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 on Protect the Pope on Nick’s behalf." The website will close tomorrow.   Deacon Nick told the Catholic Herald: "I am sad and disappointed that Bishop Campbell will not give his permission for me to return to running and posting on Protect the Pope."   "On Protect the Pope I have only ever defended the Faith of the Church from dissent and disobedience.   "Though I do not understand the grounds on which Bishop Campbell has made his decision about Protect the Pope I will obey because I take seriously the promise I made when I was ordained. If I didn't obey him I'd be no different from the dissenters who rebel against the doctrines of the Church and disobey her discipline."   Read here   Read also:  Roman Catholic bishop *did* silence 'Protect the Pope' blog from Cranmer...

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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 superiors. The documents came from Archbishop Silvano Tomasi, the Holy See’s ambassador, or Permanent Observer to the UN in Geneva, who presented the figures to a panel on sex abuse cases last week. Tomasi presented a specially compiled document to the UN human rights committee. According to Tomasi, in 2012, 418 new child sex abuse cases were reported to and investigated by the Vatican. The figures were later confirmed by Monsignor Charles Scicluna, the official who Benedict placed in charge of overseeing sex abuse allegations. Tomasi told the panel, “The Holy See has formulated guidelines to facilitate the work of the local churches to develop effective measures within their jurisdiction and in conformity with canonical legislation.” Read...

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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 officials who were in the Pope's Apostolic Palace when he broke the news to them personally. I raised the subject of the scandals that had preceded the Pope's bombshell decision and, in particular the Vatileaks affair in which the Pope's butler, Paolo Gabriele, had leaked confidential documents exposing Vatican power struggles. Could that have been a factor in his resignation? His answer was unexpected. Read...

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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 to endure, while, on the other, we must at the same time, do everything possible to ensure that such cases do not repeated. This probably will not satisfy those who feel the Church hasn't done nearly enough or with sufficient speed – and who will continue, fairly or not, to blame the Vatican for the inaction. Benedict adds that this one sin should not blind people to the wider accomplishments of Christianity:   Read here...

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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 few weeks at most, when church leaders and various interest groups can openly voice their views to try to influence the future course of Roman Catholicism. It is also a time when the media act as the chief means for vetting any potential candidate whose track record, views and character might otherwise remain a mystery to the public and even many of his fellow cardinals. If the process is far less expensive and not quite as mind-numbing as the slog of a U.S. presidential campaign, the condensed papal version is not much gentler, or necessarily more effective. Instead it can be nasty, brutish and short. Read...

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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 "not abandoning the church." In a voice breaking with emotion that he was resigning because God had called on him to devote himself to prayer but said he would not foresake a Church role. Instead he says he'll serve the church with the same dedication he has till now, but will do so in a way "more suitable to my age and my strength." Benedict, 85, will spend his last years in prayer, meditation and seclusion in a monastery on Vatican City's grounds. Read...

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