Category: Church Scandals

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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Facing a credibility crisis, Kerala’s Catholic Church launches TV channel to spread ‘positive news’ amid rape and corruption cases

Shekinah TV, run by an evangelical movement under the church, comes on the heels of two top priests being charged with rape and corruption. Mired in allegations of rape and corruption against its top priests, the Catholic Church in Kerala has launched a television channel to spread “positive news”. Shekinah TV went on air on […]

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ITALIAN PRIEST ACCUSED OF STEALING CHURCH FUNDS FOR DRUGS AND GAY SEX PARTIES

A 40-year-old priest from Italy has been placed under house arrest after allegations have surfaced that he had embezzled more than $117,000 from his parish funds, to finance gay sex parties and the purchase of date rape drug GHB. Father Francesco Spagnesi, a former medical student who became a highly regarded Roman Catholic priest from Prato […]

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French PM meets with Pope as fallout from child sex abuse scandal spreads

France’s Prime Minister Jean Castex has been received in Rome this Monday by Pope Francis amid shocking revelations of sexual abuse and a “secrecy of confession” controversy that have shaken the French Catholic Church to its core. Castex’s visit to the Vatican this Monday morning had been overshadowed by reactions following the publication of the conclusions of the Independent Commission on […]

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Analysis: What’s behind a sex scandal in the Italian Church

The recent outing of gay priests by a male prostitute has shocked the Italian Church and prompted several dioceses to address the issue of homosexual activity among their clergy. Francesco Mangiacapra, a former lawyer who works as a prostitute, announced recently that in late February he forwarded to the Regional Ecclesiastical Tribunal of Campania a […]

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The Scandal of Church Abuse

The Church is one, holy, Catholic, and apostolic. Whenever we violate these marks of the Church, we abuse the Church. Acts of Church abuse are increasing. In 2017, Father Antonio Spadaro, an Italian Jesuit—often identified as “the Pope’s mouthpiece”—defended the theological ambiguities of Amoris Laetitia. “Theology is not mathematics,” he said, adding, “2 + 2 in […]

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‘Civil war’ divides world’s Catholics amid allegations of sex abuse, cover-up

VATICAN CITY – The latest – and most serious – wave of pedophilia and cover-up allegations to hit the Vatican is shining a new light on the gap dividing the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics. And almost none of it is about the charges of widespread clerical abuse scandals. Dozens of commentators and Vatican watchers have […]

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Italy, church cross over mass for murdered mafia boss

Plans to hold a mass in memory of a suspected mafia boss have sparked a scandal in Italy, with a parish priest planning to appeal to Pope Francis after authorities banned the ceremony. “Sinners deserve God’s mercy,” Father Michele delle Foglie told several newspapers Wednesday. After a request from the family of Rocco Sollecito, 67, […]

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The Vatican Is Holding Its Biggest Criminal Trial In Modern History

The Vatican is holding its biggest criminal trial in modern history. The case alleges 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal, of defrauding the Holy See of tens of millions of dollars. AILSA CHANG, HOST: An unprecedented trial began in Italy today, specifically at the Vatican. One of the defendants is a cardinal. He and nine […]

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Church tainted by scandal, Francis says people must shun ‘logic of human power’

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis told prelates Saturday to shun the “logic of human power,” pressing his campaign to root out corruption and other wrongdoing from the Vatican’s scandal-tainted power structures. The admonition came a day after the latest embarrassment for the Vatican hierarchy — the arrest by Italian authorities of a Vatican accountant, in […]

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