Archive of July 12, 2018

In India, nun accuses bishop of rape

Jul 12, 2018 - 07:00 pm .- Authorities are investigating Bishop Franco Mulakkal of Jalandhar after a Kerala nun accused him of raping her in 2014 and sexually abusing her on multiple occasions over two years—but the bishop strenuously denies the claims and charges that the nun is accusing him to avoid disciplinary action.

House committee moves to protect religious adoption agencies

Jul 12, 2018 - 04:45 pm .- The House Appropriations Committee moved to protect the conscience rights and religious freedom of faith-based adoption agencies on Wednesday.

France vs. Croatia: A Catholic World Cup breakdown

Jul 12, 2018 - 03:49 pm .- On Sunday, France and Croatia will square off on the soccer pitch for the 2018 FIFA World Cup Championship. While most U.S. Catholics are only casual soccer fans, many will join more than 3 billion people around the world who are expected to watch the game.

Venezuelan bishops say country is going in 'suicidal' direction under Maduro

Jul 12, 2018 - 01:37 pm .- The bishops of Venezuela issued Wednesday a scathing critique of the country's political leadership, calling for greater respect for basic needs and rights.

British pro-lifers say abortion clinic ‘buffer zones’ harm women and children

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:49 pm .- After a decision from the United Kingdom’s High Court, two women are attempting to overturn a ban on prayer and public discussion of abortion near a British abortion clinic.

Australian state hesitates to require priests to break seal of confession

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:37 am .- The Australian state of Victoria has said a recommendation by the royal commission that it pass a law requiring priests to break the confessional seal to report cases of child sex abuse requires further consideration.

Funeral Mass scheduled for Monterey bishop

Jul 12, 2018 - 10:15 am .- A funeral Mass will be celebrated July 19 for Bishop Richard John Garcia, the late Bishop of Monterey, California, who died July 11 from complications related to Alzheimer’s disease. Garcia was 71.

In Minnesota, Catholic Charities sues near-bankrupt diocese

Jul 12, 2018 - 06:00 am .- The fate of a children’s home is the subject of a lawsuit against the Diocese of St. Cloud, Minn., by the diocese’s Catholic Charities affiliate, which fears the diocese’s planned bankruptcy could disrupt services at the facility.

The deep roots of Portugal's Marian devotion

Jul 12, 2018 - 03:01 am .- When the Virgin Mary appeared to three shepherd children in Fatima in 1917, Portugal had already acclaimed Mary as their reigning Queen for hundreds of years. After the coronation of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception as “Queen of Portugal” by King João IV in 1646, no Portuguese monarch ever wore a crown again.

Do views on abortion align with party platforms? Not always, polls say

Jul 12, 2018 - 12:00 am .- Abortion in the United States is usually thought of as a deeply partisan issue. The majority of Republicans in Congress support restrictions on abortion, and the Democratic Party has included support and public funding for abortion in its most recent official party platform. Outside the beltway, however, viewpoints about abortion don’t divide neatly among party lines.