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News Archives, Jan 01 -07 2010

From Pew Forum’s Religion News:

Religion News Service Advocates say abusive Irish priests assigned to U.S. churches

by G. Jeffrey MacDonald
Religion News Service

(RNS) Roman Catholic priests accused of sexual abuse in Ireland have for decades been getting re-assigned to ministry positions in the United States, according to a church reform group with a new database of names.

BishopAccountability.org, which documents allegations of abuse, last week (Dec. 28) released the names of 70 accused Irish priests who at some point served in the United States. Many on the list (viewable at) are said to have died or no longer serve in the priesthood.

The group acknowledged that its database of accused Irish priests is likely not comprehensive and may not include any priests currently serving in U.S. parishes. Co-director Anne Barrett Doyle called on all U.S. bishops to release names of priests accused in Ireland, where an unfolding clergy sexual abuse crisis has led four bishops to resign in the past month.

“Bishops in Ireland, just like bishops here, have been moving accused priests around even though they know they’re dangerous and putting them in populations where they can continue to offend,” said Terence McKiernan, co-director of BishopAccountability.org, at a Boston news conference.

“Unfortunately, the places where they put them include our own backyard. And so the Irish crisis basically has become our crisis, too.”

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From Miami Herald:

U.S. Catholic leaders want President Obama to make immigration reform a priority

BY ALFONSO CHARDY

Stepping up the pressure on President Obama, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops on Wednesday urged the administration to make legalization of millions of undocumented immigrants a priority to enhance national security and improve the nation’s battered economy.

“We are in this to win,” J. Kevin Appleby, the group’s director of migration policy and public affairs told a telephone news briefing in which conference leaders announced a national postcard campaign to mobilize Catholics behind immigration reform.

Though the Catholic Church has been in favor of immigration reform for years, the announcement of the campaign Wednesday marked the first major new effort by U.S. church leaders to demonstrate commitment to the issue which the White House has indicated may be the next major legislative priority after healthcare reform.

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(Also see Miami Herald: Catholic bishops begin postcard campaign for immigration reform)

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From Fox News:

4 Mexican Priests Resign After Caught Breaking Celibacy Vows

PUEBLA, Mexico —  Four Roman Catholic priests in central Mexico have resigned after they were caught breaking their celibacy vows, church officials said Wednesday.

The priests will no longer be allowed to celebrate Mass or perform sacraments, the Rev. Eugenio Lira, spokesman for the archdiocese in the central state of Puebla, announced in a statement.

The clerics were either caught in a romantic relationship or discovered to have fathered children, Lira said. He did not identify the priests or provide details of their alleged indiscretions.

In the traditionally conservative state of Puebla — known for its high concentration of Catholic churches — reaction to the priests’ resignations was mixed.

Alfredo Miranda, rector of the Catholic Popular Autonomous University of Puebla State, said he supported the priests’ separation from the church.

David Fernandez, rector of the Jesuit Iberoamerican University’s Puebla campus, said the church needs to modernize its practices and rethink its celibacy requirements. He said the celibacy rule came from church leaders, not the Gospel.

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From AFP:

Catholic Portugal set to legalise gay marriage

The Catholic Church has refused to mobilise on a subject which, according to Lisbon’s Cardinal Patriarch Jose Policarpo, is “parliament’s responsibility”

LISBON — Catholic Portugal, traditionally one of Europe’s most socially conservative countries, is expected to approve the legalisation of gay marriage on Friday with a minimum of fuss.

With the governing Socialists and other left-wing parties enjoying a strong majority, the new law is likely to sail through the first reading debate and gain final approval before a visit by Pope Benedict XVI, due in Portugal in May.

In contrast to Spain, where the lead-up to the legalisation of gay marriage in 2005 brought hundreds of thousands of demonstrators onto the streets, the bill in Portugal has provoked only muted opposition even from the right.

While normally vocal on the role of marriage and the family in society, the Catholic Church has refused to mobilise on a subject which, according to Lisbon’s Cardinal Patriarch Jose Policarpo, is “parliament’s responsibility”.

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From NCR On-Line:

Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian, dead at 81

She helped reshape Christian thought through decades

Jan. 04, 2010

Daly in 1987 (Photo by Gail Bryan)

Mary Daly, radical feminist theologian and a mother of modern feminist theology, died Jan. 3 at the age of 81. She was one of the most influential voices of the radical feminist movement through the later 20th century.

Daly taught courses in theology, feminist ethics and patriarchy at Boston College for 33 years. Her first book, “The Church and the Second Sex,” published in 1968, got her fired, briefly, from her teaching position there, but as a result of support from the (then all-male) student body and the general public, she was ultimately granted tenure.

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Also see ” Beyond Radical: Mary Daly, Feminist Theologian, Changed Worlds” at Religion Dispatches:

“I urge you to Sin. … But not against these itty-bitty religions, Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism — or their secular derivatives, Marxism, Maoism, Freudianism and Jungianism — which are all derivatives of the big religion of patriarchy. Sin against the infrastructure itself!”

Never anything but controversial, Mary Daly, author of works from 1968’s The Church and the Second Sex through the recent Amazon Grace, changed the worldviews of women and men for decades, challenging readers and listeners (and institutions) to imagine what she called an “ontological revolution” rooted in women experiencing (and becoming) themSelves.

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From the Christian Science Monitor

Malaysia Catholics allowed to call God ‘Allah’ again. Why the fuss?

Islam, like Christianity and Judaism, worships the God of Abraham. So why is Malaysia’s government trying to prevent Catholics from calling God ‘Allah?’

By Dan Murphy Staff writer / January 4, 2010

After a three-year battle, the Roman Catholic church in Malaysia won back the right to use the long-standing Malay-language word for God: “Allah.”

A judge, responding to a suit filed by the editor of The Herald, a Catholic weekly distributed primarily to Catholics in the Malaysian portions of Borneo, found that an earlier government restriction allowing the term only to be used by Muslims was unconstitutional.

But the freedom to use what is commonly understood to be the generic word for the God of Abraham – in both Malaysian and in the closely related language of Indonesian – may not last long. On Jan. 4, the government said it would appeal the ruling. The official state news agency Bernama reported that “the Home Minister had justified the ban on grounds of national security and to avoid misunderstanding and confusion among Muslims.”

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