- Aug 9, 2020
July 11 was the 200th anniversary of Pope Pius VII establishing the Diocese of Richmond — one of the first seven Catholic dioceses in the United States. That alone was to be celebrated that day with representatives from the diocese’s 138 parishes.
The Catholic Diocese of Richmond announced it has began reviewing child sexual abuse allegations made against four former priests in Virginia.
A Catholic priest in Virginia has been suspended of all priestly duties from the two parishes he leads in southwestern Virginia.
Expressing sadness that Virginia Democratic Gov. Ralph Northam signed the Reproductive Health Protection Act, which was passed by the state’s Senate and House of Delegates, Bishops Michael F. Burbidge of Arlington and Barry C. Knestout of Richmond criticized him for the day he chose to sign it into law.
A priest in Virginia was removed from his post after maintaining a blog critical of the Catholic Church’s handling of the sexual abuse scandal.
Acknowledging the “extraordinary measures” people need to take to remain physically healthy during the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Barry C. Knestout of Richmond told the people of his diocese they need to be mindful of their spiritual health.