- Jan 25, 2020
The United States Supreme Court is hearing arguments on whether religious hospitals have the same right to be determined a religious organization as churches or other houses of worship. The Catholic bishops argue it is up to the Church, not the government, to determine what is a Church ministry.
In Detroit, city officials are working with the Catholic archdiocese to turn a former Catholic school into housing in a neighborhood where two-thirds of the residents live at or below the poverty level, and where the ethnic mix is dominated by Bangladeshi, African-Americans, Yemeni, Polish and Bosnian families.
An editorial carried by the publication of the Archdiocese of Mexico City has referred to the proposed border wall of the Trump administration as “immoral,” and said that any Mexican businesses willing to work on the project would be “traitors to the homeland.” The country’s bishops have been outspoken in opposing the administration’s immigration policies.
The city of Detroit and the Archdiocese of Detroit are working together to help solve two problems with one solution. Affordable housing is an issue for much of the country, and after one of Detroit’s Catholic schools closed and left a vacant building the Church and the city came together to make sure the empty school structure went to help people in need rather than stay vacant.
A former priest who had been accused of sexually assaulting a minor at one time, now faces jail time for helping a teenager buy ammunition and build a pipe bomb. This story adds a very unusual and unexpected twist to the ongoing saga of clerical scandal.
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton praised former Irish Republican Army commander Martin McGuinness as a leader able to grow beyond what he called “a time of rage and resentment” and pursue policies such as his acceptance of police authority, his role in helping to govern a Northern Ireland state that the IRA long pledged to destroy, and his rejection of IRA splinter groups still trying to upset the peace. McGuinness died on Tuesday at the age of 66.