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By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Pope Benedict XVI's appointment of Denver Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to head the embattled Archdiocese of Philadelphia is being seen as a clear sign of what kind of prelates the Pope trusts to lead the Church in America.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Vatican released documentation yesterday proving that as early as 1988, Pope Benedict XVI actively sought a faster way to remove priests who were involved in scandalous behavior.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Vatican is expressing outrage over the raiding of church offices and the opening of two Archbishops’ tombs by Belgian authorities in search of information pertaining to alleged sex abuse scandals in that country.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In spite of the ongoing sex abuse crisis in the Church, a new poll by Zogby International has found that American Catholics overwhelmingly approve of Pope Benedict XVI, even though the majority believe both he and the U.S. bishops have done a poor job handling the sex abuse crisis.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist During what was described as a “very emotional” meeting with eight men who were abused by homosexual priests in Malta, Pope Benedict XVI was said to have had tears in his eyes as he expressed his deep “shame and sorrow” over the behavior of the clerics involved.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Famed Italian exorcist, Fr. Gabriele Amorth, said the sexual abuse scandal in the Church, along with those who are misreporting it in order to discredit the Pope, is “prompted by the devil.”
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist In a week when Catholics are following the suffering Christ through His death and resurrection, Archbishop Timothy Dolan of New York is calling on Catholics to support the Pope who is enduring a media firestorm over new sex abuse allegations and who is now suffering some of the same unjust accusations, shouts of the mob, and scourging at the pillar, as did Jesus.”
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist The Vatican has denounced “aggressive attempts” to link Pope Benedict XVI to sex abuse cases that occurred during his tenure as Archbishop of Munich, saying that all attempts to “personally involve the Holy Father in the question of the abuses” have failed.
By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS Staff Journalist Vatican officials fear that the investigation of sexual abuse claims in the Catholic Church in Germany could create a major crisis for the Pope who was archbishop of Munich from 1977 to 1982.
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