Tag: Roman Catholic Church

For Churches, Abortion Politics Is a Double-Edged Sword

In the ensuing public uproar, support for the church collapsed. “It basically goes from being one of the most trusted public institutions to not only losing support in the faith world, but being unable to counter referendums on abortion and on gay marriage,” Grzymala-Busse said. “It’s now a political non-presence in Ireland because the scale […]

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L.G.B.T.Q. Club Proposes a Compromise to Yeshiva University

An L.G.B.T.Q. student group offered to delay seeking recognition from Yeshiva University, its members said Wednesday, after a U.S. Supreme Court ruling prompted the Modern Orthodox Jewish institution to suspend all undergraduate club activities rather than sanction the group. Although Yeshiva lost at the Supreme Court on procedural grounds last week, it immediately announced its […]

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Pope Francis: Arming Ukraine Can Be ‘Morally Acceptable’

ROME — After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Pope Francis initially appeared to uphold the Vatican’s longstanding policy of not taking sides, before eventually changing tack and saying explicitly that Russia was the aggressor in the war. Now, Francis has weighed in on a morally thorny issue, saying on Thursday that it is acceptable for countries […]

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What’s Behind the Pileup of Sex Abuse Scandals?

Abuse scandals tend to follow a pattern, said Nicole Bedera, a sociologist who studies the ways that groups and institutions enable sexual violence. “We get caught up in the details of individual cases as if each one of them is different, and each organizational response is different, but that’s not true,” she said. “The finer […]

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Vatican Criticizes Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine for the First Time

The Vatican on Tuesday for the first time said that Russia was the aggressor in the Ukraine war, condemning Moscow’s invasion in strong terms after earlier comments by Pope Francis prompted criticism from Kyiv. “As for the large-scale war in Ukraine, initiated by the Russian Federation, the interventions of the Holy Father Pope Francis are […]

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Nicaragua Silences Its Last Outspoken Critics: Catholic Priests

MATAGALPA, Nicaragua — He was the most prominent voice of protest in Nicaragua, using his pulpit to denounce the government’s detention of opponents and suppression of civic rights. Then, last week, the government came for him. Bishop Rolando Álvarez was arrested after the police raided his residence and put him under house arrest and eight […]

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Catholic Order Struggles to Raise $100 Million to Atone for Slave Labor

A prominent order of Catholic priests vowed last year to raise $100 million to atone for its participation in the American slave trade. At the time, church leaders and historians said it would be the largest effort by the Roman Catholic Church to make amends for the buying, selling and enslavement of Black people in […]

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New York’s Hottest Club Is the Catholic Church

As senior churchmen seek to make Catholicism palatable to modernity, members of a small but significant scene are turning to the ancient faith in defiance of liberal pieties. The scene is often associated with “Dimes Square,” a downtown Manhattan neighborhood popular with a pandemic-weary Generation Z — or Zoomer — crowd, but it has spread […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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Biden Is Now an Uneasy Champion on Abortion. Activists Are Still Wary.

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s decision to end the constitutional right to an abortion in the United States after nearly 50 years has set in motion a generational struggle over Republican efforts to ban the procedure in states across the country. But inside the West Wing, President Biden has made it clear that he is […]

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In Kansas, Support for Abortion Rights Didn’t Just Come From the Usual Places

PRAIRIE VILLAGE, Kan. — DeAnn Hupe Seib is a fiscally conservative, churchgoing Republican from rural Kansas. When faced with a ballot question about whether abortion rights ought to be removed from her state’s constitution, she voted no. So did her home, Jefferson County, which favored Donald J. Trump by a 32-point margin in 2020. “I […]

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Why Catholicism Remains Strong in Canada

EDMONTON, Alberta — The centerpiece of ​Pope Francis​’s journey to Canada this week ​was his historic message o​f apology on Monday ​to ​the country’s ​Indigenous people​ for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in the notorious residential school system that tried to erase their culture, and in which thousands of children were abused and died. But […]

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A Polish Priest’s War Against Abortion Focuses on Helping Single Mothers

SZCZECIN, Poland — The Polish state has banned abortion for 29 years, but that has done little to prevent women from finding access to the procedure, leaving the Rev. Tomasz Kancelarczyk a busy man. The Roman Catholic priest plays ultrasound audio of what he describes as fetal heartbeats in his sermons to dissuade women considering […]

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Pope Apologizes in Canada for Schools That Abused Indigenous Children

MASKWACIS, Alberta — Pope Francis offered a sweeping apology directly to Indigenous people on their land in Canada on Monday, fulfilling a critical demand of many of the survivors of church-run residential schools that became gruesome centers of abuse, forced assimilation, cultural devastation and death for over a century. “I humbly beg forgiveness for the […]

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Pope Francis Will Travel to Canada to Apologize to Indigenous Community

OTTAWA — Pope Francis is traveling to Canada this week to ​apologize to ​Indigenous communities for the Roman Catholic Church’s role in ​the country’s notorious residential school system, ​​where thousands of Indigenous children died, and countless others were sexually and physically abused. The visit comes after years of pleas from Indigenous leaders and leading politicians […]

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Religious Doctrine, Not the Constitution, Drove the Dobbs Decision

Indeed, the fetus is the indisputable star of the Dobbs opinion. That is not necessarily obvious at first reading: The opinion’s 79 pages are larded with lengthy and, according to knowledgeable historians, highly partial and substantially irrelevant accounts of the history of abortion’s criminalization. In all those pages, there is surprisingly little actual law. And […]

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