A thousand years ago, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexuality : The Conversation


Pope Francis has spoken openly about homosexuality. In a recent interview, the pope said that homosexual tendencies “are not a sin.” And a few years ago, in comments made during an in-flight interview, he said,

“If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

However, the pope has also discouraged homosexual men from entering the priesthood. He categorically stated in another interview that for one with homosexual tendencies, the “ministry or the consecrated life is not his place.”

Many gay priests, when interviewed by The New York Times, characterized themselves as being in a “cage” as a result of the church’s policies on homosexuality.

As a scholar specializing in the history of the Catholic Church and gender studies, I can attest that 1,000 years ago, gay priests were not so restricted. In earlier centuries, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexual activity among priests or laypeople.

Open admission of same-sex desires

 

Source: A thousand years ago, the Catholic Church paid little attention to homosexuality : The Conversation

Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian


The pope addresses a crowd of half a million people in Dublin at the closing event of a fraught two-day trip to Ireland, which has been dominated by the issue of sexual and institutional abuse in the Catholic church. In his penitential prayer, the pope listed specific forms of abuse, including sexual crimes and forced or coerced adoptions.

 

Source: Pope Francis makes plea for forgiveness in Dublin as Ireland trip ends – video | World news | The Guardian

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Pope begs forgiveness for abuse scandals as Ireland trip ends | The Guardian

Pope begs forgiveness for ‘state of shame’ inflicted on Ireland | Reuters

 

Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion – CNN.com


I suppose it is a start in the modernisation of the Catholic Church, for it has only taken some 20 centuries to create some progress, how many more centuries for more.

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Pope Francis has extended indefinitely the power of Catholic priests to forgive abortions, making the announcement in an apostolic letter released Monday.

Source: Pope Francis extends power to forgive abortion – CNN.com

The French Catholic Church is involved in a deepening sexual abuse cover-up | DeadState


A French cardinal accused of covering up the sexual abuse of children by a priest faced new accusations on Wednesday that he had promoted another cleric despite the man having a previous conviction .

Source: The French Catholic Church is involved in a deepening sexual abuse cover-up | DeadState

Catholic church tells bishops that it’s ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report sex abuse by priests | DeadState


A training document released last week by the Vatican, which was issued to newly inducted bishops, states that it is “not necessarily” their duty to report accusations of clerical child abuse and that “only victims or their families should make the decision to report abuse to police.”

Source: Catholic church tells bishops that it’s ‘not necessarily’ their duty to report sex abuse by priests | DeadState

Pope Francis says all priests can forgive women who’ve had abortions


A Pope who feels and shows consideration for the members of the Catholic Church in these more modern times.

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Pope Francis says all priests can forgive women who’ve had abortions
http://www.cnn.com/2015/09/01/europe/pope-francis-abortion/index.html

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Are They Better Than Me?


Are they Better Tan Me? from the blog of Attenti at Lupo

There have been over the years many instances of actions of abuse in the Catholic Church, which have, until recently, been kept secret, but lets hope this, from now on, will not be so.

There is the adage that ‘you look after your own’ and this is certainly true of the Catholic Church of the past, now lets hope that it is not of the current and certainly the future. Unfortunately this is not only true of the Catholic Church but of many other institutions, all need to be cleansed, but that will never be the end, for abuse will always be there, so it is the responsibility of all to be forever vigilant. Then when it does occur, the abusers needs to be dealt with and those at risk of harm be protected.

The answer to the ‘Title’ is no, they just believe they are.

Attenti al Lupo

Priest2(photo from Telegraph.co.uk)

This is Neil Gallanagh. The Church decided not to unfrock him even if abused boys.

Deaf boys.

Priest3(photo from The Guardian.Com)

Bernard Cardinal Law covered-up hundreds of sexual abuse of children by priests of the Archdiocese of Boston.

He’s still inside the Church.

John Paul II (yes, the so called Saint) in 2004 made him archpriest of St. Mary Major, one of the Eternal City’s four Patriarchal basilicas.

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