Tag: Roman Catholic Church

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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Missouri Attorney General Refers 12 Catholic Clergy for Prosecution

The Missouri attorney general will refer a dozen men who previously served as Roman Catholic clergy for potential criminal prosecution, his office announced on Friday after a yearlong statewide investigation into clergy sexual abuse. The investigation found that 163 priests or clergy members were accused of sexual abuse or misconduct against minors. “Sexual abuse of […]

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For Pope Francis, a Perfect Moment for an Unsettling Warning on the Environment

AMBATOMIRAHAVAVY, Madagascar — In a nature reserve on the banks of the clay-colored Katsaoka River, an eight-week-old crowned sifaka clung to its mother’s back as she leapt across tree branches. Nearby, other lemur species combed their young’s backs, nibbled on leaves or lounged in the sun. Some had white fur, or brown patches, or tails […]

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In Africa, Pope Francis Comes Face to Face With the Future of the Church

MAPUTO, Mozambique — Young men and women wearing the words “Pope Francis” on their backs and “Catholic Youth” on their sleeves packed the bleachers of a stadium in Mozambique on Thursday and listened to Francis tell them, “You are important!” “You need to believe it,” Francis said to the raucous crowd at the Maxaquene Pavillon, […]

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Pope Francis in Africa: Peace and Reconciliation Is the Focus in Mozambique

ImageOn Thursday, Pope Francis met with bishops, priests and seminarians at the Animators Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Maputo, Mozambique.CreditTiziana Fabi/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images MAPUTO, Mozambique — Pope Francis began his first full day in Mozambique on Thursday — his 31st trip abroad and his return to sub-Saharan Africa — with a visit […]

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On Plane to Africa, Pope Shrugs Off His American Critics

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE — In an offhand remark on the papal plane en route to Mozambique, Pope Francis on Wednesday acknowledged the sharp opposition he has faced from conservative Catholic detractors in the United States, calling it an “an honor that the Americans attack me.” His remark came at the start of a six-day […]

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Why People Hate Religion

You don’t hear much about Sister Norma Pimentel in the secular press. She’s not a wacko, a hypocrite, a sexual predator or a political operative. Her life’s work, she says, is guided by seeing “the presence of God” in migrant children in the shelter she oversees in the Rio Grande Valley — vulnerable souls that […]

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In Landmark Ceremony, a Catholic Bishop Is Installed in China

BEIJING — A 54-year-old priest who studied in the United States was installed this week as a bishop in China, the first to take office after a landmark deal signed last year between the Vatican and Beijing. According to Chinese media reports that were confirmed by the Vatican, Msgr. Antonio Yao Shun was installed on […]

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One-on-One With Marianne Williamson

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Marianne Williamson has distinguished herself in the Democratic primary as a voice for the role of spirituality in American politics. This week on “The Argument,” Ross Douthat sits down with Williamson to discuss her […]

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Cardinal George Pell’s Sexual Abuse Conviction Is Upheld

MELBOURNE, Australia — An Australian court on Wednesday upheld the sexual abuse conviction of Cardinal George Pell, the highest-ranking Roman Catholic leader ever found guilty in a criminal court in the church’s child sex abuse crisis. The cardinal, 78, once an adviser to Pope Francis, was sentenced to six years in prison in March. “He […]

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Hundreds of Child Sexual Abuse Lawsuits Flood N.Y. Courts

Theodore E. McCarrick, the prominent Roman Catholic cardinal who was defrocked early this year for sexual abuse, brought one of his victims, James Grein, then 30, to meet Pope John Paul II in 1988. It was a private audience, Mr. Grein recalled as he became one of hundreds of people to begin filing lawsuits on […]

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Jeffrey Epstein and When to Take Conspiracies Seriously

The challenge in thinking about a case like the suspicious suicide of Jeffrey Epstein, the supposed “billionaire” who spent his life acquiring sex slaves and serving as a procurer to the ruling class, can be summed up in two sentences. Most conspiracy theories are false. But often some of the things they’re trying to explain […]

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