How will Pope Francis deal with abuse in the Catholic Church?

By Martin Bashir
20 February 2019

In an effort to deal with the sex scandals rocking the Roman Catholic Church, the Pope has convened an extraordinary summit of bishops in Rome.
This follows his recent, unprompted, admission that priests had exploited nuns as “sex slaves” at a convent in France.
Pope Francis decided to call this global conference after discussions with the so-called C9. This is the group of nine cardinal advisers who were appointed soon after Francis was elected.
The Pope is under serious pressure to provide leadership and generate workable solutions to what is the most pressing crisis facing the modern Church.
Stories of abuse have emerged in every corner of the world. And the Church has been accused of covering up crimes committed by priests, leaving its moral authority in tatters.
Pope Francis must also confront the assumptions, attitudes and practices that have allowed a culture of abuse to flourish. The extent of this challenge may prove overwhelming.

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Chile court orders Catholic Church to compensate abuse victims


Karadima is accused of the historical sex abuse of three minors, charges he denies [File: Carlos Vera/Reuters]

The unprecedented ruling comes amid an ongoing clerical sex abuse scandal engulfing deeply religious Chile.

A Chilean court has ordered the country’s Roman Catholic Church to pay compensation to victims in a sex abuse case against influential former priest Fernando Karadima.

A unanimous ruling issued on Wednesday requires the Church to pay 100 million pesos ($146,000) for “moral damages” to each of his three victims.

Juan Carlos Cruz, Jose Andres Murillo and James Hamilton, who accuse Karadima of sexually abusing them three decades ago, had sued the Church for allegedly covering up Karadima’s abuses for years.

Once a parish priest in El Bosque, an upmarket, conservative neighbourhood of the Chilean capital, Santiago, Karadima was defrocked by Pope Francis in September. He has always denied accusations that he sexually abused the three men when they were boys.

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Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice


By AFP – February 19, 2019

PARIS: After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.

“It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told AFP. “This is the first truly global initiative.”

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„Fridays for Future“-Proteste Weiblich, links, umweltbewusst

STUDIO 9 | Beitrag vom 26.03.2019

Von Claudia van Laak

Eine Umfrage im Auftrag der Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung zeigt, dass sich bei „Fridays for Future“ mehr Frauen engagieren als bei anderen Demonstrationen. (imago images / Ulli Winkler)

Tausende Schülerinnen und Schüler demonstrieren seit Wochen für Klimaschutz. Die Proteste unterscheiden sich von anderen Veranstaltungen, haben Forscher herausgefunden. Unter anderem, weil ungewöhnlich viele Mädchen dabei sind.

„Man sollte nicht noch mehr die Welt kaputt machen.“

„Ich finde es schon aufregend, hier hin zu gehen, aber es hat auch einen Zweck. Und wenn hier Kameras sind und so, die sehen uns ja alle, dann können auch die Politiker sehen, dass wir was bewirken wollen. Und zwar auch zeigen wollen, dass wir da sind und dass wir auch unsere Welt schützen wollen.“

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Mexico’s president calls for an apology from Spain for historic wrongs

By Flora Charner, CNN
March 26, 2019

(CNN)Mexico’s president wants an apology for violations committed by Spanish conquistadors in the region, 500 years ago.

“I have sent a letter to the King of Spain and another letter to the Pope so that the violations committed can be acknowledged we could build a record of the grievances and an apology can be made to the people who originally occupied this land (the indigenous Mayans),” President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador said in a video message posted to his Twitter account on Monday, from the Mayan archeological site Comalcalco.
“There were mass killings,” he said, noting that the “so-called conquest was made with the sword and the cross.”

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“Everything is Light” The Incredible interview with Nikola Tesla in 1899

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Nikola Tesla is undoubtedly one of the most important inventors that have existed on our planet. Curiously, although he is one of the most important and scientific inventors in the history of civilization, he is also the most absent in history books.(“Everything is Light” The Incredible interview with Nikola Tesla)

Interviews with Tesla are extremely rare, but the ones we have available offer a great understanding of the mind of a brilliant scientist whose goals were to give people around the world unlimited free power.(“Everything is Light” The Incredible interview with Nikola Tesla)

One of the interviews to which we have access, is by journalist John Smith, leaving for posterity one of his phrases:
“Everything is Light. In one of its rays is the destiny of the nations, each nation has its own ray in that great source of light, which we see, like the Sun. And remember, there is no man who has existed and who has not died!(“Everything is Light” The Incredible interview with Nikola Tesla)

Here is the interview that the scientist Nikola Tesla gave to the magazine “Immortality” in his laboratory in Colorado Springs in the year 1899:

JOURNALIST: Mr. Tesla, you have gained the glory of the man who got involved in the cosmic processes. Who are you, Mr. Tesla?

TESLA: It’s an interesting question, Mr. Smith, and I’ll try to give you the right answer.

JOURNALIST: They say that you are from the country of Croatia, the area called Lika, where together with the people grow trees, rocks and starry sky. They say that his hometown is named after the flowers of the mountain and that the house where he was born is next to the forest and the church.

TESLA: Really everything he said is true. I am proud of my Serbian origin and my Croatian homeland.

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