China enforces new draconian laws against the clergy

China 05/30/21, 19:34

China has imposed new draconian regulations requiring clergy to follow the essential values of communism and promote the 'sinicization of religion'—using intimidation of criminal repercussions—in a further blow to Pope Francis' secret Sino-Vatican concordat. The Communist Party of China's (CCP) State Bureau of Religious Affairs (SBRA) on May 1 released the ...

Religious monuments destroyed every two weeks in France: Authorities neglect

World 05/09/21, 18:23

In an alarming disclosure, every two weeks, a religious structure in France vanishes—primarily due to arson and vandalism. The conclusion was drawn by the president of the Observatoire du patrimoine religieux (Observatory of Religious Heritage) in Paris, Edouard de Lamaze. His alarm came after a fire on April 15 in Romilly-la-Puthenaye, Normandy, ...

Justice Department backs Catholic archdiocese that dismissed gay teacher

U.S. 09/29/19, 10:09

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement of interest on Friday, Sept. 27, in support of a Roman Catholic archbishop’s decision that led to the firing of a gay, married teacher.  The Justice Department statement says the First Amendment gives the diocese the right to apply Catholic doctrine in employment ...

Catholic Bishop bans Illinois pro-abortion politicians from Holy Communion

U.S. 06/10/19, 13:49

The Catholic bishop in Springfield, Illinois, banned Holy Communion to Catholic lawmakers who voted for an extreme abortion law that also repeals decades-old restrictions on abortions in Illinois. Bishop Thomas Paprocki issued the decree on June 2. Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan, and Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, both Catholics, have ...

Catholic church vandalized with pro-abortion graffiti

U.S. 05/20/19, 17:22

Catholic parishioners in Pennsylvania discovered Sunday that a vandal spray-painted their church with pro-abortion graffiti, sparking public outcry and a police investigation. The as yet unidentified culprit wrote, “You do not have the right to decide how others lives,” in black spray paint across the glass doors of the Notre Dame ...

Poland’s church leader says sex abuse reports not an attack

Europe 05/17/19, 09:38

Contradicting claims by Poland's ruling party leader, the head of Poland's Catholic church says recent revelations about priests abusing minors are not attacks on the church but will help its cleansing. Poland's primate, Archbishop Wojciech Polak, was referring to a documentary film, "Tell No One," that contains testimony by men and ...

Poland vows firm penalties for sex abuse amid church crisis

Europe 05/14/19, 07:55

Poland's prime minister is vowing tougher punishments for those who sexually abuse minors after a new film spurred the country into grappling with the problem of abuse by priests. The documentary "Tell No One" has triggered soul searching in the deeply Catholic country since it was released on Saturday on YouTube. Shock ...

Rural Catholic church defies Sri Lanka threats, holds Mass

World 04/30/19, 04:44

The checkpoints started just outside of an east Sri Lanka village, the strictest seen in the days after Islamic State-aligned militants launched suicide attacks that killed over 250 people.The trucks stopped first, soldiers digging through crates and produce. Buses disgorged their passengers. Cars lined up single file so soldiers could ...

French bishops agree to compensation for sex abuse victims

Europe 02/22/19, 02:24

A French Catholic Church official says the country's bishops have "agreed in principle" to provide financial compensation to sex abuse victims whose cases are too old to be taken to court. Vincent Neymon, the deputy general secretary of the French bishops' conference, says he hopes a system for making "a financial ...

Vatican’s legal procedures for handling sex abuse, explained

World 02/21/19, 03:31

For centuries, the Vatican's canon law system busied itself with banning books and dispensing punishments that included burnings at the stake for heretics. These days, the Vatican office that eventually replaced the Roman Catholic Inquisition is knee-deep in processing clergy sex abuse cases. The procedures of the Congregation for the Doctrine ...

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