Archdiocese of Chicago to Pay $2.3 Million Settlement, But Refutes SNAP Statements

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The Archdiocese of Chicago has agreed to pay $2.3 million to settle a case in which a former priest abused a young man known only as “John Doe.”  The victim, now in his early 20s, was a teenager and pre-teen at the time the abuse occurred.Following the court settlement, the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP) held a press conference on November 26.  Barbara Blaine, president of SNAP, leveled several charges against the Archdiocese.The Archdiocese of Chicago has now respo … [Read more...]

“Homeless Jesus” Statue Finds a Fan in Pope Francis

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Imagine Jesus as a homeless man—with the wounds from his crucifixion evident on his bare feet.  That’s the image which Canadian sculptor Tim Schmalz wanted to depict in his life-size bronze image of Christ, sleeping on a park bench, huddled against the cold in a blanket.The work is inspired by Matthew 25, and represents Christ as among the most marginalized in society.  Schmalz explains that with the Christ figure shrouded by a blanket, the only indication that it is Jesus is the visible woun … [Read more...]

Pope Francis Announces the Year for Consecrated Life

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Pope Francis, speaking this morning to Superiors of religious orders from around the world, announced that the coming year will be dedicated to Consecrated Life. The occasion was the 82nd General Assembly of the Union of Superiors General, which is meeting in the Salesianum, a hotel and conference center in Rome, on November 27-29.  The Holy Father had been expected to speak for just a few minutes; instead, he chose to meet with the Superiors for three hours, engaging in a “long, coll … [Read more...]