Archive of January 16, 2019

‘Unfathomable’ Wuerl forgot allegations, Ciolek says

Jan 16, 2019 - 05:12 pm .- The man who made a 2004 accusation of misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick said Wednesday he is in disbelief after Cardinal Donald Wuerl told him he forgot about the allegation sometime after becoming Washington’s archbishop in 2006.

Guam archdiocese files for bankruptcy following sex abuse lawsuits

Jan 16, 2019 - 05:01 pm .- The Archdiocese of Agaña has filed for bankruptcy in federal court in the wake of numerous sex abuse allegations. The move, decided upon in November, allows the archdiocese to avoid trial and to begin to reach settlements in millions of dollars' worth of abuse lawsuits.

Pro-life Congress members ask Trump to veto any bills that expand abortion

Jan 16, 2019 - 04:38 pm .- Pro-life members of Congress this week sent U.S. President Donald Trump two companion letters requesting that he veto any legislation that would weaken current federal pro-life policies and promising to sustain any such veto.

Small, well-funded LGBT group to challenge Catholic teaching at World Youth Day

Jan 16, 2019 - 04:06 pm .- A U.S.-based coalition of dissenting Catholics, whose backers include wealthy non-Catholic funders, is sending a small group of LGBT activists to World Youth Day in Panama to engage with media and pilgrims and to challenge Catholic teaching and practice they say is “harmful.”

Missionary families evangelize indigenous towns in Paraguay

Jan 16, 2019 - 03:32 pm .- Some 60 people belonging to the Communities of Missionary Families conducted a mission beginning Jan. 1 in a series of towns on the Paraguay River.

Religious liberty innate to every human person, Trump says

Jan 16, 2019 - 02:17 pm .- Religious freeom is innate and must be protected, US president Donald Trump said in his proclamation for Religious Freedom Day, which is observed Wednesday.

Manx abortion bill receives royal assent

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:39 pm .- The Isle of Man's Abortion Reform Bill 2018 gained royal assent Tuesday, meaning women in the territory will soon be able to procure elective abortion up to 14 weeks of pregnancy.

Apostolic nuncio, not Wuerl, will celebrate Mass for Life

Jan 16, 2019 - 11:20 am .- Cardinal Donald Wuerl will not celebrate the Jan. 18 Mass for Life, to be held at a youth rally before the annual March for Life. Wuerl was until today scheduled to be the principal celebrant of the Mass.

Vatican: Abuse summit to help bishops know 'what they need to do'

Jan 16, 2019 - 06:08 am .- Just over a month ahead of the much-anticipated February meeting on sex abuse, the Vatican said the summit’s goal is for bishops to leave the meeting knowing clearly what it is they need to do to stop the abuse of minors.

Pope Francis: 'God loves you, even if you forget Him'

Jan 16, 2019 - 05:05 am .- God the Father will always be there for his beloved children, Pope Francis said Wednesday, with a reminder that the unconditional love of God is not limited by our own sense of guilt or unworthiness.

March for Life works to maintain unity in a time of division

Jan 16, 2019 - 03:06 am .- Barring an unexpected resolution, the federal government shutdown will have hit the four-week mark when pro-lifers descend upon the nation’s capital for the March for Life on Friday.

Duterte open to dialogue with bishops after suggesting Filipinos kill them

Jan 16, 2019 - 12:38 am .- A government spokesman said Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is open to dialogue with the country’s bishops, after the president recently suggested that citizens of the country kill the Church leaders.