Tag: Roman Catholic Church

Under Siege, Bishop of Buffalo Resigns Over Handling of Abuse Crisis

First, a whistle-blower revealed that Bishop Richard J. Malone of Buffalo kept files about abusive priests that he hid from the public. Then leaked recordings showed him reluctant to remove a parish priest whom he called a “sick puppy.” On Wednesday, after months of pressure from priests and lay leaders, the Vatican said in a […]

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German Catholic Church Debates Sexuality, Celibacy and Women’s Roles

BERLIN — The Roman Catholic Church in Germany has a split identity. At home, attendance is falling and many Germans say they regard the church’s teaching on social issues as hopelessly out of touch. But globally, the German church is one of the most powerful — and liberal — regions of the Catholic world, a […]

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Pope Francis, in Japan, Warns of ‘Selfish Decisions’ on Nuclear Energy

TOKYO — In the first visit to Japan by a pontiff in 38 years, Pope Francis on Monday edged close to calling for the renunciation of all nuclear power in a country that experienced the worst nuclear disaster since Chernobyl but has yet to determine a viable alternative for its energy needs. A day after […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win Latinos

By the evidence of the Democratic primary so far, it’s clear that no leading Democratic candidate has any idea of how to engage Latinos. The Latino electorate has always been complex, a reality that Democratic candidates, consultants and election “experts” fail to grasp or simply ignore. The 2018 midterm elections showed a sharp increase in […]

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Brooklyn Bishop Is Accused of Sexual Abuse While a Young Priest

Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, the longtime leader of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, sexually abused an 11-year-old altar boy during his tenure as a young priest in Jersey City in the 1970s, according to a lawyer who helped unleash Boston’s priest abuse scandal. The lawyer, Mitchell Garabedian, informed Catholic officials in New Jersey this week […]

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Challenging Trump, Catholic Bishops Elect Their First Hispanic President

BALTIMORE — The Roman Catholic bishops of the United States on Tuesday elected a Hispanic immigrant as their president for the first time by elevating Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, who has long vowed to defend immigrants amid their fears of deportation. The bishops followed custom by selecting their previous vice president, but […]

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What Is the Meaning of Sacred Texts?

THE LOST ART OF SCRIPTURERescuing the Sacred TextsBy Karen Armstrong In the Bible, St. Paul declares: “I do not permit a woman to teach or to assume authority over a man; she must be quiet.” Scholars suspect that this was actually written by some grump other than St. Paul, but such sexist passages are sometimes […]

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Caring About Climate Change Is the Christian Thing to Do

I’m a climate scientist. I’m also an evangelical Christian. And I’m Canadian, which is why it took me so long to realize the first two things were supposed to be entirely incompatible. I grew up in a Christian family with a science-teacher dad who taught us that science is the study of God’s creation. If […]

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Catholic Bishops Agree: Anything but a Woman

The modern Catholic Church is beset with serious problems. Among them is that not enough men want to be priests. Over the past three weeks, 184 bishops gathered at a Vatican summit to seek solutions for the Amazon region in particular, singled out because of myriad crises it is facing, including environmental devastation, violence and […]

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The Overstated Collapse of American Christianity

Fifty years ago, many observers of American religion assumed that secularization would gradually wash traditional Christianity away. Twenty years ago, Christianity looked surprisingly resilient, and so the smart thinking changed: Maybe there was an American exception to secularizing trends, or maybe a secularized Europe was the exception and the modernity-equals-secularization thesis was altogether wrong. Now […]

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Catholic Bishops Back Ordination of Married Men as Priests in Amazon Region, a Milestone

VATICAN CITY — Bishops meeting at the Vatican formally recommended on Saturday that Pope Francis lift in the Amazon region the Roman Catholic Church’s nearly 1,000-year-old restriction on the ordination of married men as priests to address a scarcity, a step that could revolutionize the priesthood. It is the first time a summit of bishops […]

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Vatican Meeting Puts Women on the Agenda, But Will Change Follow?

ROME — The Vatican’s extraordinary three-week meeting of bishops from the Amazon region, which ends this weekend, has generated intense debate within the church over the possibility of ordaining older, married men in remote areas. But those gathered will also make important proposals about the role of the region’s women in the Roman Catholic Church. […]

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Colorado Report Accuses 43 Catholic Priests of Child Sex Abuse

Investigators in Colorado released a report on Wednesday on child sex abuse by Roman Catholic priests that chronicled the abuse of 166 children at the hands of 43 priests across the state since 1950, with most of the acts committed by just five priests who abused 102 children. But the investigation was criticized by victims’ […]

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Pope Francis Is Fearless

The Rev. James Martin, one of America’s most prominent Catholic priests, is a best-selling author, film consultant to Hollywood producers and a prolific tweeter with a digital pulpit that reaches more than 250,000 followers. Father Martin is also a hero to many L.G.B.T. Catholics for challenging church leaders to recognize the full humanity of gay […]

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Pope Francis May Not Change the World. But He Is Reshaping the Church.

ROME — Pope Francis and his push for openness — toward migrants, Muslims and gay people — may no longer have influence on a global stage where nationalists, populists and the far right dominate the political conversation. But inside the church is another story. In a ceremony at St. Peter’s Basilica on Saturday, Francis will […]

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Unveiling Monument to Migrants, Pope Francis Urges Compassion for Refugees

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has always urged compassion and charity toward the refugees of the world. But on Sunday, during a special Mass on the 105th World Day of Migrants and Refugees, he unveiled a monument to migration in St. Peter’s Square as a homage to the displaced. The work, “Angels Unaware,” by the […]

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He Sued Over a Priest’s Abuse. Then the Diocese Filed for Bankruptcy.

Peter Saracino was in elementary school when, he said, a priest lured him away from a swimming pool and sexually abused him inside a seminary. He kept the secret for decades, even as his life fell apart. “We were raised to view the priest as another Christ,” Mr. Saracino said, “so when you get raped […]

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F.B.I. Increases Reward in Series of Unsolved Church Arsons in El Paso

In the early morning of May 7, when it was still dark, someone threw an “incendiary device” at St. Matthew Catholic Church in El Paso, the authorities said. On May 13, the same thing happened at St. Patrick Cathedral. And on June 15, the authorities said, an incendiary device was thrown into the San Judas […]

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A Secret Binder of Accused Priests, and a Bishop Under Siege

Bishop Richard J. Malone kept a secret black binder in a closet with a list of Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse. He was recorded in a conversation expressing more concern about his own reputation than about removing a priest whom he called dangerous and a “sick puppy.” And some of the bishop’s own clergy […]

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The Slow Road to Catholic Schism

Some years ago, when I was younger and somewhat more excitable, I wrote a series of essays about Pope Francis’s liberalizing efforts, arguing that the supreme pontiff’s choices risked a schism in the Catholic Church. At the time my argument was criticized by Catholics on both sides of the church’s theological-political divides. Liberal Catholics accused […]

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