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Health Care funds disabled dad’s assisted suicide Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A Canadian father who could not received ongoing financial support for his costly healthcare has died following a medically assisted suicide. Sean Tagert, 41, who suffered from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) agreed to having his life ended after years of struggle to find adequate care. His illness robbed him of the ability to move his Read more

Victoria Premier lashes Archbishop over Catholic confession claims Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Australian state premier Daniel Andrews, is lashing out at the Catholic Church over claims it was not consulted about proposed laws forcing priests to report child abuse disclosed in confessionals. The Victorian Premier, a practicing Catholic, says Melbourne Archbishop Peter Comensoli is wrong to compare priests refusing to disclose allegations heard during confession to confidentiality Read more

The Pell appeal: What to expect Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

The Victorian Court of Appeal will announce it’s decision on Wednesday morning on whether it will overturn Cardinal George Pell’s convictions for sexually abusing two choirboys. Three judges are examining Pell’s appeal. The appeal proceedings will be live streamed on the Supreme Court of Victoria’s website. If the court finds the jury got it wrong, Read more

Bibles not rosaries spared from Trump’s China tariff Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

U.S. President Donald Trump’s Trade Representative’s office has permanently spared Bibles printed in China from his tariff plans. Bibles are among about 25 product categories removed from 10 percent tariffs due to take effect next month and in December. Other products have removed from the tariff plans because they are considered important. They include child Read more

Nun who protested rape-accused bishop expelled Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A nun who was expelled from her Kerala congregation says she is being targeted for protesting and speaking to media about Church leaders’ neglect of a nun who was repeatedly raped by a bishop. Franciscan Clarist nun, Lucy Kalappura (54), says she joined a group of Missionaries of Jesus last September to protest Bishop Franco Read more

Catholic nun held at gunpoint during DC home invasion: ‘Do you want to die?’ Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Washington DC police are on the hunt for a robber who recently broke into a Columbia Heights home and held a Catholic nun at gunpoint. “She still has the bruises on her arm where this man manhandled her on Tuesday afternoon. It was about twenty to four in the afternoon,” Paul Wagner of Fox 5 Read more

Churches are arming and training congregants in the wake of mass shootings Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

Acrid gun smoke clouded the sunny entrance of a Texas church on a recent Sunday. Seven men wearing heavy vests and carrying pistols loaded with blanks ran toward the sound of the shots, stopping at the end of a long hallway. As one peeked into the foyer, the “bad guy” raised the muzzle of an Read more

Woman sues archdiocese after ‘lay exorcism’ leaves her emotionally damaged Comments 0

Monday, August 19th, 2019

A woman in Texas is suing the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and her parish claiming she suffered psychological and emotional abuse through a lay-led exorcism during a retreat. Beth Ann Andrews filed her lawsuit on July 25 after attending a “Faith in the Fire” event, which is associated with the Catholic Charismatic movement. According to its Read more

Pell-penned prison letter “arrogant” Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

A clerical abuse survivor says convicted Australian paedophile Cardinal George Pell is “arrogant”. His claim relates to Pell’s prison-penned letter linking his suffering in jail to that of Jesus Christ suffering on the cross. Stephen Woods says he is not surprised by “anything other than the level of arrogance” in the letter, which was posted Read more

Brexit begets atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland Comments 0

Thursday, August 15th, 2019

Recent Brexit discussions have resulted in an atmosphere of uncertainty in Northern Ireland, says the Bishop of Derry Donal McKeown. “Even the Unionists, that is those (in Northern Ireland) who feel they are rather more English, are of the opinion that from the economic point of view it would be better to remain part of Read more