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January 26, 2012
"We need to understand what circumstances led to this incident," said an archdiocese spokesman ("Archdiocese investigating priest: He's suspended indefinitely after arrest on charges of indecent exposure," Jan. 24). Celibacy, that unnatural restriction, is forced on clergymen by the male-dominated Vatican. That's what led to these circumstances. Until the Catholic Church understands that it must change, these circumstances will lead other clergy to expose the church to embarrassment as a result of their natural desires.
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April 28, 2014
The pending sainthood of Pope John Paul II and Pope John XXIII may be a bit rushed ( "St. Pius X parishioners recall role in visit of Pope John Paul II," April 23). Both were allegedly cognizant that under their tenure there were heinous sexual crimes supposedly committed by men of the cloth, men of the Roman Catholic Church, in parishes around the world. This is a plea from a former Roman Catholic for the Vatican to become transparent in a time when anything less is simply unacceptable.
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July 22, 2010
In light of the new document from the Vatican that classifies the attempted ordination of a woman as a canonical crime equal in gravity to molesting minors ("Vatican issues new rules on sexual abuse cases," July 16), how many strikes is the Vatican allowed before the Church of God declares, "You're out!" Joe and Lorraine Gordon, Timonium
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something? From a former crypt, now a storage room, in the bowels of the basilica, church officials did indeed have just the thing, or at least the raw material for it: some salvaged mahogany from the historic cathedral's early years, hand-crafted into a seed chest that the president presented to the pope Wednesday.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 27, 2014
The call came to Baltimore's Basilica several weeks ago: President Barack Obama needed a gift to bring to Pope Francis on his coming visit to the Vatican. Might the basilica, the first Catholic cathedral in the U.S., have something? From a former crypt, now a storage room, in the bowels of the basilica, church officials did indeed have just the thing, or at least the raw material for it: some salvaged mahogany from the historic cathedral's early years, hand-crafted into a seed chest that the president presented to the pope Wednesday.
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By Tracy Wilkinson and Maria De Cristofaro and Tracy Wilkinson and Maria De Cristofaro,LOS ANGELES TIMES | September 27, 2006
ROME -- Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, the provocative and colorful African prelate known for exorcisms, mass healing ceremonies and temporarily breaking with the church to marry a Korean acupuncturist, was excommunicated yesterday by the Vatican. Pope Benedict XVI signed off on the most serious punishment that the Roman Catholic Church can mete out, apparently the final chapter in Milingo's bizarre, tumultuous story spanning more than two decades. The edict came after Milingo presided over the "installation" in Washington of four married men as bishops this week.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
North County High School junior Jack Andraka, who has received numerous accolades for his work on early detection methods for cancer, will be honored with an international award at the Vatican on Saturday, according to Anne Arundel Public School officials. Andraka will receive the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award, which according to the award website is given to young people whose work have made them role models. It is named in honor of Giuseppe Sciacca, a 26-year-old architecture student who died in an accident involving a parachute failure in 1986.
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By Chaim Landau | March 24, 1998
Sins between man and man will never be forgiven until the on who has committed the wrong gives the victim what he owes and appeases him If a person wronged another and the latter died before he could ask for forgiveness, he should take 10 people and say the following while they are standing before that person's grave. 'I have sinned against God the Lord of Israel and against this person by doing the following to himRabbi Moshe ben Maimon, "Laws of Repentance"MORE than 50 years after the most horrendous act of man's inhumanity to Jews, Vatican officials recently released a statement that they claimed to be an act of repentance.
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By Kelly Brewington, The Baltimore Sun | April 23, 2010
With the financial backing of the Vatican, University of Maryland researchers will lead an international group of scientists to study adult stem cells from the intestines with the hope of discovering treatments for diseases while bypassing the ethical debates that have embroiled such research for a decade. The partnership, known as the International Intestinal Stem Cell Consortium, brings together researchers from the Center for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine at the University of Maryland; the University of Salerno, Bambino Gesu — an Italian children's hospital; and the Istituto Superiore di Sanita — the Italian equivalent of the National Institutes of Health.
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By New York Times News Service | December 15, 1993
Israel and the Vatican will end years of diplomatic standoff by establishing official relations by the end of this month, Israeli officials and American religious leaders say.The 14-point agreement is to be signed in Jerusalem Dec. 30 after being initialed in Rome the day before, they said yesterday.Although the Vatican has recognized Israel, its unwillingness to establish full diplomatic ties has been a sore point between Catholics and Jews.The agreement, which follows 18 months of intensive, behind-the-scenes diplomacy, is said to include a pledge by the Catholic Church to join Israel in new efforts to oppose anti-Semitism.
