Archive of January 14, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of January 14, 2020

Legion of Christ abuser dismissed from clerical state

Jan 14, 2020 - 07:01 pm .- This week Fernando Martínez Suárez, a priest of the Legionaries of Christ, was dismissed from the clerical state. He had been found guilty of the sexual abuse of minors by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.

Archbishop Lori calls for increase in security funding for religious sites

Jan 14, 2020 - 06:48 pm .- Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore joined two U.S. senators and several religious leaders this week in calling for additional federal funding for security measures at religious sites in the U.S.

Disability group welcomes ruling against right to assisted suicide in Mass.

Jan 14, 2020 - 05:01 pm .- Second Thoughts Massachusetts, a disability rights group, has praised a recent ruling that there is not a right to assisted suicide in the state's law or its constitution.

Analysis: After investigation, when will Pope Francis act on Hoeppner?

Jan 14, 2020 - 04:30 pm .- Hoeppner is unique among his brother bishops: he is the first U.S. bishop to be investigated under the norms of Vos estis lux mundi, the 2018 policy from Pope Francis on investigating bishops accused of mishandling or obstructing allegations of clerical sexual abuse.

UK Defense minister apologizes for chaplains ‘outing’ gay servicemen

Jan 14, 2020 - 04:00 pm .- U.K. Minister of Defense Johnny Mercer has issued an apology to lesbian, gay, and bisexual servicemembers who were reportedly outed by military chaplains.

World's youngest Catholic bishop consecrated in Ukraine

Jan 14, 2020 - 03:01 pm .- The world’s youngest Catholic bishop was consecrated in Ukraine Sunday.

South Sudan peace declaration signed in Rome

Jan 14, 2020 - 01:30 pm .- The Republic of South Sudan and the South Sudan Opposition Movements Alliance (SSOMA) have signed a peace declaration in Rome Sunday that will go into effect Jan. 15.

Brooklyn diocese releases video of man 'desecrating' altar during Mass

Jan 14, 2020 - 01:00 pm .- The Diocese of Brooklyn has responded to an act of vandalism at a parish this past Sunday, and released a video showing a man “desecrating” the altar during Mass.

What does Benedict XVI actually say in new book on priestly celibacy?

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:37 pm .- In his chapter in a new book on priestly celibacy, Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI says a historical understanding of the priesthood in the Old and New Testaments makes it clear that celibacy is an ontological, rather than optional, part of the Catholic priesthood.

Catholics excluded from unlawful euthanasia trial in Belgium

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:30 pm .- A Belgian lawyer has admitted to searching the social media profiles of potential jurors to weed out “devout Catholics” for the trial of a doctor accused of “unlawfully poisoning” an autistic woman via euthanasia. 

Ignatius Press to keep Benedict XVI listed as coauthor of new celibacy book

Jan 14, 2020 - 10:32 am .- Amid still-unfolding controversy surrounding a new book on priestly celibacy, the book’s US publisher says it plans to continue identifying pope emeritus Benedict XVI as coauthor of the text. The former pope’s private secretary requested Tuesday that Benedict not be listed as a coauthor.

Rubio blasts 'blatant violations of human rights' in Tibet

Jan 14, 2020 - 08:00 am .- The Chinese Government have announced that, as of May 1, new policies to “strengthen ethnic unity” will go into effect in Tibet. 

Archbishop Ganswein: Benedict XVI wrote text, but did not agree to be book's co-author

Jan 14, 2020 - 05:58 am .- Archbishop Georg Ganswein, the private secretary of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, said Tuesday the former pontiff was not informed he would be presented as co-author of a new book on priestly celibacy and that Benedict has asked for his name and photo to be removed from the cover.

Will these Louisiana Cajun Catholics become saints? Diocese begins canonization cause

Jan 14, 2020 - 04:00 am .- Three Cajun Catholics from the Diocese of Lafayette, Louisiana are on their way to becoming canonized saints after an historic ceremony on Saturday, January 11.

Gaza Exodus: Helping Christians caught in a crisis

Jan 14, 2020 - 12:47 am .- With fewer than 1,000 Christians in a population of 1.8 million, the Christian population in Palestine’s Gaza Strip today is less than half of what it was 10 years ago.