• Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit
    ROME — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St. Peter’s Square. They were among the victims of violent sexual abuse by priests in the ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Nicole Winfield
  • Federal appeals court now says Florida Latin cross can stay
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reversing its previous decision, a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 19 that a World War II-era cross can remain standing in a park in Pensacola, Florida, based on the Supreme Court’s decision last year about a similar cross on public property in Maryland. The 11th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida’s 34-foot Latin cross does not violate ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Carol Zimmermann
  • Administrator elected to oversee Diocese of Cleveland
    CLEVELAND — Father Donald P. Oleksiak has been elected administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland by the diocese’s college of consultors following the appointment of Archbishop Nelson J. Perez as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Oleksiak, 57, will serve as diocesan administrator until Pope Francis names a successor to Perez to lead Ohio’s largest diocese. Pope Francis ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Catholic News Service
  • Kansas mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits
    TOPEKA, Kansas — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please help us. Please help victims. Kansas generally gives victims ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
  • U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis “is a father who knows very well his daughters and sons,” including those who belong to the Eastern Catholic churches, said the Armenian Catholic bishop of the United States and Canada. Bishop Mikael A. Mouradian of the California-based Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg was one of 15 bishops from eight Eastern ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • UK bishop tells priests to remind EU citizens to fill out applications
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom — Priests in England and Wales are being urged to remind Catholic parishioners from European Union countries to register for a post-Brexit “settlement scheme” or risk repatriation. The United Kingdom left the EU Jan. 31 following a June 2016 referendum on membership of the now 27-member bloc. Although the exit agreement will not be finalized before the ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Simon Caldwell
  • NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret
    NEW ORLEANS — An attorney for New Orleans’s Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints’ behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Claims that the NFL team’s public ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Jim Mustian
  • 2020 census is counting on religious leaders to promote participation
    WASHINGTON (CNS) — Realizing that many people are hesitant to fill out the upcoming census, the U.S. Census Bureau is calling on religious leaders to help promote it. “You are your community’s most trusted voice,” Steven Dillingham, Census Bureau director, told a group of interfaith leaders at the Washington National Cathedral Feb. 18, saying his agency depends on them to ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Full look at Vatican wartime role will take patience, archivists say
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Vatican’s wartime archives open to researchers March 2, it will be just the start of what should be a long, slow process of studying, analyzing and publishing findings, said the Vatican’s archivist and librarian. “We have to have the patience to wait and listen to the results” dozens of scholars are expected to produce ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Forming teachers to recognize the dignity of students
    What would Fred Rogers do? Students in early education disciplines explore that question in a class by the same name at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It’s the hometown of the legendary creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. They learn that Rogers would treat children with kindness and dignity, and love them for who they are. “Fred Rogers ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Catholic institutions refuse to disintegrate faith from science, says Newman president
    There is a false notion that religion is an impediment to science. It is a contention that students in the sciences of biology will likely confront in their field. Educators at committed Catholic colleges explain that faith and science are in harmony with one another, and it is part of their mission to help students understand that. Good Catholic institutions ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Ethics and media meet at Catholic university programs
    On Catholic college campuses across the country, journalism students are still learning how to interview people and write the inverted pyramid news story that answers the who-what-when-where-why-and-how. Tomorrow’s journalists are also being trained in how to shoot and edit video, produce their own podcasts, write breaking news stories for the web and figuring out the best way to disseminate stories ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Nursing, med students tackle difficult issues with a Catholic mindset
    The parable of the good Samaritan epitomizes the Catholic mission to care for the sick. It is why the Catholic Church has been a leader in building hospitals and creating health care initiatives throughout history. As anti-life practices such as contraception, abortion and euthanasia have infiltrated under the guise of health care, however, authentic Catholic teaching must be carefully integrated ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Educators stress Catholic values needed for success in business
    Business, as seen through the lens of the Church’s social teaching, is how Catholic entrepreneurs, CEOs, corporate executives, small business owners and finance professionals work out their salvation in the world. “The idea is that people who choose business as a profession need to understand they’re being called by God to do this,” said Brian T. Engelland, the associate dean ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • On summit anniversary, what we still don’t know about clerical abuse
    ROME – Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s historic summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis in February 2019, which brought together presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences to promote a global culture of transparency and accountability. Coincidentally, the milestone falls as the world is focused on a very different kind of epidemic: The coronavirus, which to date ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By John L. Allen Jr.
