September 24, 2018

In the wake of the sex abuse scandals in the Catholic Church all over the world, more and more people are beginning to suspect that much of the abuse committed by priests and religious can be explained by the demands of mandatory clerical celibacy. Father Michal Lajcha – the parish priest of Klak, Slovakia – doesn’t just suspect the link, however. “It’s a paradox”, he mused in an interview with AP. “The Church demonizes sexuality and keeps it under cover,... Read more

September 20, 2018

What you notice most when you see Pope Francis: A Man Of His Word is the face of Jorge Mario Bergoglio. You feel as if the highest moral authority on the planet is speaking directly to you. Not really speaking to you, though: challenging you, daring you, provoking you. With his eyes: every time he smiles or frowns. That is why Wim Wenders’ new documentary about the pontiff can be considered a kind of 21st-century Western equivalent of the Orthodox... Read more

September 17, 2018

“A very bad example” and “a very serious offense”, not to mention a “not positive” answer to the abuse crisis and “an unfair attack”. Not mincing his words, Cardinal Marc Ouellet has condemned the “rebellion” against Pope Francis of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò and his ultraconservative co-conspirators. A “serious” issue, according to the cardinal, that must be resolved in a “spiritual” way, not a “political” one. The Canadian prelate, Prefect of the Congregation for Bishops in the Vatican, was speaking... Read more

September 6, 2018

What can and should be done to clean up once and for all the crisis of sex abuse and cover-ups that has exploded in the Catholic Church? The French reform movement Conférence Catholique des Baptisé-e-s Francophones (CCBF) has no doubts at all: the solution must be to rid the Church of the “poison” of clericalism, that “culture of death that abuses the body of others” and perpetuates a “perverse discourse that instrumentalizes the divine, disguises power in ‘service’ and infantilizes... Read more

August 28, 2018

“Intolerable” and “unacceptable”. With these reproaches the Swiss Diocese of St. Gallen has condemned the homophobic words uttered August 22 by the auxiliary bishop of the neighbouring diocese of Chur, Marian Eleganti, linking sexual abuse in the Church with homosexuality. “It would be blind to deny that we do have here a problem in the Church with homosexuality and that homosexuality plays… a role” in the abuse of minors, Eleganti told EWTN Germany from the World Meeting of Families in... Read more

August 13, 2018

The Cardinal Archbishop of Sarajevo, Vinko Puljić, has taken advantage of an interview with the Italian branch of the Vatican-backed international pastoral aid organization Aid to the Church in Need (ACN) to warn of the advance of radical Islam and of the need that Europe return to its “Christian” roots in order to combat the phenomenon. “Europe must rediscover its roots, its own Christian identity”, declared Puljić. “Only in this way will it not have anything to fear from Islamic... Read more

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