- Jul 12, 2020
Capuchin Father Solanus Casey was beatified yesterday, and he would likely be gratified to see that his first soup kitchen in Detroit has expanded into several locations across the city. Today, the original Capuchin soup kitchen not only serves food, it also provides showers to those who need them, as well as social services. It is connected to a Capuchin-run urban farm, which provides much of the produce for the kitchen.
Tens of thousands of people attended the beatification Mass of Capuchin Father Solanus Casey on Saturday at a Detroit stadium. Italian Cardinal Angelo Amato read a letter from Pope Francis, who described Casey as a “humble, faithful disciple of Christ.” He was given the title of “Blessed.”
“Especially in times of increased dehumanizing immigrant rhetoric and hostile legislation from government officials toward the immigrant community, CLINIC’s mission to protect the rights and promote the dignity of immigrants guides the agency in its offerings of legal training, advocacy and public education efforts to its network of Catholic and community based immigration legal service providers,” Bishop Kevin W. Vann of Orange, California, chairman of the CLINIC board of directors, said.
Watchdogs had hoped the Frank R. Wolf International Religious Freedom Act passed last year would prod the State Department to release its list sooner, Daniel Mark, chairman of the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, said, “but they did miss the deadline.”
The Child Victims Act would eliminate the civil and criminal statutes of limitations on abuse cases going forward. New York now has one of the most restrictive statutes of limitations on child molestation in the country, along with states including Mississippi, Alabama and Michigan. Supporters of the legislation believe that recent allegations of sexual misconduct in high profile cases will help get it passed.
Father Jonathan Wehrle is charged with six counts of embezzling $100,000 or more from St. Martha Church in Okemos, east of Lansing, Michigan. Auditors have said more than $5 million is missing from the Roman Catholic parish.