Month: March 2022

Pope pins abuse scandal on Church ‘sin’

Pope Benedict XVI says the clerical child abuse scandal shows that the greatest threat to Catholicism comes from “sin within” the Church. He made his comments in response to a question while en route to Portugal. Critics have previously accused the Vatican of attempting to blame the media and the Church’s opponents for the escalation […]

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Vatican cardinal faces corruption inquiry over Rome property deals

Catholic church dragged into public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through Italian government Tom Kington in RomeSun 20 Jun 2010 22.24 BST A senior Vatican cardinal is under investigation for corruption, dragging the Catholic church into a public works scandal that has sent shockwaves through the Italian government. Italian media reported today that Cardinal Crescenzio […]

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Why the Vatican media strategy is failing

The Vatican’s handling of child abuse allegations has been called into question, following a senior cardinal’s suggestion of a link between homosexuality and paedophilia. Gerard O’Connell of the British Catholic newspaper The Universe says the Church’s attempts to defend itself often just cause more damage. Where is the Vatican’s media strategy going wrong? Pope Benedict […]

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Italy’s bishops reveal priest abuse figures

For the first time the Roman Catholic Church in Italy has admitted that about 100 cases of paedophile priests have been reported to church authorities during the past 10 years. But the Italian Catholic bishops’ conference refused to reveal how many priests in the country had subsequently been defrocked under canon law. It also did […]

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Italian priest charged with molesting youngsters

A high-profile former Roman Catholic priest in Italy has been charged with sexual abuse. Pierino Gelmini, 85, is alleged to have abused 12 young people at a drug rehabilitation centre he had founded. He denies the charges. Mr Gelmini left the priesthood two years ago to defend himself. The Comunita Incontro, which runs drug rehabilitation […]

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Senior Italian cardinal accused of corruption

A leading Italian Catholic cardinal and an ex-government minister are under investigation for corruption. Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, the archbishop of Naples, previously ran the department that co-ordinates the Vatican’s foreign missions. He is accused of colluding with Pietro Lunardi, a former transport minister, to offer cut-price property deals. He says he will co-operate with the […]

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Pope vows to fight corruption but sees it as uphill struggle

VATICAN CITY (Reuters) – Pope Francis said in an interview published on Friday that he is determined to root out corruption in the Catholic Church but that he is not overly optimistic because it is a centuries-old human problem. In an interview with the Italian news agency AdnKronos, Francis also said he listens to his […]

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Italy corruption scandal spreads to touch Vatican

ROME (Reuters) – One of Italy’s most prominent Catholic cardinals and a former minister have been put under investigation as a corruption scandal that has tainted the government spread to touch the Vatican. Magistrates told Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe and Pietro Lunardi, former infrastructure and transport minister in the center-right government, they were being investigated for […]

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Corruption in the church must be stamped out continually, pope says

VATICAN CITY — Corruption is an “ancient evil” that continues to plague the Catholic Church in different ways, Pope Francis said. In an interview with the Italian news agency Adnkronos, published Oct. 30, the pope discussed his thoughts on several issues, including the nature of corruption given recent allegations of financial malfeasance involving the Vatican. Despite past and present efforts […]

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Big Corruption Trial Opens at the Vatican

Proceedings have begun in what observers call the largest criminal trial in modern times involving Vatican officials. Ten people, including a once powerful cardinal, are facing charges of corruption and fraud. The trial is the result of a two-year investigation into a failed investment of more than 400 million dollars into the London property market […]

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