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  1. Will the Church finally face the abuse committed against its lower ranks members? Cardinal McCarrick was suspended from his role after allegations he committed sexual abuse on a child 50yrs ago. But allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against him from seminarians and young priests date back to the early nineties. The Vatican knew about his love for organising retreats with young priests and selecting one to share his bed with. John Paul II (that I refuse to call saint) knew, as did Benedict XVI. It all was ignored and the man, a skilled fund-raiser, got promotion after promotion. This exposes how the absolute loyalty to the hierarchy put young adult priests at risk for sexual harassment and abuse at the hands of their superiors. There's no system in place in the RCC to manage this sort of situations. And unwanted touching on an adult isn't a crime according to canon law. Here you can find more about the Cardinal McCarrick abuses. What do you think, the position of the Church on sexuality is still reasonable? Most Catholics ignore Church teachings re birth control, pre-marital sex and sexual morals in general. Is it time for a reform for clergy ranks' approach to sexuality as well? Many (me too) are convinced that the celibacy of the clergy is no longer feasible as it has fostered every sort of diseased approaches to sexuality.
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    It seems that the ever meddling Cardinal Burke managed to deepen the rift between himself, his uberconservative allies and the Vatican. https://www.google.it/amp/s/amp.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/11/knights-of-malta-condom-scandal-stretches-from-myanmar-to-the-vatican?client=ms-android-hms-vf-unknown But there's more the Knights of Malta refuse to collaborate with the investigation required by the Pope on the basis that it would undermine their sovereignty. Because they have sovereignty, they are like a state without land, they issue currency and stamps, they have diplomatic relations with 106 states and a seat as observers at the UN. www.catholicherald.co.uk/news/2017/01/11/knights-of-malta-refuse-to-assist-irrelevant-papal-probe/
  3. Argentina's House had approved a law proposal legalizing abortion in the first 14 weeks. But the Senate rejected it with 38 to 31 votes. Popular approval for the abortion law seem to be around 60% according to press. So why did the Senate vote against it? Rhetoric question of course, the Senate is busy sucking it up to the RCC, now more than ever since the Pope is Argentinian and he has clearly expressed his opinion on abortion as well as the Church's dogma. Meanwhile Argentina's women suffer and some even die as a result of clandestine abortions or as a consequence of doctors refusal to perform abortions to save the mother's life (something that the law already allows, but that is certain cases has been disregarded). Had Argentina legalised abortion it would have been of utmost importance for the whole Latin America, as it would have been the biggest state to legalise it so far. It's worth noting that some Latin American states have the strictest laws in the world re abortion, forbidding it even in cases of rape, incest and in cases where the mother's life is directly endangered by pregnancy. Sometimes I have to check that we really are in 2018 because this is so fucking unbelievable.
  4. The Heralds of the Gospel, a breakaway group from the already creepy Tradition, Family, Property movement is under investigation by the Vatican for allegedly engaging in "secret cult worship" antithetical to Catholic teaching: http://www.thedailybeast.com/this-secret-catholic-exorcist-cult-in-brazil-is-making-a-deal-with-the-devil http://www.lastampa.it/2017/06/13/vaticaninsider/eng/inquiries-and-interviews/heralds-of-the-gospel-the-founder-leaves-while-the-vatican-investigates-V8amQiCVIP9mJ3hwRa3F2I/pagina.html From the Vatican Insider article: "Known for their outfit, similar to a short tunic, with a big red and white cross on the chest, and boots like those of jockeys (see photo), the Heralds have spread to 78 countries, count many vocations, involve thousands of young people, and were supported by Slovenian Cardinal Franc Rodè, at the time when he was Prefect of the Congragation." "Among other reports which started the Vatican investigation, are the letters and videos sent to Rome by Alfonso Beccar Varela. For at least thirty years there were rumors of the existence within TFP and then the Herald, of a sort of secret society "Semper vivaˮ following the cult of Donna Lucilia, Corrêa, Plinio Corrêa’s mother, and João Scognamiglio Clá Dias. A cult that the Church does not allow." "The videos uploaded by Alfonso Beccar Varela are frequently moved to other addresses as the Heralds are trying to undertake legal actions in Brazil to delete them for violating copyright laws. The images show exorcisms performed with formulas not approved by ecclesiastical authority, but above all the footage show encounters between the founder and some priests. Videoclips likely taken without the consent of the interested parties, but from which emerge elements that the Vatican authorities intend to deepen."
  5. well isn't this just nice. http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/catholic-church-hired-lobby-firms-block-n-y-kid-rape-laws-article-1.2655010
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