- Aug 12, 2020
Two men have been charged with beating and robbing an 82-year-old Catholic priest in Kansas City, Kansas, in an attack that saw Father Thomas Kearns struck in the face and knocked unconscious, forced to undergo surgery to repair broken facial bones.
After yet another strong earthquake struck central Italy on Sunday, virtually destroying the 14th century Cathedral of St. Benedict in Norcia, local Catholic leaders were advising priests to hold their Sunday Masses outdoors.
Once upon a time in Sweden, those who rejected the new Lutheran faith were punished with deportation or death. The circumstances couldn’t be more different as Pope Francis arrives in the Scandinavian country next week to commemorate the split in Western Christianity that started with Martin Luther’s revolt.
Father David J. Simonetti, associate pastor of St. James the Greater Church in Sauk Village, Illinois, recently debuted his Communio Sauces, which are being sold for charity. “When you eat together, it changes everyone. You go from a ‘me’ mentality to a ‘we’ mentality,” he said.
Louisiana’s Supreme Court has ruled that the state’s law on reporting child abuse, which requires health workers, teachers, clergy and others to report evidence of child abuse to authorities, does not oblige priests to violate the sanctity of a sacramental confession.
A former top official for the scandal-plagued Legion of Christ sexually abused a teenage boy in the early 1990s, according to a lawsuit filed this week, while the official, Father Luis Garza, has denied the allegations and vowed to cooperate fully in any investigation.