Child protection our year-round focus
Apr 28 2010
For the past month, our Archdiocese has joined other institutions and organizations committed to the safety and well-being of children in recognizing April as Child Abuse Prevention Month. While our child protection efforts are our focus throughout the year, it does present an opportunity to reflect on what our Church – primarily through the diligence of those working and volunteering in our parishes and schools – is doing every day to protect the children entrusted to our care from the scourge of sexual abuse.
Abuse survivors who met pope ask victims to meet at St. Peter’s Square
Apr 26 2010
WASHINGTON - Two survivors of clergy sexual abuse who met with Pope Benedict XVI during his 2008 visit to Washington are planning to take their pleas for greater recognition of the spiritual, pastoral and mental health needs of abuse victims to the doorstep of the Vatican Oct. 31.
Cardinal accused of mishandling abuse case replaced as Mass celebrant
Apr 23 2010
WASHINGTON – The group organizing the first pontifical solemn high Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington in 45 years announced it was replacing as the main celebrant a cardinal criticized for his handling of a clergy sex abuse case.
The limits of the papacy
Apr 15 2010
During the preparation of the Second Vatican Council’s Dogmatic Constitution on the Church, Pope Paul VI proposed that the constitution’s discussion of papal primacy include the affirmation that the pope is “accountable to the Lord alone.” This suggestion was rejected by the Council’s Theological Commission, which wrote that “the Roman Pontiff is also bound to revelation itself, to the fundamental structure of the Church, to the sacraments, to the definitions of earlier councils, and other obligations too numerous to mention.” Pope Paul quietly dropped his proposal.
The planet you save may not be yours
Apr 14 2010
A Native American proverb says, “We don’t inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our children.” As we approach the 40th anniversary of Earth Day next week, those are wise words.
Polish primate seeks answers, pope sends condolences after fatal crash
Apr 12 2010
WARSAW, Poland - Poland’s Catholic primate has urged fellow citizens to see the death of Polish President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others in a weekend air disaster as a “dramatic challenge” to build “a fuller community” at the national level and with neighboring states.
Latin America begins feeling ripples of clergy sexual abuse crisis
Apr 11 2010
LIMA, Peru - As clergy sex abuse scandals in Europe made headlines worldwide, bishops in Latin America expressed support for Pope Benedict XVI. But observers say it is just a matter of time before the upheaval that has struck the United States and Europe hits Latin America.