Category: National and International

Washington cardinal to meet with pope to discuss resignation

WASHINGTON | In an effort to bring healing and best serve the Catholic Church, Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl of Washington announced he plans to meet soon with Pope Francis to discuss the resignation that he submitted three years ago. The cardinal made the comments in a Sept. 11 letter to the priests of the archdiocese…. Read more »

Church plans third-party abuse reporting system, code of conduct

WASHINGTON | Pledging to “heal and protect with every bit of the strength God provides us,” the U.S. bishops’ Administrative Committee Sept. 19 outlined actions to address the abuse crisis, including approving the establishment of a third-party confidential reporting system for claims of any abuse by bishops. It also instructed the U.S. bishops’ canonical affairs… Read more »

Mercy sisters’ home provides refuge during Florence

BELMONT, N.C. | Holy Angels, a home in Belmont for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, lived up to its reputation of hospitality, sheltering a group of medically fragile North Carolinians fleeing from Tropical Storm Florence. The home, run by the Sisters of Mercy, took in a group of individuals from a similar facility near… Read more »

Despite hearing’s drama, some say Kavanaugh won’t make major changes

WASHINGTON | The four days of Senate confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh were as heated as the unusually high temperatures in Washington during this first week of September. A lot of the passion against the federal judge centered on concern that if Kavanaugh gets a seat on the Supreme Court, he… Read more »

Catholics join other Christians in calling for admitting more refugees

WASHINGTON | Christians in the U.S. have taken the Trump administration to task for a dramatic drop in the numbers of persecuted Christian and other refugees being admitted into the country, even though administration officials promised last year to help. While administration officials vowed on several occasions to help Christians in the Middle East facing… Read more »

Social justice Catholic group’s letter objects to Kavanaugh nomination

WASHINGTON | A Sept. 4 letter signed by more than 1,500 Catholic nuns, priests and other church leaders from around the country addressed to U.S. senators voiced concerns about Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh, a fellow Catholic, as he faced confirmation hearings on Capitol Hill in early September that may result in a seat for him… Read more »

Rescue workers continue search for missing Filipinos after typhoon

MANILA, Philippines | Rescue workers continued the search for missing Filipinos trapped in an abandoned mine Sept. 17, two days after Typhoon Mangkhut hit the northern Philippines. Ucanews.com reported that in the town of Itogon, on the island of Luzon, police officers, firefighters and volunteers shoveled mud and debris, sometimes with their bare hands, in… Read more »

Sexual abuse victims want to be heard by church hierarchy, Jesuit says

SYDNEY | The president of the Pontifical Gregorian University’s Center for Child Protection said most of the victims of clergy sexual abuse whom he has met primarily want the church hierarchy to listen to them and understand the depth of their suffering. “All concur in this, that the most important single element in a possible… Read more »

As abuse crisis continues, pope to meet with USCCB officers, Vatican says

VATICAN CITY | Pope Francis will meet Sept. 13 with Cardinal Daniel N. DiNardo, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, and with Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston, president of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, the Vatican press office announced. Archbishop Jose H. Gomez of Los Angeles, vice president of… Read more »

Letter confirms Vatican officials knew of McCarrick allegations in 2000

VATICAN CITY | A top official from the Vatican Secretariat of State acknowledged allegations made by a New York priest in 2000 concerning Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, according to a letter obtained by Catholic News Service. Father Boniface Ramsey, pastor of St. Joseph’s Church Yorkville in New York City, told CNS Sept. 7 that he… Read more »