Archive of May 22, 2012

Two Philadelphia priests removed from ministry after abuse claims

May 22, 2012 - 08:08 pm .- As a part of his ongoing effort to address cases of abuse in the Philadelphia archdiocese, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput has found two priests unsuitable for ministry after reports that they each sexually abused minors.

After Fr. Williams scandal, Legion head stresses accountability

May 22, 2012 - 07:25 pm .- Father Alvaro Corcuera, the general director of the Legion of Christ, has asked forgiveness for his failure to act firmly enough towards a prominent Legion priest who fathered a child and has insisted that the Legion is improving its efforts to hold wayward clergy accountable.

Pope Benedict thanks God for 'dark nights' in his life

May 22, 2012 - 05:14 pm .- Pope Benedict XVI has revealed to his closest collaborators in the Sacred College of Cardinals how the “dark nights” of his life have brought him closer to Christ.

Ecuador judge won't register British lesbian as 'father' of child

May 22, 2012 - 04:06 pm .- Temporarily ending a heated debate over the legal recognition of a British lesbian couple as “father and mother” of a baby girl, a judge in Ecuador ruled on May 22 that only the biological mother can be affirmed as a legal parent.

Group launches tour to end abortion in Canada

May 22, 2012 - 12:59 pm .- A Canadian pro-life group is retracing the steps that abortion activists took in the country during the 1970s, but with the goal of repealing local abortion laws.

Brazilian lawmakers consider anencephaly abortion ban

May 22, 2012 - 12:15 pm .- Lawmakers in Brazil have put three bills up for debate in an attempt to overturn a ruling by the country’s Supreme Court on April 12 that legalized abortion in cases of anencephaly.

Most Americans support religious rights, health care exemptions

May 22, 2012 - 08:58 am .- A new survey found that the majority of Americans support religious rights whenever they are in conflict with other laws, as well as the right to opt out of providing drugs, services and procedures for religious reasons.

Signs of hope one year after Joplin tornado

May 22, 2012 - 04:08 am .- As the residents of tornado-ravaged Joplin, Mo. mark the one-year anniversary of the disaster that hit their community, a diocesan spokeswoman says they are seeing it as an opportunity for hope and continued recovery.

Pope removes Italian bishop amid fraud accusations

May 22, 2012 - 02:03 am .- Pope Benedict XVI has removed an Italian bishop from ministry following the launch of a police investigation into alleged financial corruption within his Sicily diocese.

Chen arrives in US as family, friends remain vulnerable in China

May 22, 2012 - 12:05 am .- Chinese pro-life advocate Chen Guangcheng and his family have arrived safely in the United States, but reports indicate that his supporters may still be facing violence at the hands of Chinese government.

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