Topic / Catholicism

Commies planted paedophiles in the Roman Catholic Church

Iben Thranholm,  a right-wing religious extremist from Denmark, is convinced that sexual abuse scandals engulfing the Catholic Church are the result of a communist plot to destroy the church from within. In a Life Site News op-ed she writes: Sexual abuse of minors and the practice of homosexuality is the perfect way to demoralize the […]

Lib Dems in Scotland get cold feet over religious education

A headline last week in The Scottish Catholic Observer read ‘Lib Dems to consider adopting policy to end Catholic education in Scotland’ – and in the report a church spokesperson was quoted as saying ‘This deeply illiberal motion shows contempt for religious freedom and discriminates against parents who choose to send their children to Catholic […]

Bleak picture of Catholic abuse revealed in new German probe

A sexual abuse commission funded by the German Bishops’ Conference found that 3,677 mostly male minors had been sexually abused by 1,670 priests between 1946 and 2014. Cardinal Reinhard Marx, above, had intended to make public the results of an independent research team’s probe on September 25, but, according to this report, two major German major […]

Yet another probe into Catholic cruelty is to be launched in US

Vermont Attorney General T J Donovan, above, announced yesterday (Friday) that officials in Burlington plan to open an investigation into a now-disused Catholic orphanage that was allegedly the site of extensive abuse that lasted for decades. One instance involved a boy who was allegedly pushed to his death from a window by a nun. According […]

NY probe into Catholic sex abuse blasted by Bill Donohue

News that the New York Attorney General’s office, headed by Barbara Underwood, has issued subpoenas to every Catholic diocese in the state with regard to Catholic sex abuse, has drawn a stinging rebuke from Bill Donohue, President the Catholic league. In a letter dated September 6, Donohue wrote: Your decision to launch a grand jury […]

Flanders politician re-ignites religious broadcasting debate

Last year Sven Gatz, above, Minister for Media in Flanders, tried unsuccessfully to abolish religious services on publicly funded media channels. Well, he’s trying again to get them banned, this time citing a service aired on radio and the television station VRT that called on women to be submissive to their husbands. According to the Guardian, […]

Catholic Church in Australia is far wealthier than it claimed

An investigation, published this week, reveals that the Catholic Church in Australia concealed its massive wealth when it gave evidence at major inquiries into child sexual abuse. In reality, according to this report, the church is worth tens of billions of dollars, making it one of the country’s biggest non-government property owners. At the same […]

Pope slammed for advocating psychiatry for young gays

On his way back from his bruising visit to Ireland, a beleaguered Pope Francis was plunged into yet another row – this time for suggesting that parents should seek psychiatric help for their gay children. According to this report, during a press conference aboard a flight from Ireland to Rome, Francis was asked what he […]

The standards of the day

Since the Pope’s weekend in Ireland is in the news, including here, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a peek into Ireland’s history with the Catholic church. We could look in many places; we could draw up headings such as Cruelty, Child Sexual Abuse, Unlawful Imprisonment, Miseducation, with subheads under each. We could […]

Thousands rally against Pope’s visit to a very different Ireland

When Pope John II came to Ireland in 1979 he was given rock star treatment by over 2.7 million people. Contrast that with Pope Francis’s visit at the weekend, when fewer that 130,000 of an expected 500,000 attended a Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. And to reinforce the message that country has shattered the chains […]