- May 8, 2021
The Catholic Church in the United States is becoming increasingly Hispanic and and also getting older, and both trends are reflected in the U.S. delegation for World Youth Day — there are more Latinos/Latinas, and most pilgrims are in their 20s or older.
“We have been swept up in the escalating cycle of violence that has now touched us intimately,” Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas said after an ambush that left five police officers dead. “We call upon all of our civic leaders to … work together to come to a sensible resolution to this escalating violence.”
Via Twitter, Bishop Kevin Farrell of Dallas has reacted to shootings that left five police officers dead and six others wounded with a mixture of grief and consolation for the victims and frustration at the lack of effective measures to combat gun violence.
Cardinal Timothy Dolan of New York and Archbishop William Lori of Baltimore have written members of Congress to urge passage of the “Conscience Protection Act of 2016,” citing recent cases in California, New York and Washington in which faith-based facilities have faced orders to provide abortions.
By naming Archbishop Blase Cupich of Chicago to the Vatican’s all-important Congregation for Bishops, Pope Francis effectively has positioned him, in tandem with Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., to be the American “kingmakers” on this pope’s watch.
In the unlikely setting of the Ozarks, a new structure within the Catholic Church intended to provide space for former Anglicans to preserve their patrimony puts down roots and finds an improbable appeal even to Baptists and Pentecostals.
Citing his college term papers, Bishop David Zubik of Pittsburgh said on July 4 that footnotes strengthen an argument and help drive home a point, calling on Catholics to be “footnotes” for the truth of Christ, including the importance of religious freedom.
A 46-year-old man who went public in 2003 with charges of sexual abuse by a priest in the Diocese of Altoona-Johnstown, Pennsylvania, was found hanged in his home on Friday, with his lawyer saying, “The demons he’s been dealing with since he was molested finally won out.”