Now Irish media are reporting that the leader of Fine Gael, the largest political party in Ireland, is calling for the nuncio to be expelled and that Pope Benedict XVI's expected visit next summer was "likely to be shelved."
On this day the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, Lutheranism, and Eastern Orthodoxy celebrate the feast of St. Vladimir the Great. He was born about 958 and died on July 15, 1015.
Click here to listen to a troparion for St. Vladimir.
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Ireland Calling out the Vatican, Irish report says Catholic Church has not helped stop sex abuse. Read the latest on the Cloyne report on NCR: Foreign minister summons nuncio, seeks response to Irish abuse report
We have posted two news stories about the Cloyne Report. See Foreign minister summons nuncio, seeks response to Irish abuse report and Irish report reveals abuse, bishop's mismanagement. Here's one reaction to it.
The government report on the recent handling of clergy sex abuse cases in the Cloyne diocese in Ireland is eerily similar to the grand jury report released earlier this year by the district attorney of Philadelphia. Like Philadelphia archdiocesan officials, Catholic church leaders in the Cloyne diocese continue to show a brazen disregard for both civil law and the church's own internal policies.
The Cloyne report is disheartening confirmation that even today, despite the Church's knowledge of the profound anguish of thousands of victims, its reform policies are public relations ploys, not child protection programs.
The Associated Press reports:
Lightning ignited a parish hall in Vermont last Wednesday. Read the story here.
Have you dealt with rebuilding a parish church or parish hall after a fire, flood, etc.? What were the challenges and what were the positive outcomes?
On this day we remember Blessed Catherine Tekakwitha, 1656 - 1680.
Allan Greer places the life of Catherine Tekakwitha and that of her hagiographer, Claude Chauchetière, S. J., in historical and cultural context in Mohawk Saint: Catherine Tekakwitha and the Jesuits, Oxford University Press, 2006.
After several schedule changes, tonight ABC will air "Beyond Belief" about Marian apparitions tonight on PRIMETIME. (See my earlier blog: ABC to air documentary on Mejdugorje.)
A friend sent me this notice: If you wish to "TIVO" it for future viewing, it is titled "Primetime Nightline: Beyond Belief" in the TIVO system (with "The Miracle Mysteries" used in the description field).
This just in the e-mail box. We learned Monday Cleveland the diocese would be the subject of an apostolic visitation this week. John M. Smith, bishop emeritus of the Trenton, N.J., is doing the visiting. We hope he gets a chance to talk with the folks at FutureChurch. They have a lot of good things to say.