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    Following Pope Francis’ decision to significantly limit the use of Roman Liturgy, most nonparochial churches in the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington will stop performing the Traditional Latin Mass this fall, Cardinal Wilton Gregory said. On Friday, Gregory issued a decree that said that only three of the diocese’s churches will be able to celebrate the Roman Missal starting Sept. 21: Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land, the Chapel at St. John the Evangelist Parish in Forest Glen, Maryland, and the Mission Church of St. Dominic in Aquasco, Maryland. More Local News There are 139 parishes in the Catholic Archdiocese of Washington in total. In a news release, Cardinal Gregory highlighted his hopes to “follow the path most recently traced out,” by the pope. He said the declaration to scale back on masses in Latin was meant to unify the church through language. “In the time I have served as Archbishop of Washington, I have discovered that the majority of the faithful who participate in these liturgical celebrations in the Archdiocese of Washington are sincere, faith-filled and well-meaning,” he...
    HONG KONG (AP) — Hong Kong authorities arrested a Roman Catholic cardinal, a singer and two others on Wednesday on suspicion of colluding with foreign forces to endanger China’s national security, reports said. Cardinal Joseph Zen, singer Denise Ho, lawyer Margaret Ng and scholar Hui Po-keung were detained by Hong Kong’s National Security Police, the U.K.-based human rights group Hong Kong Watch said. The arrests were apparently related to their roles as trustees of the 612 Humanitarian Relief Fund, which provided legal aid to people who took part in 2019 pro-democracy protests that were quashed by security forces, the group said. The fund closed in 2021, it said. Scores of pro-democracy activists have been arrested under a sweeping National Security Law imposed on the city by Beijing in 2020. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    HONG KONG (AP) — Reports: Roman Catholic cardinal, 3 others arrested in Hong Kong on foreign collusion, national security charges. Copyright © 2022 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Whoopi Goldberg claimed President Joe Biden does not personally “believe in abortion” Thursday, as she cited his Catholic faith. The ladies of The View continued their conversation about a draft order written by Associate Justice Samuel Alito. The document was leaked, it implies the Supreme Court could be poised to overturn Roe v. Wade this summer. The news has further divided the right and left over the issue of abortion. Those in favor of a woman’s right to choose to terminate a pregnancy contend overturning the landmark 1973 ruling will infringe on their rights. Pro-life activists contend that the longstanding federal ruling denies unborn children the basic right to life. Biden has been critical of the leaked memo. On Tuesday, he called the purported coming ruling “radical.” On Thursday’s The View, Goldberg said she did not believe Biden supports abortion. Guest co-host Lindsey Granger argued overturning Roe v. Wade has been something conservatives have planned for four decades. Thus, per Granger, “MAGA” can not be blamed if the issue of abortion is turned over to the states. “So religious conservatives have...
    GENEVA (AP) — The leaders of the Roman Catholic Church in Switzerland have asked two academics to lead a study into the Swiss church’s history of sexual exploitation since the mid-20th century, joining other churches in other countries in Europe and beyond to undergo such a reckoning. The Swiss Conference of Bishops and two other organizations announced Monday that two University of Zurich history professors, Monika Dommann and Marietta Maier, will assemble a team in the coming weeks before formally launching the project and detailing its full ambitions in March. “Countless people have endured deep suffering linked to sexual abuse in the context of the Roman Catholic Church,” the organizations said. “Work of scientific memory is owed first of all to the victims, but it will also provide lessons for the future.” The one-year pilot project will give the researchers “free access to their files and archives where possible and authorized under canonical and state law.” They also pledged to encourage their members and other groups to do the same. The groups emphasized a need for independence “to provide...
    BOSTON (AP) — Phil Saviano, clergy sex abuse survivor who helped expose decades of assaults by Roman Catholic priests, has died at 69. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    BALTIMORE (WJZ-TV) — A priest was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint outside a church in Baltimore’s Little Italy neighborhood Friday afternoon. Father Bernie Carman of St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church has bruises and scrapes, but is doing OK, thankfully. His parishioners are concerned for him, especially since he has other health issues. The priest is waiting for a new kidney and just had surgery to prepare him for dialysis. READ MORE: Ex-Baltimore County Cop Accused Of Kidnapping Daughters Could Be With BCPD Sergeant“I did think to myself, right in that moment, ‘Oh God, he could shoot me,’” Carman said. “He could fire this thing.” Baltimore Police said the attack happened just before 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Father Carman said was getting out of his car in front of the church when a man he doesn’t know came up to him. “(He) ran over to me and said, ‘Give me your wallet,’” Father Carman said. “I said, ‘No.’ He pulled out a gun. He kind of kept it close to him.” Father Carman said the man hit him on the side of the head with...
