Church Priest – Obotafumeiro Fri, 14 Jan 2022 22:46:13 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Church Priest – Obotafumeiro 32 32 Catholic Church wants to know if 12-year-old victim is gay and ‘enjoyed’ being abused by priest / LGBTQ Nation Fri, 14 Jan 2022 21:00:41 +0000

A Catholic church in Poland wants a court to determine whether the victim of a priest’s alleged sexual abuse – who was a 12-year-old boy when it started – was gay and therefore took ‘enjoyment in the intimate relationship “.

The lawsuit was filed by Janusz Szymik against the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec. Szymik says he was abused by a priest, identified as “Jan W.” in court documents, for years starting in 1984, when he was an altar boy.

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A news site in Poland published parts of the church’s response to the lawsuit, which include a request for “evidence from an expert sexologist on the determination of the plaintiff’s sexual preferences, in particular the determination of sexual orientation sexuality of the applicant”.

The church also wants to be allowed to ask Szymik about him “showing pleasure in having an intimate relationship with Jan W.” and “reap the benefits [from it], including material benefits.

The church says it “denies that the relationship was based on bondage or incapacity; on the contrary: it was voluntary and based on mutual benefits,” according to a translation of the document by Notes from Poland.

The church’s internal court previously found Jan W. guilty of sexually abusing Szymik in 2017. The church banned Jan W. from priestly ministry and hearing confessions for five years. Szymik’s lawsuit seeks three million Polish zlotys ($755,000 US) in damages from the church.

In 2021, the Vatican sanctioned the Diocese of Bielsko-Żywiec for “negligence” in responding to alleged sexual abuse by Jan W. following a two-year investigation that found Szymik had twice spoken to leaders of the the church, but it still took years for the diocese to do anything about Jan W.

Polish commentator Tomasz Terlikowski said the church’s response blaming the victims shows a “pedophile pattern of thinking”. He called on the church to withdraw its response and apologize as it could cause “again harm to the victim”.

Father David Hudgins’ Latest Dispatch | Catholic National Register Thu, 13 Jan 2022 02:39:32 +0000

The priest of the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, tragically died in a traffic accident.

Father David Hudgins, a priest in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, wrote an article for his parish bulletin shortly before his death in a traffic accident on January 3.

Father Hudgins was pastor of St. Joseph’s Shrine in Brooklyn, Michigan, and judicial vicar of the Diocese of Lansing.

His requiem mass was said on January 8 and his body was buried in the cemetery of the Sanctuary of Saint Joseph.

Father Hudgins’ article for the Shrine Bulletin for the Solemnity of the Baptism of the Lord is reproduced below, with the permission of the Diocese of Lansing.

The Lord’s Baptism and Our Baptism – Do You Know Who You Are? By Father David Hudgins

You have received this grace, a gloriously incomprehensible gift from God beyond all human merit: adoption into the family of God … the Church. You have been configured for the death and resurrection of Christ. You have put on Christ and been made new in the Holy Spirit. God has given you the grace of justification, the gifts of faith, hope and love, and the spiritual power to act righteously.

You participate in the divine life of the Holy Trinity. Who is God runs through your veins. You belong to Christ. You are a new creation, a child of God, a participant in divine nature, a joint heir with Jesus. You share the priestly, prophetic and royal “Christic life” common to all believers. You have been sealed with an indelible character: configuration to Christ.

This is your seal of eternal life. Only sin can twist God’s masterpiece, and even then He can and will restore you, if you will. If we keep this covenant to the end, by remaining faithful to Jesus, we can hope to see God and participate in the resurrection and the life of the world to come. As a member of the Body of Christ, your connection to Him and to other Christians runs deeper than culture, gender, race, social status, and even blood. The bond of unity that you share with other Christians runs deeper than any human bond.

You have been baptized.

Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19). Baptism is an act of Jesus our High Priest by the power of the Holy Spirit whereby the sons and daughters of Adam become Sons and Daughters of God.

Fortunately, the sacraments are not based on human understanding. If we needed perfect understanding for God to act in our lives, then he could do nothing with us since all of his works are endless and beyond full human understanding.

