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Ecumenical groups condemn sedition charges vs bishops, priests

Aug 07, 2019 - 2:30 PM

Ecumenical Bishops Forum and Isaiah Ministry say the actions of the Duterte administration against critics show his steady move towards violent repression and total dictatorship

Religious congregations led by the Association of Mother Religious Superiors of the Philippines (AMRSP) lead the symbolic candle lighting event outside of the Christ the King Seminary in Quezon City to show support and solidarity to those bishops and other personalities charged by the government of inciting to sedition on August 6, 2019. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Duterte blames priests for fly interrupting his speech

Jul 30, 2019 - 10:48 PM

A fly buzzes into President Rodrigo Duterte's face as he expresses frustration at the Catholic Church's teachings

CIDG sues Robredo, LP, bishops for sedition over Bikoy videos

Jul 18, 2019 - 6:08 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra immediately forms a panel to investigate the complaint

BIKOY VIDEOS. Vice President Leni Robredo is included in the 36 respondents of a CIDG complaint for inciting to sedition over the viral Bikoy videos. OVP Photo

Pampanga priest accused of abusing 17-year-old girl

Jul 01, 2019 - 6:40 PM

'Ecclesiastical investigation is ongoing,' says San Fernando Archbishop Florentino Lavarias

Pope Francis asks priests 'be merciful' to sailors, fishermen

Jun 28, 2019 - 9:41 AM

'The life of a sailor or fisherman is characterized by isolation and distance,' the Pope tells a delegation of priests from the Stella Maris network which operates in 300 ports around the world

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Pope Francis promises 'healing' of Church amid sex abuse scandal

Apr 01, 2019 - 12:45 PM

The Argentine pontiff issues stringent child abuse legislation for Vatican City employees as part of the Church's bid to address a wave of sex abuse allegations against priests

Worshippers reach out to Pope Francis (C) as he leaves the Prince Moulay Abdellah Sports Centre after celebrating a mass, in the Moroccan capital Rabat on March 31, 2019.  Fadel SENNA / AFP

When the Catholic Church flexes political muscles

Mar 17, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Here's a look at the times when Catholic bishops and priests took sides in Philippine politics

MENTOR AND AIDE. The late Manila Archbishop Jaime Cardinal Sin (right) served as the mentor of then Father Socrates Villegas (left), now archbishop of Lingayen-Dagupan. Sin is known for his influence in Philippine politics, while Villegas is also known for speaking out on social ills. File photo from CBCP

Duterte says priests should be shot

Mar 14, 2019 - 8:46 PM

'Wala akong pakialam kung mamatay kayong lahat, maluwang pa ang ating cemetery,' says President Rodrigo Duterte, adding that priest's IQs are 'deficient'

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte shows a printed matrix as he reveals a possible motive on the killing of a Catholic priest, Fr. Mark Anthony Ventura, at the groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of the Isabela City Gymnasium in Basilan on March 3, 2019. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Priests facing death threats: Digong, hindi kami takot sa 'yo

Mar 12, 2019 - 7:32 PM

'Huwag tayong matakot. Ang proteksyon natin ay kapag tayo'y nagsalita,' says a priest who faces death threats and is critical of President Rodrigo Duterte

PRAYER POWER. Nuns and laypersons pray over 3 priests facing death threats – Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva (left to right) – after a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose the threats to their lives. Photo by Paterno Esmaquel II/Rappler

CCTV shows alleged abduction plot vs priest

Mar 12, 2019 - 3:10 PM

Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, bares details of alleged threats to his life

MASKED MAN. CCTV footage show a masked man surveilling the office of Father Flavie Villanueva, a priest critical of President Rodrigo Duterte's drug war, a week after he received a threatening text message. Screenshot from CCTV video

Tulfo refuses to apologize for calling Filipino workers 'lazy' | Evening wRap

Mar 11, 2019 - 8:32 PM

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LOOK: Death threats vs priests critical of Duterte drug war

Mar 11, 2019 - 7:05 PM

Read death threats against prominent Catholic leaders, including Archbishop Socrates Villegas and Bishop Pablo Virgilio David, received through text messages

DEATH THREATS. Fathers Albert Alejo, Robert Reyes, and Flavie Villanueva hold a press conference on March 11, 2019, to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

More priests bare death threats under Duterte's watch

Mar 11, 2019 - 2:15 PM

(3rd UPDATE) Fathers Flavie Villanueva, Robert Reyes, and Albert Alejo expose death threats they have recently received under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte

