RC Bishop Silences Conservative Deacon's Blog

May 4, 2014 by

By Nick Hallett, Breitbart A popular Catholic blog, Protect the Pope, will close tomorrow after the Bishop of Lancaster refused to let its author continue writing. The blog, written by Deacon Nick Donnelly, was set up prior to Pope Benedict XVI's visit to the UK in September 2010 to fight back against the constant attacks on the pontiff by the mainstream media. After Pope Benedict's visit, the blog became a staunch defender of orthodox Catholic teaching, criticising dissenting...

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Mainstream media wakes up: AP reports Pope Benedict removed nearly 400 abuser priests in two years

Jan 21, 2014 by

by Hilary White, LifeSite News After eight years of continual accusations of doing “nothing” by mainstream media, it has been revealed that Benedict XVI was busy throughout his pontificate removing priests from office who were found guilty of sexual abuse. From 2011-2012, Pope Benedict “defrocked” or laicised 384 priests, more than twice the 171 removed from the clerical state in 2008-09. According to documents obtained by the Associated Press, in 2011, 125 laicisations...

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Why did Pope Benedict XVI resign?

Nov 29, 2013 by

by Mark Dowd, BBC News Benedict XVI shocked the world in February when he became the first pope to resign in almost 600 years. But attention shifted quickly to the succession, and the election of the new Pope, Francis. Amid the drama, one question was never fully answered – why did Benedict quit? Pope Benedict's official resignation statement offered his waning physical and mental powers as the explanation, but it's long been suspected there was more to it. And my inquiries...

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He's back! Benedict XVI speaks out on sex abuse – and calls Richard Dawkins 'science ficti...

Sep 25, 2013 by

by Tim Stanley, Telegraph We've heard very little from Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI since his retirement, but he's made a surprise return to public life. Benedict has written a letter to the atheist mathematician Piergiorgio Odifreddi, covering subjects from the sex abuse scandal to evolution – and extracts have been released by Italy's La Repubblica newspaper. Coming off the back of Francis' letter to another atheist on the subject of obeying one's conscience, it's...

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Venting and vetting: The brutal side of papal politics

Feb 27, 2013 by

By David Gibson, RNS If you want a crash course on how papal politics really works, look no further than the saga of Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien. On Friday, Britain’s most senior Catholic cleric grabbed headlines by telling the BBC that priestly celibacy was “not of divine origin” and that he’d be “happy” if priests had the option to marry. On Saturday, O’Brien was back in the news, this time after four men reportedly accused him of...

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Pope tells faithful God called him to quit

Feb 24, 2013 by

From The Telegraph Pope Benedict XVI told tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square in a voice breaking with emotion that he was resigning because God had called on him to devote himself to prayer Pope Benedict XVI has given his pontificate's final Sunday blessing from his studio window to the cheers of tens of thousands of people in St. Peter's Square. Benedict says even though he's retiring on Thursday from the papacy, the first pope in 600 years to do so, he's...

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