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From TheJournal.ie Catholic church preparing for priestless parishes Priestless Parishes

Catholic church preparing for priestless parishes

The Irish Catholic newspaper has reported that Catholic bishops are drawing up radical new plans for laypeople-led Sunday services.

From TheJournal.ie Kenny, Gilmore to host reception for high-ranking Catholic clergy Eucharistic Congress

Kenny, Gilmore to host reception for high-ranking Catholic clergy

The Taoiseach doesn’t expect a hostile response from Church leaders tomorrow despite his speech on the separation of Church and State last year.

From TheJournal.ie Over 230 new abuse allegations received by Catholic Church Clerical Abuse

Over 230 new abuse allegations received by Catholic Church

The National Board for Safeguarding Children received 237 new abuse allegations in the year to 1 April, 2012, implicating 196 priests.

From TheJournal.ie 5 priests removed after abuse inquiry in Philadelphia Abuse

5 priests removed after abuse inquiry in Philadelphia

Seventeen more priests are under review, the Archbishop of Philadelphia revealed yesterday.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should priests be forced to break Seal of Confession? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should priests be forced to break Seal of Confession?

New laws introducing mandatory reporting may be defied by priests.

From TheJournal.ie Column: Are we as a Catholic Church not mature enough to listen to others? Opinion

Column: Are we as a Catholic Church not mature enough to listen to others?

The Vatican is investigating Fr Tony Flannery over his liberal views. But censorship is not a Christian solution, writes Fr Jimmy McPhillips.

From TheJournal.ie Donegal bishops made "significant" errors dealing with child sex abuse Catholic Church

Donegal bishops made "significant" errors dealing with child sex abuse

The Catholic Bishop of Raphoe in Donegal described the abuse committed against children as “horrific” and said that there had been “very poor judgements and mistakes made”.

From TheJournal.ie BAI Compliance Committee found A Mission to Prey "fair" RTÉ

BAI Compliance Committee found A Mission to Prey "fair"

The Broadcasting Authority of Ireland investigated the show following a complaint from a man who took part in filming for the programme, but was unhappy with how his interview was used.

Column: Cardinal Rules - on Occupy Jim Sheridan's gaff

This week, the (not) Primate of All-Ireland is caught up in #Occupy fever – and decides to #Occupy Jim Sheridan’s €7,000-a-month rented house.

From TheJournal.ie The 5 at 5: Thursday Take 5

The 5 at 5: Thursday

5 minutes, 5 stories, 5 o’clock…

From TheJournal.ie Catholic priests in Dublin to face 9 per cent income cut Priests

Catholic priests in Dublin to face 9 per cent income cut

Take a guess at how much a priest will now earn…

From TheJournal.ie The 9 at 9: Monday 9 At 9

The 9 at 9: Monday

Nine things to know this morning…

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Should priests be allowed to renounce vow of celibacy? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Should priests be allowed to renounce vow of celibacy?

The former Bishop of Derry, Dr Edward Daly, says that priests should be allowed to marry and mandatory celibacy done away with. Do you agree?

From TheJournal.ie Philadelphia monsignor to stand trial alongside priests accused of rape Catholic Church

Philadelphia monsignor to stand trial alongside priests accused of rape

The monsignor is the only US church official ever charged with transferring paedophile priests to unsuspecting parishes.

From TheJournal.ie Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare Welfare

Enda Kenny announces 'radical' changes to welfare

The Taoiseach also warned of further spending cuts, saying we can “no longer afford” certain services.

From TheJournal.ie Column: No matter what, we still need the Church Opinion

Column: No matter what, we still need the Church

The Catholic Church has abused its power in Ireland, but it still brings something essential to our lives, writes Fr Tony Flannery.

From TheJournal.ie Belgian church to compensate victims for abuse Belgium

Belgian church to compensate victims for abuse

The Catholic church in Belgium said that in recognition of its “moral responsibility and the expectations of society” it will ensure those who suffered sexual abuse at the hands of clergy will be compensated.

From TheJournal.ie Seventy people to take Vatican and Belgian church officials to court over abuse claims Belgium

Seventy people to take Vatican and Belgian church officials to court over abuse claims

The group claim that the organisations did not protect them from paedophile priests.

From TheJournal.ie Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland Trusted

Doctors are the most trusted profession in Ireland

A survey done on behalf of the Medical Council reveals, perhaps not surprisingly, that doctors are the most trusted profession but TDs and pollsters come bottom of the pile.

From TheJournal.ie Poll: Do you care about the proposed changes to the Mass? Your Say This post contains a poll

Poll: Do you care about the proposed changes to the Mass?

Some priests believe the changes are sexist and archaic, and will drive mass-goers away. But does anyone care?

THE ITALIAN Roman Catholic church has told gay priests they must not lead ‘double lives’ after a magazine article exposed several priests as being regular visitors to gay bars in Rome.

Journalists from the Silvio Berlusconi-owned Panorama magazine filmed three priests attending gay nightclubs and having casual sex using hidden cameras.

The writer said he was assisted by a gay ‘accomplice’ as he “gate-crashed the wild nights of a number of priests in Rome who live a surprising double-life.”

It continued:

By day they are regular priests, complete with dog collar, but, at night it’s off with the cassock as they take their place as perfectly integrated members of the Italian capital’s gay scene.

One priest it spoke to said 98% of the priests he knew were homosexual.

The Church has issued a statement saying that nobody was forcing gays to remain as priests, and said their conduct “muddies the reputation of all the others”.

It told gay priests they must not lead a “double life”.