Tag Archive: The Catholic church

Jul 15 2012

Bishops marked tardy

A dog ate the bishops’ homework. Most of the bishops’ conferences around the world have missed a Vatican deadline on drawing up anti-abuse guidelines, it emerged yesterday. But Mgr Charles Scicluna, the Vatican’s top investigator of clerical sex abuse, said that without counting Africa “more than half of the conferences responded” to the May deadline. …

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Jul 04 2012

A custody fight

NPR’s god-besotted religious affairs reporter Barbara Bradley Hagerty shyly points out that bears shit in the woods and the Catholic church is not the most liberal institution in the world. She’s very careful about it but even she can’t hide the scary. Perceiving its core beliefs to be under threat from popular culture, the White …

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Jun 08 2012

Radical cooties

Lisa Miller in the Washington Post takes a look at the Vatican’s way of using the epithet “radical feminist.” Members of the Vatican hierarchy are using the word “feminist” and even “radical feminist” the way third-graders use the word “cooties.” In April, the Vatican accused the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, which represents 57,000 nuns …

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May 29 2012

Go, and report child rape no more

Good to see the Catholic church learning (however slowly) from its mistakes. The Italian Bishop’s Conference (CIE) has issued guidelines on child  protection that inform its bishops that they are ‘not obliged to report illicit  facts’ of child abuse to the police. … In their new five page document which advised Italian Bishops on how …

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May 27 2012

Publishing the norms

For a comic interlude (with uncomic implications and underpinnings, but never mind that for now) – the Vatican goes public with its formerly sekrit and super-technical Roolz for authenticating authentic sightings (or apparitions, as it helpfully calls them) of “the Virgin” Mary. The “Norms Regarding the Manner of Proceeding in the Discernment of Presumed Apparitions …

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May 02 2012

You need to have leaders who have learned the hard way

Cardinal Brady is still at the same old stand – saying he won’t resign despite new disclosures of his failure to pass on names and addresses of children being abused by Brendan Smyth. The Catholic primate of all-Ireland has said that he will not resign as Church leader despite revelations in the BBC’s This World programme. …

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Apr 22 2012

It’s always priorities, isn’t it

Ah the Catholic church in Ireland - always shameless, always brazen, always ignoring the harm it does to other people while demanding infinite respect for itself. This time it has its mitres in a knot because a broadcaster said it had fucked things up in Ireland. Yes, and? The Communications Office of the Irish bishops has …

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Mar 21 2012

We have ways of making you silent

It gets worse – the castration story. The Toronto Star reports The Deetman Commision, set up by two Catholic bodies, the Conference of Bishops and the Dutch Religious Conference, concluded last year that tens of thousands of children had been abused by Catholic clergy in the Netherlands since 1945. The commission was set up by …

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Mar 21 2012

We’re here to help you

More from that bottomless file, The Evil Deeds of the Catholic Church. This time it’s in the Netherlands. Government inspectors were aware that minors were being castrated while being looked after in Catholic-run psychiatric institutions, local paper the Limburger reported on Monday. The NRC reported on Saturday at least one boy under the age of …

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Mar 20 2012

Hands off

The Vatican has issued a report on priestly child rape in Ireland. The Vatican is happy to see “the deep faith of many men and women” despite all this brouhaha about child rape. The Vatican knows what to do moving forward: it is to have “deeper formation in the content of the faith for young …

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