For Pope’s visit, Obama invites a pro-abort nun, gay Episcopal bishop, and LGBT ‘Catholic’ activists

Sep 15, 2015 by

By Dustin Siggins, LifeSite: A pro-abortion nun, the first openly gay Episcopal bishop, and at least two openly gay Catholic activists will be among the thousands greeting Pope Francis at the White House next week, thanks to decisions by the Obama administration. LifeSiteNews has confirmed that Mateo Williamson, a biological woman who says she is a man, and former co-chairman of the Transgender Caucus for Dignity USA, received an invitation to the White House when Pope Francis visits next week. Williamson declined to speak with LifeSiteNews about the invitation, instead recommending invitation organizer Vivian Taylor to LifeSiteNews. Taylor is the executive director of the national LGBT advocacy arm of the Episcopal church, and a biological male. CruxNow reports that retired Episcopal bishop Gene Robinson, currently a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress, will also attend. Robinson “divorced” his gay partner last year, and previously separated from his...

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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 liberals. In March this year, however, Donnelly, who serves as a Permanent Deacon in the Diocese of Lancaster, announced that he had been asked to stop writing the blog by the Bishop of Lancaster, who told him to undergo a period of "prayer and reflection".   The Deacon's wife, Martina, continued posting on the site, but finally announced on Tuesday that the bishop "stated that he does not want anyone posting...

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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 were imposed as a penalty, and a further 135 were granted upon request. In 2012, there were 57 dismissals and 67 dispensations. A laicised priest can no longer perform any of the sacramental or public functions of the priesthood, can hold no office in the name of the Church and is removed from all parish duties. At the same time, he is released from obligations to his bishop and is outside the normal supervision of ecclesiastical...

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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 have confirmed that. I went to visit the Nigerian Cardinal, Francis Arinze at his apartment overlooking St Peter's. He's one of the most senior figures in the church and knows the Vatican like the back of his hand. He was even, for a short time in March of this year, mooted as a possible successor to Pope Benedict. And he was one of the select handful of senior church...

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

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 hard not to draw parallels between the two and there's already discussion about the possibility of collaboration. Either way, Benedict makes some interesting points.   First, he rejects involvement in the cover up of priests engaged in sexual abuse: I have never tried to hide these things. That the power of evil penetrate to such an extent in the inner world of faith is for us a suffering which, on the one hand, we have...

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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 “inappropriate acts” dating back to the 1980s. By Monday, O’Brien had resigned as archbishop of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh and announced he would skip the conclave. From champion of married priests to disgraced churchman within 72 hours, O’Brien’s trajectory is stunning but also emblematic of the frenetic and fever-pitched campaigning that occurs during the tiny window between a pope’s death or resignation and the election of his successor. The interregnum lasts a...

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