- Sep 20, 2020
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.
A Coptic Christian teacher, Gamal Tawfiq, was gunned down by suspected Islamic militants in northern Sinai. This is the second killing of a Christian in less than a week and officials fear that the attacks might escalate. The Islamic State’s affiliate in Sinai is the prime suspect, according a security official.
Father Georgi Mamaladze, a high-profile priest in Georgia, was arrested at the Tbilisi airport on Friday with cyanide in his suitcase. Prosecutors believe he was plotting to poison a senior cleric, possibly Patriarch Ilia, head of the Georgian Orthodox Church.
A former Roman Catholic priest who was indicted in Maine on 29 counts of sexual misconduct dating to the 1980s has been arrested in Boston. Police and U.S. Marshals took 74-year-old Ronald Paquin into custody on Wednesday near a hospital in the city’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood.