A dissenting Catholic community in California helps Latinos cope with COVID-19’s disparities
LOS ANGELES (RNS) — In Southern California, one support system has been the community of Mision Cristo Rey, a small corporation of Latino congregations in the greater Los Angeles area.
Pope names 13 new cardinals, cements majority vote and the power to reshape the Church
Vatican City, (RNS) — With the creation of these new Catholic princes who share Francis’ emphasis on a missional and evangelizing church, Francis has now named a total of 91 new cardinals, and more than 52% of the voting cardinals.
Jean Vanier, Catholic hero to developmentally disabled, dies
Jean Vanier, the founder of L’Arche International, a network of communities where people with and without disabilities live together, died at 90. He was the subject of the 2017 film “Jean Vanier, the Sacrament of Tenderness.”
Pope Francis fires Memphis bishop after Vatican investigation
VATICAN CITY (RNS) — The move is another indication that Francis is moving, albeit fitfully, to hold bishops more accountable and not only on issues related to sexual abuse.
Three Ohio dioceses to release abusive priest list
CLEVELAND (RNS) — ‘The Diocese of Columbus understands this is an important step to restore the confidence of our faithful in their church and its clergy,’ a diocese spokesman said.
German bishops apologize for thousands of sex abuse cases
BERLIN (AP) — The apology came on the same day that Pope Francis acknowledged that the sex abuse scandal rocking the Catholic Church was driving people away.
National meeting signals ‘coming of age’ for Hispanic Catholics in US
GRAPEVINE, Texas (RNS) — The four-day bilingual gathering was called a ‘crucial turning point for the Catholic Church in America’ as the U.S. bishops discerned ways to better respond to its coming Latino majority.
Abuse scandal hits diocese of cardinal set to meet with pope
(AP) — Daniel DiNardo, the cardinal leading a delegation to a Vatican meeting about the church abuse crisis, has been accused of not doing enough to stop a priest who was arrested this week on abuse charges.
Pope OKs probe into West Virginia bishop as he meets with US delegation
(AP) — Francis on Thursday accepted the resignation of a West Virginia bishop, Michael Bransfield, who has been accused of sexually harassing adults.
Pope Francis closes Ireland visit with appeals to divided Catholics
DUBLIN (RNS) — For many, Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland was clouded by the latest revelations of clergy sex abuse in the U.S. and Australia and Catholic bishops’ attempts to cover them up.
Catholics and lawmakers respond to sex abuse report
(RNS) — Two days after Pennsylvania’s ‘catastrophic’ report on clergy sex abuse, questions remain about its effect on American Catholics and how states will prosecute such crimes in the future.
Timing is everything in Pennsylvania’s clergy sexual abuse report
(RNS) — Understanding the grand jury report properly will mean following the timeline. By the ’90s, the number of alleged abuses nationally had returned to the levels of the 1950s. Did Pennsylvania’s?
Report: Church leaders pressured victims, cops over abuse
HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — A grand jury investigating clergy sex abuse in six Pennsylvania Roman Catholic dioceses found that church leaders were more interested in preventing scandal than protecting children.
Eritrean Christians released from shipping container prisons
NAIROBI, Kenya (RNS) – For the last two decades, Eritrean authorities have persecuted religious groups, frequently arresting church leaders and detaining them in small shipping container prisons where advocates say they’re routinely deprived of water, food, proper sanitation and medicines.