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Abuse victims, Jewish groups slam Vatican remarks

Victims of abuse by Catholic priests said Friday it was “morally wrong” for the pope’s personal preacher to compare criticism of the church sex scandal to anti-Semitism, as an outraged Jewish group demanded an apology. In a Good Friday service, Father Raniero Cantalamessa read aloud a letter from a “Jewish…

Catholic League head: Abuse not pedophilia because boys were ‘post-pubescent’

The head of the influential Catholic League says that the priest who allegedly sexually abused 200 deaf boys in Wisconsin did not engage in pedophilia because ‘the vast majority of the victims [were] post-pubescent.” Bill Donohue made the argument during a raucous debate on Larry King Live Tuesday night, during…

Nuns could provide ‘cover’ for pro-life holdouts on health reform

A strong new endorsement of the Democrats’ health reform bill from within the pro-life community could help shift some momentum in its favor among lingering anti-abortion holdouts. In a major break from the Conference of Catholic Bishops, “[s]ome 60 leaders of religious orders representing 59,000 Catholic nuns Wednesday sent lawmakers…

Pope condemns gay-friendly British laws ahead of visit

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – Pope Benedict XVI chided Britain for its gay-friendly laws on Monday as he confirmed plans to visit the country for the first time as head of the Roman Catholic Church. ADVERTISEMENT “Your country is well known for its firm commitment to equality of opportunity,” the pope…

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