Archive of December 4, 2019 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of December 4, 2019

Sex abuse accusation against Tulsa priest 'unsubstantiated'

Dec 4, 2019 - 07:01 pm .- An accusation that a priest sexually abused a minor during an assignment nearly 30 years ago was “unsubstantiated” and the accused priest may return to ministry, the Diocese of Tulsa and Eastern Oklahoma has said after a third-party investigation was completed.

Open windows for reporting expected to trigger avalanche of new abuse cases

Dec 4, 2019 - 06:18 pm .- Open windows for reporting incidents of child sexual abuse regardless of when they occurred could lead to a wave of thousands of new abuse cases against Catholic clergy and billions of dollars in lawsuits, a recent report from the Associated Press estimated.

Cardinal Zen: 'Parolin is manipulating the Holy Father' on China deal

Dec 4, 2019 - 04:56 pm .- Cardinal Joseph Zen, former bishop of Hong Kong, has renewed his criticism of the Vatican-China deal, warning that he thinks Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin is exercising undue influence in advising Pope Francis.

Chaldean archbishop: Iraq unrest signals rejection of post-2003 settlement

Dec 4, 2019 - 04:01 pm .- The largest protests in Iraq since the overthrow of Saddam Hussein signal the rejection by most Iraqis of the country's post-2003 structure and government, the Chaldean Archbishop of Erbil told the UN Security Council Wednesday.

Senate confirms pro-life lawyer as federal judge

Dec 4, 2019 - 03:00 pm .- The Senate on Thursday confirmed Sarah Pitlyk, a Catholic lawyer and former special counsel at the Thomas More Society, a legal firm that specializes in pro-life and religious freedom cases.

Dublin archdiocese to shift sacrament prep from schools to parishes, families

Dec 4, 2019 - 02:23 pm .- Catholic sacramental preparation must change to stress the primary role of families and to reach students who do not go to Catholic schools, said Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin this week. The archbishop announced a shift in sacrament prep from schools to parishes and families.

Rochester bishop requested Fulton Sheen beatification delay

Dec 4, 2019 - 02:00 pm .- The beatification of Archbishop Fulton Sheen was delayed at the request of Bishop Salvatore Matano of Rochester.

New Buffalo apostolic administrator pledges 'openness' with victims

Dec 4, 2019 - 12:25 pm .- Bishop Edward B. Scharfenberger of Albany spoke to the press Wednesday following his appointment as Apostolic Administrator of the Diocese of Buffalo, and emphasized that although he is not yet sure how exactly he will divide his time between the two dioceses he is now tasked with shepherding, he trusts Pope Francis’ decision to appoint him.

Release of new curial constitution delayed again

Dec 4, 2019 - 09:30 am .- The publication date of the new constitution governing the Roman Curia has been delayed again as Pope Francis' council of cardinals continues to evaluate suggestions to the draft that was given to bishops' conferences in May.

Pray that bishops, priests will manifest Christ's love, Pope Francis urges

Dec 4, 2019 - 06:17 am .- Bishops and priests have a duty to guard and protect the Catholics entrusted to their care; and they need the faithful’s prayers for this task, Pope Francis said at the general audience Wednesday.

Buffalo's Bishop Richard Malone resigns after year of scandal

Dec 4, 2019 - 04:01 am .- Pope Francis Wednesday accepted the resignation of Buffalo’s embattled Bishop Richard Malone. The Diocese of Buffalo will be administered by Albany’s Bishop Edward Scharfenberger until a permanent replacement for Malone is appointed.

Foes of Louisiana abortion regulation file briefs with Supreme Court

Dec 4, 2019 - 12:30 am .- A Louisiana law that requires abortion doctors to have admitting privileges at local hospitals has drawn opposition from medical groups and national Democratic politicians, who have filed briefs against it.