We give good things to our children. Baptism is a divine favor that will transform us for eternity; therefore, we must baptize infants. I was baptized when I was 25 days old. Children do not have perfect understanding; me neither. However, Jesus works in their hearts, in my heart and in the hearts of all of us through this powerful sacrament. Let us give Him thanks and praise for it.

Very Reverend David Hudgins

Father Hudgins’ article appeared earlier on the Diocese of Lansing website and is reprinted by the Catholic News Agency with permission.

Church helps thousands flee escalating Myanmar war Tue, 11 Jan 2022 06:00:00 +0000

The Catholic Church is helping evacuate and shelter thousands of people fleeing their homes in conflict-torn Kayah state in eastern Myanmar.

It is also providing food and non-food items to homeless people in and around the state capital of Loikaw, where fighting has intensified since January 6.

The Burmese military continued the airstrikes and artillery shelling even after two-thirds of the town’s population, about 50,000 people, fled their homes, according to local aid groups.

Father Francis Soe Naing, Chancellor of the Diocese of Loikaw, said they were helping people from some parishes to leave their homes and move into the church grounds. Some had arranged to move to safer areas on their own, he added.

About 300 people took refuge in the grounds of Christ the King Cathedral in Loikaw. The church provided them with food, shelter and non-food items.

“As the situation worsens, every day we see more and more people packing and leaving town on motorbikes and cars to safer areas,” Father Soe Naing told UCA News.

Lift the blockade of those seeking to escape and allow access to those seeking to provide assistance and shelter

The priest said they intend to stay put and help people escape the worsening situation in the state capital. Some parishes around Loikaw had been abandoned as clergy, nuns and parishioners fled following heavy fighting since last week.

At least 15 parishes in the Diocese of Loikaw have been severely affected by the ongoing conflict, displacing more than 100,000 people, including Catholics.

At least five Catholic churches in the diocese were damaged by artillery fire while a church and a Marian shrine were damaged in the neighboring diocese of Pekhon last year.

Kayah state, a remote and mountainous region, is considered a stronghold of Catholicism in the predominantly Buddhist country. About 90,000 Catholics live in the state with a population of 355,000.

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The region bordering Thailand has been relatively peaceful for decades but has seen heavy fighting since May 2021.

Some 35 civilians, including women, children and two Save the Children aid workers, were killed by junta troops and their bodies set on fire in the village of Mo So, Hpruso commune, on December 24. .

Thomas Andrews, UN special rapporteur on human rights in Myanmar, called on military leader Min Aung Hlaing to “immediately stop the air and ground attacks that junta forces have unleashed against Loikaw in the United States. Karenni State (Kayah) ”.

“Lift the blockade of those seeking to escape and allow access to those seeking to provide assistance and shelter,” he said in a Twitter post on Jan. 10.

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Catholic priest spoke of Bharat Mata in “offensive terms”, HC refuses to cancel FIR Sun, 09 Jan 2022 04:58:54 +0000 Partial cancellation of a FIR filed against a Catholic priest who was arrested last July for an allegedly derogatory speech, the Madras High Court ruled on Friday that his remarks against “Bharat Mata”, “Bhuma Devi” attracted the offense of attacking religious feelings under the article. 295A of the IPC, among others.

The court overturned four of the seven charges against P George Ponnaiah.

Hearing Ponnaiah’s petition to quash the FIR, the court listed several allegedly derogatory remarks from his speech, delivered on July 18, 2021, at a meeting held at a church to honor late activist Stan Swamy in Kanyakumari.

Judge GR Swaminathan of Madurai Bench of Madras High Court said: “I am sure that on the day of judgment God will rebuke the petitioner for committing a non-Christian act.

On the petitioner’s argument comparing his tone with Dr BR Ambedkar, the court said: “A harsh statement regarding religion or religious beliefs coming from a rationalist or a reformist or an academic or a artist would stand on a different footing. ” He said that the shield of fundamental rights guaranteed by the Constitution would be accessible to them.

The court said: “We need Charles Darwin, Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins, Narendra Dabholkar, MM Kalburgi and many more in public life and speech. When comedians Munawar Faruqui or Alexander Babu perform on stage, they are exercising their fundamental right to make fun of others.

“Again, their religious identity doesn’t matter. This is where the ‘Who?’ and or?’ testing is important.

