- Aug 8, 2020
One day after their final debate, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump will be together again at tonight’s Al Smith Dinner. Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York has occasionally come under fire for hosting pro-choice candidates at the event, but says he prefers to keep lines of conversation open.
A former priest from Philadelphia accused of trying to rape a 14-year-old boy in 1996 has pleaded no contest to simple assault under a deal with prosecutors, while the first Church official in the U.S. convicted of an abuse cover-up, Monsignor William Lynn, will be retried next year after his conviction was overturned.
Mexican authorities in Veracruz have arrested a suspect in the late September killing of two Catholic priests, the latest violence against Catholic targets in the heavily Catholic country. An official of the Mexican bishops’ conference recently said it’s the most dangerous country in the world to be a Catholic priest.
In the Diocese of Arlington, Virginia, a jubilee Mass on Sunday featured 150 couples celebrating their 25th anniversary, and 109 couples celebrating their 50th anniversary. Doing the math, that’s more than 9,000 years of marriage combined.
The Democratic vice presidential nominee, Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, said Sunday that Hillary Clinton sees his Catholicism as a “real asset,” and stopped short of suggesting that campaign officials should apologize for leaked emails critical of the Catholic Church on gender equality and other issues.
A traditionalist group of priests originally founded in Africa and with its US headquarters in Chicago has been entrusted with operating a new Catholic parish at an historic downtown church in Detroit by Archbishop Allen Vigneron.