Archive of June 12, 2020 :: Catholic News Agency (CNA)
Archive of June 12, 2020

No sex abuse charges for former Wyoming bishop, but successor praises 'courageous' victims

Jun 12, 2020 - 06:15 pm .- While Wyoming prosecutors have declined to press criminal sexual abuse charges against Bishop emeritus Joseph Hart, Bishop Steven Biegler of Cheyenne has repeated that the diocese considers allegations against Hart to be credible. He commended alleged victims who have come forward, emphasizing the need for justice.

Detroit archdiocese criticizes ‘racist and derogatory language’ from Church Militant

Jun 12, 2020 - 05:50 pm .- The Archdiocese of Detroit responded Thursday to a video produced by a website operating in the Detroit archdiocese, which it said used “racist and derogatory language” to describe the African-American Archbishop of Washington D.C.

Austin to fund secret abortions for minors, despite Texas law

Jun 12, 2020 - 05:20 pm .- The Austin City Council on Thursday voted to provide funding to an abortion organization that helps minors procure abortion without their parents’ consent.

HHS protects doctors who object to abortion, transgender surgery

Jun 12, 2020 - 04:30 pm .- On Friday, the Trump administration finalized a new rule to protect doctors’ right to object to abortion and “gender reassignment” operations. The rule clarifies that bans on sex-based discrimination do not include gender identity or abortion.

NH lawmaker says education choice is only for 'well-educated' parents

Jun 12, 2020 - 03:00 pm .- A state senator in New Hampshire has drawn criticism for saying that working-class parents should not have the same freedom to make educational choices for their children as college-educated parents. 

Judge rejects Catholic dioceses' suit to access coronavirus relief

Jun 12, 2020 - 02:00 pm .- A federal judge on Wednesday denied attempts by the Catholic dioceses of Buffalo and Rochester to obtain emergency small business loans. The dioceses were excluded from the Paycheck Protection Program because of their ongoing bankruptcy proceedings.

Scranton diocese: ‘No credible evidence’ against Msgr. Walter Rossi

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:36 pm .- The Diocese of Scranton released a statement Friday regarding Msgr. Walter Rossi, rector of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The statement said that after an exhaustive investigation, investigators found no credible evidence to support allegations of misconduct against Rossi.

Churches have the same rights as protests, DOJ tells Maryland county

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:00 am .- The Justice Department praised Montgomery County Council Wednesday for protecting the First Amendment rights of protestors and said it now expects them to extend the same protections to religious gatherings.

Diocese of Rome offers priests free COVID-19 antibody tests

Jun 12, 2020 - 09:00 am .- As Italy moves into a new phase of its lockdown reopening, the Diocese of Rome announced that  it will offer free COVID-19 antibody testing for all priests ministering amid the pandemic.

In Italy, new book suggests changes to Catholic doctrine on homosexuality

Jun 12, 2020 - 08:00 am .- A book published by an employee of the Italian bishops’ conference, which claims to be inspired by Pope Francis' Amoris Laetitia, suggests an approach to pastoral care that calls for changes to the church’s doctrine on homosexuality.

Cardinal and Archbishop of Canterbury oppose potential West Bank annexation

Jun 12, 2020 - 06:30 am .- An English cardinal and the Archbishop of Canterbury have expressed their joint opposition to the potential annexation of West Bank territory.

For justice and healing: Catholics explain why they marched

Jun 12, 2020 - 06:00 am .- Catholics around the country told CNA that they attended recent protests against racism and police brutality in cities, suburbs, and towns—in California, New York City, Chicago, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., Nebraska, West Virginia, and Tennessee.

Record abortion figures in England and Wales ‘a national tragedy’

Jun 12, 2020 - 04:10 am .- A record number of abortions took place in England and Wales in 2019, according to official figures published Thursday.

‘God chose to call us’: The story of two brothers ordained Catholic priests on the same day

Jun 12, 2020 - 12:02 am .- Peyton and Connor Plessala are brothers from Mobile, Alabama. They’re 18 months— one school grade— apart.

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