Category: National and International

Catholic death penalty opponents praise pope’s catechism revision

WASHINGTON | Joining other Catholic death penalty opponents, the chairman of the U.S. bishops’ domestic policy committee praised the Aug. 2 announcement that Pope Francis had ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church calling the death penalty “inadmissible.” Bishop Frank J. Dewane of Venice, Florida, chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic… Read more »

Pittsburgh bishop says report will be ‘sad, tragic description’ of events

PITTSBURGH | Once it is released, a grand jury report on a months-long investigation into abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses covering a 70-year span “will be a sad and tragic description of events that occurred within the church,” Pittsburgh Bishop David A. Zubik said Aug. 4. “Permit me the opportunity to prepare you for… Read more »

Back in School: Social justice is built into the Catholic school curriculum

WASHINGTON | At many Catholic schools, social justice might not be an assigned class, but it is part of the fabric of what they do throughout the school year from helping those in need to speaking up on social issues. And in the past few years during various protests around the country, Catholic school students… Read more »

Names of former Harrisburg bishops will be removed from buildings

HARRISBURG, Pa. | Harrisburg Bishop Ronald W. Gainer Aug. 1 released information from the diocese’s own internal investigation on child sex abuse, including a list of the names of 71 clergy, both dead and alive, accused of abuse. He also ordered removal from buildings, halls and rooms the names of former diocesan bishops going back… Read more »

Church urged to address its leaders’ ‘moral failures of judgment’

WASHINGTON | Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick “will rightly face” a Vatican canonical process regarding sexual abuse allegations against him, but the U.S. Catholic Church must take steps to respond to church leaders’ “moral failures of judgment,” said the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. The accusations against Archbishop McCarrick, a former cardinal and… Read more »

In the reunification scramble, church groups raced to help families

WASHINGTON | In public and behind the scenes of a court order that immigrant families separated by the U.S. government be reunited by the end of July 26, the Catholic Church, from its leadership to its charitable and advocacy organizations, worked around the clock to speed up the effort, while also calling for a stop… Read more »

Cardinal Wuerl: Next steps in wake of Archbishop McCarrick allegations

WASHINGTON | The Catholic Standard, archdiocesan newspaper of Washington, published a question-and-answer interview July 31 with Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl about the next steps for the archdiocese in light of the sexual abuse allegations made against Archbishop Theodore E. McCarrick, a former cardinal and retired archbishop of Washington. This story includes excerpts of that… Read more »

Latin Patriarchate objects to Israel’s new nation-state law

JERUSALEM | The Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem strongly criticized Israel’s recently adopted law that defines the country as the nation-state of the Jewish people for failing to provide constitutional guarantees for the rights of indigenous people and other minorities in the country. In a July 30 statement, the patriarchate said the law is a “cause… Read more »

Pope revises catechism to say death penalty is ‘inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY | Building on the development of Catholic Church teaching against capital punishment, Pope Francis has ordered a revision of the Catechism of the Catholic Church to assert “the death penalty is inadmissible because it is an attack on the inviolability and dignity of the person” and to commit the church to working toward… Read more »

Philippine clergy, advocates say human rights dying under Duterte

MANILIA, Philippines | Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte warned the public during his third State of the Nation address July 23 that his two-year war on drugs would become even “more chilling” in the coming days. Earlier that day, a group of human rights advocates attended Mass before taking to the streets of Manila armed with… Read more »