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The lavish homes of American archbishops / CNN Belief Blog

Records reveal that 10 of the country’s top church leaders defy the Pope’s example and live in residences worth more than $1 million.

“Clearly, ‘lifestyles of the rich and religious’ doesn’t cut it for Pope Francis. The pontiff has said it ‘breaks my heart’ to see priests and nuns driving the latest-model cars. He’s blasted ‘airport bishops’ who spend more time jet-setting than tending to their flocks. And he’s warned against church leaders who bear the ‘psychology of princes.’ The Vatican fired one such ‘prince’ last year: German Bishop Franz-Peter Tebartz-van Elst — aka ‘The Bishop of Bling’ — who spent $43 million to remodel his opulent pad. ‘God save us from a worldly Church with superficial spiritual and pastoral trappings!’ Francis said in his book-length blueprint for the church. Say what you will, but this Pope puts his preaching into practice.”

By Daniel Burke, CNN Belief Blog Editor — Click here to read the rest of this article.

 

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“Betrayed by Silence”

The hour-long documentary Betrayed by Silence on Minnesota Public Radio presents the systemic coverup by three archbishops of the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese, including the current one, over the sexual abuse of children in that diocese — all the while, the archbishops were professing publicly to the contrary. Whether one believes it represents lying, denial, or anything else, the piece demonstrates conclusively what has become the systemic pattern of Catholic hierarchy’s response to the pervasive evidence of sexual abuse of children by clergy. In no other part of our society would such blatant contradictions be tolerated without accountability of those responsible.

Click here to listen to this documentary.

Posted by William Casey, former Voice of the Faithful® Board of Trustees Chairman

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