    BALTIMORE (WJZ) — A priest was assaulted and robbed at gunpoint outside a Little Italy church Friday afternoon. Father Bernie Carman of St. Leo’s Roman Catholic Church has bruises and scrapes, but is doing okay tonight. His parishioners are concerned for him, especially since he has other health issues. READ MORE: Ex-Baltimore County Police Officer Wanted In Pennsylvania, Accused Of Abducting ChildrenThe priest is waiting for a new kidney and just had surgery to prepare him for dialysis. “I did think to myself, right in that moment, ‘Oh god, he could shoot me,’” Carman said. “He could fire this thing.” Baltimore Police said the attack happened just before 4:00 p.m. Friday afternoon. Father Carman said was getting out of his car in front of the church when a man he doesn’t know came up to him. “(He) ran over to me and said, ‘Give me your wallet,’” Father Carman said. “I said, ‘No.’ He pulled out a gun. He kind of kept it close to him.” READ MORE: Supply Chain Issues: How Are Global Shortages Affecting Local Consumers?Father Carman said...
    (CNN)The Roman Catholic Diocese of Las Vegas will not issue letters of exemption for the Covid-19 vaccine on religious grounds, the diocese told pastors Monday.After "careful and prayerful consideration" based on reports from pastors in the diocese that they have received a small amount of such requests, Bishop George Leo Thomas said he believed that issuing vaccine exemptions would contradict guidance from Pope Francis, according to a communication obtained by CNN."For the past several months, our Holy Father Pope Francis has made it clear that the various forms of Covid vaccines are morally acceptable, urging Catholics across the globe to become vaccinated, not only for their own safety and well-being, but also out of concern for the weak and vulnerable in our midst," the bishop said.Religious groups eye legal challenges to Delta variant restrictions and vaccine mandatesThe announcement comes as much of the nation debates mandates over vaccines. Health experts say mandates are vital to getting enough of the population protected to curb the spread of the virus, while some officials and segments of the population are arguing such mandates...
    More than 9,000 lawsuits in New York were filed after the state temporarily set aside the usual time limits on civil lawsuits for two years to allow victims of childhood sex abuse to sue their abusers, The Associated Press reported Friday. Victims sued churches, camps, scout groups, schools, hospitals and other institutions to hold them accountable for their abuse. The window for filing a lawsuit closes Saturday.  “This has, ironically, been a very healing experience for me on a personal level,” Carol DuPre, 74, told the AP. DuPre said she was molested by a priest as a young teen in the 1960s and sued the Roman Catholic diocese in Rochester. She said her events are "in a storehouse in her mind," but the abuse still impacted her for decades. However, filing for a lawsuit allowed her to release the hold it still has on her. “The idea of confronting it, talking about it and dealing with it is internally setting me free," DuPre said.  Unfortunately, DuPre is not the only one impacted by the Roman Catholic Church in New York. Thousands of allegations accused the...
    A Washington, D.C., church frequented by President Biden says it won't get involved in what it describes as "a political issue" over Communion. The Holy Trinity Catholic Church in the city's Georgetown neighborhood, which Biden has attended several times since taking office, said Wednesday it will not deny the Eucharist to the president over his abortion stance or "anyone else who presents themselves." "The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be made a political issue," the church’s parish council said.  "The great gift of the Holy Eucharist is too sacred to be made a political issue."  — Holy Trinity Catholic Church councilThe statement comes soon after the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) voted overwhelmingly to draft a formal document on the meaning of the Eucharist after a contentious debate on whether Biden and other politicians who support abortion policies are worthy of receiving Communion at Mass.  CATHOLIC BISHOPS APPROVE COMMUNION DOCUMENT AIMED AT POSSIBLE REBUKE OF BIDEN Holy Trinity called itself a parish with a "long history of welcoming all," adding that "none of us, whether we stand in...
