Posts Tagged ‘Clergy’

Study shows clergy at greater risk for depression

Friday, August 30th, 2013

A new study done by the Clergy Health Initiative at Duke Divinity School found that demands placed on clergy by themselves and others put pastors at far greater risk for depression than individuals with other occupations. The study, published this week in the Journal of Primary Prevention, compared the mental health of 95 percent of Read more

37% think clergy contribute a lot to society in the US

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

Americans continue to hold the military in high regard, with more than three-quarters of U.S. adults (78%) saying that members of the armed services contribute “a lot” to society’s well-being. That’s a modest decline from 84% four years ago, the last time the Pew Research Center asked the public to rate various professions. But the Read more

UN wants answers from Church on child abuse

Friday, July 12th, 2013

A United Nations body charged with child protection has posed a list of tough questions to the Holy See about child abuse by Catholic priests. The UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has for “detailed information on all cases of child sexual abuse committed by members of the clergy, brothers, or nuns” as Read more

Sex abuse by Catholics out of proportion with size of Church

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

The rate of convictions of Catholic Church personnel for sex abuse in Australia seems “strikingly out of proportion” with the size of the Church compared with other faith communities, according to research by a law professor at the University of Sydney. “While there are some similar patterns in terms of victims’ age and gender, the Read more

Clergy call for rethink of ban on Christian polygamists

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Several Protestant clergy and Catholic priests in Pakistan have called on their churches to consider relaxing attitudes towards Christian polygamists, or risk a drop in Church membership. Their concerns follow the strong impact of Islamic society on religious minority families. Continue reading Related Posts:Pakistan province demolishes Catholic church, despite…China bans unauthorised online religious activitiesLack of Read more

More teal vicar? Colourful clergy show off new robes on catwalk

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

It may shock traditionalists but vicars have taken to the catwalk to model the latest fashions in clergy robes. The modelling ministers are showing off the latest designs at an annual Christian event nicknamed The Ideal Church Show this week. But some of the outfits, from an electric blue dress for female clergy to a Read more

Church urged to end child sex abuse crisis

Tuesday, October 16th, 2012

A Canadian bishop urged prelates attending the Synod of Bishops in Rome to address the reality of distrust and disappointment that sex abuse scandals left in the church. Bishop Brian Joseph Dunn of Antigonish, Nova Scotia, told the gathering of Church leaders that with the sex abuse crisis, Catholics have experienced “a great disorientation that Read more

Australian Catholic Church denies sex abuse cover-up

Friday, October 12th, 2012

The Catholic Church in the Australian state of Victoria denied claims by police that it deliberately covered up paedophilia and talked victims out of reporting sex abuse. Church spokesman Father Shane Mackinlay said the church knew “bad decisions” were made in the past where accused priests had been given “treatment” and a “fresh start”. But Read more

Philippine authorities to probe ivory smuggling controversy

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Authorities and the Catholic Church in the Philippines will look into the possible involvement of a priest in the illegal trade of ivory after his collection of ivory religious icons was featured in National Geographic magazine. Monsignor Cristobal Garcia is quoted in the October issue of the magazine as describing how to bring ivory figurines Read more

Silent clergy-killers: ‘Toxic’ congregations lead to job loss

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

They are called “clergy-killers” – congregations where a small group of members are so disruptive that no pastor is able to maintain spiritual leadership for long. And yet ministers often endure the stresses of these dysfunctional relationships for months, or even years, before eventually being forced out or giving up. Adding to the strain is Read more