- Apr 5, 2020
Pope Francis has accepted the resignation of Bishop Robert J. Baker, head of the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama, and has named as his successor Bishop Steven J. Raica of Gaylord, Michigan.
A report from the UK government’s Charity Commission for England and Wales has noted a “lack of safeguarding skills and experience” at the Archdiocese of Birmingham meant that church leaders “failed in their duties” to protect the vulnerable.
An English Church official “deliberately misled” a U.S. archdiocese into harboring a pedophile priest and helping him to escape justice for a quarter of a century, said a report from a child abuse inquiry.
Allegations of abuse lodged against Father John Tolkien, son of ‘Lord of the Rings’ creator J.R.R. Tolkien, were discussed on Monday and Tuesday by a British government inquiry into abuse into the Archdiocese of Birmingham.
Speaking of his “shame and sorrow,” the archbishop of Birmingham in England announced two reviews by “independent experts” into sexual abuse in the archdiocese – one looking into historic abuse and the other into safeguarding practices and culture – revealed “serious” shortcomings.
Over 10,000 people are expected to descend on Liverpool this weekend for the first National Eucharistic Congress in the history of the Church in England and Wales.