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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Jul 20, 2013 Pope, in an Angered Brazil, to Focus on Social Justice
QUOTE: As archbishop of Buenos Aires, Francis never showed much sympathy for liberation theology, but since he assumed the papacy, signs abound that a truce is now in effect, at least temporarily....Francis took a symbolically important step that liberation theologians here and elsewhere in Latin America interpreted as a peace offering. The beatification of Bishop Óscar Romero, a Salvadoran who was killed by a right-wing death squad in 1980 and is considered a martyr by many disciples of liberation theology, had been frozen since 2005, the year Benedict assumed the papacy, but Francis almost immediately ordered it reopened.
New York Times Mar 15, 2013 Vatican Rejects Claims of Pope’s Ties to Argentina’s ‘Dirty War’
QUOTE: Reacting with unusual swiftness, the Vatican on Friday rejected any suggestion that Pope Francis of Argentina was implicated in his country’s so-called Dirty War during the 1970s, tackling the issue just two days after the pontiff’s election.
New York Times Mar 04, 2013 Embattled Scottish Cardinal O'Brien apologizes for 'my sexual conduct'
QUOTE: A Scottish cardinal who had earlier challenged allegations of sexual impropriety -- claims that once again shined an international spotlight on alleged sexual abuse involving Roman Catholic clergy -- reversed course Sunday and apologized....Two Italian publications said Benedict, 85, resigned not because of his advanced age but because of a brewing scandal over the blackmail of gay priests by male prostitutes in Rome.
CNN (Cable News Network) Jan 26, 2013 Lawyers for Catholic hospital argue that a fetus is not a person
QUOTE: Life begins at conception, according to the Catholic Church, but in a wrongful death suit in Colorado, a Catholic health care company has argued just the opposite.
CNN (Cable News Network) Apr 26, 2012 Teacher who was fired after fertility treatments sues diocese
QUOTE: ...Herx's case bears some of the hallmarks of the case of Cheryl Perich, a former teacher who was fired from a religious school in Michigan after taking a medical leave of absence in 2004. At issue was whether the Americans with Disabilities Act applies to hiring and firing decisions involving "ministerial employees," such as teachers who teach secular subjects. The U.S. Supreme Court decided that Perich -- who taught secular subjects along with a religion class -- was considered a "minister" and could in fact be fired based on church doctrine.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 24, 2012 Attorneys: Cardinal ordered memo on priests destroyed
QUOTE: A Philadelphia archdiocese official on trial for allegedly covering up the sexual abuse of children has asked a court to throw out charges against him based on a 1994 memo showing Cardinal Anthony Bevilacqua ordered a list of suspected abusive Catholic priests to be destroyed. Attorneys for Monsignor William Lynn asked a Philadelphia court to dismiss charges of conspiracy and child endangerment based on documents that Lynn had informed his superiors -- including the cardinal -- that priests in the archdiocese were assaulting children.
CNN (Cable News Network) Feb 10, 2012 N.Y. Law on Contraceptives Already in Place, and Catholic Institutions Comply
QUOTE: Some New York Catholic institutions...chose to self-insure rather than pay for contraception after New York State adopted a requirement in 2002 that any insurance policy with a prescription drug benefit provide coverage for birth control. The requirement has a narrow exemption that applies to policies provided by houses of worship, but not to most other religiously affiliated employers. But some Catholic institutions now offer health insurance plans that include contraceptive drugs among the services they cover for employees and students, though with caveats.
New York Times Sep 03, 2011 Vatican rejects Irish criticism over child sex abuse by priests
QUOTE: The Vatican has rejected criticism that church leaders sought to cover up extensive abuse of young people by priests in Ireland...Kenny claimed the report exposed the Vatican as trying to hinder an inquiry into child sex abuse for its own benefit and said it revealed the "dysfunction, the disconnection, the elitism that dominate the culture of the Vatican to this day."
CNN (Cable News Network) Jun 21, 2011 Bible condemns a lot, so why focus on homosexuality? (My Take)
QUOTE: Yale New Testament professor Dale B. Martin has noted that today’s "pro-family" activism, despite its pretense to be representing traditional Christian values, would have been considered “heresy” for most of the church’s history.
CNN (Cable News Network) May 25, 2011 Irish Church's Forgotten Victims Take Case to U.N.
QUOTE: An estimated 30,000 women were sent to church-run laundries, where they were abused and worked for years with no pay... No one has taken responsibility for what happened in the laundries.
New York Times Mar 08, 2011 21 Priests Suspended in Philadelphia
QUOTE: The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Tuesday that it had suspended 21 priests from active ministry in connection with accusations that involved sexual abuse or otherwise inappropriate behavior with minors... The archdiocese’s action follows a damning grand jury report issued Feb. 10 that accused the archdiocese of a widespread cover-up of predatory priests, stretching over decades.
