From Scott P. Richert, your Guide to Catholicism
Even before the Vatican issued its new "Norms on Most Serious Crimes" yesterday, I could tell you how the headlines would read: "Too Little, Too Late, Critics Say"; "Vatican Bows to Pressure"; "Will New Norms Make a Difference in Church’s Cult of Secrecy?" What the media won’t tell you is that these norms are the culmination of more than a decade of effort by one man–Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI–to rid the Catholic Church of the scourge of sexual abuse.
In a move widely seen as a reaction to months of media reports on decades-old cases of clerical sexual abuse, the Catholic Church has issued new "Norms on Most Serious Crimes," including clerical sexual abuse of children. How much of a change do the new norms represent, and what are the major changes?
Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, best known for revealing the brown scapular to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251. How much do you know about this feast of the Blessed Virgin?
In honor of today’s feast, I posted a picture of a beautiful statue of Our Lady of Mount Carmel as this week’s Wordless Wednesday.
In the Catholicism Forum this week, Nicole Palmby, our moderator, and Karen Silver, one of our most active members, started a discussion about celebrity "worship" and idolatry. Does the American obsession with celebrities have something to do with our treatment of religion? Let us know what you think! And while you’re there, check out this week’s hottest threads:
- Florida School Sued for Banning Bible Distribution
- Dangerous Fundamentalism
- The Atmosphere of Church
- University of Illinois Instructor Fired Over Catholic Beliefs
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