Whoops! Vatican forced to withdraw a ‘terribly bad taste’ World Youth Day stamp
TWO days was all it took for the Vatican to realise it had made a massive blunder by issuing a stamp created to celebrate World Youth Day in Portugal in August, 2023. After its release this week, the stamp was scrapped in the face of outrage over what many, including Catholics, saw as a celebration…
Euthanasia law passed in Portugal despite strong religious opposition and a presidential veto
BACK in March of this year, Portugal’s Catholic bishops got a bit ahead of themselves when they congratulated the country’s President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa, above, for vetoing a proposed euthanasia bill. De Sousa is a “devout churchgoer.” Their joy was short-lived. Despite the veto, the lawmakers yesterday (Friday) passed a law that will enable…
Clerical abuse probe is an ‘open wound that hurts and shames us’ says Portuguese bishop.
Jose Ornelas, above, head of the Bishops’ Conference, is himself under investigation. A teacher has accused him of covering up sex abuse at an orphanage in Mozambique in 2011, something he denies. A REPORT, commissioned by the Conferência Episcopal Portuguesa and released on Monday. shows that at least 4,815 children were sexually abused by members…