New York Times May 25, 2010 Sacred and Secular Mix in Turkey’s Museums
QUOTE: The museum is nothing less than an attempt to shape a modern mythology in which Turkish history becomes part of a single coherent tradition culminating in the modern secular state. This effort to shape a tradition accounting for the triumph of the Turk may also be the reason for the way the 1915 massacres of Armenians are treated here.
New York Times May 02, 2010 Abuse Case Offers a View of the Vatican’s Politics
QUOTE: it took Cardinal Ratzinger — by then Pope Benedict — until 2006, eight years after the case went before him, to address Father Maciel’s abuses by removing him from priestly duties...And on Saturday, four years after that, the Vatican announced that Benedict would appoint a special delegate to run the powerful worldwide order that Father Maciel founded, the Legionaries of Christ, and establish a commission to examine its constitution.
New York Times Apr 02, 2010 Vatican Priest Likens Criticism Over Abuse to Anti-Semitism
QUOTE: A senior Vatican priest, speaking before Pope Benedict XVI at a Good Friday service, compared the world’s outrage at sexual abuse scandals in the Catholic Church to the persecution of the Jews, prompting angry responses from victims’ advocates and consternation from Jewish groups.
New York Times Mar 25, 2010 Vatican says it was unaware of alleged American priest abuse
QUOTE: The Vatican said it didn't learn of an American priest accused of molesting up to 200 boys until 20 years after civil authorities investigated -- then dropped -- the case.
CNN (Cable News Network) Mar 24, 2010 Abuse Scandal’s Ripples Spread Across Europe
QUOTE: The fallout from the sexual abuse scandal in the Roman Catholic Church settled across Europe on Wednesday, as prosecutors said they were weighing criminal charges against a priest suspected of molesting children in Germany, and Pope Benedict XVI accepted the resignation of a bishop accused of mishandling allegations of abuse in Ireland.
New York Times Oct 27, 2009 Can We Talk About Religion, Please? (Moral of the Story)
QUOTE: despite the risk of provoking the ire of believers, we should discuss the actions of religious institutions as we would those of all others — courteously and vigorously....it is disheartening that the editorial pages of our most important newspapers did not castigate the Vatican’s invitation to misogyny and homophobia.
New York Times Jul 28, 2009 Call to reverse Nicaragua's abortion ban
QUOTE: The human rights group [Amnesty International] argues that banning so-called therapeutic abortions - undertaken in order to preserve the health of the mother - not only endangers lives but also puts medical professionals in an "unconscionable" position.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Jul 02, 2009 U.S. Nuns Facing Vatican Scrutiny
QUOTE: The Vatican is quietly conducting two sweeping investigations of American nuns, a development that has startled and dismayed nuns who fear they are the targets of a doctrinal inquisition.
New York Times May 20, 2009 Report Details Abuses in Irish Reformatories
QUOTE: The report is based on old church records of unreported abuse cases and on the anonymous testimony of 1,060 former students from a variety of 216 mostly church-run institutions....It exposes for the first time the scope of the problem in Ireland, as well as how the government and the church colluded in perpetuating an abusive system.
New York Times Dec 02, 2008 Guantanamo 'a stain on US military'
QUOTE: The tribunals used for putting suspects on trial at Guantanamo Bay are a "stain on America's military", a former military prosecutor has told the BBC in his first interview since resigning.
British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) Nov 18, 2008 Protests Over a Rule to Protect Health Providers
QUOTE: A last-minute Bush administration plan to grant sweeping new protections to health care providers who oppose abortion and other procedures on religious or moral grounds has provoked a torrent of objections, including a strenuous protest from the government agency that enforces job discrimination laws.
New York Times May 20, 2008 Hybrid Embryo Research Endorsed
QUOTE: Hundreds of British scientists and medical organizations support the process and say it is necessary because of a shortage of human eggs and embryos for research. Cardinal Keith O'Brien, a leading figure in the Catholic Church, had described the research as a "monstrous attack on human rights, human dignity and human life." He said the bill would allow experiments of "Frankenstein proportion."
Washington Post Nov 21, 2007 Group Says St. Patrick’s Sells Sweatshop Goods
QUOTE: The group, the National Labor Committee, which has unearthed past examples of abusive work conditions, said it had bought crucifixes in the Roman Catholic cathedral that had been assembled by workers toiling under deplorable conditions.
New York Times Nov 05, 2007 2,000-Year-Old Christian Community in Iraq Gains a Spiritual First in Baghdad
QUOTE: Iraq’s Christians have fared poorly since the toppling of Saddam Hussein, whose government treated them well, needing their support. They have been persecuted primarily by Sunni Arab extremists, who brand them apostates and in some areas have bombed their churches and burned their homes.
