New Scottish bishop could see going to jail over ‘gay marriage’

Glasgow, Scotland, Jul 25, 2012 / 11:20 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Archbishop-designate Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow could see himself being imprisoned for speaking out in support of the traditional married family.“I could see myself going to jail possibly at some point over the next 15 years, if God spares me, if I speak out,” Archbishop Tartaglia said in an interview with STV News July 24.His comments came just a day before the Scottish government announced it would legislate in … [Read more...]

American exorcist-in-training shares his experience

Rome, Italy, Jul 25, 2012 / 04:03 am (CNA).- “I never thought I’d end up doing this, no,” admits the middle-aged priest whose unexpected path to becoming an exorcist began while saying one of his first Masses after he was ordained 15 years ago.“At the moment of consecration of the precious blood I asked the Lord to shower his blood upon the youth and to help any young men who may have a vocation to the priesthood.”The instant reaction of one 13-year old … [Read more...]

W. Virginia bishops says testimony debunks abuse allegation

Wheeling, W.V., Jul 25, 2012 / 02:14 am (CNA).- Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of Wheeling-Charleston says accusations of abuse against him have been disproved, with the alleged victim and another witness coming forward to attest to his innocence.“I am pleased to be able to say that this allegation has been put to rest,” Bishop Bransfield wrote in a July 23 letter, addressing the “false hearsay statements” made against him during the recent trial of Monsignor William … [Read more...]

Philadelphia archdiocese promises vigilance as priest is sentenced

Philadelphia, Pa., Jul 24, 2012 / 04:28 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- The Archdiocese of Philadelphia offered prayer and a pledge to protect children July 24, as Monsignor William Lynn received a three to six year prison sentence for his handling of an abusive priest.“From the challenges the Church has faced both nationally and locally over the past decade, we understand the full gravity of sexual abuse,” the archdiocese said in its response to the sentence handed down by Common Pleas … [Read more...]

Vatican warns Peruvian bishops to not be ‘used’ by former Catholic university

Lima, Peru, Jul 24, 2012 / 04:08 pm (CNA).- The Vatican has urged the bishops of Peru to not be manipulated by administrators of the former Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, in wake of the Holy See's decision to strip the school of its “Pontifical” and “Catholic” titles. In a letter sent to the president of the Peruvian Bishops' Conference, Archbishop Salvador Pineiro, Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone asked that the bishops not allow … [Read more...]

Chaplain says faith can help officers cope with Aurora shooting

Denver, Colo., Jul 24, 2012 / 03:23 pm (CNA).- A strong faith in God can play an important role for law enforcement officers struggling to deal with the aftermath of the recent mass shooting in Aurora, Colo., said a chaplain who has experience ministering to those involved in tragic killings.“There is a kind of spiritual journey that takes place,” said Gino Geraci, who serves as a chaplain for the Denver division of the FBI.A Christian pastor, Geraci has had significant … [Read more...]

Cuban bishops lament untimely death of dissident

Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Jul 24, 2012 / 12:04 pm (CNA).- The president of the Bishops' Conference of Cuba, Archbishop Dionisio Garcia of Santiago, has mourned the sudden death of Cuban dissident Oswaldo Paya, leader of the Christian Liberation Movement. “This was really a great loss for us because he was someone very committed, a faithful Christian. He was also someone very committed to his ideals, and this is very sad,” Archbishop Garcia said during an interview on EWTN … [Read more...]