The General Synod of the Church of England has just voted to allow female bishops for the first time in history. Women have been allowed to be priests since 1992, but a vote to allow them to become bishops was struck down in 2012. However, today's vote was a different story. Justin Welby, the archbishop of Canterbury and Anglican leader, supported today's legislation. And clergy member Meg Gilley said: "I think we look ridiculous. God has been calling us on this road for a long time and we need to get on with it." The BBC is saying the Church could have female bishops by the end of the year ... Discuss
Jul 22, 2014
Jul 22, 2014
An interview with Pope Francis conducted by the founder of the Italian La Repubblica newspaper is making some serious waves. During a conversation with editor Eugenio Scalfari, the Pope reportedly said his advisors have told him that about 2 percent of Catholic Clergy are pedophiles, adding, "Among the 2% who are pedophiles are priests, bishops and cardinals. Others, more numerous, know but keep quiet. They punish without giving the reason. I find this state of affairs intolerable."
The Vatican, however, has taken issue with the article, noting that Scalfari doesn’t record interviews, and instead reconstructs them from memory afterward. Church officials say the three-page interview isn’t Pope Francis’ exact words and specifically disputes that he said that that cardinals were among the 2 percent of clergy that are pedophiles. Pope Francis was also quoted as saying that the crimes were “a leprosy in our house,” and vowed continued action against it. The headline for the piece read, "Pope says: Like Jesus, I shall use a stick against pedophile priests" ... Discuss