Archive of January 11, 2019

German officials did not violate homeschoolers' rights, European court says

Jan 11, 2019 - 06:01 pm .- Two homeschooling German parents who said their parental rights were violated by the enforcement of compulsory school attendance laws did not prevail in the European Court of Human Rights, which unanimously rejected their claims Thursday.

Sister Pimentel disappointed she could not speak with Trump during border visit

Jan 11, 2019 - 04:46 pm .- Sister Norma Pimentel says she is “truly disappointed” that she did not get a chance to speak during a roundtable discussion with President Donald Trump Jan. 10, during the president’s visit to the U.S.-Mexico border in McAllen, Texas.

'A sense of conversion' - A bishop reflects on the Mundelein retreat

Jan 11, 2019 - 04:44 pm .- Praying daily before the Eucharist with more than 250 other U.S. bishops was, for Bishop James Wall of Gallup, the highlight of a seven-day episcopal retreat held this week at Mundelein Seminary in the Archdiocese of Chicago.

San Antonio archdiocese prepares for new parishes

Jan 11, 2019 - 03:01 pm .- The Archdiocese of San Antonio has collected over half of the funds for a campaign to construct new parish buildings in preparation for an expected population boom.

U.S. Catholics losing trust in clergy, survey finds

Jan 11, 2019 - 01:00 pm .- Trust in the clergy has declined sharply over the last year, a new Gallup poll shows. Only 31 percent of American Catholics now rate the honesty or ethical standards of the clergy as “high” or “very high.”

Pennsylvania grand jury's Catholic sex abuse report gets a factcheck

Jan 11, 2019 - 12:12 pm .- The 2018 Pennsylvania grand jury report on Catholic clergy sex abuse didn’t get the thorough scrutiny it deserved, and both readers and reporters have been too accepting of the “sensational charges” it made, says veteran Catholic journalist Peter Steinfels.

New structure for Vatican Press Office announced

Jan 11, 2019 - 07:57 am .- The Vatican announced Friday that Paolo Ruffini, prefect of the Vatican communications department, has amended the organizational structure of the Holy See Press Office to include a senior advisor, two assistants, and an office manager.

Pope's Romania trip confirmed for early summer

Jan 11, 2019 - 03:53 am .- The Vatican confirmed Friday that Pope Francis will travel to Romania to the cities of Bucharest, Iaşi, and Blaj, and to a Marian shrine in eastern Transylvania, at the end of May and beginning of June.

Across the US, organizers prepare for pro-life marches

Jan 11, 2019 - 03:29 am .- Thousands of pro-life advocates will rally this month in major cities throughout the country, marking the anniversary of the 1973 Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision that mandated legal abortion in the U.S.