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Church Thought

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Recently, newspapers have given wide coverage to cases of sexual abuse perpetrated on minors by members of the clergy of the Catholic Church, especially in Ireland and Germany. Following these events, Pope Benedict XVI wrote a pastoral letter to the Catholics of Ireland.[1] On several occasions, our magazine has already dealt with this age-old problem.[2]… Read the full article

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In a previous article,[1] we attempted to outline the characteristics and personality of those who commit acts of pedophilia, both in general and specifically within the Catholic clergy. We noted the complexity of this situation and the difficulty of reaching firm conclusions, particularly regarding prognosis and therapy. This difficulty, in turn, sheds new light on… Read the full article

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It is rare to meet with parents who are not concerned about their children’s use of the internet, particularly given the widespread presence of pornographic images on the web. What is worrisome in the private sector and for families takes on terrifying dimensions when we look at the global numbers and see the vastness and… Read the full article

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In recent years the sex abuse challenge has deeply disturbed the consciences of many. This social ill has always existed and its victims are countless. Alas, too often it had been hidden under a veil of almost impenetrable silence. Both public opinion and penal legislation had not given it due attention for various reasons: in… Read the full article

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The symposium Toward Healing and Renewal, held at the Pontifical Gregorian University (PUG), February 6-9, 2012, is an important milestone in the process undertaken by the Church to confront the “open wound” of abuse, as Pope Benedict XVI defined it. He himself chose to deliver a message to the symposium through his Secretary of State…. Read the full article

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A rainy day in Krakow… On July 30, 2016, rain was falling in Krakow as the World Youth Day was taking place. The pope, as he often does on his travels, met with a group of 28 Jesuits at the archbishop’s residence. He concluded the conversation, saying: “Today the Church needs to grow in its… Read the full article

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At the heart of the apostolic exhortation Gaudete et Exsultate (GE) are the Beatitudes, a veritable “program of holiness.”[1] It is interesting to note how Francis, in speaking of holiness, uses the word “protocol,” which indicates a procedure, a series of steps and actions to complete. Francis re-reads the lives of the saints in the… Read the full article

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At the beginning of his exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (EG), Pope Francis cites the encyclical letter Ecclesiam Suam (ES) of St. Paul VI, citing these significant words: “Paul VI invited us to deepen the call to renewal and to make it clear that renewal does not only concern individuals but the entire Church. Let us return to… Read the full article

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