church, encouraging everyone to continue their efforts in defense of the family, the vital cell of … [Read more...]

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Modern martyrs are massacred by ‘corrupt people who hate Jesus’

Vatican City, Feb 6, 2015 / 07:55 am (CNA/EWTN News).- In his homily on Friday Pope Francis said that he is moved whenever he thinks of the many Christians killed for their faith, and encouraged faithful to remember them and their courageous witness. “I think of our martyrs, the martyrs of our times, men, women, children who are being persecuted, hated, driven out of their homes, tortured, massacred,” the Pope told attendees of his Feb. 6 Mass, held in the chapel of the … [Read more...]

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Pray – don’t speculate – about the Vatican family synod, say novena organizers

Rome, Italy, Feb 6, 2015 / 04:02 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Amid concern over whether or not October's Synod on the Family will protect the Church's teaching on marriage, one lay initiative is calling upon Catholics to put their words to better use – and pray. Beginning Feb. 5, Catholics worldwide are being invited to respond to Pope Francis' call to pray for the Synod on the Family by taking part in a nine-month novena of Eucharistic Adoration. The novena, which will take … [Read more...]

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