July 29, 2013 |
RIO DE JANEIRO -- In declaring that he was in no position to judge gay people, Pope Francis did nothing to change Roman Catholic doctrine, which prohibits homosexual sex but not the state of homosexuality. But at least one prominent commentator said the remarks constituted "a sea change," and they were the topic of avid discussion and debate Monday, especially in Catholic circles. Conservative Catholics, many of whom are increasingly put off by Francis' accessibility and deliberate simplicity, sought to downplay the remarks, which the pope made on his flight home to the Vatican from Brazil, where he made his first overseas trip as pontiff.
July 6, 2013 |
CAIRO -- Thousands of supporters of ousted Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi turned out Saturday for a mass protest and funeral for those killed a day earlier in clashes with soldiers. Crowds gathered outside Rabaa Al Adawiya mosque heard fiery speeches from Islamist leaders and carried four coffins of those killed, but the demonstrations in Cairo's Nasr district remained peaceful. They waved Egyptian flags and carried pictures of Morsi, who is believed to be under arrest in the Republican Guard compound where some of Friday's clashes occurred.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 6, 2013 |
The preschooler's hair was falling out in clumps. He had stopped playing with other children and barely spoke to his teachers. He woke screaming each night, and during the day clung to his mother. What's wrong, she asked again and again. Finally, he told her: His big brother, adopted seven years earlier from the Maryvale Catholic orphanage in Rosemead, was molesting him. Devastated, she rushed the older boy to a therapist's office, where he offered a harrowing explanation. "He said that Brother Larry had done it to him at Maryvale - him and other children," his mother recalled years later.
June 18, 2013
Re "Ex-spouse's behavior costs teacher her job," June 15 The Roman Catholic Church has a centuries-old record of retaining within its employ pedophile priests with known and extended histories of abusing children. Isn't it twistedly and hypocritically ironic that the San Diego diocese is firing one of its employees - a faultless teacher who happens to be the victim of domestic abuse - out of concern that the woman's ex-husband might come to the school and harm students? Doesn't the church have enough worries about the legitimate felons in its organization without treating a blameless teacher like one?
June 1, 2013
Re "Women becoming priests without Vatican's blessing," May 26 The article does not best reflect the Roman Catholic Church's reasons for an all-male clergy. Unencumbered by social and religious mores, Christ could have used the generic "all are equally human" argument and also chosen his mother (who better?) to sacramentally represent him. But he did not. The priesthood is not a job, it is an identity "set apart. " In the transcendence of time and space, it is Christ who is the presider, affecter and dispenser of all sacraments.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 31, 2013 |
A self-described "loud-mouthed Irish priest" ("And may they carve it on my gravestone!" he once quipped), the Rev. Andrew M. Greeley rejected a conventional definition of his vocation. Denied a parish, the Roman Catholic priest created his own pulpits as a sociologist whose groundbreaking research corrected misimpressions of American Roman Catholics and as a bestselling novelist whose works - "The Cardinal Sins," "Thy Brother's Wife" and more than 50 other titles - made readers blush and church superiors fume.