New York Times Oct 17, 2007 Public Radio Station Halts Planned Parenthood Spots
QUOTE: The decision has also started a heated public debate, which Planned Parenthood has encouraged, over whether the station’s news content is independent and, ultimately, whether the station should separate itself from Duquesne, which founded it 58 years ago.
New York Times Sep 10, 2007 Prisons Purge Books on Faith From Libraries
QUOTE: The chaplains were directed by the Bureau of Prisons to clear the shelves of any books, tapes, CDs and videos that are not on a list of approved resources. In some prisons, the chaplains have recently dismantled libraries that had thousands of texts collected over decades, bought by the prisons, or donated by churches and religious groups.
New York Times Jul 16, 2007 'You Can't Put a Dollar Sign' on Trauma: Victims of Abuse By Clergy Speak About L.A. Payout
QUOTE: Those alleging sexual abuse by clergy members in the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles said yesterday that the record $660 million settlement from the church will go only part of the way toward healing their wounds.
Washington Post Jul 11, 2007 Dismay and anger as Pope declares Protestants cannot have churches
QUOTE: Protestant churches yesterday reacted with dismay to a new declaration approved by Pope Benedict XVI insisting they were mere "ecclesial communities" and their ministers effectively phonies with no right to give communion.
Guardian Unlimited Apr 25, 2007 Mexico City's Legislature Votes to Legalize Abortion
QUOTE: The bill, which was approved 46 to 19 and which Mayor Marcelo Ebrard has promised to sign into law, would make Mexico City the largest city in Latin America to legalize abortion and could give momentum to efforts to legalize the procedure nationwide in this predominantly Catholic country. Currently, abortion is allowed in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger.
Washington Post Apr 15, 2007 In Mexico, a Furious Debate Over Abortion: Catholic Church Fights Legislation
QUOTE: a furious cultural debate gripping this nation, which allows abortion only in limited cases, including rape and when the mother's life is in danger. Abortion opponents cite cases such as hers as evidence that abortion should be further curtailed; abortion rights advocates argue that the procedure should be decriminalized so that women have access to safe abortions. The debate has been ignited by two proposals to expand access to abortions in this overwhelmingly Catholic country, considered a regional trendsetter on social issues. Mexico City's legislature is widely expected to approve a law on April 24 that would decriminalize abortion and allow the procedure during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.
Washington Post Jan 09, 2007 A very Polish scandal: Why Poles are so upset that a priest collaborated with the Communists 30 years ago.
QUOTE: this scandal had a few twists: Instead of a politician, the authority figure in question was the newly appointed archbishop of Warsaw, Stanislaw Wielgus. Instead of political hacks and advisers, the behind-the-scenes maneuvers featured Pope Benedict and a slew of high-ranking priests. Instead of sex or money, the scandal resolved around the archbishop's alleged collaboration with the Communist secret police in the 1970s.
Slate Dec 02, 2006 L.A. Archdiocese to Pay $60 Million to Settle 45 Sex Abuse Cases
QUOTE: The deal, which involves incidents alleged to have occurred before 1955 and after 1986, constitutes the largest settlement made by the archdiocese and follows years of legal battles waged under the leadership of Cardinal Roger Mahony. The archdiocese still faces more than 500 lawsuits by other individuals alleging sexual abuse.
Washington Post Nov 30, 2006 In Croatia, another wary struggle with Holocaust: Museum attempts to confront toll of Jasenovac camp
QUOTE: As histories of the Holocaust go, that of the concentration camp at Jasenovac probably ranks among the most brutal...in the 61 years since the camp was closed, successive governments have written and rewritten history. Communist and nationalist rulers, Serbs and Croats, each pursuing their own ideological goals, have apportioned blame differently and alternately exaggerated or downplayed the number of those killed.
Boston Globe Oct 19, 2006 Muslim scholars write the pope - and everyone else
QUOTE: Thirty-eight Muslim scholars from 20 countries sent a letter to Pope Benedict XVI urging mutual tolerance and respect over the weekend, and 500 prominent Muslims signed a religious ruling rejecting violence against civilians on Tuesday. Neither got much publicity. But when Al Qaeda's No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahiri, issues his latest bloodcurdling threat it dominates the airwaves.
Christian Science Monitor Sep 06, 2006 In Europe, a search for what defines the EU's moral identity: Newer EU members struggle to promote a more traditional morality.
QUOTE: if EU member states started to turn their back on the European community and declare moral issues to be an internal affair, that would spell trouble, he says. "If, for instance, Poland were to introduce the death penalty and say, 'Well, we don't care what Europe feels about this because it's a matter of national sovereignty,' then I would be concerned."
