September 17, 2019

From CNS:  The Catholic Church in the United States has spent a staggering amount of money — close to $4 billion in the past 20 years — to investigate, adjudicate and prevent clergy sex abuse, and to compensate victims for the harm they’ve suffered. And as those expenses have prompted dioceses to lay off staff, sell property and liquidate some assets, there is growing evidence that more Catholics across the country are deciding not to contribute to their bishops’ diocesan… Read more

September 17, 2019

From Reuters:  Lawyers for former Vatican treasurer Cardinal George Pell on Tuesday filed an appeal to Australia’s High Court in a final bid to overturn his conviction for sexually abusing two 13-year-old choir boys, the High Court said. Pell is seeking leave to appeal the state of Victoria’s Court of Appeal ruling which upheld his conviction on five charges of abusing the boys at St Patrick’s Cathedral in the late 1990s when he was archbishop of Melbourne. By a 2-1… Read more

September 16, 2019

At a time when abortion access is being restricted in some states, here’s the next frontier in the battle for life: At a time when conservative states are sharply limiting abortion access, California signaled a new frontier in abortion-rights on Friday with the passage of legislation that would require all public universities in the state to provide medication abortion on campus. The bill, which would use money raised from private donors to equip and train campus health centers, grew out of a student-led movement… Read more

September 16, 2019

The video above shows this unusual mission in action. Details:  Russian Orthodox priests have tackled the issues of drunkenness and casual sex in the city of Tver by pouring holy water over its residents from an aircraft. Father Alexander Goryachev, along with local bishop Metropolitan Savva, marked the annual All-Russian Sobriety Day on September 11 by dousing the city with more than 18 gallons of holy water in order to “protect the city afflictions befalling it, from all accidents and social adversity”, Savva told Tver News (via the BBC). Since… Read more

September 16, 2019

From Crux:  According to a Spanish missionary archbishop who’s been in Ecuador since 1998, “We must thank God that there are still prophets like Pope Francis” who think about the future. Specifically, the bishop backed the ordination of married men as priests in the Amazon, supporting the idea of calling viri probati, or tested married men, into the priesthood to serve isolated rural communities. Archbishop Rafael Cob of the Diocese of Puyo believes that an Oct 6-27 Synod of Bishops on the… Read more

September 15, 2019

“Many Christians believe we are in a war … for the culture, a war for the soul of America.” He did it again on Thursday when he talked  with supporters in Baltimore. From The Washington Post:  For some of the president’s evangelical supporters, Trump’s occasional use of the word “goddamn” is a bridge too far, even for a president whose behavior they’ve grown accustomed to excusing as they fervently support his policies. “I certainly do not condone taking the Lord’s… Read more

September 14, 2019

Not exactly the kind of item you expect to see on your nightly news, but CBS’s Chicago station ran this last week — and it’s wonderful. A great vocation story. Check it out below.  Read more

September 13, 2019

Details:  The Wheeling diocesan home of former Catholic bishop Michael J. Bransfield has been sold for $1.2 million, and the proceeds will be placed into a special fund to assist victims of sexual abuse in West Virginia. The Most Rev. Mark E. Brennan, bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston released the information in a letter Friday to Catholics throughout the diocese. The home was sold Aug. 23 to David H. and Meredith McKinley, according to Ohio County real estate… Read more

September 13, 2019

Would you believe…The New York Times? Check this out, from writer Rachel Mans McKenny: I don’t discuss my family planning choices with many people. While the use of fertility awareness is the doctrinal expectation among my fellow Catholics, it isn’t the norm. Those outside the faith might think that practicing fertility awareness automatically aligns me with conservative beliefs, but I’m actually a registered Democrat whose biggest concerns are universal child care, affordable health insurance, reducing maternal mortality rates and improving living… Read more

September 13, 2019

This is exceptional — and, just maybe, unprecedented. Via The Tablet:  The Prince of Wales will travel to Rome to attend the ceremony where John Henry Newman is to be declared a saint. Clarence House confirmed today that Prince Charles is going to be present in St Peter’s Square on 13 October 2019 when Pope Francis canonises Cardinal Newman, making him the first English non-martyr saint since the reformation. As the Queen no longer travels abroad, the Prince of Wales… Read more

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