Monday, August 20, 2018

Pope Laments on Over 1K PA Child Abuse Cases; Asserts "We Showed No Care for the Little Ones"

Pope Francis today (August 20, 2018) acknowledged the failure of the Catholic Church to act on allegations of sexual abuse by priests against children, according to the UPI website.

His unusually forceful "Letter to the People of God" referred to a Pennsylvania grand jury report last week on over 1,000 sexual abuse incidents by priests, and cover-up methods by church leaders in six Catholic dioceses in the state.

The pope said Catholic Church leaders in general share in the blame. He called on all Catholics to involve themselves in helping victims, to increase safeguards, and to end a culture of coverups.

He added, "With shame and repentance, we acknowledge as an ecclesial community that we were not where we should have been, that we did not act in a timely manner, realizing the magnitude and the gravity of the damage done to so many lives. We showed no care for the little ones."

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Cath. Priests' Assoc. Angry with Abuse Scandals; Eternal Priest Abuse,Bishop Coverups Must End

The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests said its members are "sad, angry, and frustrated" over continued reports involving fellow priests and a lack of accountability by bishops, the Crux website reports today (August 19, 2018).

"At every level, our Church is in pain," the 1,200-member organization said August 17.

The organization cited concerns over a recent Pennsylvania grand jury report that recounts seven decades of child sex abuse claims throughout six Catholic dioceses in the state, the recent resignation of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick from the College of Cardinals over allegations he is an abuser, an investigation into alleged improper activities at a Boston seminary, and clergy abuse in Australia and Chile.

Father Bob Bonnot, chairman of the association's leadership team, said the organization's statement serves to support the vast majority of Catholic clergy who have not been accused of wrongdoing and "to raise the voice of hope and joy, a pastoral voice to those within the Church and society."

Hundreds of Neo-Nazis March in Central Berlin; Far-Right Protesters Included a Hitler Lookalike

Hundreds of neo-Nazis waving flags with the colors of the German Reich marched through central Berlin yesterday, protected from counter-protesters by police in riot gear, the Times of Israel website reports today (August 19, 2018).

Berlin police spokesman Thilo Cablitz said officers had to physically remove some left-wing demonstrators who had staged sit-down protests.

He added that stones and bottles were thrown at some of the far-right protesters, but didn't know how many people were injured.

The far-right protesters -- including an Adolf Hitler lookalike -- carried banners with slogans, including "I regret nothing."

Saturday, August 18, 2018

Police Nab 2 in Indiana Synagogue Vandalism; Conviction Could Result in a 10-Year Sentence

Police have arrested two suspects in connection with the painting of a swastika on a synagogue in Indiana, the Times of Israel website reports today (August 18, 2018).

Nolan Brewer, 20, and an unnamed co-conspirator, are suspected of painting a black swastika and the German Nazi Iron Cross last month at Shaarey Tefilla, a Conservative synagogue near Indianapolis with 200-member families.

Police said the two were caught on surveillance video purchasing red and black spray paint and bandanas from a Wal-Mart store the day before the vandalism.

A conviction of the charge of conspiracy to violate civil rights could carry a 10-year sentence.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Pentagon:China Is Training to Strike US, Allies; US-China Relations Worsened during Past Year

A Pentagon report released yesterday said China's military has expanded its border operations in recent years, while "likely training for strikes" against the U.S. and its allies, the Reuters website reports today (August 17, 2018).

The assessment highlighted China's efforts to increase its global influence, with defense spending the Pentagon estimates exceeded $190 billion in 2017.

The report comes as China and the U.S. plan to hold trade talks due to an escalating tariff conflict.

This year, U.S.-China relations deteriorated significantly, after China's air force landed bombers on disputed islands and reefs in the South China Sea.

Thursday, August 16, 2018

US Senate Adopts Resolution Backing Free Press; Trump Calls Criticizing News Stories "Fake News"

The U.S. Senate today (August 16, 2018) unanimously adopted a resolution affirming support for a free press and declaring that "the press is not the enemy of the people," according to the Euro News website.

The resolution was a rebuke to President Donald Trump who has often called reporters "the enemy of the people."

The vote comes after more than 300 U.S. newspapers today launched a coordinated defense of press freedom and rebuked Trump for denouncing some media organizations as enemies of the American people.

Trump has frequently criticized journalists and described news reports that contradict his opinion or policy positions as "fake news."

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

UK Police ID Sudanese Muslim as Parl. Terrorist; Salih Khater Drove His Car into Crowd,Parl. Gate

British authorities have identified a Sudanese national Muslim as the man they say was behind the terrorist strike at London's Houses of Parliament yesterday, the UPI website reports today (August 15, 2018).

Metropolitan Police said Salih Khater was the man who drove his car into a crowd of people before ramming the security gate at the parliament building.

"Detectives from the counter-terrorism unit are making urgent inquiries to ensure that there is no outstanding risk to the public," Neil Basu, head of Scotland Yard's Counter-Terror Command, said.

Three people were injured in yesterday's attack.