Christian Science Monitor Aug 16, 2006 Can Criminals Hide in Churches? On the tradition of religious sanctuary.
QUOTE: Religious institutions in America don't have special permission to harbor criminals or protect them from the government. That hasn't stopped pastors from trying...In 2005, Congress passed a law that gives religious groups a limited right to recruit illegal aliens as church volunteers or missionaries.
Slate May 12, 2006 Colombian Court Legalizes Some Abortions
QUOTE: Colombia's highest court has legalized abortion under limited circumstances. The decision is expected to embolden women's rights groups across Latin America to use courts in their countries to try to roll back some of the world's most stringent abortion laws.
New York Times May 05, 2006 New Chinese Bishops Face Vatican Censure: Improved Relations Imperiled, Rome Says
QUOTE: ...blamed the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association for damaging Vatican-China ties...."If Hu wants to create a modern state, China must not involve itself in the inner workings of religious organizations..."
Washington Post Jan 18, 2006 Revolt Simmers at Church: Race and Catholic Hierarchy Inflame Dispute in D.C. Parish
QUOTE: ...butting heads with a 2,000-year-old institution is no easy task. People at every level of church hierarchy have told them the same thing: The Catholic Church is no democracy.
Washington Post Dec 19, 2005 Archbishop's Veracity Is Questioned
QUOTE: The Catholic Church teaches it is a sin to lie, but the doctrine of mental reservation allows for circumstances when it may be better to avoid the truth to serve a higher purpose.
Washington Post Dec 02, 2005 Letter Advises Against Gay Seminary Teachers: Experts Split on How It Will Affect Priests
QUOTE: In a letter accompanying its directive against the ordination of men with "deep-seated homosexual tendencies," the Vatican has told bishops that gay priests should not teach in Roman Catholic seminaries.
Washington Post Nov 23, 2005 Vatican Document Sets New Rules on Gays in Seminaries
QUOTE: The Vatican is ordering seminaries to bar candidates for the priesthood who "practice homosexuality," have "deeply rooted homosexual tendencies" or support "gay culture,"...
Washington Post Nov 14, 2005 Two Families Seek Church Accountability in Abuse Cases: Relatives of Slain Men Fault Lack of Safeguards Against Troubled Priests
QUOTE: They want a mechanism for punishing seminary rectors and bishops "who recklessly ordain troubled seminarians." They want disclosure of the names and whereabouts of "every admitted, proven or credibly accused Catholic cleric." They want each bishop to publicly acknowledge his mistakes, meet with victims and support legislation in all 50 states to lift the criminal and civil statutes of limitations in child sex abuse cases.
Washington Post Sep 23, 2005 Vatican Readies Policy on Gay Priests:Document to Forbid Ordination but Not Clearly Define 'Homosexual'
QUOTE: ...the document's symbolic impact is already rippling through the Roman Catholic Church and beyond, hailed by some as a much-needed antidote to a gay clerical subculture and derided by others as a misguided attempt to blame homosexuals for the church's pedophilia scandals.
Washington Post Aug 30, 2005 Military Wrestles With Disharmony Among Chaplains
QUOTE: After accusations this summer that evangelical chaplains, faculty and coaches were pressuring cadets at the Air Force Academy, the Air Force yesterday issued new guidelines on respect for religious minorities. In the Navy, evangelical Protestant chaplains are fighting what they say is a legacy of discrimination....
Washington Post Aug 22, 2005 Forcing a Look at Hospitals' Mission: Adventist Facilities Accused of Price-Gouging, Denying Care to Uninsured Patients
QUOTE: In the past year, lawyers for the poor have filed federal lawsuits in 22 states accusing nonprofit hospitals of failing to meet their tax-exempt obligations to provide indigent care.
Washington Post Aug 01, 2005 The Vatican's Terrorism Omission
QUOTE: Unless a country is absolutely flawless in its response to terrorism, the Vatican will not condemn terrorism against its civilian citizens. This seems to justify the killing of civilians as a protest against violation of international law.
FrontPageMagazine.com Jul 26, 2005 Nine Defy Vatican's Ban on Ordination of Women
QUOTE: Nine women in white robes knelt on the deck of a cruise boat Monday in religious ceremonies they say will make them the first female Catholic priests and deacons ordained in North America. The Roman Catholic Church immediately dismissed their claim.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2005 Boston Archdiocese, Insurer Settle on Abuse
QUOTE: The church filed a lawsuit against the insurer a year ago, soon after the archdiocese agreed to pay about $85 million to more than 500 people who alleged they had been molested by priests....Lumbermens said it was not responsible for abuse settlement payments because its policy covered accidents, not crimes.
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