    BRONX, New York (WABC) -- A religious vessel was stolen Friday, from a Roman Catholic Church in the Bronx.Police put out a grainy picture of the person they are looking for.According to police, someone entered Saint Barnabas Roman Catholic Church on East 241 St on Friday morning.ALSO READ | NJ family recounts surviving Florida building collapseEMBED More News Videos The Aguero family from West New York recounted surviving the building collapse in Florida to "GMA's" TJ Holmes. The suspect stayed inside the church for about an hour before entering the lower level.They say the suspect then stole a religious vessel, called a Monstrance, which was made of solid gold.Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD's Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips.----------* More Bronx news* Send us a news tip* Download the abc7NY app for breaking news alerts * Follow us on YouTube Submit a News Tip
    The Most Reverend Nicholas DiMarzio, Roman Catholic bishop of Brooklyn, on Friday, June 11, plans to officially unveil and bless the Diocese of Brooklyn’s very own statue dedicated to Mother Cabrini. The statue will be permanently displayed in a shrine outside Sacred Hearts & St. Stephen Roman Catholic Church at 125 Summit St., Carroll Gardens. Just before he unveils the statue, Bishop DiMarzio will celebrate Mass at 7 p.m at the church in honor of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
    A magistrate slain by mobsters in Sicily and praised by two popes has been beatified by the Roman Catholic church on Sunday in the last formal step before possible sainthood. Rosario Livatino was gunned down on a Sicilian highway outside Agrigento as he drove to work in 1990.  Three years later, during a pilgrimage to Sicily, Pope John Paul II hailed him a "martyr of justice and, indirectly, of the Christian faith." A picture of late magistrate Rosario Livatino is displayed during a beatification ceremony at the cathedral of Agrigento, southern Italy, Sunday, May 9, 2021.  Fabio Peonia / AP Livatino was beatified in a ceremony in a cathedral in Agrigento. Hours later, Pope Francis at the Vatican said Livatino worked to judge "not to condemn, but to redeem." As an investigative magistrate, Livatino, 37, had been leading probes into the Mafia and corruption when he was slain. He was known for praying daily before entering court. Francis also praised Livatino as a "martyr of justice and of the faith," noting that the magistrate "always put his work 'under...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Philadelphia firefighters are battling a second alarm fire at the now-closed Saint Leo Roman Catholic Church in Tacony. A video shared with Eyewitness News on Twitter shows flames and heavy black smoke can be seen from Interstate 95. Fire officials were called to a fire on the 6600 block of Keystone Street just after 5 p.m. Sunday. Flames were pouring from the vacant church when firefighters arrived. READ MORE: 1 Teen Killed, 2 Others Injured In North Philadelphia Triple Shooting From 95N pic.twitter.com/alYmWZKSr9 — Deer (@BigDeer33) May 9, 2021 READ MORE: Former Delaware Governor Pete du Pont IV Dies; Ran For President In 1988 The fire was declared a second alarm at 5:30 p.m. Crews remain on the scene. The staging area is New State Road and Unruh Street. Officials say there are no injuries at this time. MORE NEWS: 12-Year-Old Girl Killed, 4 Other Children Injured After Minivan Overturns On I-95 North In Tinicum Township Stay with CBSPhilly.com for updates to this developing story.
    Suspect John David Corey, 57, also known as 'Joker', is accused of starting a fire at The San Gabriel Mission as it was undergoing renovations on July 11, 2020, to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration A man has been charged with setting fire to a historic Roman Catholic church in Southern California last summer, prosecutors announced on Tuesday. Suspect John David Corey, 57, also known as 'Joker', is accused of starting a fire at The San Gabriel Mission on July 11, 2020 as it was undergoing renovations to mark its upcoming 250th anniversary celebration. More than 85 firefighters, 12 engine companies, five truck companies, four rescue ambulances and five battalion chiefs were called to the blaze, according to the San Gabriel Fire Department. No one was hurt in the fire, and response crews were able to stop the blaze before it reached the altar, museum and the adjacent rectory, the department said. The fire 'spread … to the roof and along the length of the roof and along the length of the church,' the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said Tuesday, announcing the...
