Australia's prime minister offers national apology to victims to child sexual abuse (The Guardian) “The crimes of ritual sexual abuse happened in schools, churches, youth groups, scout troops, orphanages, foster homes, sporting clubs, group homes, charities, and in family homes as well,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison, a Pentecostal Christian. “It happened anywhere a predator thought they could get away with it, and the systems within these organisations allowed it to happen and turned a blind eye.”
Birth of new Orthodox church in Ukraine brings fears of violence (AP) “People have been forcibly dragged out of our temples, the locks have been sawed off,” the leading prelate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church (Moscow Patriarchate) told the Associated Press. “People in camouflage and balaclavas [ski masks], with insignia of radical organizations, have come and beat our believers and priests.”
House of Lords holds discussion on intolerance of religions (UK Parliament) Lord Patten, a Catholic, spoke about the relation between the clerical abuse scandal and intolerance of Catholicism: “This sort of lamentable but understandable intolerance is made manifest in the sometimes slow response by the hierarchy of my Church to decades of institutional abuse of little boys in Roman Catholic schools ... There have been lots of calls for prayer and fasting—all good stuff—but, of stable-clearing action and prevention plans there has not been very much.”
Synod groups issue reports on 3rd part of working document (Vatican Press Office) Fourteen groups—four of which conducted discussions in English, three in French, three in Italian, two in Spanish, one in German, and one in Portuguese—commented on the third part of the instrumentum laboris (working document). Click here and here for the groups’ reports on the first and second parts of the working document.
Oklahoma bishop issues memorandum on celebration of Halloween (Diocese of Tulsa) Bishop David Konderla called on Catholics “to intentionally avoid those things that are contrary to our Catholic faith but have become popularized through the secular adaptation of Halloween. Turning to the Catechism of the Catholic Church, we want to refrain from glamourizing or celebrating anything involving superstition, witches, witchcraft, sorcery, divinations, magic, and the occult.”