Every day, Aleteia offers a selection of articles written by the international press about the Church and the major issues that concern Catholics around the world. The opinions and views expressed in these articles are not those of the editors.
Wednesday 2 February 2022
1 – The Church in New Zealand admits 14% of clergy have been accused of abuse since 1950
2 – I’m a ‘traditional’ Catholic. That’s exactly why I love Pope Francis. (Opinion)
3 – Why the Russian and Ukrainian Orthodox churches split
4 – In Spain the State Attorney General’s Office takes on the investigation of abuse cases in the Church
5 – Why a growing number of people are choosing to worship in virtual reality
1The Church in New Zealand admits 14% of clergy have been accused of abuse since 1950
The Catholic Church in New Zealand released figures revealing that 14% of its diocesan clergy have been accused of abuse since 1950. This is the first time these figures have been collated and they were made public at the request of the royal commission on abuse in care, set up by the prime minister Jacinda Ardern in 2018. The investigation examined records across the dioceses and congregations of the country and took into account allegations of physical, sexual, emotional and psychological abuse and also neglect. Failure to act on reports or actions that facilitated abuse were also considered in the inquiry.
The Guardian, English
“A pope asking for prayer; a pope offering prayer.” For theologian Terence Sweeney, who describes himself as a “traditionalist,” this is the key to Francis’ papacy. In an article published in the Jesuit magazine America, he defends the Argentine pontiff. If post-Vatican II Catholicism was a “disaster,” he believes, Pope Francis has begun a life-saving renewal. Professor Sweeney deplores the “vitriolic” portrayal by traditionalists. He argues that the current pope is in fact “very traditional,” by carrying out the reforms of Vatican II, sending out missionaries across the globe and by continuously calling Catholics to pray for him and the world.