- May 23, 2020
Police say an elderly Catholic priest was assaulted, doused in wine and then hit on the head with the wine bottle inside a Delaware church.
The largest association of Roman Catholic nuns in the United States urged its members Monday to report any sexual abuse of religious sisters by clergy and demanded that Church authorities “take action to end a culture of silence, hold abusers accountable and provide support to those abused.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions says the Justice Department is committed to protecting the religious rights of Americans, and will establish a religious liberty task force on the issue.
Pope Francis is urging everyone to combat the “shameful crime” of human trafficking, noting that it’s often linked to migrant smuggling.
The Vatican has long been aware of the sexual abuse of nuns by priests and bishops and done little to stop it.
The Church has tried to play a mediating role between Nicaragua’s Sandinista government and protesters who have increasingly demanded his ouster amid demonstrations and clashes in which about 450 people — most of them protesters — have been slain.