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Hindu Mobs Kill, Rape, Parade Christian Women Nude

Hindu Mobs Kill, Rape, Parade Christian Women Nude

By Jules Gomes • July 25, 2023 •

Outrage over the violence against Christians in the tribal belt of India's northeastern state of Manipur has peaked after multiple Christian women were paraded naked and gang-raped by Hindu mobs. Horrific video footage of two Christian women, ages 20 and 24, being stripped, paraded naked, molested and gang raped on May 4 by radical Hindus armed with knives and sticks went viral last week on social media.   Read more

New Cardinal Accused of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

New Cardinal Accused of Multimillion-Dollar Fraud

By Jules Gomes • July 24, 2023 •

Pope Francis' chosen Latin patriarch of Jerusalem is accused of involvement in a multimillion-dollar money-laundering racket and suspicious property sales in Nazareth and Jordan. Complaint filed by Jordanian-American entrepreneur Benjamin Seryani raises concerns about the Church's financial practices. Read more

Priest Dies in Hotel After Spending Night With Lover

Priest Dies in Hotel After Spending Night With Lover

By Jules Gomes • July 21, 2023 •

The untimely demise of a much-loved priest, who was found dead after spending a night at a hotel with his lover, has reignited a debate on celibacy among Kenyan Catholics.  Read more

Filipino Bishops Permit Laity to Use Priestly Posture

Filipino Bishops Permit Laity to Use Priestly Posture

By Jules Gomes • July 17, 2023 •

The decree from the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines contradicts a June 16 directive from the bishop of Dumaguete forbidding laity to use the "orans posture" while the priest extends his hands during the Lord's Prayer in the Eucharistic celebration. Issued Sunday, the Filipino bishops' circular states that both gestures of congregants' holding one another's hands or raising hands are "liturgically accepted to accompany the praying of the Lord's Prayer." Read more

Second Cardinal-Elect Accused of Covering Sex Abuse

Second Cardinal-Elect Accused of Covering Sex Abuse

By Jules Gomes • July 14, 2023 •

Archbishop Luis José Rueda Aparicio, one of the 21 prelates the pontiff will elevate to the cardinalate in September, refused to respond to a "right to petition" asking for details of 927 abuser priests and claimed that the archdiocese of Bogotá has no "secret files."  Read more

Doctrine Chief Hints at Scrapping Celibacy for Priests

Doctrine Chief Hints at Scrapping Celibacy for Priests

By Jules Gomes • July 13, 2023 •

Abp. Víctor Manuel "Tucho" Fernández, prefect-designate of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, said that it would be Pope Francis' prerogative to make a considered judgment on the matter. Read more

Ratcheting Up: Destruction of Churches in France

Ratcheting Up: Destruction of Churches in France

By Martina Moyski • July 12, 2023 •

Attacks on Catholic churches in France are intensifying, despite President Emmanuel Macron's pledge to protect them.  Read more

Bishop Covers Rapist Priest Who Forced Teen to Abort

Bishop Covers Rapist Priest Who Forced Teen to Abort

By Jules Gomes • July 12, 2023 •

In one of the most shocking clerical abuse scandals to hit Colombia, Abp. Ricardo Antonio Tobón Restrepo of Medellín stands accused of covering up a priest who allegedly raped a 14-year-old girl and forced her to undergo an abortion. Read more

Doctrine Chief Urges Review of Ban on ‘Gay Blessings’

Doctrine Chief Urges Review of Ban on ‘Gay Blessings’

By Jules Gomes • July 10, 2023 •

Expressing openness to overturning the Vatican's ban on same-sex blessings, a ban that was categorically asserted by the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith in 2021, Abp. Víctor Manuel "Tucho" Fernández candidly urged, "It wouldn't be bad to rethink it." Read more

New Doctrine Czar Voices Openness to ‘Gay Blessings’

New Doctrine Czar Voices Openness to ‘Gay Blessings’

By Jules Gomes • July 6, 2023 •

Archbishop Víctor Manuel "Tucho" Fernández, appointed by Pope Francis as the prefect of the Dicastery for the Doctrine of the Faith, has expressed a progressive stance on same-sex union blessings. He is willing to consider allowing "gay blessings" while ensuring they are distinct from the sacrament of marriage. Read more

Vatican Refuses to Halt Display of Serial Abuser’s Art

Vatican Refuses to Halt Display of Serial Abuser’s Art

By Jules Gomes • July 5, 2023 •

The Vatican is refusing to halt the display of artwork by Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, a Jesuit artist accused of sexually abusing 25 nuns. Officials said the work should stand on its own merits and be delinked from the personal life of the artist. Read more

Pope’s New Doctrinal Czar Accused of Abuse Cover-Up

Pope’s New Doctrinal Czar Accused of Abuse Cover-Up

By Jules Gomes • July 3, 2023 •

Pope Francis has appointed Argentinian prelate Víctor Manuel Fernández as the Roman Catholic Church's "guardian of orthodoxy," despite allegations of covering clerical sexual abuse. Fernández is the Vatican's watchdog for doctrinal matters and disciplinary measures. Read more

St. Oliver Plunkett: Faithful Archbishop in Murderous Times

St. Oliver Plunkett: Faithful Archbishop in Murderous Times

By Martina Moyski • June 29, 2023 •

The Knights of St. Columbanus, an organization dedicated to helping the needy, will organize an annual procession in Drogheda, Ireland, to honor St. Oliver Plunkett, an Irish bishop-martyr during the 17th-century persecution. The event is expected to attract large numbers from across the country. Read more

Report Reveals Mega Sexual Violence in St. John Order

Report Reveals Mega Sexual Violence in St. John Order

By Jules Gomes • June 29, 2023 •

A report reveals 72 priests and 6 nuns from the Community of St. John sexually abused 30 nuns, 69 laywomen, 29 minors, 17 brothers, and 10 boys under 15 years old. The report acknowledges the order's founder, Fr. Marie-Dominique Philippe, as a central figure in the abuse. Read more

Russian Artist Accuses Jesuit Predator of Plagiarism

Russian Artist Accuses Jesuit Predator of Plagiarism

By Jules Gomes • June 28, 2023 •

Russian artist Alexander Kornoukhov accuses Jesuit abuser Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik of vandalizing his work and stealing credit for mosaics in Pope Francis' Redemptoris Mater Chapel. Kornoukhov explains Rupnik's conspiracy to cancel the artist's contract. Read more