Nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century Protestant literature included many convent escape narratives written by ex-nuns that testified of rampant abuse (emotional, physical, sexual) within Catholic convents. Catholic spokespersons of the past (and even in the present, see here) dismissed the accounts as “Puritan porn.” It’s quite ironic, isn’t it, to now see pope Francis acknowledging the abuse (although he didn’t mention nun-on-nun abuse)?
I believe the number of states that are now investigating the Catholic church for sexual abuse and cover-up currently stands at fourteen. In some of those states, like Texas, Catholic dioceses are preemptively releasing the names of abusive priests in an effort to feign proaction. Why didn’t the bishops release the names of predatory priests a year ago? Sorry, that was a rhetorical question. The nation was outraged when the state of Pennsylvania released the name of 300 abusive priests last August, but subsequent revelations in other states are becoming, ho-hum, routine as this scandal tsunami continues.
- Donald Trump’s Spiritual Adviser Paula White Suggests People Send Her Their January Salary or Face Consequences From God
Why would anyone follow word-of-faith, prosperity gospel shysters like Paula White?
If Catholic bishops and priests are going to start policing who can and can’t come forward for communion, they need to start first within their own ranks of child abusers and enablers.
- Lawyers for students of Covington Catholic High School warn various Catholic entities of possible legal action
Several PC Catholic bishops publicly criticized the students of Covington Catholic High School for facing off with Native American activists several weeks ago. Lawyers for the students see dollar $ign$.
Back in parochial school, we were taught Christopher Columbus/Cristoforo Colombo was a great Catholic hero. We weren’t told about the forced baptisms, persecution, and enslavement of indigenous natives that was par for the course in Catholic expeditionary efforts.
- In heart of Muslim world, Pope calls for true religious freedom
- Muslim converts to Catholicism pen open letter to Pope Francis
Francis once again promoted Catholicism’s ecumenical-interfaith agenda by reaching out to Muslim religious leaders on a recent visit to the UAE. During his stay, Francis repeated the Catholic teaching that Muslims and Catholics are together “God’s children” and that both worship the same God.
In light of the current scandal tsunami, many Catholics are finding it increasingly troublesome to sit in a pew and listen to a priest instruct them on morality. Pray that many of these troubled Catholics will accept Jesus Christ as their Savior and leave the RCC.