- Dec 10, 2019
The bishops who lead Virginia’s two dioceses blasted a federal judge’s decision allowing non-doctors to perform first-trimester abortions in the state, saying the ruling “goes beyond Roe v. Wade,” the 1972 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion virtually on demand.
For high school student Rebecca Pohlmeier, it all started with her love of St. Therese of Lisieux and drawing.
On Sept. 29 the Arlington Diocese will host its first conference on the issue — “Seeking Hope & Healing in the Midst of the Opioid Crisis” — to look at how it is impacting families and how the Church can address this crisis.
The couple who was terrorized 40 years ago by a member of the Ku Klux Klan who later became a Catholic priest is calling for him to give the authorities any information he might have on other white supremacists who participated in his crimes. Father William Aitcheson said his actions at the time were “despicable.”
Father William Aitcheson says the images from Charlottesville “brought back memories of a bleak period in my life that I would have preferred to forget,” when he was a member of the white supremacist Ku Klux Klan. He called for the condemnation of “the hatred and vile beliefs of the KKK and other white supremacist organizations,” adding that what they believe contradicts everything Catholics hold dear.
“Our broken world cries out for justice, not the additional violence or vengeance the death penalty will exact,” Bishop Francis DiLorenzo and Bishop Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington said in the face of the execution Wednesday of Ricky Gray.