Archive of November 12, 2018

Lamenting clergy sex abuse, Pa. bishops announce victim compensation funds

Nov 12, 2018 - 05:17 pm .- Seven of the eight Roman Catholic dioceses of Pennsylvania will create compensation funds for victims of clergy sex abuse, following a grand jury inquiry into abuse of minors by Catholic priests in the state.

Irish archbishop: The sacrifice of Protestants and Catholics in WWI should unite us

Nov 12, 2018 - 04:56 pm .- Irish Protestants and Catholics should see the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day as an opportunity to build peace and reconciliation, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Ireland said at an interreligious memorial service on Sunday.

Listen to victims, learn from your mistakes, women plead to USCCB

Nov 12, 2018 - 04:10 pm .- In the afternoon of the first full day of the US bishops' autumn general assembly, two speakers pleaded with the bishops to listen deeply to abuse victims and to lay experts in the Church about how to move forward.

USCCB meeting: What just happened, and what might happen next?

Nov 12, 2018 - 04:09 pm .- During a holy hour Monday morning, two survivors of clerical sexual abuse spoke to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops about their experiences, and their hopes for the future of the Church.

Singapore archdiocese extends required marriage prep time to one year

Nov 12, 2018 - 03:23 pm .- The Archdiocese of Singapore has introduced a new policy to ensure couples are taking the time they need to properly prepare for marriage.

Missouri bishops release letter urging USCCB action on sex abuse crisis

Nov 12, 2018 - 03:22 pm .- The bishops of Missouri released a letter Monday expressing support for proposals meant to help address the sexual abuse crisis in the Church, shortly after the Holy See directed that the proposals not be voted on at the US bishops' general assembly this week.

Four kidnapped priests in southern Nigeria have been released

Nov 12, 2018 - 02:32 pm .- Four priests who were abducted in Nigeria's Edo state last week were released Friday night.

Abuse victims challenge US bishops to confront problems

Nov 12, 2018 - 01:26 pm .- Two victims of clerical sexual abuse addressed members of the US bishops’ conference Monday and shared how the bishops' action, or inaction, on the abuse crisis has shaped their lives.

Cardinal DiNardo: Vatican directive came from Congregation for Bishops

Nov 12, 2018 - 01:00 pm .- The directive not to vote on the proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the response of the Church in the US to the sexual abuse crisis came from the Congregation for Bishops, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Monday.

Vatican Christmas stamps feature artwork by inmate

Nov 12, 2018 - 11:01 am .- The artwork featured on the Vatican’s postage stamps for Christmas 2018 were painted by a man serving a life-sentence in a Milanese prison.

Science should serve humanity, Pope Francis says

Nov 12, 2018 - 10:26 am .- Pope Francis told a group of scientists Monday to use their knowledge for the benefit of all humanity, especially at the service of those people who are most often disregarded by most of society.

Apostolic Nuncio: Bishops need to regain trust of their faithful

Nov 12, 2018 - 08:52 am .- Bishops in the United States need to work hard to regain the trust of their flocks and combat a culture of clericalism, Archbishop Christophe Pierre, apostolic nuncio to the United States, told those present at the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly in Baltimore, Md.

Cardinal DiNardo to US bishops: Avoid despair, presumption in addressing abuse crisis

Nov 12, 2018 - 08:34 am .- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo opened the fall assembly of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) with a speech calling for bishops to avoid the two temptations of “despair and presumption” as they address the sexual abuse scandals facing the Church.

Vatican cancels US bishops’ vote on sex abuse reform measures

Nov 12, 2018 - 07:57 am .- Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, president of the U.S. bishops’ conference has told the American bishops that they will not vote on two key proposals which had been expected to form the basis for the Church’s response to the sexual abuse crisis.