Tag: Roman Catholic Church

50 Jesuits Are Named as Abusers, Including Some From Top-Ranked N.Y. Catholic Schools

The schools are among the most recognizable Catholic institutions in New York, with reputations extending far beyond the church’s followers and the city’s borders: Xavier, Regis, Brooklyn Prep, Fordham Prep. They educated many in the city’s Catholic elite, producing politicians, authors, academics and at least one Supreme Court justice. They […]

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Congo President Didn’t Run for Re-election, but He’s Still in Control

KINSHASA, Democratic Republic of Congo — The blaze that consumed the headquarters of the main opposition party of the Democratic Republic of Congo was so devastating that several men were charred beyond recognition, their bodies among dozens killed protesting the rule of President Joseph Kabila. “We’re dealing with a rogue […]

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Congo’s Almost Free Election

The Democratic Republic of Congo, the former Zaire, is one of the richest countries of the world in natural resources. But it also has a long and dismal history of colonial exploitation, dictatorial rule and war that has left its citizens among the poorest people of the world. That is […]

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Victims of Abuse by Religious Order Priests Say Their Claims Fall Through the Cracks

When Larry Antonsen decided to report a priest who sexually abused him during high school, he believed the Archdiocese of Chicago was the right place to go. Mr. Antonsen and his wife were lifelong churchgoers who sent their children to Sunday school and counted themselves as members of a parish […]

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Opposition Leader Is Seen by Church as Winning Congo Vote

LONDON — The Catholic Church, one of the few trusted institutions in Congo, has determined that a leading opposition candidate won this week’s presidential elections, a senior Western official and a presidential adviser said on Friday, setting up a potential confrontation with the Congolese government. The candidate, Martin Fayulu, a […]

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As Ukraine and Russia Battle Over Orthodoxy, Schism Looms

CHERNYTSYA, Ukraine — Ukraine is on the verge of opening the biggest schism in Christianity in centuries, as it breaks from the authority of a Moscow-based patriarch and this week expects to formally gain recognition for its own church, taking tens of millions of followers. Intensifying a millennium-old religious struggle […]

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He Was a Gay Man on Staff at a Catholic Parish. Then the Threats Began Coming In.

SAN DIEGO — When Antonio Aaron Bianco arrived for work at his Roman Catholic church office on a recent Monday morning, he was rattled to discover that someone had broken into the conference room and spray-painted a message in large yellow letters on the wall. It said “No Fags.” For […]

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Pope Francis, in Christmas Day Message, Emphasizes ‘Fraternity’

ROME — As nationalist forces rise globally and populist leaders emphasize the primacy of their own people, Pope Francis used his annual Christmas Day address on Tuesday to voice his conviction that all humans are part of an extended holy family that has lost its sense of fraternity. “My wish […]

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Illinois Attorney General Says Catholic Church Withheld Names of at Least 500 Accused Priests

A scathing report by the Illinois attorney general accused the Roman Catholic Church in the state of failing the victims of clergy sexual abuse by neglecting to investigate their allegations against priests and finding flimsy reasons to dismiss their claims. The names of more than 500 priests who were accused […]

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Priest Pulled From Funerals After Repeatedly Citing Teenager’s Suicide in ‘Pastoral Disaster’

Days before the funeral for their son, who at the age of 18 took his own life, Jeff and Linda Hullibarger met with their parish priest to discuss the homily to be given. The Hullibargers wanted it to be about the life of their son, Maison, not the manner of […]

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Mexico City Dispatch: Virgin of Guadalupe Is ‘No. 1 Mother’ in Mexico, a Binding Force Across Divides

MEXICO CITY — His mother was grievously ill, nearing death. So Jesús Vicuña, 17, made a deal with the heavens. In his prayers for her recovery, he vowed to make a certain painful sacrifice in exchange. Which is how he found himself the other day walking on his knees, under […]

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The Return of Paganism

Here are some generally agreed-upon facts about religious trends in the United States. Institutional Christianity has weakened drastically since the 1960s. Lots of people who once would have been lukewarm Christmas-and-Easter churchgoers now identify as having “no religion” or being “spiritual but not religious.” The mainline-Protestant establishment is an establishment […]

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The Saturday Profile: The ‘It’ ’80s Party Girl Is Now a Defender of the Catholic Faith

REGENSBURG, Germany — Princess Gloria von Thurn und Taxis breezed through her 500-room German palace, keys in hand and a bracelet of rubies and a Virgin Mary charm on her wrist. She stopped to admire the ornate chapel where her great-grandmother-in-law Crown Princess Helene had died in bed and where […]

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Investigators Raid Offices of President of U.S. Catholic Bishops

Nearly 50 local and federal law enforcement officers conducted a surprise search of the offices of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston on Wednesday, looking for evidence in a clergy sexual abuse case that has ensnared the local archbishop, Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, who also serves as president of the […]

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Brooklyn Diocese to Pay $27.5 Million to Settle 4 Sex Abuse Cases

Four men who were repeatedly sexually abused as children by a religion teacher at a Catholic church in Brooklyn received a $27.5 million settlement from the Diocese of Brooklyn on Tuesday, in one of the largest settlements ever awarded to individual victims of sexual abuse within the Catholic Church. The […]

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Pope Calls World’s Bishops to Meeting on Sexual Abuse of Children

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis has summoned to Rome the presidents of the world’s bishops conferences for a meeting focused on protecting minors, the Vatican announced on Wednesday, as the pontiff wrestles with a global clerical sexual abuse crisis and explosive accusations of a cover-up that have shaken his papacy […]

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Letter confirms Vatican received McCarrick complaint in 2000

VATICAN CITY (AP) — A 2006 letter from a top Vatican official confirms that the Holy See received information in 2000 about the sexual misconduct of now-resigned U.S. cardinal, lending credibility to bombshell accusations of a cover-up at the highest echelons of the Roman Catholic Church. Catholic News Service, the news agency of the U.S. […]

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The Man Who Took On the Pope: The Story Behind the Viganò Letter

ROME — At 9:30 a.m. last Wednesday, Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò showed up at the Rome apartment of a conservative Vatican reporter with a simple clerical collar, a Rocky Mountains baseball cap and an explosive story to tell. Archbishop Viganò, the former chief Vatican diplomat in the United States, spent […]

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Calls Grow for Cardinal Wuerl to Resign Over Handling of Sex Abuse Allegations

WASHINGTON — As the Archdiocese of Washington celebrated the opening of school with a special Mass on Tuesday, a group of teachers instead marked the occasion by calling for the removal of the capital’s embattled archbishop, Cardinal Donald Wuerl. The cardinal is among several American Catholic leaders implicated in the […]

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