Catholic Priest Fathers Albert Alejo, Flavie Villanueva holds a press conference to expose death threat against them under President Rodrigo Duterte's watch today at St. Vincent School Theology QC. Photo by Maria Tan/Rappler

Police file rape charges vs Negros Occidental priest

Feb 28, 2019 - 10:54 AM

A parish priest in Cadiz City is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl

Priests should be allowed to marry, says Duterte

Feb 25, 2019 - 7:45 PM

President Rodrigo Duterte says 'even the gay ones' among priests should be allowed to have same-sex marriage

PDP CAMPAIGN. President Rodrigo Roa Duterte delivers his speech during the PDP-Laban campaign rally at the Plaza Independencia in Cebu City on February 24, 2019. Malacañang photo

Pope calls child sex abuse like 'human sacrifice,' vows 'all-out battle'

Feb 24, 2019 - 11:10 PM

But some victims are not convinced, saying that Pope Francis talks about the devil but not 'permanently excluding child rapists and abusers' from the Catholic Church

Pope Francis attends a Eucharistic celebration at the Regia Hall of the Apostolic Palace in the Vatican on February 24, 2019, within the fourth and last day of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church. (Photo by GIUSEPPE LAMI / POOL / AFP)

Cardinal Tagle at sex abuse summit: Bishops wound victims

Feb 21, 2019 - 8:25 PM

At a historic Vatican summit on sex abuse, Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle hits a culture of cover-up 'to protect perpetrators and the institution'

HISTORIC SUMMIT. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle delivers the first presentation on February 21, 2019, the first day of a historic sex abuse summit convened by Pope Francis. Screenshot from Vatican News

'Concrete measures' on sex abuse needed, pope tells Vatican summit

Feb 21, 2019 - 6:09 PM

(UPDATED) 'We humbly and sorrowfully admit that wounds have been inflicted by us bishops on the victims and in fact the entire body of Christ,' Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle tells the assembly

PRAYER. Pope Francis prays during the opening of a global child protection summit for reflections on the sex abuse crisis within the Catholic Church, on February 21, 2019 at the Vatican. Photo by Vincenzo Pinto/Pool/AFP

'Pedophile priest' now under Metro Manila police's custody

Feb 19, 2019 - 3:58 PM

Kenneth Hendricks, the controversial priest who allegedly molested over 50 people in Biliran, is turned over by the immigration bureau to the police

Pope admits priests, bishops sexually abused nuns

Feb 06, 2019 - 8:24 PM

Pope Francis says the problem can be found 'anywhere' but is prevalent in 'some new congregations and in some regions'

POPE FRANCIS. In this file photo, Pope Francis talks to journalists during a press conference held on board the flight to Rome. File photo by Andrew Medichini/Pool/AFP

French priest jailed for sexual abuse

Feb 02, 2019 - 1:23 PM

The priest is charged for sexually assaulting 4 young female parishioners, one of whom was 9 years old when the offenses started

U.S. bishops release names of 300 Texas clergy accused of abuse

Feb 01, 2019 - 12:51 PM

Bishops of Texas release the names of about 300 Catholic clergy who have been accused of sexual abuse dating back 70 years

US CLERGY. The Archdiocese of Chicago is seen following a press conference by advocates for clergy abuse victims. Photo by  Kamil Krzaczynski/AFP

It wasn't first time for priest in Jolo Cathedral bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 7:50 PM

In 2010, Father Ricky Bacolcol was injured in a blast during a Christmas Day Mass also in Jolo, Sulu

BOMBING AFTERMATH. Policemen and soldiers are seen in front of the Jolo Cathedral, where a bombing took place on January 27, 2019. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

'They died for faith': Priests mourn Mass-goers in Jolo bombing

Jan 29, 2019 - 5:41 PM

'Most of those who died were our regular Sunday 8 am Mass-goers,' says Jolo apostolic administrator Father Romeo Saniel

JOLO CATHEDRAL. Philippine soldiers walk past the damaged area of the Jolo Cathedral on January 28, 2019, a day after two explosions tore through the place of worship. Photo by Nickee Butlangan/AFP

U.S. clergy abuse survivors demand inclusion in Vatican reforms

Jan 03, 2019 - 8:15 PM

Two survivors' advocacy groups in the US send an open letter to Pope Francis asking to be a part of a historic gathering that the Catholic leader called for in February at the Vatican

St Peter's basilica reflects in a puddle of Via della Conciliazione on May 9, 2018 in Rome.  Tiziana FABI / AFP

