Archive for January, 2013

German Catholic Church Calls Off What Promised to Be an Extensive Examination of Clergy Sexual Abuse

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California: Archdiocese Loses Ruling on Releasing Records of Clergy Sexual Abuse Allegations

California: Archdiocese Loses Ruling on Records

A Los Angeles judge ruled Monday that the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles must release the names of high-ranking church officials included in some 30,000 pages of confidential records about priests accused of sexually abusing children. The decision reverses a ruling by a judge who said he worried that including the names could further embarrass the church. But in her ruling Monday, Judge Emilie H. Elias said the public’s right to know how the nation’s largest archdiocese handled molesting charges outweighed other concerns. The records include reports of abuse, letters to the Vatican and psychiatric reports and are likely to be released in the next several weeks, lawyers said. The Los Angeles Times and The Associated Press had filed an objection to the previous ruling that all names of church employees, including Cardinal Roger M. Mahony, would be blacked out.”

National News Briefing by Jennifer Medina, The New York Times

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Romanizers vis-à-vis Judaizers: Is Overstressing Law as ‘Stupid’ Now as When Paul Applied it to the Galatians?

Stupid Catholics? Does Paul’s Adjective for the Galatian Church Apply Today?

Lately the term stupid has been used quite frequently. On the left, Chris Matthews of MSNBC called himself ‘not just stupid, but wrong’ for making remarks about Hurricane Sandy’s potential impact on politics. On the right, after the election, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana said that Republicans should ‘stop being the stupid party.’ Beyond politics and after Sandy, Bloomberg Businessweek had a cover feature that pictured a flooded city street in virtual darkness with the words: ‘It’s Global Warming, Stupid … ‘

“Stupid has a religious meaning too. This insight came to me on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council, Oct. 11, 2012. I live in a Capuchin Franciscan community, where we share faith around each day’s Scriptures. The readings for Oct. 11 came from Galatians 3:1-5 and Luke 11:5-13. Both involve the Spirit’s power in the community of believers. In this context, to undermine the power of the Spirit by an overstress on the law, Paul said, would be ‘stupid …’

“From the above texts [and others the author cites] it seems that anontos [the greek translation for ‘stupid’ in Paul’s text ] refers to believers who have reverted to some ‘other gospel’ or teaching that is undermining the integrity of the Spirit-grounded Gospel they once embraced. This certainly represents the case in Galatians. Unnamed ‘Judaizers’ (Galatians 2:14) had effectively undermined Paul’s Gospel about the death, resurrection and embodiment of the Spirit of the Risen One in the community by an overstress on the law. Today we might call them the ‘Romanizers … ‘”

By Michael Crosby, a Capuchin Franciscan priest who lives in Milwaukee, in National Catholic Reporter

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Second in a Series — Bishops Investigating US Nuns Have Poor Records on Sex Abuse Cases

This is the second in a series of articles, being jointly reported by NCR and, that examines the background and the principal players in the Vatican’s investigations of U.S. women religious.

Bishops Investigating US Nuns Have Poor Records on Sex Abuse Cases

From its palace in Vatican City, the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith monitors compliance with Roman Catholic moral teaching and matters of dogma for the oldest church in Christendom. These issues have little bearing on most of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. Faith, for them, rests in parish life and the quality of their pastors. In the 1980s, for example, when the congregation punished theologians who dissented from the papal ban on artificial birth control, the majority of Catholics who believe contraception is morally acceptable did not change their opinion … ” By Jason Berry in National Catholic Reporter

Click here to read the first article in this series, which appeared in

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Clergy Sexual Abuse Listed among ‘Ways Religion Shaped News’ & ‘Most Under-Covered Vatican Stories’ in 2012

From Nuns to ‘Nones,’ 10 Ways Religion Shaped the News in 2012

From the nuns to the “nones,” religion dominated the headlines throughout 2012. Faith was a persistent theme in the presidential race, and moral and ethical questions surrounded budget debates, mass killings and an unexpected focus on “religious freedom.” Here are 10 ways religion made news in 2012.” By Kevin Eckstrom, Religion News Service

Top Five Under-Covered Vatican Stories of 2012

Now that the dust has settled on the New Year’s holiday, it’s time for my annual run-down of the most under-covered Vatican stories. By that, I mean those stories that fell through the cracks in the last year or that didn’t quite generate the buzz they really deserved.” By John L. Allen, Jr., National Catholic Reporter

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Fallout Over Money Laundering Rules Means Vatican Can’t Accept Credit Cards

It’s Cash Only Now for Tourists at the Vatican

It’s “cash only” now for tourists at the Vatican wanting to pay for museum tickets, souvenirs and other services after Italy’s central bank decided to block electronic payments, including credit cards, at the tiny city-state.” By Frances D’Emilio, Associated Press

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