May 4, 2012 |
The Times received more than three dozen letters weighing in on the Holy See's admonition of a group of American nuns, four of which were published in the paper. None of the submissions sent to firstname.lastname@example.org before the two batches of letters on the subject ran on April 23 and 27 took the side of the Vatican in its dispute with the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, and the responses that were published reflect that. After the letters ran, two readers sympathetic to the Roman Catholic Church leadership sent us their letters, one of which accused The Times of anti-Vatican bias (I address that submission in the upcoming Postscript column, which can be found Saturday at latimes.com/letters )
February 19, 2013
Re "Stymied by Vatican," Feb. 16 Pointing the finger at the Vatican for responding too slowly to Cardinal Roger M. Mahony's reports on priest misconduct in the 1990s and early 2000s diverts attention from the former archbishop's failure to report pedophile priests to civil authorities for prosecution. The issue is Mahony's handling of pedophile priests in the 1980s - when he covered up for them, failed to report them to law enforcement and allowed them to continue ministering to the congregation - not the slow Vatican response or how effective the cardinal's priest abuse reforms were in the 2000s.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 1992
The Rev. Richard Land, head of a Southern Baptist agency, is protesting the U.S. ambassadorship to the Vatican ("Drop Vatican Envoy, Clinton Urged," Dec. 12). Mr. Land sees this as a grievous wrong and urges President-elect Clinton to "strike a blow" for separation of church and state. For his information, the Constitution guards against the establishment of a church/state religion. Every session of our Congress is opened with a prayer by its own chaplain. The military has had a chaplaincy for over 200 years with chapel and chaplain on every base and ship.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1992
Regarding the article titled "Vatican Statement Supports Discrimination Against Gays" (July 17): By changing two words in the Vatican's statement, the fuller scope of the its policy becomes clear. According to these Men of God, "There are areas in which it is not unjust discrimination to take sexual orientation into account." Change the words sexual orientation to gender or race or national origin or physical limitation or marital status, and what do you have? An organization that cloaks itself in righteousness while promoting a systematic denial of rights.
March 13, 2013 |
The Vatican clarified Wednesday that the new pope -- the first to take the name Francis -- will be known as Pope Francis, not Pope Francis I. The Wednesday bulletin issued by the Vatican announcing his selection as pope called him simply Francis, as did the cardinal who announced his name from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica. “It will become Francis I after we have a Francis II,” Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi quipped to the Associated Press. The new name, taken by Argentine Jesuit Jorge Bergoglio, marks the first time that the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has chosen to be known as Francis.
June 1, 2012 |
When the Vatican released a scathing report in April excoriating a group that represents the majority of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States for deviating from church doctrine, the group kept mum. The report included a slew of positive and negative comments about the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, the group called out by the Vatican for promoting “radical feminist themes.” Still, the sisters were quiet. Until now. In a statement released Friday, the conference's board of directors said the doctrinal assessment released by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith - the church's enforcer of orthodoxy - was “based on unsubstantiated accusations and the result of a flawed process that lacked transparency.” The board members met this week to discuss the assessment, which accused the conference of deviating from church doctrine, such as opposing male-only ordination.