- Apr 6, 2020
A former priest in Paterson, N.J., has been convicted of luring and criminal sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl, while a priest in Long Island has voluntarily stepped down during an investigation of an allegation of sexual abuse from years ago.
Pro-life groups were disheartened by the Supreme Court’s decision to strike down a Texas law requiring more regulations on abortion clinics and providers.
In a June 26 “Service of Lament,” Bishop James V. Johnston Jr. of Kansas City-St. Joseph told survivors of clerical sexual abuse and the community, ““I am here to confess, apologize and repent for the sins of those who held the sacred trust of the Church, and betrayed that trust.”
A 2013 Texas law regulating the safety of abortion clinics that critics say caused half of the clinics in the state to close was struck down on Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-3 vote, in a win for pro-choice advocates who argued the measures were not essential for medical safety.
“Throughout the whole lesbian and gay community, particularly touched by the heinous crimes committed in Orlando, motivated by hate, driven perhaps by mental instability and certainly empowered by a culture of violence, know this: the Archdiocese of Chicago stands with you. I stand with you,” Archbishop Blase Cupich said.
Marist Brother Paul Phillipp of south Texas, now 92, says the stories he heard from his English teacher, who arrived to the country in 1906 flying Catholic persecution and blood-drenched altars in Mexico, inspired him to join the Marists.