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The Vatican line: Homer Simpson is a Catholic

Vatican newspaper again praises ‘The Simpsons,’ welcomes Homer, Bart as Catholics The Vatican newspaper has not been shy in its praise of the long-running animated TV program “The Simpsons” — and now we may know why. L’Osservatore Romano has written a story under the headline “Homer and Bart are Catholic”…

Vatican defrocks US priest accused of abusing boy in 1970s

WASHINGTON — Pope Benedict XVI has defrocked a US priest accused of sexually molesting a teenage boy more than 30 years ago, the disgraced cleric’s Ohio diocese said Thursday. “The Vatican has notified the Diocese of Youngstown that Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the request of Thomas Crum and removed…

Vatican fast-tracks pedophile priest probe

VATICAN CITY (AFP) – The Vatican on Thursday issued new rules on the handling of abuse cases amid a worldwide scandal, ordering quicker investigations of paedophile priests and extending the statute of limitations. Announcing the measures in a bid to fend off accusations of high-level complacency, the Church also classified…

Police: Conn. priest stole $1M for male escorts

A Roman Catholic priest in Connecticut has been arrested on charges he stole $1.3 million in church money over seven years to use for male escorts, expensive clothing, and luxury hotels and restaurants. Waterbury police say the 64-year-old Rev. Kevin J. Gray was charged Tuesday with first-degree larceny. Gray is…

Church sued victim of convicted sex abuser: report

AP: Pope refused to defrock convicted priest A Catholic diocese in Canada sued the victim of a convicted pedophile priest, driving the victim to attempt suicide several times, according to a newspaper report published Sunday. The church’s move would prove to be a successful tactic to force the victim to…

Pope: Scandals call for ‘new evangelization’

VALLETTA (AFP) - – Pope Benedict XVI said Saturday the Roman Catholic Church had been wounded by sin as he flew to Malta on his first foreign trip since a wave of priest sex abuse scandals broke in Europe and the United States.…

Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest

Powered by Mochila AP EXCLUSIVE: Letter shows future Pope Benedict XVI resisted defrocking molester priest The future Pope Benedict XVI resisted pleas to defrock a California priest with a record of sexually molesting children, citing concerns including “the good of the universal church,” according to a 1985 letter bearing his…

US Cardinal protected child abusing priest: document

US Cardinal William Levada, a staunch defender of Pope Benedict XVI in the paedophile priests scandal gripping the Vatican, reassigned a US priest and alleged child molester in the 1990s without warning his parishioners, court documents showed. In a sworn testimony in 2006 about his time as Archbishop of Portland,…

Letter shows Pope Paul VI knew of child abuse decades ago

Further revelations of the Vatican’s inaction to address pedophilia may tarnish not only Pope Benedict’s reputation, but that of Pope Paul VI. According to a newly released letter, Pope Paul VI and the Vatican knew about clergy abuse of children almost 50 years ago. The 1963 letter is from the…

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…

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