ORLAND PARK, Ill. (Reuters) The skeleton of Maria Goretti, an 11-year-old girl who was stabbed to death during an attempted rape in 1902, was encased in a wax statue lying inside a clear glass coffin. Viewers waited for hours to approach the display, and many were moved to tears.
(RNS) Last November, the Rev. Thomas Donovan called 911to say he needed police help to free himself. Police found him wearing an orange jumpsuit and “a leather bondage-type mask with a bar in his mouth.”
There are signs that a younger generation of Catholic leaders have learned lessons from the last decade and are attempting to be as open as possible when a crisis comes to their diocese. Yet in the case of a priest diagnosed with “non-sexual self-bondage,” that desire for transparency may have produced a response that caused more harm than good.
(RNS) Chicago Cardinal Francis George has launched a last-ditch campaign to convince the lame-duck Illinois legislature not to legalize same-sex marriage, saying that government “has no power to create something that nature itself tells us is impossible.” By David Gibson.
CHICAGO (RNS) Since the 9/11 terrorist attacks animosity toward Muslims sometimes has taken the form of opposition to construction of mosques and other Islamic facilities. In the last five years, there has been “anti-mosque activity'' in more than half of U.S. states, according to the ACLU. By Judy Keen.
PEORIA, Ill. (RNS) When Max and Nancy Carson got married at St. Ann Catholic Church in 1974, the organ music was accompanied by the unmistakable sound of balls crashing into bowling pins from the basement. But now church bowling alleys are a dying breed, with fewer than 200 remaining in the U.S. By Judy Keen.