Living Lent Daily

From Loyola Press, a Jesuit Ministry Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving help us recognize those times when we have not been as forgiving as God calls us to be. Scripture “And forgive us our debts,  as we also have forgiven our debtors.” Matthew 6:12 Reflection A priest once told this story about his family. Two of his uncles…

Review: In the Closet of the Vatican: Power, Homosexuality, Hypocrisy by Frédéric Martel trans Shaun Whiteside — a shocking investigation

By A N Wilson in The Sunday Times, 24 February 2019 Monsignor Tony Anatrella, a French psychiatrist-priest, was close to Cardinal Ratzinger even before he became Pope Benedict XVI. In 2005, Ratzinger asked the increasingly anti-gay Anatrella how to eliminate homosexuality from the seminaries. Anatrella’s draconian advice was to ban not merely practising gays from…

Child sex abuse: Christ-centred values are the key to rehabilitating offenders

By Chris Gelder in THE TABLET, 23 February 2019 rom the age of seven I faced a number of incidents of abuse. They have stayed with me all my life. I remember a nun once encouraged me to expose myself in front of her and cough, while other children looked in through the window and…

Polish nun ‘silenced’ for speaking out on abuse

From The Tablet, 19 February 2018: Poland's most senior nun has been banned from further media contact after condemning the sexual abuse of religious sisters by Catholic priests in her country, and welcoming the Pope's recent highlighting of the issue. A church source told The Tablet "urgent internal enquiries" were underway to establish how the…