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FORMER PRIEST SAYS TO SAVE THE CHURCH IT MUST ‘ABOLISH THE PRIESTHOOD’
James Carroll, a former priest, has written a powerful piece in a well-known magazine where he prescribes solutions to get the Roman Catholic church free of its failings-he to want to do away with church priests. In his article appropriately named Abolish the Priesthood, the American identifies the concentration of power in a celibate and an all-male clergy as one of the significant sources of the problem.
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This notoriously homophobic pastor has been caught running a hellish private school
A Christian school in Harlem has been feeding students rabid homophobia for years.
The Atlah World Missionary Church is run by Pastor James Manning, who is best known for some of his appearances on The Daily Show where he claimed that Barack Obama was “Hitler” and that Starbucks puts “gay semen” in its lattes.
The church is listed as an anti-LGBTQ hate group by the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Anti-LGBTQ+ Radio Hosts Says Tops and Bottoms Both Going to Hell
A man shot this gay man to death & then bragged about it online
Gay Man Sues Farrah Fawcett’s Son for $100 Million Over Homophobic Attack with Beer Bottle
Popular Gay Bar DJ Brutally Attacked, But Can’t Remember Any of It: WATCH
White supremacist sentenced to life for murdering black trans woman
'Horrible attack': Catholic priest stabbed during live-streamed church service in Canada as stunned parishioners look on
A Catholic priest was stabbed while celebrating Mass in Montreal Friday morning as stunned parishioners looked on, according to officials and video footage.
The horrifying incident, which authorities said was not terror-related, unfolded just before 9 a.m. at the historic St. Joseph's Oratory, leaving Father Claude Grou, 77, with lacerations to his upper body., according to Montreal police spokeswoman Caroline Chevrefils. He was rushed to a local hospital where he was listed in stable condition, according to the Montreal Diocese.
West Virginia accuses Catholic diocese and former bishops of sex abuse cover-up in unusual consumer protection lawsuit
West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey sued the Catholic diocese of Wheeling-Charleston and its former bishop Michael J. Bransfield on Tuesday, charging that they “knowingly employed pedophiles and failed to conduct adequate background checks” for people working in Catholic schools and camps, a news release from Morrisey’s office says.
The lawsuit, the latest dramatic civil action against the American church in the past year, alleges violations of the state’s consumer protection laws. It accuses the diocese of advertising safe environments for children while at the same time, the complaint says, choosing “to cover up and conceal arguably criminal behavior of child sexual abuse.”
Catholic Church cardinals implicated in sex abuse, cover-ups
The conviction of French Cardinal Philippe Barbarin for failing to report a known pedophile priest to police deepens the crisis confronting an already discredited Catholic Church hierarchy. The verdict handed down by magistrates Thursday shows the church's once-untouchable "princes" increasingly are judged accountable for priests who abuse children and the superiors who allowed the abuse to continue.
After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Chile to Australia and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch..
Here is a look at cases implicating Catholic cardinals, members of the exclusive club of prelates that advises the pope and eventually elects his successor.
'My husband was molested and raped by a Brother. This is my message for Andrew Bolt.'
Dear Mr Bolt,
My name is Clare Linane. As you know, I am a Ballarat local who has been living with the aftermath of child sexual abuse for many years. My husband, Peter Blenkiron, is a survivor of clergy abuse at 11 years old. You met him whilst in Rome three years ago.
I am compelled to write to you after you expressed your opinion that George Pell has been falsely convicted (27 & 28 Feb, Herald Sun).
You are entitled to your opinion.
What concerns me, however, is your statement that your opinion is based on “overwhelming evidence”. I believe this is misleading, irresponsible and ignorant. Your lack of genuine insight into the issue of sexual child abuse makes a mockery of survivors and all they have endured.
PRIEST ACCUSED OF SEXUALLY ABUSING MALE CHILD FLEES AMERICA
A priest from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Oakland fled the country last month after he was accused of sexually abusing a male minor.
On January 31, the diocese placed father Alex Castillo on administrative leave upon receiving an allegation against him for inappropriate behavior from a child male victim.
Church officials were able to contact Castillo up until February 21, but after that date, several people were unsuccessful in their attempts to reach the embattled priest, diocese spokesperson Helen Osman told SFGate. The diocese then searched for Castillo in every jail and hospital in the area before they finally reported him missing to authorities two days later, on February 23.
Salacious new book says homosexuality is rampant at the Vatican
Early in his salacious new book about homosexuality in the Vatican, the French journalist Frederic Martel asks a source to estimate the number of Vatican clergy who are "part of this community, all tendencies included."
"I think the percentage is very high," says the source, identified as an Italian journalist who left the Vatican and the priesthood after he was discovered viewing gay sex websites on his Vatican computer. "I'd put it around 80%."
