The pope's reluctance to take a firm stance on sexual abuse by priests is expanding into a crisis for the Catholic Church and fueling outrage over his papacy. Some Catholics are now even calling on Benedict, who has committed a series of gaffes since becoming pope in , to resign. It is night, and the torches cast flickering shadows on the ancient walls. The priest continues, speaking of weeds in the fields of the Lord, and of how much "filth there is in the Church," the result of priests' betrayal of God. Yet it is we ourselves who have soiled them! It is we who betray you time and time again.
Pope Francis to investigate 'playboy priests' who posed naked online in scandal-hit disocese
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By Nick Squires , Rome. A scandal-ridden Catholic diocese in Italy where priests posted naked photos of themselves on gay websites, raided church coffers and sexually harassed parishioners is to be investigated by a special envoy to Pope Francis. Scandals of the 'playboy priests' of Italy's most gossiped-about diocese. The playboy priests of Albenga on the Italian Riviera. Pope Francis inspires cookbook written by Swiss Guard. They include a priest who was found guilty of organising an under-age prostitution ring and others who posted nude photos of themselves on Facebook and gay websites. Priests in the diocese have been accused of sexually harassing parishioners, living with gay partners and stealing Communion money.
The Catholic diocese of Pittsburgh has called on the university to take action over the incident. Bishop David Zubik said:. You can obtain a copy of the Code, or contact the Council, at www. Please note that TheJournal. For more information on cookies please refer to our cookies policy.
Catholic theology of sexuality , like Catholic theology in general, is drawn from natural law ,  canonical scripture , divine revelation , and sacred tradition , as interpreted authoritatively by the magisterium of the Catholic Church. Sexual morality evaluates sexual behavior according to standards laid out by Catholic moral theology , and often provides general principles by which Catholics are able to evaluate whether specific actions meet these standards. The Catholic Church teaches that human life and human sexuality are inseparable. Because Catholics believe God created human beings in his own image and likeness and that he found everything he created to be "very good,"  the Catholic Church teaches that human body and sex must likewise be good.