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Christopher Hitchens Takes On The Pope On Sex Abuse Cover Up

by @ Monday, April 5th, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

Funny how an atheist has a better moral handle on the sex abuse scandal than the Vicar of Christ:

H/T: United Liberty

Priest Accused of Abusing Teenager Hiding In India

by @ Monday, April 5th, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

And, it continues:
NEW DELHI (AP) — A Catholic priest charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl in Minnesota is working in his home diocese in India and has no plans to return to the U.S. to face the courts, he and his bishop told The Associated Press on Monday.
Church documents obtained by the AP show [...]

Cardinal Dismisses Sex Abuse Reports As “Petty Gossip”

by @ Monday, April 5th, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

At Easter Mass no less:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – A leading cardinal defended Pope Benedict at an unusual address at the pontiff’s Easter Sunday Mass, saying the Church would not be intimidated by “petty gossip” about sexual abuse of children by priests.
But in his own Easter address hours later, the pope, looking at times weary, did [...]

German Catholic Church Receives Surge Of Abuse Complaints

by @ Saturday, April 3rd, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

As was the case when the sexual abuse stories started coming out in the American Catholic Church, European Catholics are finding that they have a far bigger problem than they anticipated:
An abuse hotline set up by the Catholic Church in Germany melted down on its first day of operation as more than 4,000 alleged victims [...]

Vatican Priest Compares Uproar Over Priest Sex Abuse To Persecution Of The Jews

by @ Friday, April 2nd, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

If there were any further evidence needed that the inner sanctums of the Roman Catholic Church are completely disconnected from reality in their handling of the priest sex abuse scandals, this is it:
ROME — A senior Vatican priest speaking at a Good Friday service compared the uproar over sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church [...]

Instead Of Telling The Truth, Vatican Blames The Messenger

by @ Friday, April 2nd, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

The Vatican has decided that the best way to deal with decades of abuse and coverup is to attack The New York Times:
Rome, Italy (CNN) — A top Vatican official has harshly criticized The New York Times’ coverage of the Catholic sexual abuse crisis in a lengthy article posted on the Vatican Web site.
Cardinal William [...]

New Evidence Shows That Vatican Knew Of Abuse Cases In 1963

by @ Thursday, April 1st, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

A newly discovered letter written to the then-current Pope, Paul VI, shows that the Vatican was well aware of the growing sex abuse problem fifty years ago:
LOS ANGELES – The head of a Roman Catholic order that specialized in the treatment of pedophile priests visited with the then-pope nearly 50 years ago and followed up [...]

Vatican Desperate To Avoid Papal Deposition

by @ Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

There’s a lawsuit pending in Tennessee that could result in Pope Benedict XVI being put under oath and forced to give testimony about the Catholic Church’s sex abuse scandals:
VATICAN CITY — Dragged deeper than ever into the clerical sex abuse scandal, the Vatican is launching a legal defense that the church hopes will shield the [...]

New U.S. Sex Abuse Case May Implicate Pope Benedict In Coverup

by @ Wednesday, March 31st, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

A case in Miami may reach into the inner sanctums of the Vatican:
THE Vatican and Pope Benedict XVI have come under fire in the US for allegedly covering up for another predator priest and doing nothing to remove him from ministry.
Documents sent to AFP by lawyers representing a man who claims he was sexually abused [...]

Pope’s Palm Sunday Homily Indicates Vatican Prepared To Go To War Rather Than Come Clean

by @ Sunday, March 28th, 2010. Filed under Catholic Church, Religion

If Pope Benedict’s Palm Sunday homily is any indication, the Vatican is thinks that the best way to respond to the growing sex abuse scandal is to attack the messenger:
VATICAN CITY (Reuters) — Pope Benedict, facing one of the gravest crises of his pontificate as a sexual abuse scandal sweeps the Church, indicated on Sunday [...]

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