- Aug 4, 2020
Father David Bergeron of the Catholic Charismatic Center in Houston, was returning from watching the big Mayweather v. McGregor fight and ended up stuck in the storm and sleeping in his truck. He had to use his kayak to get home, and tried to buy supplies to say Mass for others stranded. However, the law against alcohol sales before noon on Sundays got in the way.
As Texas continues to reel from what the National Weather Service calls the “unprecedented” impact of Hurricane Harvey, Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston instructed area Catholics today to stay home, stay safe, and not be concerned about missing Sunday Mass, saying, “your safety and the safety of your loved ones is paramount.”
San Domenico, the oldest Catholic school in California, has recently come under fire for a decision to remove its Catholic statues. The school board, however, has argued that the decision comes at a time when the institution recognizes that the majority of its student body is not Catholic as well as its desire to be inclusive.
Retired Bishop Thomas O’Brien stands accused of molesting a boy 35 years ago. Six other charges against him have been dropped, but the charge of sexual abuse remains. O’Brien had been the bishop of Phoenix for 21 years, but resigned after the diocese became embroiled in the sex abuse scandal and after he was arrested for a hit-and-run death of a pedestrian.
As Hurricane Harvey bears down on parts of Texas, the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and others in the area are hunkering down. Bishop Daniel E. Flores of Brownsville said his diocese’s biggest worry is populations in places called colonias, spontaneous subdivisions of makeshift homes on the outskirts of cities or towns, where the poor establish homes.
At the opening Mass of the 2017 academic year, Father John Jenkins, president of the University of Notre Dame, condemned racism and argued that Catholic higher education offers a specific contribution to the national fight against it, building on a tradition of Notre Dame leaders being involved in struggles for civil rights and racial justice.