Priests would rather die than break the Seal of Confession, the most senior Catholic in England and Wales has told an inquiry into child sexual abuse. The Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Vincent Nichols, made the comments today while giving evidence at the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA).
News in Vocations
Is a Christian who believes that abortion is wrong in every case or that marriage can only be between a man and a woman suitable for public life today? These kinds of questions can make or break political careers, but such matters are hardly new. John Henry Newman faced them almost.
THE LAST TIME I spoke with Sr Mary David, a member of the Benedictine community of St Cecilia’s Abbey on the Isle of Wight, she told me how she had prayed in 2010 for my recovery from a cancer that is fatal more often than not. She had insisted that God show me mercy.
Pope Francis has spoken out about his concerns that Catholic priests are being "attacked and blamed" for crimes they did not commit. And he has warned them not to retreat into "closed and elitist" groups as a result because this "poisons the soul".
Stefanus Hendrianto, 45, was among the ranks of students involved in the pro-democracymovement in Indonesia in 1998 that finally brought down the authoritarian Suharto regime after 31 years of iron-fisted rule. He was a law student at Gajah Mada University in Yogyakarta, and went to Jakarta to join other students in the anti-Suharto protests.
"All my services aim at expressing my deep gratitude to Catholic nuns who have helped improve the material and spiritual life of our ethnic communities for decades," he said. Supporters of the Holy Cross nuns offer education scholarships to children and, as a result, many become teachers at local public schools.
In the fifth in our series lifting the lid on the experience of being a priest today, a young Pole who is priest-in-charge of a parish in the Scottish Highlands reflects on the joy of serving in a Church that is being stripped of its wealth and prestige.
"Education is often accused of inciting people to understand their rights, to be capable of organising themselves to ensure their human rights. "If that's a crime, then yes, I'm guilty. As a member of a Catholic order my life's been dedicated to human and Christian education."
India will soon have a new saint after Kerala-born nun Blessed Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan was cleared for canonization by the Vatican. Pope Francis has authorized the Congregation for the Cause of Saints to publish a decree recognizing a miracle through the intercession of the nun, the Vatican announced on Feb. 13.