Priest’s cellphone activity costs him his job

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
data used to identify users

A top official within the US Catholic church resigned (Tuesday) after cellphone data obtained through a broker appeared to show he was a frequent user of the gay dating app Grindr. The US Conference of Catholic Bishops said in a memo that Monsignor Jeffrey Burrill had resigned as its general secretary. This came after staff Read more

Cameroon govt backs archbishop’s traditional medicine for COVID

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

The Republic of Cameroon’s government has approved the traditional medicine recipes a Catholic archbishop developed to help treat COVID-19 patients. The archbishop says they help save ‘even people on respirators’. The Republic’s Public Health Ministry authorised sales of Archbishop Samuel Kleda’s medicinal recipes as an “adjuvant” or supplementary aid to fighting COVID-19 infections. “This is Read more

More clergy suicides possible if unfounded allegations continue

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

A priest who committed suicide after being investigated over unfounded allegations of child sex abuse may be just the first unless action isn’t taken to improve safeguarding procedures, a British coroner is warning. The coroner, Mary Hassell, who investigated Anglican priest Alan Griffin’s death, says she received submissions from the Church of England (C of Read more

Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network unites groups to fight modern slavery

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Catholic Anti-Slavery Network

The Australian Catholic Anti-Slavery Network (ACAN) has released a landmark report showcasing how its member organisations are responding to the challenge posed by modern slavery. ACAN’s Compendium of Modern Slavery Statements highlights the work of over 40 Catholic entities including dioceses, health, education and welfare bodies. Signatory organisations, such as the Sydney Archdiocese’s Catholic schools, Read more

Angry traditionalist Catholics push back on Latin Mass restrictions

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021
Latin Mass push back

The fallout from Pope Francis’s decision to restrict celebration of the pre-Vatican II Latin Mass continues to grow as angry traditionalist Catholics push back. On Friday, the Vatican published a new motu propio, titled Traditionis Custodes, which tightened permission for celebration of the Traditional Latin Mass, the use of which had been liberalized under Benedict Read more

Synod on synodality must learn to let laity decide too

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

A lay Venezuelan theologian says bishops at the upcoming synod on synodality need to realise lay people aren’t just called to implement but also to make Church decisions. Rafael Luciani is one of three Latin American theologians chosen as consultants on “synodality” for the Synod. He hopes he will be able to offer the synod Read more

German churches pray, provide aid as European flooding death toll climbs

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

German Catholic churches offered spiritual and financial support to survivors of devastating flooding in two regions of the country. At Masses July 18, bishops, priests and parishioners prayed for those who died, emergency workers who continued to clear mud-lined streets and residents seeking to salvage what they could from damaged and destroyed homes, the German Read more

Church leaders endorse ‘more inclusive’ Bible translation

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

The possibility of the Irish Catholic Church choosing to use an inclusive Bible text for its lectionary appears increasingly likely. The executive of the Association of Leaders of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (Amri) has recommended that the Irish episcopal conference use the Revised New Jerusalem Bible (RNJB). The association, representing 150 religious organisations, missionary Read more

New Mexico state senator says Catholic Church denied him communion over abortion

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

A Roman Catholic parish in Las Cruces, New Mexico, told a state senator he could not receive Holy Communion because he supports a pro-abortion bill. “I was denied communion last night by the Catholic bishop here in Las Cruces and based on my political office,” Senator Joe Cervantes, Las Cruces Democrat, wrote on Twitter. “My Read more

‘We’ll be extinct,’ warns West Papuan churches, call for halt to ‘racist’ Otsus

Thursday, July 22nd, 2021

The West Papuan Council of Churches (WPCC) has condemned the Indonesian government’s Special Autonomy (Otsus) law ratified by the Jakarta parliament last week, describing it as racist and warning that Papuans could “become extinct”. The WPCC was speaking in an online forum organised by the International Coalition for Papua (ICP) last Wednesday — the day Read more