Indiana bishop announces he’ll release list of accused abusers in diocese

Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Ind., sings during morning prayer June 13 at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ annual spring assembly in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

By Catholic News Service

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (CNS) — At an Aug. 17 news conference, Bishop Kevin C. Rhoades of Fort Wayne-South Bend, said that in response to the release of the grand jury report on abuse claims in six Pennsylvania dioceses over a 70- year period, he will collect and release a list of the names of priests in the diocese he currently heads who committed similar offenses.

Bishop Rhoades called the details of the grand jury “equally appalling and heartbreaking.” He expressed sympathy and support to the victims and their families, adding, “The church failed you. For that, I apologize.”

Emphasizing that during his tenure as bishop of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend he has released the name of every priest removed from ministry as a result of a credible allegation of sexual abuse of a minor.

Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Cardinal says ‘sorrow, disgust, rage’ are ‘righteous’ reactions to abuse

Chicago Cardinal Blase J. Cupich is seen at Georgetown University in Washington June 4. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Catholic News Service

CHICAGO (CNS) — “Sorrow, disgust, outrage — these are righteous feelings” for all to have in reaction to the latest abuse scandal in the Catholic Church, Cardinal Blase J. Cupich said in an Aug. 17 statement.

These are “the stirrings of the conscience of a people scandalized by the terrible reality that too many of the men who promised to protect their children, and strengthen their faith, have been responsible for wounding both,” he said.

Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Priests’ group says it’s ‘sad, angry, frustrated’ by abuse scandals

A stained-glass window depicts the sacrament of holy orders in St. James Cathedral in Orlando, Fla. (CNS photo/Zita Ballinger Fletcher)

By Dennis Sadowski 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The Association of U.S. Catholic Priests said its members are “sad … angry … frustrated” over continued reports involving fellow priests and a lack of accountability by bishops.

“At every level, our church is in pain,” the 1,200-member organization said Aug. 17.

Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Citizenship question for 2020 census prompts strong criticism, lawsuits

New citizens stand during the Pledge of Allegiance in early July at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services naturalization ceremony in the Manhattan section of New York City. The U.S. Census Bureau is proposing the inclusion of questions about citizenship status in the 2020 census. (CNS photo/Shannon Stapleton, Reuters)

Backgrounder.

By Steve Larkin 
Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) — A U.S. Commerce Department decision that a question about citizenship status be included on the 2020 census has its fair share of critics and has prompted lawsuits.

The critics say such questions might make people less likely to participate in the census, especially members of immigrant communities.

“The faith community has powerfully spoken up against the unjust, dangerous addition of a citizenship question to the 2020 census. Everyone counts, and faith leaders are organizing to make sure our government recognizes this,” said Sara Benitez, the organizing director of Faith in Public Life.

Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Sunday Scripture readings, Aug. 19, 2018: An unanswered question

COLUMN ART SPEAK TO ME LORD

The Catholic News Service column, “Speak to Me Lord,” offers reflections on the Sunday Scripture readings. (CNS/Nancy Wiechec)

August 19, Twentieth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Cycle B
1) Prv 9:1-6
 Psalm 34:2-7
2) Eph 5:15-20
Gospel: Jn 6:51-58

 By Kevin Perrotta
Catholic News Service

The day after Jesus multiplied a few loaves of bread into thousands, a crowd gathered in the synagogue in Capernaum to hear him speak. He told them, “I am the living bread that came down from heaven … my flesh for the life of the world” (Jn 6:51).

Predictably, this claim provoked a question. “The Jews” (the Gospel-writer’s abbreviated way of referring to those Jews who were hostile to Jesus) asked, “How can this man give us his flesh to eat?” (Jn 6:52). Continue reading

Posted in "Speak to Me Lord", CNS columns

Kentucky school example of embracing the different, loving one’s neighbor

Susana Solorza, a Spanish teacher at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Henderson, Ky., reads along with a student during a school Mass March 28. (CNS photo/Tyler Orsburn)

By Tyler Orsburn 
Catholic News Service

HENDERSON, Ky. (CNS) — When it comes to sizable Hispanic populations, Henderson isn’t Los Angeles or New York City.

Nestled in the western part of the Bluegrass State, the Ohio River faithfully meanders by smooth fields of corn, soybean and patches of woods. Its most famous resident is naturalist and artist John James Audubon.

“Coming to Henderson, that’s where I learned I was Latino!” Abraham Brown, director of Latino ministry for Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church, jokingly said about moving from the Lone Star State. “Because down there in Texas everybody looked just like me, spoke just like me. So, coming here was a challenge at the beginning.”

Continue reading

Posted in U.S.

Social justice is built into the Catholic school curriculum

Students from St. Philip School in San Francisco were among others from Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of San Francisco who joined thousands across the nation in demonstrations March 14 marking the one-month anniversary of the murder of 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. Some students prayed and others demonstrated in the National School Walkout, a student-led response to the tragedy. (CNS photo/Debra Greenblat, Catholic San Francisco)

(Fifth in a five-part series)

By Chaz Muth
Catholic News Service

La Sallette Sister Aniliza Juan, volunteer coordinator at Christ House in Alexandria, Va., and Lucy Allen, a student at the Basilica School of St. Mary in Alexandria, put food donated from students of the Catholic school into bags Oct. 24, 2017. The students donate their leftover lunch food to the shelter and resource center for the poor as part of their “Food Bus” program. (CNS photo/Ashleigh Kassock, Catholic Herald)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — 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 have raised their voices or called attention to issues of racism, gun violence, care for refugees or the unborn.

This past year was no exception. After the school shooting Feb. 14 at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, several Catholic schools across the country sponsored awareness programs for students or provided time for prayer, reflection and action to curb gun violence during the nationwide student-sponsored event called National School Walkout. And weeks after that, Catholic school students also participated in the March for Our Lives events protesting gun violence in Washington and other locations.

Continue reading

Posted in U.S., World | Tagged