#ShortNews: Another Catholic parish demolished in China

Another officially registered Catholic church was destroyed because it hindered urban projects. About a month ago, again in the district of Licheng, on the outskirts of Jinan, the church of Liangwang had been destroyed for the same reasons, on midday of August 13th.

The next day, around 70 community members, including two priests and one nun, demonstrated in front of the city government headquarters (photo 2). Under a violent rain, they carried banners and signs with phrases: “Give me back my church; give me back my heart!” and “We condemn the demolition of the church and ask the authorities for a reasonable explanation!”

According to local sources, the parish priest of the destroyed church, Fr. Wang Junbao, was able to speak with the authorities of Licheng who promised to find a new space to rebuild the church, even if “it will take a long time”.

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#ShortNews: Philippine president says he is no longer Catholic

Calling the Catholic Church a “hypocritical institution,” President Rodrigo Duterte of the Philippines on Tuesday once again broke a pledge to stop criticizing the country’s dominant religion.

The president also declared he was no longer Catholic, but a member of his own church, the ‘Iglesia ni Rodrigo.’

“Iglesia ni Rodrigo does not limit anything. Do not believe in hell. If you die you will be a piece of carcass,” Duterte said. “I have my own concept of God is – what God is. It’s really the history. It’s only one God, God the Father. He’s not even the father. He’s God, period,” he added.

Duterte has been at odds with the country’s Catholic Church since before he took office. Church leaders have condemned his bloody crackdown on the drug trade which has left thousands dead in extrajudicial killings, as well as his efforts to reintroduce the death penalty. Despite his anti-Catholic diatribes, the president remains hugely popular in the Philippines, with the latest poll showing an approval rating of 88 percent.

Read more: https://cruxnow.com/church-in-asia-oceania/2018/08/15/philippines-president-threatens-to-kick-a-of-any-catholic-bishop/

#ShortNews: Washington Post: ‘Francis’s track record in handling abuse is mixed’

With revelation after revelation, a new wave of sexual abuse scandals is rocking the Roman Catholic Church and presenting Pope Francis with the greatest crisis of his papacy. And, in the past five years, many Catholics have looked to Francis as a figure who could modernize the church and help it regain its credibility.

But Francis’s track record in handling abuse is mixed, something some outsiders attribute to his learning curve or shortcomings and others chalk up to resistance from a notoriously change-averse institution. Analysts who have studied the church’s response to sexual abuse, and several people who have advised the pope, say the Vatican has been unable to take the dramatic steps that can help an organization get out from under scandals — and avoid their repetition.

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