Study indicates possiblity for clergy reintegration following sexual misconduct in Springfield, IL DioceseAug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- A new report, issued by a special panel to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, says priests who have engaged in grave sexual misconduct, excluding misconduct with minors, but who have “admitted their failings, have undergone treatment, and are actively engaged in aftercare may be considered to return to ministry.”
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Speaking from his summer residence at Castelgandolfo, Pope Benedict XVI focused his weekly Angelus address on the Feast of the Transfiguration, which the Church celebrated on Sunday. The Pope discussed with the hundreds of pilgrims gathered below his courtyard window, the mystery of the “light of God,” telling them to, "experience the joy of being children of the light."
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Pope Benedict XVI renewed his call for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East and said that peace must be the work of everyone.
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Cross of Enghausen, the oldest existing life-size crucifix in the world, will be used during the Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI during his visit to Germany in September.
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- As Canada’s Catholic bishops prepare to travel to Rome next month for their regular “ad limina” visit with Pope Benedict XVI, reports suggest that many are expecting something of a scolding due to low church attendance and a lack of family involvement in many Canadian parishes.
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- In a statement which was written as Fidel Castro prepared for surgery and provisionally yielded power to his brother Raúl last week, the Cuban Bishops asked that parishioners pray for God to guide and protect their country so that peace and fraternity “cannot be disturbed by any situation, internal or external.”
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archdiocese of Chicago said yesterday, that while Cardinal Francis George remains in stable condition, he has been held in the Intensive Care Unit due to an, “episode of bleeding” on Saturday morning.
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- The Archbishop of Santo Domingo in the Dominican Republic, Cardinal Nicolas de Jesus Lopez Rodriguez, has warned that peace is endangered when the dignity of the human person is not respected and the common good is not prioritized.
Aug 7, 2006 - 12:00 am .- Bishop Roberto Rodriguez of La Rioja has rejected criticism that the Church did not denounce human rights violations during Argentina’s military dictatorship, and he said that continued speculation that the car accident, which took the life of his predecessor in the Diocese of La Rioja, was actually a case of homicide is “rash.”