Catholicism http://tpr.org en Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles http://tpr.org/post/pope-reportedly-says-1-50-clergy-are-pedophiles Calling the church sex abuse scandal a "leprosy in our house," Pope Francis tells an Italian newspaper that 1 in 50 Catholic clerics are pedophiles.<p>In an interview with Eugenio Scalfari<em>, </em>the 90-year-old founder of<em> <em>La Repubblica</em></em>, Francis is quoted as saying that advisers in the Church "reassure me" that the problem amounts to "about 2 percent."<p>"This data should hearten me but I have to tell you that it does not hearten me at all. Sun, 13 Jul 2014 20:01:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 34994 at http://tpr.org Pope Reportedly Says That 1 In 50 Clergy Are Pedophiles The Source: Do We Still Need An Ambassador To The Vatican? http://tpr.org/post/source-do-we-still-need-ambassador-vatican <p>Hearing the vast crowds that showed up to see it one senses the passion and the power that the Catholic Church still holds, but is this soft power reason enough to continue full diplomatic relations? In short do we still need an ambassador to the Vatican?&nbsp;</p><p>The United States has only had an Ambassador to the Holy See for 30 years. President Reagan saw value in engaging the Vatican to take on communism. &nbsp;The Cold War ended, so is there still a need for the diplomatic position?</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:51:53 +0000 Paul Flahive 33900 at http://tpr.org The Source: Do We Still Need An Ambassador To The Vatican? Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes http://tpr.org/post/crowds-jam-st-peters-historic-day-four-popes Hundreds of thousands of people filled St. Peter's Square and the streets of Rome on Sunday to witness the extraordinary sight of two popes — one reigning and one retired — declaring two of their predecessors as saints.<p>The ceremony was the first time two pontiffs — John XXIII and John Paul II — were made saints at the same time. Sun, 27 Apr 2014 11:44:00 +0000 editor 30735 at http://tpr.org Crowds Jam St. Peter's For Historic Day Of Four Popes Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized http://tpr.org/post/two-very-different-popes-will-be-canonized Pope Francis will canonize two 20th-century Catholic giants on Sunday — one a pope beloved by traditionalists the other a pontiff who was the icon of Catholic liberals.<p>The Polish-born <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/05/198993166/pope-john-paul-ii-will-be-made-a-saint" target="_blank">John Paul II</a> was the first non-Italian pope in nearly 500 years. He traveled to every corner of the earth and helped bring down communism.<p>John XXIII was a Vatican diplomat in World War II who saved many Jews from the Holocaust. Sat, 26 Apr 2014 19:34:57 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 30727 at http://tpr.org Two Very Different Popes Will Be Canonized Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II http://tpr.org/post/saint-who-john-xxiii-overshadowed-john-paul-ii There's never been much doubt that <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2013/07/05/198993166/pope-john-paul-ii-will-be-made-a-saint">Pope John Paul II</a> was destined for sainthood. Fri, 25 Apr 2014 18:25:00 +0000 Scott Neuman 30680 at http://tpr.org Saint Who? John XXIII Overshadowed By John Paul II Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness http://tpr.org/post/pope-francis-asks-abuse-victims-forgiveness <a href="http://www.npr.org/tags/174237289/pope-francis" target="_blank">Pope Francis</a> asked Friday for forgiveness from the victims of pedophile priests in some of his strongest words to date about the Catholic Church's sex abuse crisis.<p>NPR's Sylvia Poggioli reports from Rome that:<p><blockquote><p>"The pope has come under fire from advocacy groups for a perceived lack of attention to the issue.<p>"Friday, in off-the-cuff remarks to members of the International Catholic Child Bureau, Francis said he felt compelled to take it upon himself to ask forgiveness for the evil that some priests Fri, 11 Apr 2014 13:49:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 29883 at http://tpr.org Pope Francis Asks Abuse Victims' Forgiveness Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse http://tpr.org/post/pope-includes-victim-among-members-commission-sex-abuse The eight members of a new Vatican commission charged with advising the Roman Catholic Church on how to confront and prevent sexual abuse of children by its priests include a prominent victim.<p>Ireland's Marie Collins was molested by a priest when she was a young girl in the 1960s. In 1997, <a href="http://www.thejournal.ie/vatican-commission-child-abuse-1375997-Mar2014/" target="_blank">as TheJournal.ie writes</a>, she saw her abuser finally brought to justice. Sat, 22 Mar 2014 20:17:00 +0000 Mark Memmott 28737 at http://tpr.org Pope Includes Victim Among Members Of Commission On Sex Abuse Catholic Church Examines Financial Cost Of Sainthood http://tpr.org/post/catholic-church-examines-financial-cost-sainthood Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>There are thousands of saints recognized by the Catholic Church. But canonization, the process of declaring a person a saint, requires a long, rigorous and expensive process. Just outside Buffalo in Lackawanna, New York, Our Lady of Victory Basilica is midway through that process for Father Nelson Baker. Sun, 23 Feb 2014 22:12:00 +0000 editor 27211 at http://tpr.org Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World http://tpr.org/post/pope-welcomes-new-cardinals-many-developing-world In a solemn ceremony at the Vatican, Pope Francis on Saturday bestowed red hats on his first batch of cardinals.<p>Ten of the 19 new princes of the church come from outside Europe, including some of the poorest countries in the world.<p>Their selection is a sign that the reforms Francis is introducing include a restructuring of how the Catholic Church will be governed.<p>The first pope from the developing world chose many of his new cardinals from the periphery of the globe. Sat, 22 Feb 2014 18:46:25 +0000 Sylvia Poggioli 27179 at http://tpr.org Pope Welcomes New Cardinals, Many From Developing World 'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church http://tpr.org/post/pope-and-mussolini-tells-secret-history-fascism-and-church It's commonly thought that the Catholic Church fought heroically against the fascists when Benito Mussolini's party ruled over Italy in the 1920s and '30s. Mon, 27 Jan 2014 17:48:00 +0000 editor 25722 at http://tpr.org 'Pope And Mussolini' Tells The 'Secret History' Of Fascism And The Church