Thursday, July 27, 2017

Cardinal Pell to plead not guilty to historic sexual abuse charges

Cardinal Pell to plead not guilty to historic sexual abuse charges

The Tablet

Cardinal George Pell has made his first appearance in a Melbourne court today (26 July) to face multiple charges of sexual abuse laid by Victoria Police last month. The six-minute hearing ended without the precise charges being revealed...

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Catholic sisters send Senate a message: Don't touch Medicaid

The Religious Right & Wrong



Ex-priest’s release upsets lawyer for sex abuse victims



Ex-priest’s release upsets lawyer for sex abuse victims

MASSACHUSETTS
The Patriot Ledger
By Fred Hanson
The Patriot Ledger

The scheduled release from prison of an ex-priest convicted of raping a child shows the need for changes in the state’s civil commitment law, an advocate for clergy sex abuse victims said.
BOSTON – A lawyer for victims of clergy sex abuse said the release of a former priest convicted of raping a child shows why the state’s civil commitment law needs to be changed.
Paul Shanley, who as a Catholic priest was assigned to Braintree’s St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the 1960s, will be released Friday from the Old Colony Correctional Center in Bridgewater. He was convicted in 2005 of two counts each of child rape and indecent assault and battery on a child. He was sentenced to 12 to 15 years in prison.
Middlesex County District Attorney Marian Ryan said her office was unsuccessful in getting a civil commitment to keep Shanley, 86, in custody.
“The defendant will be monitored by the probation department for the next 10 years and has been ordered to have no contact with children under 16 years of age,” Ryan told WCVB-TV in a statement.
Carmen Durso, a South Shore lawyer who has represented many of Shanley’s victims, said the basis for civil commitment leans too heavily on statistics rather than an evaluation of the individual.
“If Paul Shanley doesn’t fit into the category of a sexually dangerous person then no one would fit,” Durso said. “No one is more dangerous than Paul Shanley.”

U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

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U.S. bishop urges Senate to remedy health care after vote to proceed

Washington -- Fifty Republicans voted yes and two GOP senators voted no, along with the Senate's 48 Democrats. The tiebreaking vote was necessary from Vice President Mike Pence.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A Tallkative and Disgruntled Bishop


Cardinal Gerhard Müller, prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, looks on during a Vatican news conference last year.
Gerhard Ludwig Müller is not going away quietly.
He has not stopped complaining in the public forum since June 30 when Pope Francis personally informed the sixty-nine-year-old cardinal that he would not be retained as prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith (CDF).
Recall how he immediately leaked the news of his dismissal to friends in the media [1] even before the Holy See Press Office officially announced it the next day.
It was the reaction of a stunned and angry man.

Cardinal Bertone risks becoming embroiled in trial claiming embezzled hospital funds used to refurbish his home

Cardinal Bertone risks becoming embroiled in trial claiming embezzled hospital funds used to refurbish his home 
The Tablet

Happiness and pain: That's the deal

Happiness and pain: That's the deal

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We are mortal. That reality inspires and informs everything else. Great joy and great fear are entwined -- impossible to feel the intensity of one without the other.