Archive of November 14, 2018

Bishop Malone criticized for $200,000 house renovation

Nov 14, 2018 - 07:31 pm .- Bishop Richard Malone of Buffalo, New York has come under fire for reportedly spending an estimated $200,000 to renovate his new home - a former convent near St. Stanislaus Church.

Cardinal DiNardo hopeful for Church in US

Nov 14, 2018 - 05:03 pm .- Acknowledging that he was disappointed by the Vatican's decision to block a vote on sex abuse reform measures, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston said Wednesday he nonetheless sees a hopeful future for the Church in the United States.

'What are people to make of our silence?' Bishops discuss McCarrick in Baltimore

Nov 14, 2018 - 04:38 pm .- The bishops of the United States resumed their open-floor discussion on the recent sexual abuse scandals facing the Church in America Wednesday morning. In addition to debating the best means of institutionally responding to the crisis, the specific case of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick was raised by several speakers.

US bishops divided on how to deal with sex abuse accusations

Nov 14, 2018 - 04:32 pm .- Wednesday afternoon, the bishops of the United States resumed their discussions of the proposals for policies which were intended to be the centerpiece of their response to the recent sexual abuse scandals.

US bishops punt resolution encouraging Holy See to release McCarrick documents

Nov 14, 2018 - 03:16 pm .- On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.

Sex abuse inquiry examines England's Birmingham archdiocese

Nov 14, 2018 - 02:46 pm .- An independent government inquiry is investigating how the Archdiocese of Birmingham handled allegations of child sexual abuse made against four priests.

Why the US bishops strongly backed an anti-racism pastoral letter

Nov 14, 2018 - 02:11 pm .- A pastoral letter against racism won a nearly unanimous vote at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ general assembly Wednesday.

Angry, betrayed Catholics travel to Baltimore demanding answers, change

Nov 14, 2018 - 12:42 pm .- As one of the testimonies progressed at the Silence Stops Now rally near the USCCB’s Fall General Assembly, Anna Ahlbin, an expectant mother of six who had traveled from Fredericksburg, Va., turned to her young children and instructed them to cover their ears.

Saskatchewan suit says indigenous women were forced into sterilization

Nov 14, 2018 - 11:04 am .- In a class-action lawsuit in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, more than 60 indigenous women allege they were coerced into being sterilized. The incidents happened as recently as 2017.

Florist case reopens before Washington Supreme Court

Nov 14, 2018 - 10:28 am .- Attorneys representing florist Barronelle Stutzman filed their opening brief with the Washington Supreme Court on Tuesday, as the court re-hears the case after its previous ruling was reversed.

USCCB elects six new committee chairmen

Nov 14, 2018 - 09:42 am .- On Wednesday morning, the U.S. bishops voted on a slate of positions and committee chairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. The votes were originally scheduled to be taken Thursday morning but moved up the schedule following a forecast for adverse weather.

Pope Francis: A Christian's life should point to truth

Nov 14, 2018 - 05:24 am .- Christians are called to not only refrain from telling falsehoods, but to conduct their entire lives – both words and actions – as a witness to the Truth that is Jesus Christ, Pope Francis said Wednesday.

A look at blasphemy laws around the world

Nov 14, 2018 - 03:05 am .- While the world awaits the fate of Asia Bibi, who remains in hiding in Pakistan following the acquittal of her death sentence for blasphemy, religious freedom advocates are calling for an end to blasphemy laws across the globe.