Should Abusers Be Encouraged To Report Themselves?

03/22/2010 Comments (38)

Generally not.

Or at least that’s the answer of Bishop Gianfranco Girotti (pictured) of the Apostolic Penitentiary.

According to Catholic News Service:

A priest who confesses sexual abuse in the sacrament of penance should be absolved and should generally not be encouraged by the confessor to disclose his acts publicly or to his superiors, a Vatican official said.

Likewise, the confessor should not make the contents of such a confession public, said Bishop Gianfranco Girotti, regent of the Apostolic Penitentiary, a Vatican court that handles issues related to the sacrament of penance. . . .

When a priest confesses such acts, “the confession can only have absolution as a consequence,”...READ MORE

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Your Predictions for New Medjugorje Commission?

03/17/2010 Comments (26)

It’s official.

The Holy See has announced the creation of a new commission, under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and led by retired archbishop Camillo Ruini, to investigate the reported apparitions associated with Medjugorje.

Here’s a translation of the announcement, provided by Catholic News Agency:

Under the auspices of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, under the presidency of Cardinal Camillo Ruini, an international commission of investigation on Medjugorje has been constituted. Said Commission, composed of cardinals, bishops and experts will work in a reserved manner, subjecting the results of their studies to the authority of the...READ MORE

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Promoting Justice, Prosecuting Paedophiles

03/15/2010 Comments (5)

Msgr. Charles J. Scicluna is the promoter of justice for the Congregation of the Doctrine of the Faith in handling cases where priests are accused of sexual abuse, which effectively makes him the prosecutor in such cases.

They’ve dealt with 3,000 such cases in the last nine years, mostly from the U.S. and covering a period of decades.

The Italian newspaper Avvenire just published an interview with him, and the Vatican Information Service picked it up and published an English translation.

It’s an interesting read, and an insightful look at how the CDF is and has been handling cases of sexual accusations.


Question: Monsignor, you have the reputation of being “tough”, yet the...READ MORE

Filed under benedict xvi, congregation for the doctrine of the faith, paedophilia, scandal

Pope Benedict Transferred Paedophile?

03/13/2010 Comments (62)

That’s the message that some in the media are rapidly trying to spin.

The Times carried the blaring headline,

Pope knew priest was paedophile but allowed him to continue with ministry

From that we would expect the kind of story that has appeared in the media over and over in recent years: Back when the Pope was still a bishop, one of his priests was a paedophile but rather than bounce him from the ministry, the future pope instead covered up his crimes and allowed him to continue in ministry, perhaps by transferring him to one or more locations.

That’s the narrative we are expected to infer from the headline.

But when you read the story, the details don’t fit.

For a start, it wasn’t...READ MORE

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Should Catholic Schools Accept Children of Homosexual "Parents"?

03/10/2010 Comments (309)

Archbishop Chaput deserves another round of kudos for a stand he has taken regarding a school in his archdiocese.

Basically, he backed the school up when it refused to allow two children of lesbian “parents” to renew their enrollment.

This should cause no controversy whatsoever, but of course it has.


I’m not surprised at the controversy, because a few years ago I blogged about a similar case in Orange County, California. The amount of blowback was a bit startling, given my readership. That led to a follow-up post, and then another follow-up post as we sorted through the arguments.

A key issue that was raised at the time—and that, indeed, kicked off the discussion—was the...READ MORE

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New Medjugorje Commission?

03/08/2010 Comments (9)

There are new reports that the Holy See is preparing a commission to investigate the reported Marian phenomena at Medjugorje.

We’ll see.

There have been such reports before. Three years ago, for example, it was reported that . . .

Cardinal Vinko Puljic of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, announced a commission would be formed to review the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje and pastoral provisions for the thousands of pilgrims who visit the town each year.

“The commission members have not been named yet,” Cardinal Puljic told Catholic News Service in a July 24 telephone interview. “I am awaiting suggestions from the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith” on theologians to...READ MORE

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We've Lost The Capital

03/03/2010 Comments (124)

It’s always dramatic when, in a war, the capital city falls.

Jerusalem before Romans.

Rome before barbarians.

Constantinople before Turks.

Richmond before Yankees.

Paris before Germans (twice).

Berlin before the Allies.

Kabul . . . Baghdad . . . and countless others.

And now Washington has fallen.

In the culture war.

As of today, licenses for homosexual “marriages” are being issued in Washington, D.C.

You might not have known it—the media has been deliberately under-reporting the march of homosexual marriage across our nation—but the D.C. city council recently passed a measure allowing homosexual marriages to be performed in the district.

It could have been stopped by Congress,...READ MORE

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New Service For Pregnant Moms! The Abortion Doula!

03/02/2010 Comments (41)

Yes! No longer do pregnant moms have to make do with the services of ordinary doulas—women who assist them during or after the birth of a child and who aren’t midwives.

No! This is the twenty-first century, and now women—in New York City—have a brand new service available to them: the abortion doula.

These service-providers hang out on a web site called DoulaProject.Org, where they blog about their services and experiences. They have an e-mail list and a Facebook fan page, and their suggested reading section includes titles like, “The Girls Who Went Away: The Hidden Story of the Women Who Surrendered Children for Adoption in the Decades Before Roe v. Wade.”

Imagine that! It’s so much...READ MORE

Filed under abortion, dr. frankenstein's medicine show, sin-as-an-ideology

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Jimmy was born in Texas, grew up nominally Protestant, but at age 20 experienced a profound conversion to Christ. Planning on becoming a Protestant pastor or seminary professor, he started an intensive study of the Bible. But the more he immersed himself in Scripture the more he found to support the Catholic faith. Eventually, he entered the Catholic Church. His conversion story, "A Triumph and a Tragedy," is published in Surprised by Truth. Besides being an author, Jimmy is a Senior Apologist at Catholic Answers, a contributing editor to This Rock magazine, and a weekly guest on "Catholic Answers Live."