Archive of February 15, 2018

Priest in Idaho faces drug, child pornography charges

Feb 15, 2018 - 03:07 pm .- A retired priest of the Diocese of Boise is facing multiple charges involving child pornography and drug possession, which has sparked a feeling of shock and betrayal in the local bishop.

Vatican denies rumors that Benedict XVI has degenerative nerve disorder

Feb 15, 2018 - 01:33 pm .- After rumors spread in German media that Benedict XVI has a paralyzing nerve disease, the Vatican debunked the story, saying the retired Pope is experiencing nothing more than the normal aches and pains of aging.

Lunar New Year bumps Friday abstinence for some Asian Catholics

Feb 15, 2018 - 01:02 pm .- The Archbishop of Vancouver has dispensed from the Friday Lenten abstinence Asian Catholics and their guests who are celebrating Lunar New Year Feb. 16.

Pope says he prays for those who call him a heretic

Feb 15, 2018 - 12:50 pm .- Pope Francis told Jesuits in Chile last month that he’s willing to have discussions with people who disagree with him, but that when people just shout ‘heretic’, he prays for them instead.

Catholic institutions aim for mission fidelity, not discrimination, defenders say

Feb 15, 2018 - 12:13 pm .- Reports that Catholic institutions exercise unfair employment biases are undeserved, some defenders have said.

South African bishops welcome president's resignation

Feb 15, 2018 - 11:48 am .- Catholic leaders in South Africa applauded news of President Jacob Zuma’s resignation, stressing the need to root out corruption at all levels of government.

Hundreds rally in support of Ireland's pro-life amendment

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:36 am .- Hundreds of people rallied in the coastal suburb of Dun Laoghaire, Ireland, on Saturday to show support for the country’s 8th amendment, which protects the right to life of both mothers and their unborn children.

Francis modifies norms for the resignation of bishops

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:22 am .- On Thursday Pope Francis tweaked the Church’s policies on bishops and Curial officials reaching the age of retirement, indicating that they should accept what God wants, whether accepting retirement or accepting continued service.

Court likely to withdraw charge of key accuser in Cardinal Pell abuse case

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:05 am .- The Melbourne Magistrates Court heard Wednesday that a charge related to a key witness in the case against Cardinal George Pell, accused of historical sexual abuse, is likely to be withdrawn.

Pope Francis regularly meets with abuse victims on Fridays

Feb 15, 2018 - 05:45 am .- In a conversation with Jesuits during his recent visit to Peru, Pope Francis said he regularly meets with victims of sexual abuse on Fridays, and that while the percentage of priests who abuse is relatively low, even one is too many.

Pope Francis voices sorrow for 'devastating' Florida school attack

Feb 15, 2018 - 05:01 am .- On Thursday, Pope Francis assured his spiritual closeness to all those affected by a deadly shooting at a Florida high school that left 17 dead, offering prayer for the victims and voicing hope that such acts of violence would end.

Catholic aid organizations respond to Oxfam prostitution scandal in Haiti

Feb 15, 2018 - 05:00 am .- Amid allegations that Oxfam UK aid workers hired prostitutes in Haiti and Chad while administering humanitarian aid, Catholic aid organizations are responding with prayers, strong condemnation, and renewed commitments to protect the vulnerable.

Curial reform as a matter of pastoral concern

Feb 15, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Reform of the Vatican Curia aims to emphasize pastoral care, and should not be seen as a reform that will overturn the whole Curia, a bishop involved in Rome’s Curia reform process has explained.