Archive of October 15, 2018

In major break over Ukraine, Russian Orthodox Church splits from Constantinople

Oct 15, 2018 - 05:31 pm .- The Russian Orthodox Patriarchate of Moscow has cut ties with the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople, Bartholomew I, claiming his recognition of an independent Orthodox Church in Ukraine departed from Orthodox Christian norms.

Thousands gather in L.A. archdiocese to celebrate St. Oscar Romero

Oct 15, 2018 - 05:00 pm .- St. Oscar Romero was canonized by Pope Francis Oct. 14, together with six other new saints. That same day, an estimated 3,000 people gathered at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles for a Mass and celebrations.

Washington archdiocese releases the names of 28 accused clergy

Oct 15, 2018 - 04:15 pm .- Just days after Pope Francis accepted the resignation of Cardinal Donald Wuerl as Archbishop of Washington, the D.C. archdiocese has released the names of 28 former clergy of the archdiocese who had been “credibly accused” of sexual abuse of minors dating back to 1948.

Pittsburgh Diocese begins years-long parish consolidation process

Oct 15, 2018 - 04:13 pm .- An interim Mass and confession schedule went into effect Oct. 15 in the Diocese of Pittsburgh as the six-county diocese moves to condense its parishes into groups, with the eventual goal of creating new multi-site parishes.

Film spurs hundreds of abuse allegations in Poland as crisis spreads to Europe

Oct 15, 2018 - 03:27 pm .- A Polish film depicting unsavory characters as clerics has broken box office records and sparked a wave of sexual abuse allegations against clergy in the country where 96 percent of the population identifies as Catholic.

Taiwan offers second invitation to pope following Vatican-China deal

Oct 15, 2018 - 02:00 pm .- Taiwan’s government has issued a second invitation for Pope Francis to visit the country, a move which follows new developments in the Holy See’s relations with its rival in mainland China.

Pope laicizes two Chilean bishops for sexual abuse of minors

Oct 15, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- Pope Francis has officially expelled two Chilean bishops from the clerical state. Both men were accused of sexual abuse of minors. The decision was issued without the possibility to appeal, the Vatican announced on Saturday.

Trump set to pick Catholic lawyer as next White House counsel

Oct 15, 2018 - 11:30 am .- President Donald Trump has reportedly a chosen Catholic lawyer, Pat Cipollone, to replace White House Counsel Donald McGhan. In addition to his professional work, Cipollone serves on the board of directors for the Catholic Information Center in Washington, D.C., and co-founded the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in 2004.

Vatican confirms synod’s final report to be voted on ‘part by part’

Oct 15, 2018 - 10:05 am .- The head of Vatican communications said Monday the youth synod’s final document will be voted on “part by part,” requiring a 2/3 majority to pass each section, before being forwarded to Pope Francis.