Archives for November 2018

Wuerl’s plan

Cardinals Blase Cupich and Donald Wuerl collaborated extensively on alternative policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops

Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago and Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington collaborated extensively on a recently proposed policy for handling abuse allegations against bishops, CNA has learned. Cupich submitted the plan Tuesday to leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference, proffering it as an alternative to a proposal that had been devised by conference officials and … [Read more...]

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Churches worth driving to

Mater Misericordiae Mission, Phoenix

Name of Church Mater Misericordiae Mission Address 1537 West Monroe Street, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Phone number (602) 253-6090 Website www.phoenixlatinmass.com Mass Schedule Sunday, 7, 9, 11 a.m. (sung Mass). Monday – Friday, 6:30 a.m. Tuesday & Thursday, noon. Wednesday & Friday, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, 6:30 & 8 a.m. All Latin Tridentine. Confessions Monday – … [Read more...]

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Vatican, U.S. bishops sued by six men over allegations of sex abuse

Lawsuit claims the Vatican and the bishops knew about and covered up the “endemic, systemic, rampant, and pervasive rape and sexual abuse” of the plaintiffs

The U.S. bishops' conference and the Holy See face a class action lawsuit filed by six men who claim they were sexually abused by Catholic clergy during their childhoods. They are seeking financial damages as well as public contrition and reparation from the Church. The 80-page suit filed Nov. 13 claims that the Vatican and the bishops knew about - and covered up for - the … [Read more...]

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Newest seminarians for San Bernardino diocese

Three men bring total number of seminarians to 34, say they are looking for holiness, reform amid abuse scandals

Joaquin Oliveros, Larry Curtis and Demitri Chuzel arrived at St. Junipero Serra House of Formation in August as the newest seminarians in the Diocese of San Bernardino. The three men bring the total number of Diocesan seminarians to 34. They already share a common brotherhood as seminarians. They’re also bound by their decision to pursue the call to the priesthood in spite of … [Read more...]

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Two California bishops elected to head USCCB committees

Bishop Michael Barber chosen to lead Committee on Catholic Education, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone named chairman for Committee on Laity, Marriage, Family Life, and Youth

On Wednesday morning, the U.S. bishops voted on a slate of positions and committee chairs for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.  The bishops elected Bishop Michael Barber of Oakland to serve as chairman of the Committee on Catholic Education. Barber has previously served as the Director of the School of Pastoral Leadership in the Archdiocese of San Francisco. … [Read more...]

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“How much more can the people of God put up with?”

Spokane Bishop Thomas Daly tells newspaper: "I would not call Archbishop Viganò a liar. I think he’s a man who wants to – I think he wants to make sure his conscience is clear before God."

Light streamed into Bishop Thomas Daly’s office one recent afternoon as he spoke, in sometimes blunt terms, about the widening scandal of sexual abuse by Catholic clergy in the United States. “It’s a moral crisis,” Daly said. “We have degenerate behavior, hypocrisy and now cover-up. My thought is, ‘How much more can the people of God put up with?’ ” Sexual abuse scandals have … [Read more...]

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Bishops reject resolution encouraging Vatican to release McCarrick documents

The resolution was voted down by a vote of 83-137, with three abstaining

On the last day of their fall meeting, the U.S. bishops' conference voted down a resolution that would have “encouraged” the Holy See to release all documents on the allegations of sexual misconduct against Archbishop Theodore McCarrick. After about a half hour of debate, objections that the resolution was redundant and ambiguous won out, and it was voted down by a clicker … [Read more...]

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Western province of Jesuits plans to release list of accused abusers

Territory includes Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington; list will include Jesuits credibly accused of sex abuse since 1950

More names of clergy and religious accused of sex abuse are set to come out this December from a western U.S. province of the Society of Jesus, which says the decision to name the credibly accused is an effort for transparency that supports victims. The province includes the territory of the former Oregon Province, which declared bankruptcy due to abuse lawsuits in … [Read more...]

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Episcopal cathedral in San Francisco to host “Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite”

Composer says work is "a radical appropriation of a European, patriarchal tradition, the formal Latin Mass, which we reinterpret through the lens of the marginalized LGBTQ experience"

"Requiem Mass: A Queer Divine Rite" will have its San Francisco premiere on Nov. 16 & 17 at Grace Cathedral. The piece is an evening-length choral work by singer-composer Holcombe Waller, created to honor those who have suffered persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender expression. "Requiem Mass" is presented by Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in collaboration … [Read more...]

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Intense debate among bishops over handling of abuse scandal

Cardinal Roger Mahony urged greater collegiality, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone reported on what he has heard from the faithful, Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron asked for "respectful pressure" on Vatican

More than 20 bishops and cardinals offered passionate interventions during an open floor discussion on the sex abuse crisis at the U.S. bishops’ meeting in Baltimore on Tuesday afternoon. More bishops wanted to speak, but due to time constraints, their comments were reserved for the next morning. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, and president of the U.S. … [Read more...]

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