NEWS
February 7, 2014
The United Nations has decried the Vatican for not being transparent about the sexual abuse by Roman Catholic priests, bishops and cardinals over the past few decades ("UN panels urges Vatican to turn over sex abusers to authorities," Feb. 5). Moreover, the United Nations holds Pope Francis to be accountable, in a manner of speaking. The Vatican has a centuries-old twisted, cloudy and convoluted past. Pertinent information from the Vatican and the Roman Catholics around the world must be shared in order for the church to move forward.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | January 4, 2014
It's a war that seemingly ended a long time ago, being fought in the most unlikely of places: contraception, at homes for the elderly run by an order of Roman Catholic nuns. The Little Sisters of the Poor, with a house in Catonsvlle, are fighting the provision in the Affordable Care Act requiring employee health insurance plans to provide birth control coverage. The sisters won a last-minute injunction to keep from getting fined for refusing to comply with the law when it took effect on New Year's Day. Never mind that the sisters can easily exempt themselves from paying a single penny for anyone's birth control, which they say violates their church's teachings.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | November 15, 2013
North County High School junior Jack Andraka, who has received numerous accolades for his work on early detection methods for cancer, will be honored with an international award at the Vatican on Saturday, according to Anne Arundel Public School officials. Andraka will receive the International Giuseppe Sciacca Award, which according to the award website is given to young people whose work have made them role models. It is named in honor of Giuseppe Sciacca, a 26-year-old architecture student who died in an accident involving a parachute failure in 1986.
NEWS
July 30, 2013
Pope Francis did not this week change church doctrine toward gays and lesbians. He did not condone same-sex marriage. Nor did he suggest he approves of homosexuality. But in one short sentence, the leader of the Catholic Church fundamentally shifted the tone of the conversation about gays and the world's largest Christian denomination. In remarks made to reporters Monday on a return flight from Brazil, the pontiff said he would not judge priests for their sexual orientation. "If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?"
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By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | July 29, 2013
Pope Francis surprised the Catholic faithful Monday by saying the Roman Catholic Church shouldn't marginalize gay priests, saying: "Who am I to judge?" The comments followed one of the largest papal Masses in recent history over the weekend, when the pope told an estimated 3 million people on the Copacabana beach in Rio de Janeiro to spread the Gospel to "the fringes of society. " The newly appointed leader of the Roman Catholic Church then took to his papal airplane, where he told a group of reporters on the long flight back to Rome that gay Catholic priests "should not be marginalized" in the church.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | June 14, 2013
President Barack Obama has nominated Ken Hackett, the humanitarian who served as president of Baltimore-based Catholic Relief Services for 18 years, as the next U.S. ambassador to the Vatican. The announcement, made Friday, means Hackett will become the U.S. government's official liaison to the Holy See. Hackett, 66, served the worldwide relief organization for 40 years, directing its efforts in more than 100 countries around the world until 2011. He gained a reputation as a man who cared about the Catholic Church and its directives and possessed diplomatic skills.
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By Frank P. L. Somerville and Frank P. L. Somerville,Staff Writer | April 21, 1993
Long-standing criticism of the appointment of any U.S. ambassador to the Vatican has taken a new turn with President Clinton's nominee, Boston Mayor Raymond L. Flynn. Some liberal Roman Catholics are leading the opposition to Mr. Flynn because of his anti-abortion stance.Mr. Flynn "is out of step with the Clinton administration's strong pro-choice position," said Frances Kissling, president of the Washington-based Catholics for a Free Choice, an abortion-rights group leading the charge against Mr. Flynn.
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By Doug Struck and Doug Struck,Jerusalem Bureau | December 31, 1993
JERUSALEM -- Israel and the Vatican signed yesterday an agreement to begin diplomatic relations, ending the 45-year refusal by the Roman Catholic Church to recognize the Jewish state.The agreement was described by both sides as a political and religious milestone after 1,900 years of enmity between Christians and Jews.Pope John Paul II is likely to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, possibly in 1994, once the diplomatic ties are in place."We thought the time was proper. We have new, positive developments that must be taken into consideration," said the Vatican's representative, Monsignor Claudio Celli, after signing the pact.
NEWS
March 6, 2013
Since the resignation of Pope Benedict, we have been treated to the truly tawdry spectacle of life in the Vatican at this time in history. There are stories of Papal shoes, rings, palaces and castles. We see pictures of old men dressed in ecclesiastical finery sitting in palatial rooms at the Vatican. There are stories of corruption and jockeying for position among the cardinals. We are informed of the number old men who will have voting rights at the conclave called to elect the new pope.
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By Jean Marbella, The Baltimore Sun | March 2, 2013
Let's say the CEO of your company is retiring, but he's going to keep an office at headquarters and the services of the same secretary as the new guy. Awkward! Or how about working at a company where the boss just decided you can no longer work from home, a godsend once you had kids, even as she brings her baby to the nursery she built for him next to her office. Meow! This past week was a veritable schadenfreude-fest for those of us who love nothing more than complaining about our work — unless it's discovering how delightfully awful someone else's office must be. So, the Vatican: On top of the usual workplace issues that must plague the Roman Catholic Church's corporate offices — there's that impenetrable glass ceiling for any women employees, for one thing — this past week brought word of a leadership transition from, um, hell.
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