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Death of 'Sex As Sin' Brought Confession Era to an End - Priest CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 22, 2017 onfessions by Irish Catholics came to an end sometime in the 1970s and accompanied the death of the sense of sex as sin, a Limerick-based Augustinian priest has said. Fr Iggy O'Donovan said that, following independence, "throne and altar conspired to create an atmosphere of anti-sexual terrorism, as also evidenced in the censorship laws of the time where the only sin, too, was sex. "The day the Irish people threw off those shackles was the day confession collapsed," he said. "Confession ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/death-of-sex-as-sin-brought-confession.html

Trump and Milo Yiannopoulos PERSPECTIVE - February 21, 2017 ... Yiannopoulos got higher billing, and more speaking time, than Vice President Mike Pence, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former presidential candidate Carly Fiorina and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, and media personalities Sean Hannity and Lou Dobbs. Schlapp was getting criticism for the invitation even before the Milo pedophilia video emerged. On Sunday he responded, "We think free speech includes hearing Milo's important perspective. #CPAC2017" When Milo's critics did not back down, Schlapp tweeted ...http://povcrystal.blogspot.com/2017/02/trump-and-milo-yiannopoulos.html

Australia's Oldest Online Petition Starter Takes on Catholic Church Over Daughter's Rape, Suicide CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 20, 2017 A 92-year-old widow taking on the Catholic church over her daughter's alleged rape and sexual abuse now has an army of almost 50,000 supporters behind her. Eileen Piper's daughter Stephanie tragically took her own life 23 years ago, one year after police charged disgraced priest Gerard Mulvale over her alleged rape. Mulvale and the Catholic Church have denied knowing about Stephanie's sexual abuse, but Mulvale was later convicted of sex ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/australias-oldest-online-petition.html

Monasterevin Parish to Host Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 19, 2017 ... Monasterevin in the Diocese of Kildare and Leighlin will host their annual Solemn Novena to Our Lady of Perpetual Help for six weeks during this year's Lenten period. The Novena will begin at 7.30pm on Ash Wednesday, 1 March, at St Peter & Paul's Church, Monasterevin, and will continue each Wednesday night until 5 April. The theme of this year's Novena is 'My Faith Story'. As part of the Novena, each week a guest speaker will present to the parish ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/monasterevin-parish-to-host-solemn.html

Organiser of Fr Hamel Attack Probably Killed CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 19, 2017 French jihadist Rachid Kassim, suspected of inspiring the attack on French priest Fr Jacques Hamel, was targeted in a coalition air strike near the Iraqi city of Mosul, but his death is not yet confirmed, France 24 reports. "We can confirm that coalition forces targeted Rashid Kassim, a senior ISIS operative, near Mosul in a strike in the past 72 hours," said Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian J.T. Rankine-Galloway. "We are currently assessing the results of that strike and ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/organiser-of-fr-hamel-attack-probably.html

Catholic Church Attacks Sex Abuse Victims' Family for Seeking Reparation CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 18, 2017 ... Colombia's third city Cali has come under fire after questioning the morality of the family of four children who had been sexually abused by a priest. The mother, the grandparents and an uncle of the children who were abused by a priest in one of the poor areas of Cail, had taken the church to court to seek reparation for the multiple incidents of rape of the children. In the court case, defense attorney Walther Collazos asked the judge on behalf of the ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/catholic-church-attacks-sex-abuse.html

First Salesian From Sikkim Ordained Priest CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 17, 2017 The first Salesian priest from northeastern state of Sikkim concluded the season of priestly ordinations of the Salesians of Don Bosco in south Asia becoming 61st deacon to be ordained. Bishop Stephen Lepcha of Darjeeling-Sikkim on Feb11 ordained priest Deacon Stephen Biswakarma at a solemn ceremony at Christ the King Church Pakyong, East Sikkim district. Over 40 priests including 22 Salesians from Kolkata, Siliguri, Mirik, Kalimpong, Darjeeling, Sikkim ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/first-salesian-from-sikkim-ordained.html

Priest Arrested in Plot to Poison Head of Georgian Church CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 17, 2017 Police in Georgia have detained a high-profile priest who is suspected of plotting to poison a senior cleric, prosecutors said on Monday. The announcement comes after well-respected Rustavi 2 television channel reported about an attempt to poison Patriarch Ilia, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church. Irakli Shotadze, chief prosecutor in the former Soviet republic, told reporters on Monday that Father Georgi Mamaladze was arrested at the Tbilisi airport on Friday with cyanide ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/priest-arrested-in-plot-to-poison-head.html

Pope Praises Abuse Survivor for Breaking Silence CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 16, 2017 ... he was 8 years old growing up in Fribourg, Switzerland, and the challenges he faced when came forward two decades later with the accusations. The book, currently published only in French, was to be released Feb. 16. News outlets released the text of the pope's preface Feb. 13. Pittet — who had been a monk, but later married and had six children — had met the pope at the Vatican during the Year of Consecrated Life in 2015. In the course of their conversation, Pettit ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/pope-praises-abuse-survivor-for.html

Magnificat Lenten Companion 2017 Giveaway! JOURNEY OF A CATHOLIC NERD WRITER - February 15, 2017 Hello, everyone! Can you believe Lent begins in exactly two weeks from today? I actually began thinking about what I would be doing for Lent this year, a couple of weeks ago. As soon as Christmastide ended, actually. I have yet to solidify my plans, including my dietary plans since (as many of you longtime readers know), I have a lot of dietary restrictions. Lent since my reversion has been hard because I haven't been able to eat fish (it makes me sick) and the only ...http://catholicnerdwriter.blogspot.com/2017/02/magnificat-lent-companion-2017-giveaway.html

