Top Vatican Official Resigns After Being Accused Of Sexual Harassment


By Carla Herreria

Hermann Geissler worked in the Vatican’s doctrinal congregation, which handles discipline for sexual abuse cases.

A top Vatican official has quit his post in the Roman Catholic Church two months after a former nun publicly accused him of sexual harassment.

Hermann Geissler resigned as the chief of staff for the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, the pope’s office announced Tuesday in a news release. The Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith includes the Vatican’s discipline office, which also handles sexual abuse cases within the church.

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Medical advice on the pill was wrong for 60 years. How convenient to blame the pope

The Guardian

Alice Howarth

The seven-day breaks and monthly bleeds were never necessary. So why were generations of women told they were?

Earlier this month, updated guidelines from the Faculty of Sexual & Reproductive Healthcare (FSRH) indicated that the seven-day break commonly recommended in most contraceptive pill regimens has no health benefits. Under the new guidelines, people taking the pill are free to reduce or stop this pause, allowing them to skip their monthly bleeds.

Understandably, these changes were widely reported by the media, with most reports suggesting an unusual explanation for the original recommendation of the hormone-free break. Speaking to the Telegraph, Professor John Guillebaud, of University College London, said: “The gynaecologist John Rock devised [the break] because he hoped that the pope would accept the pill and make it acceptable for Catholics to use. Rock thought if it did imitate the natural cycle then the pope would accept it.”

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Chichester child abuse: How did one small Church of England diocese produce so many paedophile reverends?


Andreas Whittam Smith

Evidence at the inquiry concluded that the abuse was ‘normalised’ because it was practised by so many. Worse still, one member of the clergy believed that God had forgiven him and therefore ‘his slate was wiped clean’

Top, from left: Michael Walsh, Christopher Howarth, Gordon Rideout and Michael Mytton. Bottom, from left: Jonathan Graves, Vickery House, Terence Banks and Peter Ball ( PA )

For a long time, I have wanted to understand why one small area of the Church of England has had a large number of the clergy sent to gaol for sexually abusing young people and children. The place is Sussex, particularly East Sussex, part of the diocese of Chichester.

I have not been alone in wanting this question answered. For the Government has set up an Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse in England and Wales and this body has turned its attention to the diocese of Chichester. The hearings have been going on for some weeks now. I shall make extensive use of what the inquiry has been told.

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Stefani Germanotta, better known as Lady Gaga, condemned U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, terming him as one of Christianity’s worst representations. She said it is deplorable that he thinks it’s acceptable for his wife to work at a school which expressly bans LGBTQ individuals. The singer made her views known in Las Vegas at a Park MGM performance.


India is the fourth-worst country in the world for religious violence


By Ananya BhattacharyaApril 14, 2017

India historically touts itself as a secular state, one where all religions are recognized and can peacefully co-exist. Well, at least in theory, it is. Unfortunately, the reality is much different.

An April 11 Pew Research Center analysis of 198 countries ranked India as fourth worst in the world for religious intolerance. In the country of 1.3 billion, the incidence of hostility related to religion trailed only Syria, Nigeria and Iraq, all places where sectarian violence is widespread.

India is not alone in seeing more religious unrest. Globally, Pew says, government restrictions on religion and social hostilities involving religion increased in 2015 for the first time in three years.

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Warum fünf Millionen Frauen eine Menschenkette bilden

Suddeutsche Zeitung

2. Januar 2019, Indien

In Indien protestieren Frauen, weil sie einen Tempel nicht besuchen dürfen. Die Tradition besagt, Frauen “im Menstruationsalter” ist der Zugang verwehrt.

Von Arne Perras, Singapur

Eine feministische Bewegung erfasst Indien. Quer durch den Bundesstaat Kerala zieht sich die Menschenkette. (Foto: Prakash Elamakkara/REX/Shutterstock)


Es gibt jetzt diese Bilder und Videos von unzähligen indischen Frauen, die nebeneinander stehen, auf manchen sind auch Männer zu sehen. Sie bilden eine Kette des Protests, eine sehr lange Kette: Die Rede ist von mehr als 620 Kilometern quer durch den indischen Bundesstaat Kerala. Hunderttausende haben sich aufgereiht, mindestens – die Times of India schreibt gar von fünf Millionen Frauen.

Eine solche Massenbewegung von Feministinnen sei einzigartig in der Geschichte des Staates. Lange Menschenketten zum Zeichen des Protests gab es gerade in europäischen Ländern zwar immer wieder mal, auch in Deutschland, als in den Achtzigerjahren Bürger unter dem Banner der Friedensbewegung gegen die Stationierung von US-Raketen protestierten. Die “Women’s Wall” aber ist beispiellos.

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