Jesuits release list of 89 U.S. priests accused of sex abuse

Dec 18, 2018 - 9:46 AM

The disclosures by the Jesuit provinces of Maryland and USA Midwest are the latest chapter in the ongoing sexual abuse scandal roiling the Catholic Church

U.S. priest accused of sex abuse arrested in Biliran

Dec 06, 2018 - 6:32 PM

The priest allegedly abused altar boys, who were between the ages of 7 and 12, in his residence and warned them they would go to prison if they told anyone about the molestation

Fr Chito Soganub on Red Wednesday: Persecution strengthens us

Nov 29, 2018 - 10:56 AM

'Even if we are persecuted, we do not lose hope. We do not lose faith,' says Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub, the priest once held hostage by terrorists in Marawi City

RED WEDNESDAY. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub leads prayers outside the Manila Cathedral, lit up in red on November 28, 2018, as Catholics mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians worldwide. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler     TIMES OF TRIAL. Father Teresito 'Chito' Soganub urges Catholics not to lose hope in times of persecution, as the faithful mark Red Wednesday for persecuted Christians on November 28, 2018. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

US bishops back transparency on sexual abuse cases

Nov 15, 2018 - 8:08 PM

'We absolutely have to be open and transparent (on sex assault cases),' says a US bishop

TRANSPARENT. Indiana Bishop Timothy Doherty, chairman of the committee for the Protection of Children and Young People, listens while Galveston-Houston Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, President of the USCCB General Assembly, speaks during a press conference at the annual US Conference of Catholic Bishops November 12, 2018 in Baltimore, Maryland.  Brendan Smialowski / AFP

Washington diocese names 31 former clergy accused of abuse

Oct 16, 2018 - 9:41 PM

All 31 named by the Archdiocese of Washington have been expelled from the church and 17 have died

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of the Archbishop of Washington speaks during the dedication ceremony for the Museum of the Bible in Washington, DC, November 17, 2017.  SAUL LOEB / AFP

Pope accepts resignation of U.S. cardinal accused of abuse cover-up

Oct 12, 2018 - 7:38 PM

Cardinal Donald Wuerl, archbishop of Washington, announced last month that he planned to meet with the Pope to discuss his resignation

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on April 30, 2018, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, waits outside St. Patrick's Catholic Church prior to the 24th annual "Blue Mass" in Washington, DC. Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images/AFP

[OPINION] The silence of the shepherds

Sep 16, 2018 - 6:20 PM

There are priests who support these killings or turn a blind eye. They think it is acceptable for the common good.

Photo of priest from Shutterstock; photo of bloodied body by LeAnne Jazul/Rappler

Catholic priests abused thousands in Germany – study

Sep 12, 2018 - 8:13 PM

According to the study, 1,670 clergymen in Germany committed some form of sexual attack against 3,677 minors between 1946 and 2014, Spiegel Online reports. Most of the victims were boys.

Malacañang tells activist priest to file writ of amparo

Aug 28, 2018 - 1:38 PM

'It can be filed in the lower courts and it will be acted upon expeditiously,' Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque assures Father Amado 'Picx' Picardal

Father Amado "Picx" Picardal walks his bike out of the Baclaran Church after his sendoff mass on Wednesday.  Photo by Eloisa Lopez / Rappler.com

Pope declines to comment on Cardinal McCarrick allegations

Aug 27, 2018 - 8:19 AM

'I will not say a word about that. I think that the communique speaks for itself,' the Pontiff says

ONBOARD PRESSER. File photo of Pope Francis talking with journalists aboard a plane on June 21, 2018. Photo by Ciro Fusco/Pool/AFP

Wanted: Filipino priest accused of sex abuse in U.S.

Aug 21, 2018 - 5:00 PM

Suspended Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes, who also admitted to financial irregularities, is believed to have fled to the Philippines

WANTED. Filipino priest Father Edmundo Paredes is accused of sexual abuse in the United States. Photo courtesy of the Diocese of Dallas

Pope on side of victims of U.S. 'predator' priests

Aug 17, 2018 - 11:40 AM

'Those who have suffered are his priority, and the Church wants to listen to them to root out this tragic horror that destroys the lives of the innocent,' the Vatican says in a statement

POPE'S PRIORITY. Pope Francis is pictured during a weekly general audience at St Peter's square on April 11, 2018 in Vatican. File photo by Tiziana Fabi/AFP

