- Sep 21, 2020
The Vatican has confirmed that a priest serving at the Holy See embassy to the United States has been recalled to Rome after receiving information he had violated child pornography laws. The priest is now being investigated by the Vatican’s Promoter of Justice.
In the opening lecture for Georgetown University’s Sacred Lecture Series, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington defended Pope Francis’s efforts to decentralize Church governance, his approach to synodality, and ‘Amoris Laetitia.’
24 years ago, President Bill Clinton signed the Religious Freedom Restoration Act during a White House ceremony attended by Republican and Democratic members of Congress and numerous religious leaders in a sign of unity. But within a decade, such unity began to fragment as people coalesced around divergent views with little tolerance for opposing opinions on religion or politics.
Bishop William A. Wack of Pensacola-Tallahassee, Florida, and Bishop Robert M. Coerver of Lubbock, Texas, went up to shake the hand of Pope Francis on Thursday, and as soon as he heard where they were from, the pope asked about Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma and the people in Texas and Florida.
Sister Margaret Ann, principal of Miami’s Archbishop Coleman F. Carroll High School, saw chainsaws sitting in a school closet, and, after Hurricane Irma left a path of destruction through the city, thought “they didn’t belong there. They needed to be used.”
Peter Routsis-Arroyo, the CEO of Catholic Charities for the Diocese of Venice in Florida, says the entire area is more or less come crawling to a halt in the wake of the destruction unleashed by Hurricane Irma. Standing water in many communities of Southwest Florida will need to recede before Knights of Columbus emergency deliveries and disaster response programming can get underway, said Routsis-Arroyo, himself a Knight.