    (AP) — A Roman Catholic funeral Mass was being celebrated Monday for a Boulder police officer shot and killed after rushing into a grocery store where a gunman had opened fire. The draped casket of Police Officer Eric Talley, 51, was flanked by six candles during a traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver. Seating was limited because of COVID-19 restrictions but the service was being shown on a livestream provided by the Archdiocese of Denver. (credit: Archdiocese of Denver) Talley’s family planned to attend the service but has asked that they not be shown during the Mass, which is being conducted in the style that pre-dated reforms made by the Second Vatican Council in the 1960s, the archdiocese said. READ MORE: Country Jam Returns To Grand Junction June 24-26 After Being Canceled Last Year According to police, Talley led an initial team of officers into the store on March 22 within 30 seconds of arriving and the suspect, later identified as Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, shot at the officers, killing Talley. “No...
    Hundreds of alleged cases of sexual violence committed by clergy and laymen in Germany's top diocese have been uncovered in an independent report released on Thursday that was commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church. The long-awaited 800-page report on the Cologne diocese found 202 alleged perpetrators of sexual assault and 314 victims between 1975 and 2018, Bjoern Gercke, a lawyer mandated by the Church, told reporters.    'More than half of the victims were children under the age of 14,' Gercke said, noting the findings show 'that for decades, apparently no one dared to report such cases'. However the investigation cleared Cologne's Archbishop Rainer Maria Woelki - a conservative who has long resisted reform - of breach of duty over the abuse. Most of the allegations cover the tenure of Woelki's predecessor, Cardinal Joachim Meisner, who died in 2017.  Pictured: A sculpture by artist Jacques Tilly with the slogan '11 years of relentless investigation of the abuse cases!' is seen in front of the Cologne Cathedral in Cologne, western Germany, on March 18, 2021, as a long-awaited report was published on sexual...
    PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Roman Catholic High School in Philadelphia has moved to all-virtual learning due to a high number of COVID cases among students. We’re told nine of the cases were transmitted in school. The decision to move to virtual learning was made based on guidance from the health department. Classes will stay virtual until April 6.
    Roman Catholic leaders in St. Louis and New Orleans are advising Catholics that the COVID-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson, newly approved for use in the U.S., is "morally compromised" because it is produced using a cell line derived from an aborted fetus. The New Orleans Archdiocese says the decision to receive a vaccine is one of individual conscience. In its statement late last week, it stopped short of advising Catholics not to take the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, but adds that Catholics should choose coronavirus vaccines made by Moderna or Pfizer — if they are available. The Archdiocese of St. Louis on Tuesday encouraged Catholics to seek out the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines and avoid the Johnson & Johnson version if possible. Like the New Orleans Archdiocese statement, the St. Louis statement called the Johnson & Johnson vaccine "morally compromised." However, the St. Louis statement stressed that Catholics can get that vaccine "in good conscience if no other alternative is available." Later Tuesday, a statement issued by chairmen of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops' committees on...
    MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian authorities have allowed a Roman Catholic priest to return to the country after denying him entry for months. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk and Mohilev arrived in Belarus on Thursday. Kondrusiewicz was barred from entering the ex-Soviet nation for nearly four months after his criticism of the Belarusian authorities' crackdown on protests demanding the resignation of the country's authoritarian leader. Kondrusiewicz was denied entry on Aug. 31 while he was returning to Belarus from a trip to Poland. The next day, Belarus' authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the 74-year-old archbishop of “delving into politics and dragging believers” into it. Lukashenko's reelection to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 presidential vote was widely seen as fraudulent, sparking massive protests that have continued since then, despite a brutal police crackdown that has seen over 30,000 protesters detained. The archbishop's return followed Lukashenko's meeting earlier this month with a top Vatican diplomat who visited Minsk. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Associated Press
