- Feb 27, 2020
In a show of openness, transparency and a hope for healing, Bishop Michael G. Duca of Baton Rouge released Jan. 31 the names of all priests, a former bishop of the diocese, and one former seminarian “against whom there are credible allegations of sexual abuse of minors and/or vulnerable adults in the Diocese of Baton Rouge.”
Father Michael Alello, pastor of St. Thomas More Church in Baton Rouge, posted on his social media account, “Don’t worry, you will get an ‘I Prayed Today’ sticker today when you come to Mass.”
Catholic voters should see the elections as a chance to research candidates and issues, educate themselves on Catholic social teaching and be sure they are voting with well-formed consciences, according to clergy and lay leaders of the Diocese of Baton Rouge.
It is significant that Pope Francis has taken a special interest in a shelter in Baton Rouge for victims of human trafficking as the state seems to be used by many traffickers. According to recent statistics, the I-10 corridor from Texas to Florida has been identified as the busiest trafficking corridor in the United States. During the Super Bowl, which was played in February, Houston police made 214 arrests related to trafficking.
“Our faith is so important. It’s everything,” said Daniel’s mom, Kathy Wesley, a parishioner at St. Alphonsus Church in Greenwell Springs. Daniel Wesley is a teenager who was shot and run over by a car while trying to assist a wounded woman.