- Sep 28, 2020
A newsletter from a San Diego Catholic church that doubles as an election polling site has warned parishioners that they risk going to hell if they vote for Democrats, but the diocese said Wednesday that the messages don’t reflect Catholic teaching and are inappropriate.
The dioceses of El Paso, Las Cruces, and Ciudad Juarez are slated Saturday to celebrate Mass at a Rio Grande levee and call for immigrant rights, expressing the idea that “A border doesn’t have to be a place of threat … It can also be a place of encounter.”
A lawyer for four former altar boys has filed a new civil lawsuit against the Catholic Church in Guam, Archbishop Anthony Apuron and Father Louis Brouillard over child sexual abuse. Guam passed a law in September lifting the statute of limitations for civil lawsuits in child molestation cases, and Catholic officials on the island have warned that settlements costs arising from the measure could cause the closure.
Venezuela’s opposition warily welcomed on Tuesday the government’s release of four jailed activists, a response to the Vatican’s efforts to avert bloodshed and dampen acrimony in the oil-rich South American country.
Although the latest strong earthquake to strike central Italy so far hasn’t claimed any lives, it did destroy a fabled 13th century Benedictine monastery in Norcia built on the site of a first century ancient Roman building. A Benedictine nun said hearing the quake was like listening to the earth “roar.”
Auxiliary Bishop Michael J. Byrnes of Detroit has been named by Pope Francis the new Coadjutor Archbishop of Guam, essentially replacing embattled Archbishop Anthony Apuron, who has been accused of molesting altar boys in the 1970s.