Archive of March 13, 2010

Court rules 'under God' as constitutional in Pledge of Allegiance

Mar 13, 2010 - 07:02 pm .- A San Francisco court ruled Thursday that the phrase “one nation under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance does not violate the Establishment Clause of the United States Constitution.

Pope showed wisdom and firmness against abuses as CDF prefect, says Msgr. Scicluna

Mar 13, 2010 - 03:08 pm .- The Avvenire newspaper of the Italian Bishops' Conference printed an interview on Saturday which sheds light on how cases of sexual abuse are dealt with in the Catholic Church. The role of then-Cardinal Ratzinger in the providing the guidelines for the Congregation's processing of 3,000 cases in the last nine years is also examined.

Tennessee Catholics help homeless families through bike ride

Mar 13, 2010 - 01:52 pm .- On March 27, local participants will be riding for homeless families in Memphis, Tennessee for the Dorothy Day Family Fun Ride. The Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, a transitional housing ministry that allows homeless families to stay together as a family while they rebuild their lives, is hosting this first annual fundraising event.

Pope's former archdiocese clarifies details of abusive priest's placement

Mar 13, 2010 - 01:32 pm .- The vicar general of the Archdiocese of Munich has owned up to his responsibility in making the "mistaken decisions" that led to the repeated placement of an abusive priest in parishes while Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was archbishop there. The former vicar general, Gerhard Gruber, said it was a "serious mistake."

Vatican: Pope was 'completely extraneous' to Munich sex abuse decision

Mar 13, 2010 - 12:22 pm .- Fr. Federico Lombardi, director of the Holy See's Press Office, released a statement on Saturday morning in which he made three "observations" regarding sexual abuse by people and in institutions of the Catholic Church. He also addressed dismissed as unfounded attempts to link the Pope to a decision to transfer a priest found to have committed sexual abuse when Benedict XVI was Archbishop of Munich.

‘Where is the freedom?’ Iraqi sister asks after more anti-Christian violence in Mosul

Mar 13, 2010 - 05:50 am .- A religious sister from Mosul reports that Iraqi Christians continue to leave the country because they are targeted by violence. In a CNA interview, she said many people are suffering and tired of the conflict. “Where is the freedom?” she asked.

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