    MOSCOW (AP) — Belarusian authorities have allowed a Roman Catholic priest to return to the country after denying him entry for months. Archbishop Tadeusz Kondrusiewicz of Minsk and Mohilev arrived in Belarus on Thursday. Kondrusiewicz was barred from entering the ex-Soviet nation for nearly four months after his criticism of the Belarusian authorities’ crackdown on protests demanding the resignation of the country’s authoritarian leader. Kondrusiewicz was denied entry on Aug. 31 while he was returning to Belarus from a trip to Poland. The next day, Belarus’ authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko accused the 74-year-old archbishop of “delving into politics and dragging believers” into it. Lukashenko’s reelection to a sixth term in the Aug. 9 presidential vote was widely seen as fraudulent, sparking massive protests that have continued since then, despite a brutal police crackdown that has seen over 30,000 protesters detained. The archbishop’s return followed Lukashenko’s meeting earlier this month with a top Vatican diplomat who visited Minsk. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Francis decreed on Tuesday that Italian judge Rosario Livatino, who was killed by the Mafia in Sicily in 1990, was a martyr for the faith and could be beatified, or declared "Blessed". Livatino, who was a devout Roman Catholic, was gunned down after a Mafia hit squad ran his car off the road as he was driving on a Sicilian highway. Known as the "boy judge" because he looked younger than his 37 years, Livatino had led many investigations into the mob at a time when Sicilian clans were involved in a full-blown war. The decree of martyrdom proposed by the Vatican's Congregation for the Causes of Saints and approved by the pope means there is no need for a miracle to be attributed to Livatino's intercession with God for him to be beatified. A miracle would have to be attributed to Livatino in order for him to be declared a saint. The Roman Catholic Church teaches that only God performs miracles, but that saints who are believed to be with God in heaven intercede...
    (CNN)The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is asking the US Supreme Court to block New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's executive order that limits the number of people who can attend worship services because of the coronavirus pandemic. The filing is the latest pitting religious groups against city and state officials seeking to stop the spread of Covid-19 and could highlight the impact of Justice Amy Coney Barrett on the court.So far, the court has been closely divided on the issue regarding in-person attendance at church services. In a 5-4 decision last May, Chief Justice John Roberts joined the liberals to side with state officials in a similar dispute out of California. Since then, however, Barrett, who could be the deciding vote in the new petition, has replaced liberal Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who died in September.A district court said the diocese had been "ahead of the curve" enforcing safety procedures but declined to block the order.The diocese charges that the October 6 executive order allows 10 to 25 people in some zones in the building regardless of the capacity of...
    The Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn is turning to the Supreme Court over coronavirus restrictions that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo imposed that include limits on how many congregants can gather for religious services. The emergency court filing, submitted Thursday, compares the prohibitions houses of worship face with the relative freedom afforded to many businesses under an order that Cuomo issued in October, in which he designated color-coded zones with varying degrees of limitations. CUOMO CRACKS DOWN ON BARS, GYMS, RESTAURANTS AS CORONAVIRUS CASES CLIMB AGAIN “While this Executive Order effectively closes churches and other houses of worship, all businesses deemed 'essential' by the Governor—including everything from supermarkets to pet stores, huge hardware stores to brokers' offices—are permitted to remain open without any capacity limitations whatsoever, even in the most restrictive 'red' zones. In 'orange' zones, even the vast majority of nonessential businesses, including department stores, can remain open without limitation—yet churches cannot,” the filing said. Cuomo’s order limited services at houses of worship to no more than 10 people in red zones, regardless of the size of the building, with orange zones capped...
    Pope Francis on Wednesday promised to "eradicate" sexual abuse within the Roman Catholic Church following the release of a report detailing ex-Cardinal Theodore McCarrick's decades of abuse and cover-up. “I renew my closeness to the victims of every abuse and the commitment of the church to eradicate this evil,” Francis said, referring to the “painful case of former Cardinal McCarrick.” Francis' remarks came after a long-awaited report found that McCarrick had evaded three papacies as he built a network of abuse within the Catholic Church in the United States. The report found fault with St. John Paul II for appointing McCarrick as the archbishop of Washington, D.C., and later elevating him to cardinal despite the knowledge of "gossip" and "rumors" that the cleric had engaged in abuse while he was a priest in New York and New Jersey. Francis and his predecessor, Benedict XVI, emerged relatively unscathed, with the report noting that by the time both became popes, McCarrick's age and retirement from various offices lessened the urgency of investigating past allegations against him. Francis at his Wednesday audience praised...
