Don’t preach to us, Hamas tells secular West

October 28, 2010

hamas 1The West is floundering in immorality and has no right to criticise the Islamist movement Hamas over the way it governs the Palestinian territory of Gaza, a veteran leader of the militant group said. Hamas strategist Mahmoud Al-Zahar told Reuters in an interview that Islamic traditions deserved respect and he accused Europe of promoting promiscuity and political hypocrisy.

Gay marriage law in Argentina signals waning Catholic power in Latin America

July 23, 2010

gay buenosThe Catholic Church’s failure to derail a gay marriage law in Argentina shows once powerful clergymen losing their influence in Latin America, where pressure is growing for more liberal social legislation.

Undaunted cardinal says John Paul backed his praise for hiding abuser

April 17, 2010
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Castrillon Hoyos letter congratulating Bishop Pierre Pican/Golias

A former Vatican cardinal who congratulated a French bishop for hiding a sexually abusive priest has said he acted with the approval of the late Pope John Paul, a Spanish newspaper reported on Saturday.

Homosexuality, not celibacy, linked to pedophilia, says Vatican #2

By Reuters Staff
April 12, 2010

Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone during a news conference in Santiago April 12, 2010/Ivan Alvarado

Pupils “sadistically tormented” at German Catholic monastery

April 12, 2010

Ettal monastery, March 3, 2010/Johannes Eisele

Children were “sadistically tormented and also sexually abused” at a Catholic monastery in Pope Benedict’s native Bavaria, according to a new report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church.

Vatican puts abuse rules online to quell critics

April 12, 2010
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The dome of Saint Peter's Basilica in Rome. April 4, 2005/Alessia Pierdomenico

Pope did not impede defrocking of abusive priest: Vatican

By Reuters Staff
April 10, 2010
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The signature of then-Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger on a 1985 letter about Father Stephen Kiesle, shown after its release to Reuters April 9, 2010/Sam Mircovich

Pope’s shame, remorse over Irish child sex abuse, victims want more

March 20, 2010
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Pope Benedict's letter on Irish child sex abuse cases, at the Vatican press office, 20 March 2010/Alessandro Bianchi

Focus turns to pope as German, Dutch sex abuse scandals unfold

March 11, 2010
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Pope Benedict XVI in the Saint Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, 2 Feb 2010/Max Rossi

Sex abuse claims against famed rabbi grip Israel

February 19, 2010

Ultra-orthodox Jewish men praying in the Old City of Jerusalem, 11 March 2008/Yiorgos Karahalis