Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Bishop McElroy: Attacks on Father James Martin expose a cancer within the U.S. Catholic Church

Bishop McElroy: Attacks on Father James Martin expose a cancer within the U.S. Catholic Church

America

By Robert W. McElroy

Father James Martin is a distinguished Jesuit author who has spent his life building bridges within the Catholic Church and between the church and the wider world. He has been particularly effective in bringing the Gospel message to the millennial generation. When we survey the vast gulf that exists between young adults and the church in the United States, it is clear that there could be no more compelling missionary outreach for the future of Catholicism than the terrain that Father Martin has passionately and eloquently pursued over the past two decades. There are few evangelizers who have engaged that terrain with more heart and skill and devotion.

The Real Scandal



Mandatory celibacy remains major risk factor for child sexual abuse, claims Australian survey


Mandatory celibacy remains major risk factor for child sexual abuse, claims Australian survey 

The Tablet

18 September 2017 | by Mark Brolly

Celibacy:'major precipitating risk factor that has led to...sexual deprivation on the part of those priests and religious who have offended'

An extensive survey by two former Australian priests says mandatory celibacy has been and remains the major risk factor for child sexual abuse and warns of an impending wave of abuse cases in India and Italy, which have a significant proportion of the Church’s remaining 9500 orphanages.
Professor Des Cahill and Dr Peter Wilkinson, in their 384-page survey entitled 'Child Sexual Abuse in the Catholic Church: An Interpretive Review of the Literature and Public Inquiry Reports', also found that a lack of the feminine and the denigration of women within Church structures was one key, underlying risk factor in abuse.
The survey, published by the Centre for Global Research at RMIT (Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology) University, found that the response of bishops to clerical abuse across the world had been "remarkably uniform".

Irish call to suspend deacon ordinations gets cool reception

Riders A train ride reveals the beauty of human diversity

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Monday, September 18, 2017

Jesuit writer James Martin disinvited from talk at prestigious seminary

Jesuit leadership and America's editor issue statements in support of James Martin, S.J.

He's Not the Military Pope


John XXIII prays after his election in 1958 at the Vatican. (CNS)
“Insane!”
That’s how Archbishop Giovanni Ricchiuti, president of Pax Christi in Italy, described the surprising move to make Pope John XXIII the patron saint of the Italian Armed Forces.
Actually, he called it “roba da matti”. Literally, that means the stuff of crazy people.
The archbishop went even further and said the decision, which was announced and effected at a public ceremony September 12 in Rome, was “disrespectful, absurd and anti-conciliar.”
Well, this was, after all, the pope who wrote Pacem in terris [1]. In that 1963 encyclical Papa Giovanni said it was a “sign of the times” that “people nowadays are becoming more and more convinced that any disputes which may arise between nations must be resolved by negotiation and agreement, and not by recourse to arms.”