- Jan 20, 2021
Eleven Catholic bishops, including a cardinal, passed away between Jan. 8-17 due to COVID-19, or complications related to the virus that has killed over two million people worldwide.
In one day, the Catholic Church on two continents lost two leaders to COVID-19. Both men were outspoken defenders of the church.
Weeks after testing positive for COVID-19, Archbishop Philip Tartaglia of Glasgow died suddenly at his home Wednesday morning at the age of 70.
Scottish Cardinal Keith O’Brien, the former Archbishop of St. Andrews and Edinburgh who resigned in 2013 after allegations of sexual misconduct were leveled against him, died on Monday at the age of 80.
The author of an independent review of the child protection policies of the Catholic Church in Scotland has said he is “disappointed” in the progress the bishops are making in meeting victims and survivors of clerical sexual abuse.
Marking the 50th anniversary of the legalization of abortion in most of the UK, the bishops of the country said the “challenge that faces our society today is to recover an understanding of the immeasurable good of each unborn child and to value his or her life with even greater respect.” The bishops also spoke against efforts to strip conscience protections from medical and other healthcare personnel when it comes to abortion.