Catholicism

Woman who says she was abused spiritually and sexually by a once-famous Jesuit demands transparency

By Nicole Winfield — February 22, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Jesuits kicked Marko Rupnik out of the order last year after he refused to respond to allegations of spiritual, psychological and sexual abuses by about 20 women.

Texas attorney general moves to shut down Catholic migrant shelters

By Aleja Hertzler-McCain — February 21, 2024
RNS — The lawsuit from Ken Paxton’s office ‘seeks to revoke Annunciation House’s authorization to do business in Texas and asks the court to appoint a receiver to liquidate their assets.’

Nuns alleging abuse by former Jesuit Marko Rupnik plead with Francis for investigation

By Claire Giangravé — February 21, 2024
(RNS) — Disgraced Jesuit and famed artist Marko Rupnik is accused of abusing 20 of the 41 women in the religious community he founded.

Ex-Catholics in Rome reconnect with roots, spirituality in paganism

By Claire Giangravé — February 21, 2024
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — As Romans search for alternatives to Catholicism, some have turned to Jupiter, Minerva and Juno.

Despite reforms, victims say church’s in-house processes to handle sex abuse cases retraumatizes

By Nicole Winfield — February 21, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Despite new church laws to hold bishops accountable and promises to do better, the Catholic Church’s in-house legal system and pastoral response to victims has proven incapable of dealing with the problem.

Bipartisanship is dead; can it be resurrected?

By Thomas Reese — February 20, 2024
(RNS) — Partisanship is baked into our political system because of gerrymandering, primaries and campaign financing.

The Vatican’s problematic process to address clergy sex abuse cases, explained

By Nicole Winfield — February 20, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — Five years ago this week, Francis convened an unprecedented summit of bishops from around the world to impress on them that clergy abuse was a global problem and they needed to address it.

A prayer for Evita: Here’s why many Argentines are devoted to a first lady who died in 1952

By MarÍa Teresa HernÁndez — February 19, 2024
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Many union members think of Evita as their patron or gaze at her photos with nostalgia, feeling that she and her husband, three-time President Juan Domingo Perón, brought prosperity to their country.

The keeper of the Vatican’s secrets is retiring. Here’s what he wants you to know

By Nicole Winfield — February 19, 2024
VATICAN CITY (AP) — In a new book-length interview titled “Secretum” to be published Tuesday, Pagano divulges some of the unknown, lesser-known and behind-the-scenes details of well-known sagas of the Holy See and its relations with the outside world over the past 12 centuries.

New York Archdiocese denounces transgender activist’s funeral held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

By Brian P. D. Hannon — February 19, 2024
(AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York condemned the funeral of Cecilia Gentili, which was held in St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan and drew a large audience on Thursday.

Trump’s language of evil

By Phyllis Zagano — February 16, 2024
(RNS) — A manner of speaking is infesting our politics that is insulting to both the subject and the listener.

Catholic bishops in Mexico say they negotiated for possible peace accord with drug cartel leaders

By Fabiola SÁnchez — February 16, 2024
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Drug cartels and gangs in Mexico don't just sell or smuggle drugs; they extort money from nearly every line of business in territories they control.

Jordan Peterson wrestles with God

By Meagan Saliashvili — February 15, 2024
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (RNS) — In a new lecture tour to support a forthcoming book, the psychologist and public intellectual hews ever closer to Christianity, tantalizing fans who take their cues on converting from his secular but religiously curious thought.

In this centuries-old English pancake race, ‘you just have to go flat out’

By Brian Melley and Kwiyeon Ha — February 15, 2024
OLNEY, England (AP) — The race is held the day before the start of Lent, the Christian period of repentance and sacrifice before Easter.

Israel complains after Vatican denounces ‘carnage’ and disproportionate response in Gaza

By Associated Press — February 15, 2024
ROME (AP) — The Israeli Embassy to the Holy See called the comments by Cardinal Pietro Parolin, the Vatican secretary of state, “regrettable.”
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