- Jan 18, 2020
After the Associated Press obtained a draft memo outlining a Trump administration proposal under consideration to mobilize National Guard troops to round up unauthorized immigrants, New Mexico’s Catholic bishops called the idea “a declaration of some form of war.” The White House has denied the memo.
Pope Francis has again tried to bring light to an area of the world that doesn’t get enough attention but that is full of war and suffering. During his address to the crowd in St. Peter’s square, Francis reminded people of the plight of those living in violence happening in Congo.
In Iowa, retired Father Paul Monahan, was given a suspended sentenced and forced to register as a sex offender. He was accused of walking in on boys using a restroom and looking at their genitals. His accusers all gave testimony against the 83 year old retired priest.
President Rodrigo Duterte has asked Congress to revive the death penalty, preferably by public hanging. That, along with his pro-birth control stance and threats to kill criminals, has put him on a collision course with the church in Asia’s largest Catholic nation.
Ronald Paquin appeared before a judge via video conference from jail on Friday. The 74-year-old is now accused of assaulting two boys between 1985 and 1988 in Kennebunkport. He is back in jail after being ordered held on $50,000 bail.
Bishop Shelton Fabre of the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux in Louisiana said the church has whispered at times when “the church should have spoken boldly.” The conference in Modesto, CA opened without some who had planned to attend but changed their minds due to fear of the new climate in the U.S.