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‘In the Closet of the Vatican’ — the impact of a book on the Catholic Church today

A recent book touting homosexuality among senior clergy in the Catholic Church by French author Frédéric Martel has provoked a mixed reception. Anthony Egan SJ shares the power that he believes such a book could have for the scandal-plagued Catholic Church, today.

Zero-tolerance, frank talk on sexuality and power is needed at Vatican abuse summit

Despicable abuses of sex and power by clergy surface widely at this time. To address this scourge, Pope Francis has ordered 100 of the world’s bishops to come to the Vatican for a summit on sexual abuse, from 21-24 February 2019. For Anthony Egan SJ, a priest and moral theologian, bishops will need to commit themselves to a policy of "zero-tolerance" and “to re-examine sexuality, gender and power” within the Church, if they are to retain any credibility.

Catholic system of power: rule by priests

The growing state of crisis in our Church leads Fr Chris Chatteris, a Jesuit priest who has held many positions of leadership in the...

Church abandoned the little ones, says shamed Pope Francis

The past few weeks have dealt us with overwhelming revelations of deplorable acts of clergy sexual abuse in the Catholic Church, as uncovered by US investigators and extensively covered in the world media. Ricardo da Silva SJ takes a close look at the letter from Pope Francis in which the head of the Catholic Church accepts blame and culpability for the greatest crimes committed by its leaders. 

‘Shame and sorrow’ — Holy See responds to Pennsylvania report

Chilling revelations of widespread child sex abuse by priests have been revealed in a Grand Jury published in Philadelphia, USA on Tuesday 14 August 2018. The report is the result of an in-depth investigation into abuse in Pennsylvania dioceses over seven decades. Two days after the report was released to the public the Vatican has offered an official statement as Catholic News Agency reports.

The sin of Burberry

Luxury fashion brand Burberry lays bare the contradiction between materialism and the life that the Christian faith invites us to. Fikile-Ntsikelelo Moya argues that...

What to say of the crisis in the Church?

The sexual abuse crisis that has in recent months come to light in the Chilean Church has left many questioning. Earlier this week the...

Did Jesus want the clergy we now have?

“It is necessary to prepare a Church of the future, that is less 'clerical' but more 'evangelical'”, argues José María Castillo for Spanish Religious...

Why sexual abuse is always about power

Girls grow up believing that sexual harassment is part of the lexicon of manhood and they are destined to be its target. And although it makes us desperately uncomfortable and we innately know we have been abused in some way, girls need to be given the words and power to deal with this abuse. Joanne Joseph speaks from personal experience, calling for all areas of society to work far harder in changing the status quo.

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