Justice Peter McClellan says the Vatican maintains that requests for all information regarding every case are not appropriate
AP, July 4
The Vatican has told the child sex abuse royal commission that it will not hand over all information about members of its clergy who abused children in Australia.
The commission chairman, Justice Peter McClellan, [...]
Washington Post, By Rafael Osío Cabrices, July 2
At the Simón Bolívar International Airport in Caracas, my wife, 8-month-old daughter and I stopped to take photos of our feet. We were standing over a colorful, geometric mosaic made by the famous artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, a symbol of the modern and cosmopolitan Venezuela we loved and [...]
Religion Dispatches, By Ruth Chojnacki & Jennifer Scheper Hughes, June 24
Late last month Mexican Bishop Felipe Arizmendi Esquivel announced that after a 14 year church-ordered suspension of the rite, indigenous deacons would again be ordained in the Diocese of San Cristóbal de Las Casas, Chiapas—where the local church serves a largely Maya population.
The Edge, By Terence McKenna, March 27, 1990
[Speculative, but what the heck...]
First of all, I am delighted to be here. The great thing about being here in New York is you don’t have to worry if you’re the smartest person in the room. What impels me to talk to groups like this is [...]
Women aren’t allowed to be ordained as priests in the Mormon faith. Because I created a movement to advocate for ordination and equality, I’ve been ordered not to pray aloud.
The Guardian, By Kate Kelly, June 16
On Sunday, I will be tried in absentia for apostasy by the leaders of my former congregation in [...]
BBC, May 31
Sudanese authorities are to free a woman who was sentenced to death for having abandoned the Islamic faith, a foreign ministry official has said.
Meriam Ibrahim, who gave birth to a daughter in custody, will be freed in a few days, the official told the BBC.
Abdullahi Alzareg, an under-secretary at the [...]
It’s the great taboo of our age – and the inability to discuss the pursuit of perpetual growth will prove humanity’s undoing.
The Guardian, By George Monbiot, May 27
Let us imagine that in 3030BC the total possessions of the people of Egypt filled one cubic metre. Let us propose that these possessions grew by [...]
Vatican calls findings ‘fundamentally flawed’ and insists it does not exercise direct control over priests worldwide.
Al Jazeera, May 23
The Vatican exercises effective worldwide control over its bishops and priests and must comply with the United Nations’ anti-torture treaty globally, a U.N. committee said Friday in a report that could expose the Roman Catholic [...]
God makes saints but Rev. Marc Lindeijer of the Netherlands, the Vatican’s vice postulator of Jesuit sainthood causes, provides the proof. Lindeijer is currently in the process of providing evidence for two popes – John XXIII, who modernized the church through the Second Vatican Council in 1962, and John Paul II, who helped end communism [...]
The ACLU’s case against the U.S. Bishops Conference – heralded by some as a bold legal stroke – could be thwarted on procedural grounds.
ProPublica, By Nina Martin, March 20
The story of Tamesha Means and her miscarriage three years ago, if it happened the way her lawyers claim it did, is truly awful: Means [...]
Archbishop of Boston Sean O’Malley and Irish campaigner Marie Collins in group of eight to set out tasks of commission.
AP, March 22
Pope Francis has named the initial members of a commission to advise him on sex abuse policy, including lay and religious experts, and an Irish woman assaulted as a child by a [...]
Al Jazzera, March 14
The preliminary injunction bars the state from enforcing state laws that prohibit recognition of three marriages.
A federal judge ruled Friday that Tennessee must recognize the marriages of three same-sex couples while their lawsuit against the state works its way through the court system. There are currently 28 states facing legal [...]
Then space would be filled with Burma Shave signs, apparently: What if the moon were one pixel?
BBC, February 5
The UN has said that the Vatican should “immediately remove” all clergy who are known or suspected child abusers.
The UN watchdog for children’s rights denounced the Holy See for adopting policies which allowed priests to sexually abuse thousands of children.
In a report, it also criticised Vatican attitudes towards homosexuality, contraception [...]
If conservatives want to help the poor they should improve education, cut inequality, and ensure access to contraception.
The Guardian (Comment is free), By Jill Filipovic, January 30
It’s time for marriage promotion programs to die.
The first problem is that they don’t actually convince people to get married; nor do they get fathers to [...]