Philadelphia archdiocese resolves six more priest abuse accusations

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 7, 2012 / 04:35 pm (CNA).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia has announced the resolution of six cases involving priests who were placed on leave following a grand jury report on sex abuse allegations, removing two of them from ministry permanently.“In making these decisions I relied on the counsel of numerous experts,” Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a July 6 statement.The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced that four priests have been … [Read more...]

Little San Francisco charity reaches needy in 20-plus countries

San Francisco, Calif., Jul 7, 2012 / 01:00 pm (CNA).-  La Madre de los Pobres is the little charity you never heard of.The organization founded by Franciscan Father Alfred Boeddeker and some pals in 1982 operates on a shoestring – providing direct aid to projects in more than 20 countries, from the Czech Republic and Albania and Guatemala to the Congo, Sudan, Uganda, Ethiopia and Eritrea. “Father Alfred was a man of great faith,” said Frank Clark, president and … [Read more...]

Baltimore archbishop praises ruling in favor of pregnancy centers

Baltimore, Md., Jul 7, 2012 / 07:04 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop William E. Lori of Baltimore expressed appreciation after a federal court said Maryland pregnancy centers should not have to post signs they claimed were unnecessary and discriminatory.“At a time when religious freedom is being challenged on many fronts, this ruling represents a major victory for the First Amendment and for those people who seek to live their lives and their faith according to it,” Archbishop Lori … [Read more...]