America Jesuit Review: Report: 3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church

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Report: 3,677 sex abuse cases in German Catholic Church Kirsten Grieshaber – Associated Press September 12, 2018 In this April 8, 2010 file photo a cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber, File) BERLIN (AP) — A report on sexual abuse inside the Catholic Church in Germany says 3,677 people were abused by clergy between 1946 and 2014, two leading German media outlets said Wednesday. Spiegel Online and Die Zeit said the report they obtained — commissioned by the German Bishops Conference and researched by three universities — concludes that more than half of the victims were 13 or younger and most were boys. Every sixth case involved rape and at least 1,670 clergy were involved, both weeklies reported. Die Zeit wrote that 969 abuse victims were altar boys. The report also says that the actual number of victims was likely much higher, according …

First Things: MAGISTERIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY: UNDERSTANDING THE MODIFIED TEACHING ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT

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MAGISTERIAL IRRESPONSIBILITY UNDERSTANDING THE MODIFIED TEACHING ON CAPITAL PUNISHMENT by Steven A. Long October 2018 Luis Francisco Cardinal ­Ladaria Ferrer of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF) has announced to the bishops Pope Francis’s approval of new material addressing capital punishment in the Catechism of the Catholic Church (number 2267). The inserted passage notes “an increasing awareness that the dignity of the person is not lost even after the commission of very serious crimes,” “a new understanding . . . of the significance of penal sanctions,” and “more effective systems of detention.” It concludes, “Consequently, the Church teaches, in the light of the Gospel, that ‘the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person’, and she works with determination for its abolition worldwide.” This addition to the Catechism is widely either heralded or attacked as a major doctrinal …

Catholic News Agency: The “Nine-Eleven” of the Catholic Church

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The “Nine-Eleven” of the Catholic Church (Archbishop Dr. Georg Gänswein, Prefect of the Papal Household)  Sept 11, 2018 Thank you very much for the invitation to this esteemed House, which I accepted gladly, to present this book by the American author Rod Dreher, of which I had already heard a lot. The great monk from Norcia, who gave the book its programmatic title, made it very appealing for me to come here. But I was also touched and moved by the date on which we are meeting with this daring author here in Rome. For it is September 11th, which in America – since the Fall of 2001 – has only been referred to as “9/11” in reference to that apocalyptic disaster in which members of the terrorist organization Al Qaeda attacked the United States of America as the whole world watched, in New York and Washington – using fully …

Vatican News: Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’

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Pope at Angelus: ‘do not be deaf or silent in the face of suffering’Pope Francis on Sunday invited the faithful not to “remain deaf and dumb” in the face of the suffering of people marked by disease, anguish and difficulties. He was addressing the crowd gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Angelus Prayer. By Linda Bordoni Sept 9, 2018 Pope Francis drew inspiration on Sunday from the Gospel reading of the day to invite all Christians not to turn away from the suffering of their brothers and sisters. Speaking during the Sunday Angelus in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope reflected on the episode that tells of Jesus’ miraculous healing of a deaf and dumb man. Do good without ostentation Pointing out that Jesus always “acts with discretion” as he “does not want to impress people, he is not looking for popularity or success, he just wants to do good …

Vatican Insider Inquiries and Interviews: Farrell: “I didn’t know of McCarrick’s misbehavior”

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Farrell: “I didn’t know of McCarrick’s misbehavior” ANDREA TORNIELLI Sept 6th, 2018 “He could not but know”. With this charge the former nuncio Carlo Maria Viganò, author of the controversial “memorandum” that calls for the resignation of Pope Francis, has put in the group of those who have allegedly “covered upˮ the abuser cardinal Theodore McCarrick also Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Department for the Laity, Family and Life, who was vicar general of Washington. Vatican Insider interviewed him. Farrell explains that he never heard compromising news and says, “I also know of no complaint about McCarrick during his time in Washington”. http://www.lastampa.it/2018/09/05/vaticaninsider/farrell-i-didnt-know-of-inappropriate-behavior-by-mccarrick-JmPg4K5VsoJNSEisGNTAyN/pagina.html

Il Sismografo Blog: Vaticano. The crisis in the Catholic Church is also an opportunity. Sexual abuse scandal is a chance to address leadership and management failures

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The crisis in the Catholic Church is also an opportunity. Sexual abuse scandal is a chance to address leadership and management failures (Geoffrey Boisi)  5 SETTEMBRE 2018 The Catholic Church faces a twofold crisis: sexual abuse and a breakdown of confidence in its leadership. Focusing solely on the former is folly. Both must be dealt with head on. In the US, and beyond, the Church is at a tipping point in its relationship with the laity. Many are beyond restless and impatient for tangible reforms. The moral catastrophe of the sexual abuse scandal was reinforced when a grand jury report found that more than 1,000 children in Pennsylvania had been abused by more than 300 priests. Equally disturbing was the exposure of transgressions by the former archbishop of Washington, Theodore McCarrick, and accusations of a cover-up. But these are only the most recent events in a deepening crisis of trust. Both …

Crux Article on Importance of Laity in Fighting Clericalism

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Laity must have role in fighting clericalism, Vatican official says Junno Arocho Esteves ROME – Clericalism has led to a distorted view of authority that has contributed to the problems of sexual abuse and the abuse of power and conscience affecting the Catholic Church, said the head of the Vatican’s clergy office. Cardinal Beniamino Stella, prefect of the Congregation for Clergy, said the crisis facing the Church would not have been so grave if laity were more involved in the formation of current and future priests. “Even the work of the dicastery attests that many situations in the lives of priests – generated by loneliness, tiredness and misunderstandings – would not have degenerated or would have been addressed in time if there had been listening, accompaniment and sharing by bishops and the entire Christian community,” Stella said Sept. 3 in Fatima, Portugal. The cardinal’s office gave the text to Catholic …