Updated 6:02 pm PDT, Tuesday, August 20, 2019 FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell’s appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who should the jury have believed, his accuser or a senior priest whose church role was likened to Pell’s bodyguard. Pell’s accuser was a 13-year-old choirboy when he alleged he was abused by then Melbourne Archbishop Pell at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in December 1996 and February 1997. The appeal court will give their verdict on Aug. 21. less FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2019, file photo, Cardinal George Pell arrives at the County Court in Melbourne, Australia. Pell’s appeal against his convictions for child molestation was largely a question of who ... more Photo: Andy Brownbill, AP … [Read more...] about The Latest: Pell to be stripped of Order of Australia honor
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Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page By Michael Rezendes February 14, 2019 IT’S DIFFICULT TO EXAGGERATE the crisis that has engulfed the Catholic Church due to unending revelations about priests who have sexually abused children, young adults — even nuns — and the bishops who have covered up for them. Each week, it seems, the scandal detonates yet again with fresh news of priests who have had their way with children, and the bishops who have allowed them to continue working as trusted clergymen. Nearly two decades after the scandal erupted in Boston and began its relentless march around the world, it’s become a crisis without end.Later this week, in what is merely the latest attempt to arrest the scandal, top bishops from around the world will gather at the Vatican to meet with Pope Francis and assure the Catholic faithful that leaders of the global religion, with an estimated 1.2 … [Read more...] about With so much of its leadership compromised, is the Catholic Church irredeemable?
VATICAN CITY - Pope Francis's public admission that priests have used nuns as "sexual slaves" -- and may still be doing so -- marks a new chapter in the abuse crisis rocking the Catholic church. "It is the first time that the pope, but also the church as an institution, has publicly admitted this abuse is taking place, and that's hugely important," Lucetta Scaraffia, editor of the Vatican's women's magazine, told AFP on Wednesday. The pontiff on Tuesday said Catholic priests and bishops had been sexually abusing nuns, and that his predecessor Benedict XVI had had "the courage" to dissolve a religious order of women because of "sexual slavery on the part of priests and the founder" He was referring to a scandal concerning a French congregation called "Soeurs Contemplatives de Saint Jean". That community admitted in 2013 that the priest who founded it had behaved "in ways that went against chastity" with several women in the order, according to French Catholic newspaper La Croix. When … [Read more...] about Nuns ‘sex slaves’ scandal fresh blow to Catholic church
San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world, yet its tourism industry is growing rapidly. Situated on the northeastern portion of the Italian peninsula, San Marino saw a 31.1% rise in international tourist arrivals between 2016 and 2017, according to data released by the United Nations World Tourism Organisation in September 2018. Over 78,000 people visited the country in 2017 – that’s more than double the size of its population. There are plenty of reasons to visit the Italian-speaking country. San Marino has a beautiful mountainous landscape, a number of medieval castles, and unique food influenced by northeastern Italian cuisine. At 24 square miles, the Republic of San Marino is the fifth smallest country in the world, yet its tourism industry is growing at a faster rate than the rest of Europe‘s. An enclave situated on the northeastern portion of the Italian peninsula, San Marino saw a 31.1% rise in international tourist arrivals between 2016 … [Read more...] about 6 reasons to visit San Marino, Europe’s fastest-growing tourist destination you’ve probably never heard of
President Donald Trump reportedly made an appeal to Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic faith to gain her support for his proposal to build a wall on the US-Mexico border. Trump, who refused to reopen the government as it enters day 13 of a partial shutdown, reportedly described Pelosi as “a good Catholic” and encouraged her to support his agenda for a wall because Vatican City also has a wall. The Vatican does have walls; however, the ninth-century-era structure was constructed to repel a barbarian horde according to reports published in 2016 from The New York Times and CNN. The wall around the Vatican does not prevent people from visiting St. Peter’s Square. President Donald Trump reportedly made an appeal to Nancy Pelosi’s Catholic faith to convince Democrats to allocate funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, according to a New York Times report published Wednesday. Trump, who refused to reopen the government as it enters day 13 of a partial government … [Read more...] about Trump reportedly said Nancy Pelosi, as ‘a good Catholic,’ should support his border wall because the Vatican has walls too