The International Criminal Court in The Hague rejected the request to investigate Pope Benedict XVI emeritus for the alleged complicity of “Vatican hierarchy” on “sex scandals” in the U.S. church.
Pope Francis is being harshly criticized in an Argentine courtroom.
Graciela Yorio accused Jorge Mario Bergoglio of turning his back on her brother, the late Jesuit priest Orlando Virgilio Yorio, before and after he was kidnapped by the military dictatorship in 1976.
Cathy Lynn Grossman
Pope Francis has called for strong, specific worldwide measures for the Roman Catholic Church to act “with determination” against clergy sex abuse — the scandal that has rocked the church for more than a decade.
By: Benna Crawford
Christianity emerged from the world of Judaism and shares its monotheism and belief in the promise of a messiah. But Christians regard their religion as the completion of that promise while Jews regard Christianity as a misapprehension, the mistaken notion that Jesus was the savior prophesied in the Old Testament.
Besides his downright primitive views on LGBT issues, the most potent critiques against the newly installed Pope Francis have had to do with his potentially gruesome role in Argentina’s so-called Dirty War.
By: Charles Kenney (Professor of Political Science University of Oklahoma, specializing in Latin America).
Fr. Jorge Bergoglio, SJ, now Pope Francis, was a young provincial (36 when appointed, 39 when the coup took place), the context was volatile, the two priests, Orlando Yorio and Francisco Jalics, did not obey his demand that they leave the poor neighborhood where they worked and one or both asked to leave the Jesuits and join a diocese under a tolerant bishop.
A South African cardinal who helped elect Pope Francis has said some paedophiles were not criminally responsible for their actions as the condition is a “psychological illness.”
Bergoglio, who at the time was “Provincial” for the Society of Jesus, had ordered two “Leftist” Jesuit priests “to leave their pastoral work” (i.e. they were fired) following divisions within the Society of Jesus regarding the role of the Catholic Church and its relations to the military Junta.
By: Jerome Socolovsky
VATICAN — Roman Catholic cardinals on Tuesday begin a conclave at the Vatican. One of the issues as they cast ballots for the next pope will be the ongoing controversy over clerical sex abuse. Some victims of that abuse say the church has tried to avoid responsibility, and they’re skeptical that the next pope will make major changes.
Grinning and giving a thumbs-up, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric poses with his friend, disgraced paedophile Jimmy Savile.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the UK’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric, has resigned as the head of the Scottish Catholic church after being accused of “inappropriate acts” towards fellow priests.
By: CHARLIE COOPER
Allegations of inappropriate behaviour made against Britain’s most senior Roman Catholic cleric are being investigated by the Pope, the Vatican said today.
Cardinal Keith O’Brien, 74, missed Sunday Mass today after complaints made against him by three priests and a former priest were reported in a Sunday newspaper.
The cardinal, the only British cleric who will have a say in choosing the new Pope when Benedict XVI stands down on 28 February, contests the claims and is taking legal advice, a spokesman said.
Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone repeated in recent days, since the announcement of the resignation of the pope, there is no backstage Catholic Church a bitter and nasty power struggle. This is a colossal untruth. Joseph Ratzinger decided to resign because of scandals and crimes that followed have long dominated the intramural the Holy See, starting with scandals involving the Vatican Bank, a well-known and long-established international money laundry.
VATICAN CITY — Popular pressure is mounting in the U.S. and Italy to keep California Cardinal Roger Mahony away from the conclave to elect the next pope because of his role shielding sexually abusive priests, a movement targeting one of the most prominent of a handful of compromised cardinals scheduled to vote next month.
By Christopher Hitchens
Citing wavering strength of mind and body, Pope Benedict XVI announced his decision to resign from the papacy at the end of February. He will be the first pope to abdicate in nearly six centuries. In 2010, as allegations of pedophilic priests continued to swirl, Christopher Hitchens decried individual and institutional corruption within the church’s sacred walls. His original article is reprinted below.
Pope Benedict XVI announced Monday that will resign his office on Feb. 28, ending eight years as head of the world’s Catholics because the 85-year-old pontiff is too infirm to carry on. He is the first pope to resign in 600 years.
Victims of clerical sex abuse have reacted furiously to Pope Benedict’s claim yesterday that paedophilia wasn’t considered an “absolute evil” as recently as the 1970s.
Meanwhile the Pope started tweeting with its expensive i-Pad, a UNICEF progress report says that more than 850,000 children are expected to have received life-saving treatment for severe acute malnutrition across nine countries in the Sahel region during the course of 2012.
by: Phillip Coorey, Jacqueline Maley
VICTIMS of sexual abuse would be able to sue the Catholic Church for compensation as a result of the recommendations of the Royal Commission on Child Sexual Abuse, legal experts say.
Victims of pedophile Australian Catholic priests and their families welcomed an inquiry into child sex abuse called after allegations of cover-ups by the clergy, but urged it to report back quickly.