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Cross Wires: Monday headlines

The latest Catholic and ecumenical news.


Jesus is reminding us that being a prophet is not easy, even among those close to us, Pope Benedict XVI said during Angelus.

New Archbishop of Canterbury to warn UK PM David Cameron (above) about marriage law changes on his first day on the job.

PM David Cameron urged to delay delay same-sex ‘marriage’ vote.


A Welsh school is losing its fourth headteacher in four years – sparking concerns among parents.


Pope Benedict XVI has appointed several new cardinals created in last year’s consistory to appointments in several Vatican dicasteries.

Vatican shoots down claim that Iran backed Pope John Paul II assassination attempt.

New Vatican vocations booklet mobilises spiritual support.


US cardinal relieved of public duties for past failure to protect children.


As Scotland prepares to celebrate David Livingstone’s bicentenary, the great, great niece of the man follows in the famous adventurer’s footsteps through Malawi.

-Cross Wires is The Scottish Catholic Observer blog. Follow breaking news from the SCO through the day on Twitter at SCO_NEWS.


Comments - One Response

  1. Philip M. McGhee says:

    Re: Cardinal Mahoney: The whole situation only verifies what I and a few others have been saying for quite some times. If the names and identities of the credibly accused priests had been revealed from the beginning,the situation would have been resolved and mostly forgotten a long time ago. As it is now the “spillover” effect has effect the life of the American churhc,esp. in the area of vocations. And a few of the accused are still floating around in various clerical or semi-clerical capacities. One has ensconced himself in two dioceses. When I notified the bishop (who actually thanked me)the defrocked priest went off to another diocese. I had to notify that bishop,too. Another runs around doing home liturgies,despite the fact that his eparch deposed him. That one says he does not believe in the Dallas charter (the policy statement of the American bishops in child sex abuse). And there have been other who simply go to other countries and set up shop there. Over all,the Dallas charter has been rather effective,but there are some “loopholes”,that need tightening. Complete and mandatory disclosure would help the matter.

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