  • Abuse survivors seek more progress 1 year after papal summit
    ROME — Survivors of church sex abuse have descended on Rome this week, marking the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ summit of church leaders on preventing abuse with calls for more accountability and acknowledgment of their pain. On Thursday, three deaf Argentines marched to St. Peter’s Square. They were among the victims of violent sexual abuse by priests in the ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Nicole Winfield
  • Federal appeals court now says Florida Latin cross can stay
    WASHINGTON, D.C. — Reversing its previous decision, a federal appeals court ruled Feb. 19 that a World War II-era cross can remain standing in a park in Pensacola, Florida, based on the Supreme Court’s decision last year about a similar cross on public property in Maryland. The 11th U.S.Circuit Court of Appeals said Florida’s 34-foot Latin cross does not violate ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Carol Zimmermann
  • Administrator elected to oversee Diocese of Cleveland
    CLEVELAND — Father Donald P. Oleksiak has been elected administrator of the Diocese of Cleveland by the diocese’s college of consultors following the appointment of Archbishop Nelson J. Perez as the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Oleksiak, 57, will serve as diocesan administrator until Pope Francis names a successor to Perez to lead Ohio’s largest diocese. Pope Francis ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Catholic News Service
  • Kansas mulls ending statute of limitations on sex abuse suits
    TOPEKA, Kansas — One detailed how her father sexually abused her decades ago. Another recalled a priest fondling him as a teenager. And yet another remembered walking directly back to class after a priest raped her in the fourth grade. One by one, they pleaded with lawmakers. Their main message: Please help us. Please help victims. Kansas generally gives victims ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Jonathan Shorman, The Wichita Eagle
  • U.S. Eastern Catholic bishops thank pope for lifting ban on married priests
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis “is a father who knows very well his daughters and sons,” including those who belong to the Eastern Catholic churches, said the Armenian Catholic bishop of the United States and Canada. Bishop Mikael A. Mouradian of the California-based Armenian Catholic Eparchy of Our Lady of Nareg was one of 15 bishops from eight Eastern ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • UK bishop tells priests to remind EU citizens to fill out applications
    MANCHESTER, United Kingdom — Priests in England and Wales are being urged to remind Catholic parishioners from European Union countries to register for a post-Brexit “settlement scheme” or risk repatriation. The United Kingdom left the EU Jan. 31 following a June 2016 referendum on membership of the now 27-member bloc. Although the exit agreement will not be finalized before the ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Simon Caldwell
  • NFL Saints backed by church in effort to keep emails secret
    NEW ORLEANS — An attorney for New Orleans’s Catholic archdiocese Thursday strongly defended the New Orleans Saints’ behind-the-scenes help in dealing with the clergy sex abuse crisis, saying the legal effort to release hundreds of confidential emails between them is aimed at trying to shame those “who had the audacity” to back the church. Claims that the NFL team’s public ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Jim Mustian
  • Full look at Vatican wartime role will take patience, archivists say
    VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When the Vatican’s wartime archives open to researchers March 2, it will be just the start of what should be a long, slow process of studying, analyzing and publishing findings, said the Vatican’s archivist and librarian. “We have to have the patience to wait and listen to the results” dozens of scholars are expected to produce ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Forming teachers to recognize the dignity of students
    What would Fred Rogers do? Students in early education disciplines explore that question in a class by the same name at Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. It’s the hometown of the legendary creator of “Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood” on PBS. They learn that Rogers would treat children with kindness and dignity, and love them for who they are. “Fred Rogers ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Catholic institutions refuse to disintegrate faith from science, says Newman president
    There is a false notion that religion is an impediment to science. It is a contention that students in the sciences of biology will likely confront in their field. Educators at committed Catholic colleges explain that faith and science are in harmony with one another, and it is part of their mission to help students understand that. Good Catholic institutions ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Ethics and media meet at Catholic university programs
    On Catholic college campuses across the country, journalism students are still learning how to interview people and write the inverted pyramid news story that answers the who-what-when-where-why-and-how. Tomorrow’s journalists are also being trained in how to shoot and edit video, produce their own podcasts, write breaking news stories for the web and figuring out the best way to disseminate stories ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Nursing, med students tackle difficult issues with a Catholic mindset
    The parable of the good Samaritan epitomizes the Catholic mission to care for the sick. It is why the Catholic Church has been a leader in building hospitals and creating health care initiatives throughout history. As anti-life practices such as contraception, abortion and euthanasia have infiltrated under the guise of health care, however, authentic Catholic teaching must be carefully integrated ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • Educators stress Catholic values needed for success in business
    Business, as seen through the lens of the Church’s social teaching, is how Catholic entrepreneurs, CEOs, corporate executives, small business owners and finance professionals work out their salvation in the world. “The idea is that people who choose business as a profession need to understand they’re being called by God to do this,” said Brian T. Engelland, the associate dean ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020
  • On summit anniversary, what we still don’t know about clerical abuse
    ROME – Today marks the one-year anniversary of Pope Francis’s historic summit on the clerical sexual abuse crisis in February 2019, which brought together presidents of the world’s bishops’ conferences to promote a global culture of transparency and accountability. Coincidentally, the milestone falls as the world is focused on a very different kind of epidemic: The coronavirus, which to date ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By John L. Allen Jr.
  • Abuse expert tells India bishops ‘safety of vulnerable’ most important issue
    MUMBAI, India – Church leaders in India have been called to “conversion, transparency, sincerity and solidarity with victims” when responding to clerical sexual abuse. Sister Arina Gonsalves, a member of the Vatican’s Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors (PCPM), addressed the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of India on Monday, telling the prelates that every diocese and Catholic institution must have ... read more
    Published on 02-21-2020By Nirmala Carvalho