Rome To Go Global on Sex Scandal?

04/12/2010 Comments (12)

News service Romereports.com is carrying a story stating that the Holy See will soon issue tough new norms regarding priestly sex abuse and that these norms will apply to the whole world. (Up to now the Holy See has allowed nations where a paedophlia scandal emerged to craft their own norms.)

According to the story,

The Vatican will prepare a set of new more efficient measures to prevent sex abuse in the Church. The measures are expected to be presented in the fall, but could be released sooner due to the urgent need for stronger policies.

The measures will be part of the Church’s ‘zero tolerance’ policy on sex abuse.

The goal is to implement the norms adopted by the Catholic...READ MORE

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Vatican Now Blogging

04/12/2010 Comment

Vatican Informations Service blog

The Vatican has taken to the blogosphere - well, kind of.

The Holy See press office announced today that the Vatican Information Service (VIS) launched a blog on April 9th at www.visnews.org in English, French, Spanish and Italian.

The Vatican says the page will be updated daily at around 3pm CET. 

It won’t generally contain opinion or analysis but instead offer the daily VIS bulletin, already sent out to subscribers by email for free. This is also available on the Vatican website although it’s not easy to find. 

The new blog contains all VIS bulletins going back to 1999 and has some useful links, as well as ones to the Vatican’s Twitter and YouTube pages. Readers can also comments...READ MORE

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Reality Show Abortions

04/12/2010 Comments (10)

Feminists want a little more reality. But only a little.

You might know the MTV show “16 and Pregnant,” which to its credit does show that getting pregnant isn’t all that great as an unmarried teen. But the show is being criticized by some self declared feminists who believe the show isn’t keeping it real enough.

Guess what they want? Come on. One guess. Ding Ding. More abortions!!!

Jessica Valenti, the creator of the Feministing blog, asked “Where are the pregnant teens who choose not to stay pregnant? Where are the abortions?”

She points out that nearly a third of teen pregnancies end in abortion yet the show has gone a full season with two adoptions but no abortions.

But if that’s...READ MORE

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These Nuns Are Totally Digital

04/09/2010 Comments (6)

This week’s Catholics in New Media will highlight a tiny, tech savvy group of Benedictine nuns in the United Kingdom. I don’t know a lot about them yet, but they seem to be doing an excellent job of integrating the tools of technology into the living out of their vocation.

The Benedictine nuns of Holy Trinity Monastery are located in East Hendred, UK - in the Roman Catholic diocese of Portsmouth - where they are committed to searching for God according to St Benedict’s threefold pattern of prayer, work and study. One of the things that makes them unique is that a lot of their work is digital. And they are using their website and other technology as an effective way to share their vocation...READ MORE

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Fr. Lombardi Issues Reflection on Crisis

04/09/2010 Comments (4)

The Holy See press office director, Father Federico Lombardi, today issued this helpful and thoughtful reflection on the sexual abuse crisis, reproduced in full below.

Following Holy Week, Holding Our Course

The debate concerning sexual abuse, and not only that committed by the clergy, continues with news items and comments of various kinds. How can we sail through these stormy waters while maintaining a secure course and responding to the evangelical motto ‘Duc in altum - Put out into the deep’?

In the first place, by continuing to seek truth, and peace for the victims. One of the most striking things is that today so many inner wounds are coming to light, wounds that also date to...READ MORE

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Your Goodbye Message To Bart Stupak?

04/09/2010 Comments (59)

Bart Stupak has finally gotten (or reacquired) a spine!

If the reporting from Politico is right, he’s finally stood up to Nancy Pelosi and Barack Obama!

He’s un-caved!

A little too late.

He’s decided, you see, not to run for re-election.

Politico reports:

Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Mich.), who had a central role in the health reform fight as the leader of anti-abortion Democrats, plans to announce Friday that he will not run for reelection, a Democratic official said. Without Stupak on the ballot, the seat becomes an immediate pickup opportunity for Republicans.

President Barack Obama called Stupak on Wednesday and asked him not to retire. Stupak, 58, also resisted entreaties from Speaker...READ MORE

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Twilight: Breaking Dawn's Fork in the Road

04/09/2010 Comments (9)

It’s hard to imagine any filmmaker making the final, and probably the most perverse, of Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight books into a good movie—let alone two movies, which is the plan. But Summit Entertainment is giving it their best shot: After discussions with a list of respected directors including Sofia Coppola, Steven Daldry and Gus Van Sant, Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters, Kinsey) has reportedly emerged as the front-runner, according to Deadline.com.

Summit’s Twilight series is the latest fantasy franchise to postpone the inevitable by doubling down on the final installment. Warner Bros’ Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens in November, but we won’t be saying goodbye to Harry...READ MORE

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Baltimore Archdiocese Sues to Protect Pro-Life Free Speech

04/09/2010 Comments (9)

This is one of those stories that leaves you wondering what the pro-choice crowd will come up with next. Have you heard about the laws in Baltimore (and now Austin!) that target the free speech and exercise of religion rights of pro-life pregnancy care centers?

The Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns is one target of recent city legislation requiring pro-life organizations to post signs stating that they do not provide abortion services or birth control.

The Archdiocese of Baltimore, which donates space to the pregnancy center, isn’t taking the legal bullying lying down. They’re suing:

“The lawsuit claims that pro-life groups are targeted by this ordinance which ‘targets for...READ MORE

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