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Mar 02, 2005 Take Two Tablets: The Supreme Court picks through the rubble of its Ten Commandments jurisprudence.

QUOTE: ...pair of [Supreme Court--Ed.] cases involving displays of the Ten Commandments on state property. At one level everything appears scholarly and doctrinal. Until you realize that the doctrine is a mess, and the justices are so tangled up in old tests, old glosses on old tests, and new glosses on new tests that they don't even know how to talk about the Establishment Clause cases, much less how to resolve them.

Slate
Oct 04, 2004 Catholic Group Loses Birth Control Appeal

QUOTE: The US Supreme Court refused Monday to disturb a ruling that forces some California religious organizations to pay for workers' contraceptive health insurance benefits.

Washington Post
Oct 01, 2004 How long should culpability last?

QUOTE: The charges against Bishop Dupre, like so many recent allegations against clergy, date back decades, and because of statutes of limitations, are beyond legal reach. The case has renewed attempts in Massachusetts to end those time limits in an effort, say advocates, to protect future victims and those who have yet to come forward.

Christian Science Monitor
Aug 13, 2004 Plan for Catholic Cathedral in Santa Ana Is Criticized

QUOTE: The protesters, most with lawsuits pending against the church, said that buying the home in a gated section of Santa Ana's Armstrong Ranch near South Coast Plaza illustrated the misplaced priorities of the diocese.

Los Angeles Times
Jun 28, 2004 The Bishops And Me: How I Squared Church and State

QUOTE: As a citizen I consider it preposterous and wrong for the political parties to impose an abortion litmus test on eligibility for their party's presidential nomination...But that is no reason for the bishops to make the same mistake by imposing a similar litmus test for the right to receive Communion.

Washington Post
Apr 11, 2004 For Catholic Politicians, a Hard Line

QUOTE: O'Malley's stance marks a major departure from the passivity and confusion with which most American Catholic bishops have approached -- and in many cases still approach -- the conundrum of the Catholic politician who declares that he or she is "personally opposed" to abortion but then, like Kerry, votes to support abortion rights.

Washington Post
Mar 26, 2004 Ireland Still Coming to Terms With Legacy of Schools' Abuse

QUOTE: ...youth institutions operated by the Roman Catholic Church with Irish government funding throughout much of the 20th century....they were subjected to "appalling conditions and deprivation," including "widespread and pervasive sexual abuse" by adults in positions of authority.

Washington Post
Mar 01, 2004 Settlement Hasn't Eased Their Pain; Payout to Abuse Victims Leaves a Void

QUOTE: The struggle for a legal settlement has consumed many victims....In recent years, suicides by clergy abuse victims have been reported in New Jersey, Rhode Island, Texas and other states.

Washington Post
Jan 07, 2004 Dioceses Are Moving Ahead on Abuse, Audit Finds

QUOTE: Auditors for the Roman Catholic Church have concluded that while most bishops have instituted the sexual abuse prevention measures they agreed to in 2002 they are still only beginning to respond appropriately to the problem of sexual abuse by priests and church employees.

New York Times
Dec 18, 2003 French President Urges Ban On Head Scarves in Schools: Chirac Confronts Spread of Islam

QUOTE: Warning that growing ethnic and religious divisions threaten to erode France's tradition of equality, President Jacques Chirac called Wednesday for a law that would ban Muslim head scarves and all other overt religious symbols from public schools.

Washington Post
Nov 19, 2003 Did Jackie O.'s Priest Betray Her?

QUOTE: Did Jackie Kennedy's priest violate canon law by allowing intimate conversations with her to made public? The late Rev. Richard McSorley, her "priest-confessor", is currently under fire for allowing an author to read excepts from her letters and his diary and to use them in a recent book.

Slate
Aug 14, 2003 Vatican backing sparks GM row

QUOTE: Plans being laid at the Vatican to throw the Pope's vast moral influence behind the cultivation of genetically modified crops have sparked a row within the church.

Guardian Unlimited
Apr 28, 2003 Call for women priests is cheered

QUOTE: The campaign for including women in the clergy has taken on a renewed vigor this past year.

Boston Globe
Apr 03, 2003 Boston Archdiocese Is Sued by San Bernardino Diocese

QUOTE: ...the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif...said Boston church officials gave assurances that the priest, the Rev. Paul R. Shanley, was in good standing, despite a record of sexual abuse when he transferred from Boston in 1990.

New York Times
Mar 25, 2003 Lifting Hope, One Job at a Time: Innovative Network of Catholic Schools for Low-Income Students Opens Doors -- and Eyes

QUOTE: The ancient, educationally oriented Catholic order says it is looking for more ways to help inner-city children. John Armstrong, secretary for secondary and pre-secondary education at the U.S. Jesuit Conference in Washington, said the focus is on students who without some help "would very likely not get into the Catholic school system and never get into the mainstream of business life and things like that."

Washington Post
Mar 04, 2003 Child's abortion after rape splits Nicaragua

QUOTE: Since returning to her homeland from next-door Costa Rica last month, the 9-year-old pregnant rape victim has touched off a whirlwind of controversy in this predominantly Roman Catholic country.

