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Tag Archive: The Vatican

Feb 05 2014

An unprecedented and scathing report

A UN committee has come down on the Vatican like a ton of bricks over the Magdalene laundries, RTÉ reports. The UN committee on the Rights of the Child said the Catholic Church had not yet taken measures to prevent a repeat of cases such as the Magdalene scandal, where girls were arbitrarily placed in conditions …

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Jul 26 2012

It sounds very beautiful and appealing

More on top-down authority versus everyone else. On obedience. Last week Sister Pat Farrell said what she thinks obedience is. But the word obedience comes from the Latin root meaning to hear, to listen. And so as I have come to understand that vow, what it means to me is that we listen to what …

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Jul 26 2012

The church’s authentic interpretation

The authentic interpretation that tells them they’re allowed to protect child-raping priests at the expense of the children they rape. On Saturday night Tracey Pirona hugged her husband as she has done many times before, and reassured him: “We’ll get through this.” On Sunday morning she found the letter she had feared for years, and …

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Jul 26 2012

It will be dialogue, but not dialogue

Yesterday it was the Vatican’s turn to explain the Deep Rifts between the priests and the sisters. Terry Gross talked to the bishop of Toledo (Ohio, not Spain), Leonard Blair, who is the one who assessed the Leadership Conference of Women Religious and found them very very wanting. Along with Archbishop Peter Sartain and Bishop …

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Dec 05 2011

Unreasoning awe

One from the “how did I miss this?” file – Tony Blair is gobsmacked that it was government policy not to appoint a Catholic as ambassador to the Vatican. The former prime minister tells a BBC Northern Ireland documentary – to be broadcast from Wednesday 17 February – that the policy of banning Catholics from …

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