Tag: Roman Catholic Church

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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Coke Ad Riles Hungary Conservatives, Part of Larger Gay Rights Battle

WARSAW — By the standards of Western advertising, Coca-Cola’s billboard campaign in Hungary was pretty tame. Three couples are shown enjoying a soda, smiling and seemingly in love. One picture shows a man, a woman and a Coke; another two women and a Coke; and a third shows two men and a Coke. “Love is […]

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Hong Kong General Strike Disrupts Subways and Leads to Canceled Flights

HONG KONG — Hong Kong braced for a long day of protests Monday as the antigovernment activists called for a citywide strike, transit disruptions and rallies across the city. Their goal is to increase pressure on Carrie Lam, the Hong Kong chief executive who has conceded little since June when she suspended, but did not […]

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The Nuns Who Bought and Sold Human Beings

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, one of the oldest Roman Catholic girls’ schools in the nation, has long celebrated the vision and generosity of its founders: a determined band of Catholic nuns who championed free education for the poor in the early 1800s. The sisters, who established an elite academy in Washington, D.C., also ran “a […]

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Burst of Violence Grips Philippine Island, and Some See Duterte’s Hand

MANILA — A wave of violence has struck the central Philippine island of Negros, where at least 20 people have been killed in recent weeks in attacks that rights groups have tied to President Rodrigo Duterte’s efforts to suppress critics and opponents. The latest attacks occurred on Saturday, when two people, a former town mayor […]

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Anti-Gay Brutality in a Polish Town Blamed on Poisonous Propaganda

BIALYSTOK, Poland — The marchers at the first gay pride parade here in the conservative Polish city of Bialystok expected that they would be met with resistance. But last week when Katarzyna Sztop-Rutkowska saw the angry mob of thousands that awaited the marchers, who numbered only a few hundred, she was shocked. “The most aggressive […]

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Search for Missing Teenager in Vatican Cemetery Unearths Thousands of Bones

VATICAN CITY — Less than 10 days after Vatican officials said they found no evidence that the daughter of an employee who disappeared 36 years ago had been buried in a cemetery inside Vatican City, a new foray there unearthed two ossuaries Saturday that contained unidentified human bones. Whether any of them belonged to the […]

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Crystal Cathedral in California Gets a New Life as a Catholic Church

A prominent house of worship in Southern California has been flipped — from a towering glass megachurch of a flamboyant televangelist to the new seat of the seventh-largest Roman Catholic Church diocese in the United States. The landmark, originally named the Crystal Cathedral, hosted its first Mass on Wednesday following a $77 million renovation by […]

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Aid in Dying Soon Will be Available to More Americans. Few Will Choose It.

ImageCreditJames Steinberg On Aug. 1, New Jersey will become the eighth state to allow doctors to prescribe lethal medication to terminally ill patients who want to end their lives. On Sept. 15, Maine will become the ninth. So by October, 22 percent of Americans will live in places where residents with six months or less […]

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A Clash of Worldviews as Pope Francis and Putin Meet Again

ROME — Officials in Italy locked down the capital, closed public parks and diverted traffic on Thursday before a state visit by President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia, whose most-anticipated meeting was with Pope Francis, viewed by many European liberals as the greatest moral voice against the resurgence in populism. But for many European nationalists […]

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How the Catholic Church Lost Italy to the Far Right

On paper, Italy’s deputy prime minister, Matteo Salvini, is a dubious poster child for Catholicism. Mr. Salvini is divorced. He has two children by two women and is in a relationship with a third. But that hasn’t stopped him from reinventing himself as Italy’s Catholic-in-chief. “I am the last of the good Christians,” Mr. Salvini, […]

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She’s 83 and a Famous Nun. Australia’s Catholic Leaders Want Her to Stay Away.

For thoughtful coverage of Australia delivered to your inbox, sign up for the Australia Letter. SYDNEY, Australia — Sister Joan Chittister, a well-known American nun, feminist and scholar, was looking forward to speaking at a Catholic education conference in Australia next year, figuring there would be plenty to discuss in a country where Catholic schools […]

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Indianapolis Catholic School Fires Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage, at Archbishop’s Request

A Catholic high school in Indianapolis said it fired a teacher in a same-sex marriage on Sunday to protect its “Catholic identity” after it received an order to do so from the archbishop. The move came one week after the archdiocese cut ties with another school in Indianapolis that had refused a similar command. The […]

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The Long, Cruel History of the Anti-Abortion Crusade

Amid the anti-abortion measures being pushed through state legislatures, consider the mazy history of abortion in the United States. Women, capable of determining and managing their reproductive rights, have been undermined by men in power before. Prior to the 1840s, abortion was widespread and not illegal in our country. In the time of the Puritans, […]

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Jesuit School, Defying Archdiocese, Refuses to Remove Teacher in Same-Sex Marriage

A Jesuit preparatory school in Indiana has refused to fire a teacher who is in a same-sex marriage, prompting the Archdiocese of Indianapolis to say that it would break its ties with the school, officials said Thursday. Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School learned recently that the archbishop of Indianapolis, Charles C. Thompson, would issue a decree […]

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Are We Headed for War With Iran?

Listen and subscribe to our podcast from your mobile device: Apple Podcasts | Spotify | Google Play | RadioPublic | Stitcher Is the United States barreling toward war with Iran? This week on “The Argument,” Op-Ed columnist Bret Stephens joins his colleagues to discuss the recent uptick in tensions between Washington and Tehran — and […]

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