Category: National and International

Virginia bishops ask for peace as Charlottesville anniversary approaches

ARLINGTON, Va. | Two bishops in the state of Virginia asked Catholics and others to offer prayers for peace on the first anniversary of a deadly rally in Charlottesville. “I call upon all Catholics and people of good will to pray for peace in our nation, and for an end to the division that is… Read more »

Cardinal Cupich: Death penalty can’t ‘rebalance the scales of justice’

CHICAGO | Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich, speaking during an Aug. 2 panel discussion, described how Catholic teaching on the death penalty has developed and stressed that putting people to death — even criminals who are certainly guilty of terrible acts — makes it seem that the God-given right to life is conditional. He made… Read more »

U.S. Catholic physician a reluctant hero in Sudan’s Nuba Mountains

NUBA MOUNTAINS, Sudan | A U.S. physician who has won accolades for his service in a war-torn corner of Sudan said he has just done what any missionary is called to do. “I’m a lay missionary. We’re supposed to show the face of Christ to people, but how can you do that if you take… Read more »

For Hondurans, staying home more perilous than taking the migrant path

TEGUCIGALPA, Honduras | Maria’s nightmare started with gang members demanding that her husband pay a “war tax” — a euphemism for extortion — on a cargo truck he owned. He always paid the $250, but gangsters killed him anyway, bursting into their San Pedro Sula home two years ago and dragging him away. His body… Read more »

Catholic schools get creative in how they use, fund technology

PORTLAND, Ore. | When Rosali Patterson picks up the blue, plastic prosthetic hand that she and some fellow students made at St. John Fisher Catholic School in Portland, the rising eighth-grader marvels at what this object will mean for some underprivileged child one day. “Some kid is going to use this to pick something up,”… Read more »

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 »