- Aug 16, 2018
Belfast's Catholic bishop says that while the faithful in Northern Ireland are disappointed the pope isn't coming, there's still palpable enthusiasm for the trip to Ireland.
The lone Catholic parish in Belfast, dedicated to Ireland's patron St. Patrick, lost more than one hundred people during "the Troubles," and still occasionally feels the sting of sectarianism.
Pedro Salinas, author of the 2015 blockbuster book 'Half Monks, Half Soldiers,' detailing years of allegations of physical, sexual and psychological abuse by members of the Sodalitium Christianae Vitae (SCV), is being sued by an archbishop belonging to the group, who is charging the journalist with defamation.
The Irish media is abuzz with speculation about whether Pope Francis will or won't meet sexual abuse survivors on his 32-hour visit next weekend, but the real question may be what happens if he does.
After Cardinal Sean O'Malley of Boston withdrew from the World Meeting of Families in Ireland to handle sex abuse allegations at St. John's Seminary, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington has followed suit -- in his case, due to allegations in a Pennsylvania Grand Jury report that he mishandled abuse charges while the Bishop of Pittsburgh.