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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
Pope accuser strikes back, blames gay priesthood for abuse
The Vatican ambassador who accused Pope Francis of rehabilitating a disgraced ex-American cardinal is doubling down on his claims, asserting that the "scourge of homosexuality" in the priesthood is responsible for sex abuse and that the Vatican is being hypocritical in refusing to acknowledge it.
Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano issued a third installment Friday in the war of words over the cover-up of ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick. He was responding to a Vatican cardinal who had rebuked him and accused him of mounting a "blasphemous" political hit job against Francis with his claims.
Pope Francis is giving anti-LGBTQ conservatives all the ammo they need
The Catholic right keeps blaming gay priests for the sex abuse scandal and more generally for the corrupt state of the Vatican. “It is time to admit that there is a homosexual subculture within the hierarchy of the Catholic Church that is wreaking great devastation in the vineyard of the Lord,” Bishop Robert Morlino of Madison, Wisconsin, wrote to parishioners.
Morlino and other conservatives want to use the sex abuse scandal to purge the Church of gay priests. They are doing so under the cloak of taking the kind of drastic action demanded by lay people who are fed up with the Church’s wishy-washy actions. A recent poll of American Catholics found only three in ten approve of the pope’s handling of the crisis.
The far-right is happy to fill that leadership vacuum. While researchers who have studied clergy sex abuse say there is no correlation between sexual orientation and sexual abuse, that isn’t stopping conservatives. They see anything LGBTQ related as proof of the devil’s handiwork.
All 15 Texas Catholic dioceses to name accused priests
All 15 Catholic dioceses in Texas will release early next year the names of clergy who have been "credibly accused" of sexual abuse of a minor, the Diocese of Dallas said in a statement Wednesday.
Texas bishops decided last month to release the lists of names by Jan. 31 as part of their effort "to protect children from sexual abuse" while promoting "healing and a restoration of trust" in the church, the statement said .
Dallas Bishop Edward Burns said the investigation constitutes a "major project" because it will include all 1,320 Catholic parishes in Texas.
Pope Francis accepts resignation of D.C. archbishop Wuerl, amid criticism of the cardinal’s handling of abuse claims
Retired priest, accused in more than 130 sex abuse cases, dies at 97
A Catholic society used dreams of a medieval life and rebellion to groom young victims of abuse
On Dec. 18, 2001, a desperate North Carolina dad wrote a letter to the Vatican asking the leaders of the Roman Catholic Church to discipline a group of priests at a Pennsylvania boys’ boarding school who he said took turns sexually abusing his teenage son.
The priests were members of an organization called the Society of Saint John, the father wrote, and Bishop James Timlin, then the head of the Diocese of Scranton, had allowed them to take up residence at St. Gregory’s Academy in Elmhurst, Pennsylvania.
CALIFORNIA DIOCESE RELEASES NAMES OF 34 CATHOLIC PRIESTS ACCUSED OF CHILD SEX ABUSE
California’s Diocese of San Bernardino this week released 34 names of the Catholic priests it says have had credible allegations of child sexual abuse made against them since 1978. On Twitter, the church said it was “an action of transparency intended to promote healing.”
Some of the alleged incidents described next to the priests’ names date back to the 1960s. Many of the men have been permanently banned from ministry in the diocese or are deceased. Some priests were arrested or suspended, while others were reported to the religious order.
3rd person alleges molestation by former Conroe priest at Houston church
A Houston man has identified himself as the third victim of a former Conroe priest accused of molesting two teens.
A lawyer for the victim alleged Thursday that Manuel La Rosa-Lopez inappropriately touched his client, then a 13-year-old boy, at least four to five times while he served as an altar boy at a Houston church in the mid-1990s.
Victim of Alleged Priest Sex Abuse Takes On the Vatican
Boss of police child abuse squad DEFENDS decision not to oppose bail for IT expert accused of raping boy, 13, in the front yard of his home
Brazilian man jailed for sexually abusing his wife's mentally-ill sister is released from prison but then murders his 13-year-old daughter
Surge in sexual and violent offences sees 17% hike in crime on UK railways
High School Volleyball Coach Arrested For Molesting Teen Boys In California
Tatum O'Neal shares emotional post about being sexually abused multiple times: 'I remember everything'
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A nun's rape allegations create a #MeToo moment in India's Catholic Church
Beyond ‘no means no’: What most parents aren’t teaching their sons about sexual consent
Christian NCAA member Azusa Pacific bans all same-sex relationships
Azusa Pacific University, an NCAA Division II school with ties to the Christian church, has reinstated a previously suspended ban on same-sex relationships, sending LGBTQ students, student-athletes, members of the administration and advocates scrambling.
The school’s Board of Trustees late last week sent a notice returning the school’s policy to say “Students may not engage in a romanticized same-sex relationship.”
Some Christians have long held that the Bible bans sex between people of the same gender. This policy goes even further, banning all romantic same-sex relationships, even those that don’t include sex. The school’s policy already bans sex outside of wedlock, this policy simply specifically targets gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and queer people.
God has yet to weigh in on the decision.
Obama Gave Us Gay Marriage, Trump The Honeymoon From Hell
Business owner says gay people “need to be called out.” Let’s see how he likes it.
Fox & Friends got upset about an LGBTQ Nation essay. Here are the messages their fans sent.
Trump’s Latest Attack On Same-Sex Couples Is Exactly What His Base Wants