- Jan 18, 2020
A Chicago priest who was removed from ministry in July 2015 by Archbishop Blase Cupich has been arrested in Maryland and extradited back to Chicago, where he has been charged with possession of child pornography for materials found on his computer.
In an effort to reach out to people distant from the faith, a growing number of Christian groups around the country are using getting together over a cold beer as a missionary calling card, including Catholicism’s well-known ‘Theology on Tap’ series.
Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles says he was given three marching orders by his new boss, Archbishop Jose Gomez: ‘Be present, give hope and teach doctrine.’ Combining pop culture savvy with deep erudition, Barron is trying to accomplish each, and in his spare time, he also wants to evangelize Hollywood.
Practicing patience can be a great virtue, said Auxiliary Bishop Joseph N. Perry of Chicago in his homily at the Aug. 7 closing Mass of the African National Eucharistic Congress in Washington. The vast majority in the congregation were Africans, although there was a smattering of curious or befuddled non-blacks.
“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.
Chicago’s Archdiocesan Gay and Lesbian Outreach began in 1988 as a way to extend the church’s pastoral outreach to gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender Catholics throughout the archdiocese. Recently, it organized a memorial for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting.