Toal defends suspension of priest Premium

09 January 2014 | by Brian Morton
A SCOTTISH bishop has defended the decision to suspend a priest who had written a controversial memoir claiming there was a culture of homosexual bullying in the Catholic Church in Scotland, writes Brian Morton.

MGR PATRICK BURKE has been appointed as a vicar general in the Archdiocese of St Andrews and Edinburgh, writes Christopher Lamb.

Pope limits ‘monsignor’ honorific to foster humility among clergy

08 January 2014 | by Robert Mickens and Liz Dodd
Pope Francis has announced temporary restrictions on granting the honorary ecclesiastical title "monsignor" to priests, in an effort to encourage humility among priests.

Archbishop Georg Gänswein, the personal secretary to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, has said he does not expect a “revolution” under Pope Francis, because the Argentine Pope wants to “reform the faithful and not the faith”.

The scandal-scarred Legion of Christ today began a general chapter at its Rome headquarters aimed at re-writing the constitution of the conservative men’s order and electing a new superior general.

Paul Goggins, the Labour MP and prominent Catholic activist, died last night in hospital.

Fr John Dear, a US Catholic priest, peace activist and columnist for the US-based National Catholic Reporter has been dismissed from the Jesuit order, which says he was “obstinately disobedient” to its directives.

Ireland's former President Mary McAleese has urged Cardinal Keith O'Brien to share his life story in order to help gay people who have felt the need “to pretend to be heterosexual”.

Birmingham’s Newman University has appointed Cardinal Murphy-O’Connor as its first chancellor.

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