The “Call to Disobedience” has been translated into nine languages and Schüller believes that it will gain support in much of the emerging world where the priest shortage is even more acute. In the end, he has said his goal isn’t to create a separate church, but to modernize the existing one.
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The Catholic Church is aware of its declining membership, and is hell-bent on reversing it. A church spokesman said it is “the first time ever in the 2,000-year history of the Catholic Church” that the church has run such a campaign.
Vatican officials are now reiterating their demand for control over the religious sites in the ancient and holy city founded by King David as the capital of ancient Israel and now the capital of the reestablished Jewish state.
“Before all, the ‘woman’ of the apocalypse is Mary herself.”“That is why the people of God, pilgrims in time, turn to their heavenly mother and ask for her help,” explained Pope Benedict.
The documents seen by the New York Times suggest that in 1996, the then Cardinal Ratzinger twice failed to respond to letters sent to him personally.
Fr Lawrence Murphy, of Wisconsin, was accused of abusing up to 200 deaf boys. He also said that Fr Murphy’s poor health and a lack of more recent allegations had been factors in the decision not to defrock him.
He cited the Gospel passage about Jesus’ inviting those without sin to cast the first stone toward an adulterer. “While acknowledging her sin, he does not condemn her, but urges her to sin no more,”
The pope said Jesus taught people to “not judge and not condemn one’s neighbor. Let us learn to be intransigent toward sin — starting with our own (sin) — and indulgent with people.”
It often starts as a voice in the wilderness, but can swell into an entire nation’s demand for truth. From Ireland to Germany, Europe’s many victims of child abuse in the Roman Catholic church are finally breaking social taboos and confronting the clergy to face its demons.
Ireland was the first in Europe to confront the church’s worldwide custom of shielding pedophile priests from the law and public scandal.
The connection to Benedict’s brother, Msgr. Georg Ratzinger, comes from accusations of physical and sexual abuse from former students at two Bavarian boarding schools connected to a choir he directed from 1964 to 1994, leading to questions about whether he could have known about the abuse.
According to a statement by the diocese in Regensburg, one former student said he was “abused through excessive beatings and humiliations, and molested through touching in the genital area” during “the early 1960s.”
Pope Benedict XVI today ended two days of talks with Irish bishops on the sexual abuse scandal involving Ireland’s Catholic priests, but no mention was made at the meeting of the victims’ demands that leading bishops be forced to resign, the Vatican said.
A Vatican spokesman, the Rev. Federico Lombardi, said the issue “was not addressed,” adding that the pope had “already expressed profound regret,” The Associated Press reported.
As the increasingly vocal survivors of Ireland’s Catholic sexual abuse scandal wait for answers and apologies, Pope Benedict XVI began an unprecedented two-day summit with Ireland’s bishops at the Vatican today. The Pope’s direct involvement marks a milestone in a crisis that has deeply marred the Catholic Church’s image in what was once one of its most devoted countries.
“I’m not confident about much coming out of it. Every time you engage with the Vatican you hold out hope they’ll react in a way that’s real and human and connected and they never do.”