Chile prosecutors seek Vatican files of priests in sex scandal

Aug 02, 2018 - 1:06 PM

The petition includes 3 requests for help in criminal cases of 9 members of the church

CRISIS. Picture of a cross taken in Punta de Tralca, west of Santiago, on July 30, 2018 as Chile's Episcopal Conference holds an extraordinary meeting to analyze the roots of the current crisis that the Catholic Church is experiencing in the country, burdened by the scandals of sexual abuse and cover-up, and how to overcome it. File photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

Priests, nuns donate P300,000 to kids of murdered mom

Jul 19, 2018 - 5:45 PM

Hospicio de San Jose offers to accept the orphans of slain 27-year-old Jennifer Taburada, who was killed by masked gunmen in Caloocan City

DONATIONS FOR ORPHANS. Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle turns over to Caloocan Bishop Pablo Virgilio David around P300,000 in Mass collections on July 19, 2018, for children left behind by slain parents. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Australian prime minister tells Pope Francis to sack archbishop

Jul 19, 2018 - 2:43 PM

(UPDATED) Malcolm Turnbull says now is the time for the Pope to take action against Adelaide archbishop Philip Wilson, who was convicted for concealing abuse of a notorious pedophile

(FILES) A file photo taken on May 8, 2016, shows Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull speaking at a press conference calling the next federal election at Parliament House in Canberra. Turnbull is named in the Panama Papers, it emerged on May 12, 2016, causing an unwanted headache for the multi-millionaire former banker in the middle of an election campaign. He is listed as a former director of a British Virgin Islands company, Star Technology Services Limited, set up by Panama law firm Mossack Fonseca in the 1990s. / AFP PHOTO / MARK GRAHAM

[OPINION] On Duterte's sexual abuse and the washing of the feet

Jul 15, 2018 - 6:22 PM

Washing his feet will symbolically send a powerful image of subservience rather than prophetic witness, and will be used to coopt your credibility and cause confusion and division within the Philippine Council of Evangelical Churches

Chilean police raid bishops over sex abuse allegations

Jul 14, 2018 - 9:30 AM

The raids comes after prominent Chilean Catholic priest Oscar Munoz was detained over allegations that he sexually abused and raped seven children between 2002 and 2018.

ABUSE. Chilean priest Oscar Munoz Toledo (L) remains at a courtroom in Rancagua, 80 km south of Santiago, Chile, on July 13, 2018. Photo by Claudio Reyes/AFP

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Jul 10, 2018 - 10:06 PM

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Duterte wants priests to stop criticizing him from pulpit – Roque

Jul 10, 2018 - 1:03 PM

The President doesn't want criticism of his administration to come from priests, citing the separation of Church and state. He has previously used the presidential podium to comment on religious belief.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte gestures his respect to Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines President Archbishop Romulo Valles, who met with the President at the Malacañan Palace on July 9, 2018. Joining the President is Sec. Bong Go of the Office of the Special Assistant to the President. TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO

Robredo asks Filipinos to unite vs killings, culture of violence

Jul 04, 2018 - 8:52 AM

'Huwag nating hayaang humantong sa sukdulan ng kaguluhan ang kalagayan ng ating bayan,' says Robredo

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Jul 02, 2018 - 8:41 PM

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A prayer interrupted: What we know so far in Father Nilo's killing

Jul 02, 2018 - 5:10 PM

Nueva Ecija priest Father Richmond Nilo is shot dead on June 10, just as he was preparing to say evening Mass. There are now 8 suspects in the killing.

PNP arrests 'mastermind' in killing of Fr Richmond Nilo

Jul 02, 2018 - 11:06 AM

Manuel Torres allegedly paid P100,000 to self-confessed gunman Omar Mallari to kill Father Richmond Nilo

TOP COP. PNP Chief Director General Oscar Albayalde at a press conference at Camp Crame . File photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Suspect in killing of Fr Nilo released; new suspect identified

Jun 29, 2018 - 4:44 PM

The Cabanatuan City RTC orders the withdrawal of criminal charges against Adell Milan

SWORN STATEMENT.  Adell Milan signs his sowrn statement.

FACT CHECK: Misleading video on priest in Camarines Sur murder case

Jun 26, 2018 - 2:12 PM

The blog post uses a November 2016 news report that is unrelated to the murder. Authorities have not yet officially named any suspect in the case nor confirmed there is a video of the crime.

Screenshot of website article supposedly showing a video of a murder in Baao, Camarines Sur, reportedly involving a priest