- May 28, 2020
More than 17,000 people packed the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City for the beatification of Father Stanley Francis Rother, murdered in 1981 as he served the faithful at a mission in Guatemala sponsored by the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.
Father Stanley Rother grew up on a farm near Okarche, Oklahoma. After high school, he left home for seminary in Texas, but he was asked to leave after struggling with Latin. Undeterred, he transferred to the Emmitsburg seminary, where he met Harry J. Flynn, who was three classes ahead of him. Flynn later became Archbishop of St. Paul and Minneapolis. Rother was martyred in Guatemala. Flynn will be at his beatification on September 23.
The United States bishops are urging caution on the proposed Graham-Cassidy healthcare bill that is currently scheduled for a Senate vote next week. Four bishops from pro-life, migration, religious liberty, and justice and human development committees sent on a letter on Thursday rejecting the partisan bill and its rushed timeline.
Bishop Edward Braxton says the debate over Confederate and Civil War monuments is not a black and white issue, but one that should be engaged via local and communal discussions. Following lectures at the Catholic University of America, Braxton told Crux he believes the racial divide in America will not be bridged by a president, but by people willing to listen, pray, and act together.
A year ago, the previous Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane released a 147-page report based on secret diocesan records and other evidence that detailed abuse by more than 50 priests and clergy against hundreds of children in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown. Now the members of a new Independent Oversight Board for Youth Protection have been announced, including a former prosecutor, a former police detective, and an abuse survivor turned advocate.
Earlier this week, the cremated remains of over 300 individuals were laid to rest in a ceremony presided over by Bishop Earl Boyea of Lansing, Michigan. Some of the unclaimed remains had been kept in hospital storage for over two decades.