Followup: Worcester Bishop Loses License, Charges Dismissed for DUI

Details:  Bishop Robert J. McManus has lost his license for six months after admitting to refusing a chemical test after his arrest this month on drunken driving charges. The head of the Diocese of Worcester appeared Tuesday at the Rhode Island Traffic Tribunal in Wakefield, R.I. Court administrator Thomas Laliberte said Bishop McManus pleaded guilty [Read More...]

Diocese cancels talk by critic of Islam

Details:  The Roman Catholic Diocese of Worcester rescinded an invitation Wednesday to Robert Spencer, a Catholic whose work depicts Islam as an inherently violent religion, to speak at its annual Catholic Men’s Conference in March. The invitation was withdrawn after Muslims in Massachusetts expressed concerns to the diocese about the appearance of Spencer, scheduled to [Read More...]

Suspended: diocese stops accepting new candidates for diaconate

The diocese in question is in Massachusetts. Details: The Worcester Diocese has stopped accepting new men into its permanent diaconate program – at least temporarily – Deacon Anthony R. Surozenski, director of the Office of Diaconate, said this week. This will allow time to assess whether more deacons will be needed and whether assignments and [Read More...]