    A Roman Catholic diocese in the New York City suburbs on Thursday became the largest in the nation to declare bankruptcy in the face of more than 200 lawsuits over sexual abuse allegations.  Bishop John O. Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre on Long Island posted a video message saying the church was unable "to carry out its spiritual, charitable and education missions" because of "the increasing burden of litigation expenses," after New York lawmakers passed the Child Victims Act, which lifted the statute of limitations for childhood sexual abuse accusations. In its filing, the diocese listed up to $500 million in estimated liabilities from the lawsuits.  FILE - Bishop John Barres of the Diocese of Rockville Centre speaks to reporters in East Patchogue, N.Y., April 19, 2017.The diocese, which encompasses much of Long Island's approximately 1.4 million Catholic residents, is the eighth largest in the United States by population. By filing for Chapter 11 protections, the church said it would ask a bankruptcy court to put all pending cases on hold so that they can be settled...
    The eighth largest Roman Catholic diocese in the U.S. declared bankruptcy Thursday, citing the burden of litigation expenses from sexual abuse allegations, numerous sources reported. The Diocese of Rockville Centre in Long Island, New York has become the largest diocese in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from the 200 lawsuits over sexual abuse allegations that it’s facing, the New York Times reported. A sign is displayed on the steps of the New York County Supreme Court after protesters called on the Archdiocese of New York, Diocese of Brooklyn and Diocese of Rockville Centre to help survivors of clergy sexual abuse in New York, during a news conference August 14, 2019 in New York. (Photo by Don Emmert / AFP) (DON EMMERT/AFP via Getty Images) The diocese determined that it “was not going to be able to carry out its spiritual, charitable and educational missions” in the face of “the increasing burden of litigation expenses,” Bishop John O. Barres said in a video message. The New York State’s Child Victims Act was passed in 2019 and suspended the...
    ROME — Pope Francis's negotiations with China over the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the country risk exposing underground Roman Catholics to intensified oppression from Beijing, according to a senior U.S. official. “China is one of the fastest-growing churches in the world, Christian churches,” Ambassador Sam Brownback, the State Department’s lead envoy for international religious freedom, told the Washington Examiner. “The Vatican is a certain percentage of that, and most of it is Protestants. I think they would like to get their structure in place in China, in a country where it’s one of the fastest-growing churches in the world.” Vatican negotiations over the nomination of bishops resulted in a 2018 pact that Brownback has faulted for giving the Chinese Communist Party “some measure of control” over the church. The Holy See is expected to renew that deal next month, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wants the pope to scrap the agreement and condemn Beijing’s repression of Uighur Muslims and other religious minorities. “Beijing will market [the agreement] as saying they're acceptable in how they treat their...
    ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. — A Roman Catholic diocese in New York City's suburbs has become the largest in the U.S. to declare bankruptcy to protect itself from a wave of lawsuits filed over past sexual abuse by clergy members. The Diocese of Rockville Centre filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection on Thursday. It is the eighth largest diocese or archdiocese in the U.S., serving more than 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island. “The financial burden of the litigation has been severe and only compounded by the COVID-19 pandemic,” Bishop John Barres, the spiritual leader of the diocese that serves 1.4 million Catholics on Long Island, said in a video posted on the diocese's website. “Our goal is to make sure that all clergy sexual abuse survivors and not just a few who were first to file lawsuits are afforded just and equitable compensation.” Barres said more than 200 lawsuits alleging sexual abuse by clergy members have been filed against the diocese since the 2019 passage of New York's Child Victims Act, which suspended the statute of limitations to allow sex abuse victims to pursue decades-old...
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    NEW YORK (AP) — A Roman Catholic diocese in New York has become the largest in the US to declare bankruptcy amid clergy abuse lawsuits. Copyright © 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Former Sen. Joe Lieberman cautioned Democrats Friday against harshly questioning presumptive Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett on her Roman Catholic faith, warning such a line of inquiry will "hurt her opponents." "You can disagree with somebody based on whether they're pro-life or pro-choice," Lieberman, the 2000 Democratic vice presidential nominee, told "Your World." "But when you start to say that you're against them because their religion, in this case, their Roman Catholicism determines their point of view," he added, "you're doing something really abhorrent that I think is bigoted, is un-American, and incidentally, is unconstitutional." Lieberman emphasized that "Article VI of the Constitution says that you can't apply a religious test for any office of public trust in America. That's how wise and fair the people who wrote the Constitution were." FLASHBACK: AMY CONEY BARRETT PRESSED BY DEMS IN 2017 HEARING OVER CATHOLIC FAITH: 'DOGMA LIVES LOUDLY WITHIN YOU' Earlier in the segment, Lieberman -- a self-described "religiously observant Jew" recalled his early runs for public office in Connecticut, a state with a large Roman Catholic population. "I found that the fact that I was religious and observant was actually a tie, a bond [with] people of other religions who were similarly observant."...
    SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The Diocese of Sacramento excommunicated a priest from the Roman Catholic Church after he continued, while suspended, to hold in-person Mass and questioned the legitimacy of Pope Francis, according to a letter from Bishop Jaime Soto. In his letter, Soto said Father Jeremy Leatherby was exiled by his own volition, refusing the bishop’s instructions to refrain from offering public Mass to parishioners. “He has instructed them against the legitimacy of His Holiness, Pope Francis,” Soto said. “He has substituted the Holy Father’s name with the name of his predecessor, and omitted my name during the recitation of the Eucharistic Prayer while offering Mass.” Soto said he attempted to reach Leatherby in a number of ways but did not get any response. An investigation into other alleged behaviors of Leatherby that violated his “priestly promises, was already in motion while he was suspended, Soto said. The bishop said those prior concerns are viewed as separate and did not contribute to the decision to excommunicate Leatherby. “Both clergy and faithful are instructed to refrain from any further attempt by...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Taxpayers’ money is going a lot of places in the wake of COVID-19, including billions to the Catholic church, and some say it may never have to be paid back. There are allegations locally that the cash will revamp the church’s accounts hit hard by sex abuse settlements. “It makes me sadder more than anything,” said Zach Hiner. Through a special exemption, the U.S. Roman Catholic Church received at least $1.4 billion to more than $3.5 billion in taxpayer backed coronavirus aid. CBS 2 dug into what Chicago’s Archdiocese is getting and found between $150,000 and $300,000 to retain 18 jobs. Roman Catholic Diocese of Joliet got between $1 million and $2 million to secure 126 jobs. The Paycheck Protection Program was designed to help businesses — many small shops — with forgivable loans if used for wages, rent and utilities. “It doesn’t seem right. You should be angry because some of those small businesses didn’t get a loan,” said Dan McNevin, of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. He is concerned the church funds will...
    The U.S. Roman Catholic Church raked in between $1.4 billion and $3.5 billion in federal coronavirus aid, making it one of the top beneficiaries of the government's Paycheck Protection Program. TOM BRADY'S TB12 EMPIRE ACCEPTED UP TO $1 MILLION IN PPP LOANS In this April 12 photo, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, right, delivers his homily over mostly empty pews as he leads an Easter Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Due to coronavirus concerns, no congregants were allowed to attend the Mass which was broadcast live on local TV. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) The church tapped a loophole left open in the PPP initiative by Congress, which expanded access to the government's fiscal stimulus for faith groups and other nonprofits who otherwise may have been left out and are facing financial distress due to the pandemic. Catholic dioceses, parishes, schools and other ministries have so far received approval for at least 3,500 forgivable loans after pouring resources into shepherding national affiliates to apply for money from the Small Business Administration, according to reports by the Associated Press. After lobbying in Washington, religious groups simultaneously...
    CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio Roman Catholic priest has been accused in a federal indictment of posing online as a female to persuade boys to send him sexually explicit photos and videos of themselves and threatening to tell their parents if they did not send more images, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Cleveland alleged Thursday. Robert McWilliams, 40, followed through on his threats and sent some mothers images of their sons, prosecutors alleged. Some boys McWilliams targeted belonged to parishes where he served, prosecutors said. McWilliams was indicted Wednesday on two counts of sex trafficking of a minor, three counts of sexual exploitation of children, one count of transportation of child pornography, one count of receiving and distributing depictions of minors engaged in sexually explicit conduct and one count of possession of child pornography. Prosecutors alleged McWilliams paid a boy he met on a social networking website for sex. A message seeking comment was left with McWilliams’ attorney on Thursday. McWilliams was arrested in December outside Cleveland at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Strongsville, where he was parochial vicar at...
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