Pope Benedict XVI’s blunt language on the sexual abuse crisis in his annual address to the Roman Curia this morning is generating headlines around the world, especially the pontiff’s unflinching insistence that the church must examine “what went wrong in our proclamation, in our whole way of living the Christian life, to allow such a thing to happen.”
Benedict's Christmas message: Pope Urges Church to Reflect on Abuse
The BBC's list: The top 10 religion stories of the year
Australia: Catholic Church looks overseas for priests
Previously confidential diplomatic cables released today as part of the Wikileaks disclosures show American diplomats pressing the Vatican to take a more positive line on the aftermath of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, and on genetically modified food.
In an NCR column last spring, I asked, "Is women's ordination old news?" Apparently, it is not. As NCR Managing Editor Dennis Coday shared earlier today, Time magazine included the controversy over the Catholic Church's policy of not ordaining women to the priesthood as the 6th top religion news story of 2010. (Four of the Top 10 stories feature the Vatican.)
An in depth report at Politics Daily, the online newspaper, portrays University of Notre Dame officials as stonewalling the family of a 19-year-old freshman at Notre Dame's sister school, Saint Mary's College, who committed suicide in September, 10 days after reporting that she had been fondled against her will by a Notre Dame football player.
This digital re-relling of the Christmas story transcends every notion of mediated communication. The video also gives us an opportunity to make media the subject of catechesis while it is an instrument of catechesis at the same time.
The story goes like this. Asia Bibi is a Catholic woman living in a small village near Lahore, Pakistan. She works as a farmhand, is married and the mother of five children. Earlier this year, a dispute erupted with other farmhands when she refused to convert from Christianity to Islam. Some stories say that she made a remark like this one: “Jesus Christ died for my sins; what did Mohammed ever do for you?”
NCR reporting on the Phoenix-excommunication case
- Bishops' doctrine committee: 'direct abortion always wrong', June 24
- Canon lawyers assess ‘automatic’ penalty for nun who approved an abortion, June 22
- Ethicists fault bishop’s action in Phoenix abortion case, June 8
- Thomas J. Olmsted: Portrait of a 'policy-driven' bishop, June 3
- Shades of grey in a world of apparent absolutes, May 26
- Nun excommunicated for allowing abortion, May 18
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Deadline for resolution between Diocese of Phoenix and Catholic Healthcare West extended to Tuesday, Dec. 21
PHOENIX (Dec. 17, 2010) — The Diocese of Phoenix has been in continuing conversation with Catholic Healthcare West about their Catholic identity and adherence to the teachings of the Church regarding their facilities within the Diocese of Phoenix. Late on Thursday, Dec. 16, Bishop Thomas J. Olmsted was in receipt of further communication from Catholic Healthcare West officials. Given the ongoing communication and attempts to rectify the situation, Bishop Olmsted is extending his deadline until Tuesday, Dec. 21.
Here is Time magazine's list of top ten religion stories for 2010
Top 10 Religion Stories
* The Vatican and the Child Abuse Scandal
* The Bankruptcy of the Crystal Cathedral
* Franklin Graham vs. the Muslims
* The Rev. Terry Jones Threatens to Burn Korans
* Women Priests, In Spite of the Vatican
* The Pope Doesn't Quite Endorse Condoms
* Christians Under Attack in the Middle East
* Obama Decides Not to Visit the Golden Temple
* The Vatican and Homer Simpson
Read more: All of Time's Lists