Pope Francis’ Message to Victims of Clergy Sexual Abuse

This morning Pope Francis met with five victims of clerical sexual abuse--three women and two men, adults who had been abused as minors--at St Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia. He spoke with them individually and together as a group, and then invited them to join with him in prayer. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was the flashpoint for the clergy abuse crisis in the United States. It was in that archdiocese that two grand jury reports, in 2005 and 2011, cited inadequate action on the … [Read more...]

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Seminarian, 30, Called Home to God; Dies in His Sleep

A 30-year-old seminarian at St. Paul Seminary-School of Divinity died unexpectedly in his sleep August 31 while visiting his mother's home in Anamosa, Iowa. John Wesley Lawrence had graduated from Iowa State University and worked an accountant in downtown Des Moines when he heard God's call to the priesthood. He entered the seminary in January 2013, and was expected to be ordained to the priesthood in June 2018. He was looking forward to traveling to Philadelphia with other seminarians from the … [Read more...]

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Why Won’t the Catholic Church “Get With the Times” and Ordain Women Priests?

In Des Moines, Iowa, the Catholic Worker House is no longer permitted to hold liturgies on the premises, after conducting a service in which a woman who claims to be an ordained priest celebrated a Eucharistic service in their chapel.The celebrant was Janice Sevre-Duszynskaper, who attempted ordination in 2008, being "ordained" by the Association of Catholic Women Priests. The group and the ordinations which it attempts are not recognized by the Vatican, and Sevre-Duszynskaper is therefore ex … [Read more...]

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