Rebel Priest Fr Peter Kennedy
- Created on Sunday, 05 June 2011 20:28
- Written by Alex Walker
When rebel Catholic priest Father Peter Kennedy is ordered to leave St Mary's Church in Brisbane accused of unorthodox practices, he and his flock begin an extraordinary journey in exile. Watch the film >
Human Rights for Children of Priests
- Created on Friday, 03 September 2010 22:00
- Written by David Weber
Together with another son of a former priest, I founded , in Germany, the citizens' initiative "human rights for children of priests" and its website www.humanrightsforchildrenofpriests.com , with which we have established a basis for the fight against the discrimination of people whose father has been or still is a catholic priest. Our major focus is rather political , we have for instance succeeded in convincing seven German MPs to sign our online petition. So far we are mainly active in Germany, but as the priest who was my father was a provincial of the Australian Jesuits, I certainly also take an interest in the matter in the english-speaking countries. If you are the son or daughter of a Catholic Priest, please get in contact with us.
Citi Special Report
- Created on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 16:51
- Written by Louise Haggett
Both Victims and Priests Admit that Priests Are Lonely
Brunswick, ME—A recently released Special Report from CITI Ministries (Celibacy Is the issue) provides astonishing findings from a scientific study of Roman Catholic Priests conducted in 1997 (when priests were still candid), and a 1999 clergy sexual abuse Victim study. The CITI Special Report reveals:
From the Priest Study:
• Priests that were conflicted—attitudes and behaviors did not correlate.
• Priests that were extremely lonely, suffering from lack of intimacy (a write-in response by 59%).
• According to priest respondents, a hierarchy that ignored dysfunctional sexual activity unless it became public knowledge.
From the Victim Study:
• Victim and priest perpetrator profiles that were significantly different from child sexual abuse victims and perpetrators among the general population.
• While adolescent boys (i.e., altar servers) were primary targets for priests (93%), adult victims over 20 years old were primarily female (94.5%), ruling out a possible homosexual factor among abusing priests.
• Victims that retrospectively indicated priests were lonely, correlating with the Priest Study.
A literary study investigates Intense Loneliness in general and in the priesthood. The church’s culpability and The International Criminal Court are also covered.
Finding God in the Pain of Betrayal
Part Two of the Report is for those whose spiritual world has been shattered by the church’s criminal actions involving millions of innocent children. There are inspiring words and suggestions offered by CITI and married Catholic priests. There’s a recipe for Rebuilding Your Spiritual Immune System, a testimonial to a Home Mass community in Bowie, MD, one of several throughout the country with married priests, and a list of married priests available for these and other sacramental and pastoral care.
CITI’s Special Report includes excerpts from the book The Bingo Report, resulting from 10 years of scientific research on mandatory celibacy and clergy sexual abuse. In 1996, author/researcher Louise Haggett gave up a lucrative career to return to college and do the research. “No one would touch it because of its controversial nature,” according to Haggett, also founder of CITI. “I had no choice. Kids were still being sexually abused by priests and no one seemed to care.” The Report is available for download at http://www.rentapriest.com/docs/CitiMinistries_v10hr.pdf. Hard copies may be ordered ($10 donation requested for printing and mailing) from the website or by calling 1-800-PRIEST 9 (774-3789).
#30 -- Contact: Louise Haggett, 207-729-7673
Catholic social teaching finds church leadership lacking
- Created on Tuesday, 20 July 2010 16:34
- Written by Administrator
Posted by: Editor on Mon, 19 July 2010 01:00:00
Bishop Kevin Dowling of Rustenburg, South Africa candid talk to a group of lay Catholics
Bishop Dowling began the talk by reading an account by NCR Washington correspondent Jerry Filteau about a Latin Mass celebrated in April at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington. Tulsa Bishop Edward Slattery celebrated the Mass, which featured, in Filteau's words, "the cappa magna, the 20-yard-long brilliant red train behind a bishop or cardinal that has come to be one of the symbols of the revival of the Tridentine Mass. "
Celibacy: Whose bright idea was that?
- Created on Saturday, 29 May 2010 20:15
- Written by The Guardian
Why does the pope wear underpants in the bath? Because he doesn't like looking down on the unemployed.
I was always fond of this joke, though never more so than when still at school where – this being a Catholic boarding school – unemployment of this variety was rife (albeit not so rife that there wasn't an occasional visit to the job centre).
When it's not the object of irreverent humour, the vow of celibacy – in effect a vow of chastity – undertaken by the Catholic clergy is an issue of great seriousness. We were reminded of its seriousness in March, when the occasionally freethinking cardinal of Vienna, Christoph Schönborn, suggested the issue of celibacy should be the object of "unflinching examination" within the church and enforced chastity may be linked with the secretive cultures of sexual abuse being exposed one after the other.
His call was quickly shot down by the Vatican, and Schönborn fell back into line.