Miami Herald
Feb 11, 2003 L.I. Diocese Tricked Victims of Sexual Abuse, Panel Says

QUOTE: A Suffolk County grand jury accused...the Diocese of Rockville Centre... of protecting...at least 58 abusive priests with aggressive tactics that purported to help victims and their families but that actually used intimidation, claims of confidentiality, hush payments and other means to avoid lawsuits and publicity.

New York Times
Feb 11, 2003 N.Y. Grand Jury Faults Diocese On Handling of Sexual Abuse

QUOTE: After an eight-month investigation, a grand jury has reported that Roman Catholic officials protected 58 sexually abusive priests in a Long Island diocese, called the diocese's policy toward victims a sham and urged New York legislators to tighten state laws on child molestation.

Washington Post
Feb 02, 2003 Sexual abuse victim wants names, not silence

QUOTE: What separates this man's story from similar ones is his claim that Bentley not only molested him but also used him as what the victim described as a "share toy" and permitted other priests to sexually abuse him.

Times Union (Albany, Ny)
Feb 02, 2003 Congregations Reach Out to Welcome Gays to the Fold

QUOTE: ...an increasing number of churches are taking steps to show that they welcome gays and will treat them as equals in all aspects of congregational life.

Washington Post
Jan 31, 2003 The Guilt of the Church: Daniel Goldhagen, the author of A Moral Reckoning, calls upon the Catholic Church to face its legacy of anti-Semitism and its role in the Holocaust

QUOTE: "What must a religion of love and goodness do to confront its history of hatred and harm, and to perform restitution?"

Atlantic Online, The (Atlantic Monthly)
Dec 24, 2002 Boston Archdiocese Asks for Dismissal of All Suits

QUOTE: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston asked a judge yesterday to dismiss all the sexual abuse lawsuits against it on religious freedom grounds. The First Amendment, the archdiocese said, does not permit courts to tell churches how to conduct their internal affairs...

New York Times
Dec 04, 2002 More clergy abuse, secrecy cases: Records detail quiet shifting of rogue priests

QUOTE: ...their contention that the church's mishandling of notoriously abusive priests, including the now-defrocked and imprisoned John J. Geoghan, was standard procedure. They charge that the archdiocese worked furiously to hide its problem without concern for whether the priests would, in later assignments, abuse others - as they often did.

Boston Globe
Nov 12, 2002 U.S. Bishops Grapple With the Morality of War With Iraq

QUOTE: ...the nation's Roman Catholic bishops meeting here turned today to devising a statement to express their moral reservations about going to war against Iraq.

New York Times
Oct 24, 2002 Catholic Panel Named To Revise Abuse Policy: Church Moves Quickly

QUOTE: The Vatican and the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops yesterday named an eight-member commission to revise the American church's zero-tolerance policy toward sexual abuse by priests, which the Vatican refused last week to approve without changes.

Washington Post
Oct 11, 2002 Vatican Contemplates A Ban on Gay Priests

QUOTE: The Vatican is internally circulating draft proposals that would bar homosexuals from becoming priests, a policy...getting renewed attention in the wake of sex abuse scandals in the United States.

Washington Post
Aug 22, 2002 Retrograde on School Choice

QUOTE: ...it is deeply troubling that in their determination to thwart school choice programs...champions of equality would resort to invoking state constitutional provisions whose lineage lies in the sullied era of 19th-century bigotry against Catholics.

Washington Post
Aug 18, 2002 Bishops Proceed Cautiously in Carrying Out Abuse Policy

QUOTE: Two months after America's Roman Catholic bishops adopted broad new policies to defuse a sexual abuse crisis, 31 bishops say they have moved swiftly to remove or suspend 114 priests...

New York Times
Aug 16, 2002 Cardinal Egan Defends Record in Abuse Cases

QUOTE: "I think that we did this properly, as it was understood at that time, and I'm happy with what we did."

New York Times
Aug 11, 2002 Priests' Meeting Marks First Public Dissent Over Sex Abuse Policy

QUOTE: The convention of nearly 170 priests marked the first time since the June meeting of the bishops in Dallas that dissent was voiced publicly against zero tolerance...

Washington Post
Aug 03, 2002 Prelate Defends Retreat On Settlement

QUOTE: Cardinal Bernard F. Law testified today in defense of the Boston archdiocese's decision to back out of a multimillion-dollar settlement with 86 alleged victims of convicted pedophile and ex-priest John J. Geoghan.

Washington Post
Jul 30, 2002 Victims Group Says Nine Dioceses Broke Promise

QUOTE: ...despite the adoption of what the bishops call tough guidelines on abuse and a new policy of openness, some bishops have been slow to dismiss abusive priests or are still keeping them in the ministry, and are fighting to keep secret the lawsuits by people who say they are victims...

New York Times
Jul 12, 2002 Role of Bishops Is Now a Focus of Grand Juries

QUOTE: ...stepping up their inquiries into whether Roman Catholic bishops endangered children by ignoring the crimes....Some prominent Catholics and some legal scholars, though, say that prosecutors are fishing for votes.

