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Tag Archive: The Catholic church

Jun 14 2014

The bishops renewed their obsessions

The AP reported the other day on the meeting of the US Conference of Catholic bishops. NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nation’s Roman Catholic bishops meeting Wednesday renewed their focus on abortion and gay marriage under Pope Francis. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops voted to make only limited revisions to a guide they publish …

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May 20 2014

Frank and the devil

Cool headline in the Telegraph – Decline of religious belief means we need more exorcists, say Catholics Well of course they do. Jobs for the boys, eh? Then there’s the subhead – Decline of religion in the West has created a rise in black magic, Satanism and the occult Oh it’s our fault? I beg …

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May 02 2014

Abuse at the hands of the brothers who had been entrusted with their care

Amanda Banks at the West Australian tells us how the Catholic church in Western Australia dealt with abuse victims. With generosity and remorse and eagerness to make amends? No. With self-interested self-protective fighting and coercion. The Catholic Church and Christian Brothers fought a class action by abuse victims from WA orphanages at every turn, using …

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Apr 10 2014

You’re in good hands with the Vatican

From last week – Cardinal George Pell is leaving Australia for a new job in the Vatican, and for a good-bye present he told a royal commission that priests should be insured against being sued for child sexual abuse. Elizabeth Farrelly is…shall we say, taken aback. Our man in purple, our alpha priest, moral paragon. …

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Apr 04 2014

Clergy aren’t obliged to tell magistrates

A week ago the Italian Bishops’ Conference published guidance saying that they don’t have to report suspected sexual abuse of children to the police. Fair enough. They agreed it among themselves, so it’s none of anyone else’s business, right? That’s democracy. The Italian Bishops’ Conference said the guidelines published Friday reflected suggestions from the Vatican’s office that …

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Apr 04 2014

Improper use of social media

A word of advice for schoolteachers: don’t ever seek a job in Cincinnati Catholic Archdiocese schools. You’d have to sign a contract that makes you their slave. The Archdiocese has a new contract for teachers, one that’s twice the size of previous contracts, to accommodate the many things it tells you not to do. The contract …

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Feb 14 2014

Strong bars on strong cages

Jennifer Collins at Religion News reports on Ireland’s little problem with Catholic saturation of the public state-funded schools. The Catholic Church runs 90 percent of primary schools in Ireland. The rest are mainly Protestant, and about 4 percent are managed by the nonprofit Educate Together, which is nonsectarian. The arrangement is unsettling to some parents who …

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Dec 11 2013

Special tickets

There’s a hearing on institutional responses to child sexual abuse in the Catholic church going on in Sydney now. It started off with a bang on Monday… Victims of child abuse and their supporters walked out of a public hearing at the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse after the Catholic church’s legal …

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Jul 06 2013

Cardinal Dolan caught lying about the church funds

Timothy Dolan again. Remember Timothy Dolan? Former archbishop of Milwaukee? Now archbishop of New York? Also a cardinal? The Timothy Dolan who whined and complained, in March 2010, about the unfair and meany way journalists would keep reporting on the Catholic church’s habit of protecting priests who rape children. He seems to have removed that …

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Apr 27 2013

Catholic schools have “general principles about ethos and values”

Oh, brilliant – another encroachment by the Catholic church on a secular bit of society. High-performing Catholic schools are to be given considerable influence over the running and performance of struggling secular schools under plans being drawn up by the Church and government.

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