Archbishop Chaput says five Philly priests unfit for ministry

Philadelphia, Pa., Dec 18, 2013 / 01:05 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Continuing the Philadelphia archdiocese's response to a grand jury report on sex abuse or misconduct by clergy, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput on Dec. 15 declared five priests unsuitable for ministry, including one who faced a substantiated allegation of abuse committed 30 years ago. “Priests on administrative leave are not permitted to exercise their public ministry, administer any of the sacraments, wear clerical attire, … [Read more...]

Archbishop cooperates with investigation over ‘touching’ charge

St. Paul, Minn., Dec 17, 2013 / 07:13 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop John Nienstedt has temporarily stepped down and is cooperating in a police investigation involving a claim that he inappropriately touched a young man during a group photo four years ago. In a Dec. 17 letter, the Saint Paul and Minneapolis archbishop denied the charge made by a male youth claiming that his buttocks were inappropriately touched after a 2009 confirmation ceremony in the archdiocese. “True, I am a … [Read more...]

Pope appoints, confirms members of bishops’ congregation

Washington D.C., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:32 pm (CNA).- On Dec. 16 Pope Francis made appointments at the Congregation for Bishops, confirming as its prefect Cardinal Marc Ouellet, a position he has held since 2010. He also appointed Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., as a member of the congregation. Cardinal Wuerl currently serves on several pontifical councils, as well as committees of U.S. bishops. He also served as relator general for the October 2012 Vatican Synod of Bishops on the New … [Read more...]

NY judge orders first permanent block against HHS mandate

New York City, N.Y., Dec 17, 2013 / 06:02 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- A federal judge in New York has issued the first permanent injunction against the federal contraception mandate, a ruling that religious freedom advocates are praising as a major victory. “There is no way that a court can, or should, determine that a coerced violation of conscience is of insufficient quantum to merit constitutional protection,” wrote Judge Brian Cogan of the Federal District Court in Brooklyn in a Dec. … [Read more...]