New York Times
Jul 04, 2002 Ruling on Diocese's Privacy May Open Flood of Material

QUOTE: ...the First Amendment could not be construed as a blanket shield protecting the church from requests for information in inquiries into priestly assaults on children.

New York Times
Jun 13, 2002 Roman Catholic Church Faces Questions About Finances

QUOTE: ...American Roman Catholic church now faces a new wave of scrutiny about how its finances are handled, particularly because of the large and confidential settlements that dioceses have reached with victims of that abuse.

New York Times
Jun 08, 2002 Bishops Won't Meet with Victims Group

QUOTE: Weeks of dialogue between the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the main group that represents victims of sexual abuse by clergymen collapsed yesterday...

New York Times
Jun 07, 2002 Abuse Victims Sue to Void Secrecy Provisions of Settlements with Church

QUOTE: A victims' group filed a class-action lawsuit yesterday to void the secrecy provisions in all settlements signed by people who say they were sexually abused by Roman Catholic priests.

New York Times
Jun 05, 2002 Panel Recommends Dismissing Priests in New Abuse Cases

QUOTE: ...a committee of Roman Catholic bishops today proposed a mandatory set of procedures that would obligate American bishops to remove from the priesthood anyone who abuses a minor in the future.

New York Times
May 17, 2002 Tough Policies On Priests Stir Some Dissension in the Pews

QUOTE: ...many dioceses around the nation have already carried out what amount to zero-tolerance rules....surprised by the reaction of parishioners who think the new approach amounts to a witch hunt.

New York Times
May 14, 2002 Roman Catholic Church Shifts Legal Strategy: Aggressive Litigation Replaces Quiet Settlements

QUOTE: Besieged by hundreds of lawsuits accusing clergy and employees of abusing the faithful... [the Catholic Church is] hiring high-powered law firms and private detectives to examine the personal lives of the church's accusers, fighting to keep documents secret and engaging in new tactics to minimize settlements.

Washington Post
Apr 25, 2002 Cardinals Agree on Ousting Priests for Sexual Abuse

QUOTE: At the end of two days of meetings with Pope John Paul II and other top Vatican officials on how to prevent clerical sexual abuse, American cardinals on Wednesday night issued a set of proposals intended to help remove priests who abuse minors.

New York Times
Apr 20, 2002 A Sanctuary Under Siege: Clergy in Bethlehem Expected Palestinians to Seek Refuge

QUOTE: "Everybody knew that if there was trouble, they would go to the church. They knew the Israelis would not storm the holy site."

Washington Post
Apr 17, 2002 Among the Vatican Goals, Guidelines for Priests

QUOTE: American cardinals have been summoned to the Vatican next week not only to talk about sexual abuse involving priests but also to agree on guidelines ``aimed at restoring a sense of safety and tranquillity to families and trust to clergy and the faithful,''...

New York Times
Apr 05, 2002 Abuses by Clergy Become New Focus for Prosecutors

QUOTE: Prosecutors in several regions said they were seeking new ways to interpret laws that could allow them to press criminal charges against abusive priests even when statutes of limitation would seem to block them.

New York Times
Mar 24, 2002 Egan Letter Defends Record on Sex Abuse

QUOTE: The cardinal said he relied on psychiatric evaluations and diocesan officials before deciding whether to let an accused [of sexual abuse of children] priest continue to serve.

New York Times
Mar 20, 2002 Father Knows Worst

QUOTE: A monsoon of sickening stories lately illustrates how twisted societies become when women are either never seen, dismissed as second-class citizens or occluded by testosterone...

New York Times
Mar 12, 2002 Secrecy Over Abusive Priests Comes Back to Haunt Church

QUOTE: ...dioceses have reached more than 1,000 settlements in cases involving sexual abuse by priests, many of them sealed. That approach...has now come back to haunt the church, as diocese after diocese has acknowledged the presence of priests accused of abuse within its ranks.

New York Times
Jan 12, 2002 Cardinal Apologizes to Abuse Victims: Boston Archdiocese Sets New Policy

QUOTE: "I was aware there had been prior instances" of alleged sexual abuse by Geoghan when he reassigned the priest to new parishes, but that he had relied on psychiatric evaluations in deciding that the assignments were safe.

Washington Post
Nov 04, 2001 The Uncomfortable Question of Anti-Semitism

QUOTE: in recent weeks I have been reminded, in ways too plentiful to ignore, about the role Jews play in the fantasy life of the world. Jews were not the cause of World War II, but they were at the metaphysical center of that conflict nonetheless, since the Holocaust was part of Hitler's agenda and a key motivation of his campaign. Jews are not the cause of World War III, if that's what we are facing, but they have been placed at the center of it in mysterious and disturbing ways.

New York Times
Oct 13, 2001 Scholar's Book On Addressing Evil Finds New Life

QUOTE: ...philosophy should seek an explanation of how God might "make good" on evil — that is, not only balancing each individual's suffering with some greater good for that person, as in heavenly reward, for example, but also integrating the experience of evil into each person's relation to God in some way that makes sense.

New York Times

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