The judge noted that the speech was aimed at many people.

Video of the speech, shared by many netizens, showed Ponnaiah allegedly mocking a minister of state for refusing to allow worship centers to operate during the pandemic. Ponnaiah, the video showed, reminded the minister in his speech: “You won, so this is the alms that we Christians and Muslims have thrown at you. You did not win because of your talents ”.

He also reportedly targeted a local MP who won on a BJP ticket and said the MP was walking barefoot out of respect for Mother Earth, “but we are wearing shoes.”

The order mentioned that he had also made derogatory and derogatory references to Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In his request to quash the FIR, Ponnaiah’s lawyer argued that he had previously released a video expressing his regret and clarified that his comments were not intended to hurt the religious feelings of Hindus. In addition, the defense lawyer told the court, when it comes to protecting the fundamental right guaranteed by Article 19 (1) (a) of the Constitution, “the court should always favor of freedom of expression ”.

But the court found that by referring to Bharat Mata and Bhuma Devi in ​​”the most offensive terms”, the petitioner had prima facie committed an offense under section 295A of the IPC (attack on religious feelings) . “He clearly pits one group against another,” the court said. “The distinction is made only on the basis of religion. The petitioner repeatedly belittles the Hindu community.

The court said Ponnaiah’s words were “sufficiently provocative” and “they reek of wickedness and supremacy.” On whether the state can ignore such “inflammatory statements,” such as that of a “whimsical fringe,” the tribunal noted that Ponnaiah is a “charismatic Catholic priest” who “commands a large audience.”

The court declared that Ponnaiah’s speech attracted prima facie offenses under Articles 153A of the IPC (fostering enmity between different groups on the grounds of religion, race …), 295A (deliberate and malicious acts, intended to outrage the religious feelings of any class by insulting their religion or religious beliefs) and 505 (2) (statements creating or promoting enmity, hatred or malice between classes). He struck down Sections 143, 269 and 506 (1) of the IPC and Section 3 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, as they were “not established”.

Besides the arrest and a number of charges he faced, Ponnaiah also faced Vatican heat because of his remarks. A prominent source from the Tamil Nadu Bishops Council (TNBC) told The Indian Express last October that Ponnaiah’s speech was one of the top three cases of aberrations (relative to the values ​​of the church) that have forced the Apostolic Nunciature in India – the Vatican envoy to New Delhi – to send a strong message to the clergy of Tamil Nadu, asking them not to occupy positions in independent trusts and NGOs, noting that many of them they have become “bases of financial and political power for the priests involved”.

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Bishop Deeley announces appointment of priest Wed, 05 Jan 2022 14:41:48 +0000

PORTLAND – Bishop Robert Deeley has announced the following priest assignment with the effective date noted.

Effective January 18, Bro. Dominic Tumusiime, AJ, was assigned as parish vicar in the parish of Saint-Antoine de Padoue (Notre-Dame du Perpétuel Secours church in Windham, summer chapel of Our Lady of Sebago in Sebago, St. Anne’s Church in Gorham and St. Anne’s Church in Gorham (Hyacinth Church in Westbrook). Since August 2016, Fr. Tumusiime has served as Parish Vicar at Good Shepherd Parish (Most Holy Trinity Church, Saco; St. Joseph Church, Biddeford; St. Margaret Church, Old Orchard Beach; St. Philip Church, Lyman; St. . Brendan, Biddeford Pool).

Born in Rubanda, Uganda, Fr Tumusiime was ordained a priest on August 15, 1993. Since his ordination, he has served as pastor in Ethiopia; a “father in charge” of peace and justice / gender issues for the Apostolic Vicariate of Awasa in Ethiopia; the regional secretary of the Uganda region of the Apostles of Jesus (AJ); and parish vicar and administrator of Catholic churches in Oregon. With the support of his local community, Fr Tumusiime also helped found the Rubanda Solidarity Development Association and the Rubanda Solidarity nursery / primary school. Bro. Tumusiime obtained a BA in Sacred Theology from the Pontificia Università Urbaniana in Rome, Italy, and in 2007 he obtained a Masters in Human Development and Food Security from the Università Degli Studi, also in Rome.