That estimate from Martel's book, which is scheduled to be published on February 21 in eight languages and 20 countries, has already made international headlines.
West Virginia lawmaker compares LGBTQ community to the KKK
Diocese removed Iowa priest after girl reported touching
A longtime Roman Catholic priest in Iowa has been removed from the ministry indefinitely after a girl complained a year ago that he improperly touched her, a diocese has confirmed.
The fourth-grader alleged that the Rev. Brian Danner of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Humboldt rubbed the top of her leg while taking her confession, the Diocese of Sioux City told The Associated Press. The girl's parents were "extremely upset" and complained to church officials, recalled diocese lawyer Michael Ellwanger.
The diocese reported the incident to the county attorney last December and has revoked Danner's ability to function as a priest indefinitely. Its review found that Danner's actions were inappropriate but didn't constitute sexual abuse, Ellwanger said.
Global Catholic nuns urge reporting of sex abuse to police
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How the Catholic 'alt-right' aims to purge LGBTQ members from the church
The call for action against the "Forces of Organized Perversion" landed in the inboxes of conservative Roman Catholics across the country just before Election Day.
“Have you had enough?” activist Randy Engel wrote in a column that first appeared on the conservative website RenewAmerica.com. “Or will you wait until the Homosexual Collective’s hobnail boot is pressed on the neck of your prone body or that of your child or grandchild before reacting?”
“Cast your vote for God, family, and nation,” she wrote.
Some Libraries Are Facing Backlash Against LGBT Programs — And Holding Their Ground
'Sloshed' New Jersey priest who advises the Pope gets DUI for being found twice over the limit after crashing into pregnant mother on London highway
As a Vatican consultant and a former spiritual adviser to student priests in Rome, you might have expected Monsignor Anthony Figueiredo to be a model of sobriety.
But he was pictured 'visibly sloshed' with his dog collar askew after his hire car hit a pregnant solicitor's 4x4 on the M25. He was more than twice the drink-drive limit.
Figueiredo, 54, who is a priest of the Archdiocese of Newark, New Jersey, in the US, pulled over after the rush-hour accident and was photographed in his dishevelled state by the other driver, Olivia Parfitt, on her phone.
Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting claims 11 lives; 4 officers among multiple wounded: Officials
Eleven people were killed and at least six more were injured -- including four police officers -- when a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning, authorities said.
The Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is another example of America’s gun problem
THE U.S. CATHOLIC CHURCH IS FACING AN UNPRECEDENTED WAVE OF SEX ABUSE INVESTIGATIONS
In the months since a Pennsylvania grand jury announced the names of more than 300 priests who’d abused at least 1,000 children, authorities across the United States have launched investigations of unprecedented scale into sex abuse within the U.S. Catholic Church.
On Wednesday, Virginia became at least the 15th state where officials have announced a plan to investigate sex abuse allegations within the Church. At the federal level, the Justice Department has subpoenaed records from at least seven of Pennsylvania’s eight Catholic dioceses, the Associated Press reported last week, in a probe believed to be the first of its kind, according to the Survivors Network of those Abuse by Priests (SNAP).
Pope Francis fires bishop of Memphis
Chile: abuse victims file complaint against ex-archbishop
Priest accused of lying about attack sidelined amid abuse allegation
WILL CATHOLIC CLERGY BE ALLOWED TO MARRY? THE POPE IS CONSIDERING IT.
263 San Francisco Bay Area priests branded sexual abusers in survivor's report
The attorney for a California clergy abuse survivor accused the leaders of three San Francisco Bay Area dioceses on Tuesday of engaging in an "institutional cover-up of an enormous magnitude" and released a list of 263 local priests whom they branded sexual predators.
The priests named in the 66-page report, compiled by the law firm of Jeff Anderson & Associates of St. Paul, Minnesota, are from the Archdiocese of San Francisco and the dioceses of Oakland and San Jose.
Major Christian group tells members to pray for the right to harm LGBT children
The Family Research Council has been designated an anti-LGBTQ hate group – and there’s a good reason.
While the organization is best known for its vociferous opposition to abortion and LGBTQ rights, they’ve made considerable inroads into the Trump administration thanks to their ties to Vice President Mike Pence.
Tony Perkins, the group’s leader, is one of our adulterous and immoral president’s biggest supporters. Under his leadership, the group has become explicitly political and is frequently involved in Republican policy making.
In a “prayer of the day” email sent to supporters, today Perkins asks his followers to plead with God for the right to harm LGBT children. And elect far right Republicans.
WAIT, WHAT? Conservative Blogger Calls for 'Underground Railroad' to Kidnap Children of Gay Parents