News Story of the Day
4 . 6 . 15, First Things
The outcry against Pope Francis’s appointment of Chilean Bishop Juan Barros, who has long been associated with a child abusing priest of the Diocese of Osorno, has placed the pope’s “zero tolerance” policy against sexual abuse into question.
AUSTRALIA, The Australian, TESS LIVINGSTONE THE AUSTRALIAN APRIL 04, 2015
Leading up to Easter, initiatives on opposite sides of the world underlined the value of effective church leadership.
In Sydney, Archbishop Anthony Fisher announced 100,000 Catholic school students and their teachers would pause at noon each school day to pray the Angelus, an ancient prayer recalling the events of the Annunciation, when Mary, visited by the angel Gabriel, said yes to becoming the mother of God.
Jennifer Haselberger, 04/01/2015, Canonical Consultation and Services
There is a field of study in mathematics known as chaos theory. Students of 'chaotic' environments, which include natural systems such as weather and climate, note that even deterministic systems can produce unpredictable outcomes as a result of small differences in initial conditions.
Kristina Torres, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, 10:37 p.m. Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Victims of childhood sexual abuse would have additional time in Georgia to seek damages from their abusers, under a bill passed unanimously Tuesday by the Senate.
House Bill 17 would for the next two years extend the statute of limitations for civil suits for anyone who was sexually abused before the age of 18, allowing past victims to seek damages if they have not yet come forward.
Posted on March 4, 2015, 8:50 AM, New Indian Express, UCAN India
Former nun Anita of St. Agata Convent is all set to launch an indefinite hunger strike in front of her convent at Thottakkattukara, Ernakulam.
Michael Dantonio, Posted: 03/27/2015 5:27 pm EDT Updated: 03/27/2015 5:59 pm EDT, HuffingtonPost.com
In Rome, Vatican watchers like to say that the institutional Catholic Church measures time not with a clock, but with a calendar, and that its memory is as durable as the records in its archives, where Galileo's signature, preserved in the documents from his famous trial, looks like it was penned yesterday.
Mar. 26, 2015, National Catholic Reporter|
Two members of the new Vatican commission advising Pope Francis on clergy sexual abuse say they are both concerned and surprised at the pope's decision to appoint a bishop in Chile who is accused of covering up abuse, even witnessing it while he was a priest.
Speaking in brief NCR interviews Thursday in personal capacities, the commission members also said some in their group are considering traveling to Rome to speak to the pope face-to-face on the matter.
21 March 2015 by Elena Curti, The Tablet
Pope Francis must hope that his swift, decisive action against Cardinal Keith O'Brien will draw the line under a scandal that done great harm to the Church in Scotland and beyond.
The Pope's personal intervention lies behind the announcement last Friday that O'Brien is surrendering the duties and trappings of a cardinal and the repetition of his profound apologies for sexual misdemeanours.
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