Central Vietnam Priests Claim Police Harassment CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 15, 2017 ... New Year celebration which fell on Jan. 28-Feb. 1 this year. "I asked them why they were blocking me from attending church services," the priest said. "I asked if they were police. Of course, I knew they were police because I had previously seen them around my house." Father Loi said the police have tightened their watch over his house and monitored him closely for the last two months because he had spoken with people at the Thien An monastery ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/central-vietnam-priests-claim-police.html

"The Pope Doesn't Need You to Defend Him." ABBEY ROADS - February 14, 2017 A priest told me that in confession about a year ago, I think. It was a charitable reproof that I'm often reminded of whenever I'm tempted to say something 'defending' the Holy Father. Then I realize, I don't need to do that. He's doing just fine on his own. Catholics who simply tune him out, stop listening, seem to be doing just fine as well. Who can dare assure himself that he is neither a great sinner nor a tepid soul but that he is one of the elect? ...http://abbey-roads.blogspot.com/2017/02/the-pope-doesnt-need-you-to-defend-him.html

Honouring a Campaigning Corofin Priest CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 14, 2017 ... 1828 Clare Election. The freeholders were led by the parish priest of Corofin, 39-year-old Fr John Murphy, a native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, who became a central figure in the election of Daniel O'Connell as MP for Clare, an event which subsequently led to Catholic Emancipation in 1829. In Corofin Community Hall recently, a special night was devoted to the memory of Fr John Murphy by Cumann Staire is Dúchais Chora Finne. The night included a lecture on Fr ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/honouring-campaigning-corofin-priest.html

SRI LANKA - Water Crisis, a Risk to Public Health: Warning of the Church CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 14, 2017 ... obtain a contribution of the Green Climate Fund. The Ministry of Development and Environment, with the help of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), received 38.1 million dollars to help communities deal with the consequences of climate change. Over the next few years, it is estimated that 770.500 people in the arid area, including the inhabitants of Puhudiwula, will experience the direct benefits of this program. "This program will help local populations if people adopt ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/sri-lanka-water-crisis-risk-to-public.html

Removal of Influential 'Anglican Use' Catholic Priest Raises Questions in San Antonio CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 14, 2017 Last month, San Antonio's Archbishop removed the longtime priest at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church. It's not just any church. It was founded by converts from the Anglican Church--and was the very first Catholic parish in the country to bring Anglican traditions into mass. Some worry the priest's removal threatens those traditions. On Jan. 19, San Antonio's Archbishop removed Father Christopher Phillips, the longtime priest at ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/removal-of-influential-anglican-use.html

'Show Must Go On' Mentality Cannot Go on Forever (Opinion) CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 ... reconfigure the weekend liturgical timetable. There's often an undercurrent from some parishioners that if a priest cancels a particular Mass or tries to consolidate, it's a sign that he just wants less work. I had correspondence from a parishioner recently who explained that for the last few years in their parish there have been seven weekend Masses across three churches. These Masses were celebrated by the parish priest, a curate and the retired parish ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/show-must-go-on-mentality-cannot-go-on.html

Former Boston Priest Faces More Sex Abuse Charges CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 A former priest previously convicted of sex abuse of an altar boy was indicted on 29 counts of sexual misconduct involving two other boys during his time as a priest based in the Archdiocese of Boston. Ronald H. Paquin on Feb. 7 was charged in York County, Maine for allegedly abusing two boys in Kennebunkport, Maine between 1985 and 1989. Thirteen of the charges involve a child who was under the age of 14, the Boston Globe reports. "When I found out he ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/former-boston-priest-faces-more-sex.html

Archdiocese Looks to Curb Priest's Social Media Posts CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 New Jersey church officials are looking to curtail the online comments of a priest who's called Hillary Clinton an "evil witch" and former President Barack Obama a "bum." The Reverend Peter West of St. John's Catholic Church in Orange posted the comments on Facebook and Twitter. He also has called moderate Islam "a myth" and expressed support for President Donald Trump's travel ban, as well as described millennials as "snowflakes" and liberals as "smug and arrogant." ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/archdiocese-looks-to-curb-priests.html

Falsely Accused of Child Sex Abuse: Ordeal of Innocent Priests CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 In his victim impact statement to the courts in Dublin a priest, falsely accused of raping a child, said he would have preferred to have been shot through the head than go through what he had since the allegation was made. He had to stand down from public ministry, leave the presbytery where he had lived for years, and deal with rumour, and rumours of rumour. The priest, who was not named in court proceedings but who was, and remains, deeply respected in ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/falsely-accused-of-child-sex-abuse.html

Investigators on Their Way to Guam, Says Catholic Church CLERICAL WHISPERS - February 13, 2017 ... was a parish priest. The Pacific Daily News reported Archbishop Michael Byrnes - who will replace Archbishop Apuron when he retires, resigns or is removed - also announced tougher policies against sexual abuse. They include background checks for anyone working around children; required reporting to civil authorities any allegation involving minors; and suspension of clergy if an accusation is deemed credible. After the territory's government removed a statute of limitations ...http://clericalwhispers.blogspot.com/2017/02/investigators-on-their-way-to-guam-says.html

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