Friday, July 21, 2017

La Civilta Cattolica misses the big picture


La Civilta Cattolica misses the big picture 

The Tablet

19 July 2017

Religion in America

The Holy See is deeply puzzled by the United States of America. That could explain why it sanctioned the publication of a speculative piece of sociology in the international Jesuit magazine La Civiltà Cattolica which has raised a storm of controversy. Written by the journal’s editor in chief, Antonio Spadaro SJ, and Marcelo Figueroa, a Presbyterian layman and editor of the Argentine edition of L’Osservatore Romano, it offers a critical interpretation of major currents on the right of American culture and religion. Representatives of such tendencies have replied – and with some justice – that they do not recognise themselves as described.

Müller admits shame but denies responsibility following German Catholic school abuse revelations

Müller admits shame but denies responsibility following German Catholic school abuse revelations 

The Tablet

He defended himself by saying that what happened “took place fifty years before his mandate as bishop” began and went on to say that he too set-up an investigation whilst bishop and that he “never defended the institution [the choir school]”...

Where are the bishops on health care?

Where are the bishops on health care?

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The health care bill that has been suspended in the Senate for weeks — after a very close passage in the House and some modifications — is dead. May it rest in peace.

Papal connected authors condemn Catholic, fundamentalist ecumenism of hate

Papal connected authors condemn Catholic, fundamentalist ecumenism of hate

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Faith and Justice: What motivates American voters is not theology, despite the fact that we are a very religious people. Fear and anger are the great motivators.

The clergy's task is unfinished in confronting sex abuse

The clergy's task is unfinished in confronting sex abuse

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Commentary: There has been a psychic numbness at the heart of clerical culture that has enabled it to keep the most unsettling truths of the scandal at bay.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Nearly 550 German Choirboys Abused At Renowned Catholic School, Report Says

Nearly 550 German Choirboys Abused At Renowned Catholic School, Report Says

GERMANY
NPR
July 19, 2017
COLIN DWYER
Over a span of roughly a half-century, at least 547 boys at a famed Catholic choir school experienced some form of significant abuse, according to an independent investigation released Tuesday. The 440-page report details an environment that some former pupils likened to a "prison, hell and a concentration camp," which persisted for decades under the direction of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI's older brother.
The education at the Regensburg Domspatzen — a boys' choir that enjoys worldwide renown and has been around for upwards of a millennium — "was oriented toward top musical achievements and the choir's success," the report said, as translated by The New York Times. "Alongside individual motives, institutional motives — namely, breaking the will of the children with the aim of maximum discipline and dedication — formed the basis for violence."
Of the hundreds of cases listed by attorney Ulrich Weber, whose report was commissioned in 2015 by the Regensburg diocese, 67 are believed to have been cases of sexual abuse.
And "these are not 547 cases where an individual was affected once," former choir member Alexander Probst told Reuters. "Rather, this was an ongoing practice over decades where 547 children were tormented, abused, mistr

Convicted soul: A priest-perpetrator of child sexual abuse shares his story



Convicted soul: A priest-perpetrator of child sexual abuse shares his story

MINNESOTA
National Catholic Reporter
Luke Hansen | Jul. 20, 2017
WEST ST. PAUL, MINN.
Gilbert Gustafson was ordained a priest in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis in 1977, served as an associate priest at St. Mary of the Lake Parish in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, until 1982, pleaded guilty to the sexual abuse of a minor in 1983, and served four and a half months in jail and 10 years' probation. Gustafson has admitted to abusing four boys between 1978 and 1982. He was not criminally charged in the other cases.
From 1983 to 2002, Gustafson was not assigned to parish ministry, but he was in residence at two different rectories, and he served as a chaplain for a local monastery of women religious. From 1983 to 1997, Gustafson served in various administrative roles for Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis. From 1997 to 2002, he worked in the archdiocese's chancery office.
In June 2002, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops established the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People, commonly known as the Dallas Charter, to address sexual abuse of minors by Catholic clergy. Following the charter, Gustafson was permanently removed from active priestly ministry. He could no longer present himself as a priest, use a clerical title, wear clerical attire or celebrate the sacraments.
Gustafson, however, remains in the clerical state. Thus, in accord with the Code of Canon Law, Canon 1350, Paragraph 1, the archdiocese has continuously provided financial support for his basic needs. In 2006, the archdiocese concluded that Gustafson, since he had sexually abused minors, was "permanently and totally disabled" from engaging in his occupation as a priest, and therefore was "entitled to vested retirement benefits" under the Pension Plan for Priests in the Archdiocese. Gustafson also participates in an archdiocesan monitoring program akin to civil probation.

How does the Civilta Cattolica article challenge the left?

How does the Civilta Cattolica article challenge the left?

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Distinctly Catholic: Self-criticism is hard, but necessary. And while the article examines extreme conservative elements, you can find some of the same attributes on the Catholic left.