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Head of medical order arrested Free

14 November 2013 | by Robert Mickens | Comments: 6

The superior general of the Camillians (the Order of the Ministers of the Sick) has been arrested for his alleged part in the wrongful detention of two confrères whose vote might have prevented his re-election, Robert Mickens writes.

Rome’s anti-Mafia squad on 6 November arrested Fr Renato Salvatore, and five business associates on the charge of sequestering of persons. But the authorities have since widened their investigation and are looking at financial impropriety connected to a hospital the Camillians operate in southern Italy. Among those arrested was Paolo Oliverio, a financier who has been the subject of several police financial investigations in the past.

Fr Salvatore, 58, was first elected to a five-year term as head of the Camillians in 2007. He was re-elected at the order’s general chapter outside of Rome on 13 May, the same day his two confrère- electors were detained by police. It is believed their votes would have led to the election of Fr Frank Monks, a former head of the order. However, the order’s vicar general, Fr Paolo Guarise, denied that. In an interview published on Wednesday in the Catholic paper Avvenire, he said Fr Salvatore was elected by a margin of three votes.

Meanwhile, Pope Francis has again denounced church people who are corrupt. “We all know how much harm they do to the Church!” he said at his morning Mass on Monday.

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Comment by: kitbag
Posted: 01/11/2015 19:41:00

The Synod was truly about 'bearing witness to everyone that the Gospel continues to be a vital source of eternal newness, against all those who would “indoctrinate” it in dead stones to be hurled at others.

It was also about laying closed hearts, which bare the closed hearts which frequently hide even behind the Church’s teachings or good intentions...sometimes with superiority and superficiality, difficult cases and wounded families.

It was about making clear that the Church is .....of sinners seeking forgiveness, not simply of the righteous and the holy.

It was about trying to open up broader horizons, rising above .... blinkered viewpoints, so as to defend and spread the freedom of the children of God, and to transmit the beauty of Christian Newness, at times encrusted in a language which is archaic or simply incomprehensible.'

Amen. amen.

Can't say more than that really.

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Comment by: Bernard
Posted: 01/11/2015 17:57:03

Of course there is always room for the Pope to manoeuvre.
God the Father created man and woman, with the intention that they procreate through marriage.
God the Son founded the Church, gave it a set of rules and appointed Peter as its first leader.
Thus marriage and the universal Church, of which Jesus is head, are so intertwined as to be inseparable within the whole redemptive process.
As most loving parents and grandparents know, some family members do not live up to expectations. But no matter what they do, or don't do, the family door is always left open, and welcome mats put out for prodigal sons
As Jesus asked: 'what father would give his son a scorpion if he asked for an egg?'

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Comment by: Oxymoron
Posted: 26/10/2015 21:51:22

So there is just discrimination and unjust discrimination?

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Comment by: Chico889
Posted: 26/10/2015 10:54:10

It is one thing to have a conservative view about the immorality of homosexual acts.

It is quite another to endorse legislation that criminalises consensual homosexual acts.

Remaining silent, or even worse, supporting such discriminatory legislation is not much different from endorsing apartheid legislation.

Russia and some African countries excuse their repressive homophobic legislation by arguing that homosexuality will spread if not checked by laws.

All the scientific evidence and personal testimony before us indicates the contrary: that homosexuality is not a choice. To ignore this is as willful, ignorant and anti-scientific as those who deny the evidence for human-induced climate change.

The societal, evangelical and Islamic views notwithstanding, African bishops who do not oppose the repressive homophobic legislation of their governments betray their Christian obligation to side with the oppressed and marginalised.

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Comment by: Denis
Posted: 26/10/2015 08:56:08

This article reads as a rather desperate exercise in wishful thinking.

What is clear is that the only growing, vibrant part of the Church and the one from which the next Pope will come has made clear that they will not countenance a moral free for all.

Perhaps we should all accept that and move on.

As for synods, that divisive and destructive thing, look what they have done to the Church of England before wishing any more on Catholicism.

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Comment by: TDJ
Posted: 25/10/2015 18:22:48

The persistent myth in this report is that the Pope had either the will and the power to accommodate Catholic faith and morals to postmodern understandings. He has neither.

You seem to have a problem with these real boundaries. I certainly do not.

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