- Dec 14, 2019
With several ex-presidents in jail and a history of decades of corruption plaguing the highest ranks of their government, the Peruvian Catholic bishops have decided to fight back at the grassroots, establishing a university course to educate students on the causes of corruption, and how to stop it.
Despite calls to put this year’s Synod of Bishops on hold due to ongoing abuse scandals effecting his papacy, Pope Francis has given no indication that he intends to call off the event, and with the publication of the official list of participants Saturday, the gathering seems set to proceed as planned.
In an Aug. 9 letter to the governor on behalf of the Catholic bishops of Florida, Michael Sheedy, executive director of the state’s Catholic conference, appealed to Scott to commute the death sentence for Jose Antonio Jimenez to a life sentence without parole.
As Iceland’s parliament continues to consider a bill that would bar circumcision for non-medical reasons, the head of the country’s Catholic diocese has expressed concerns over religious persecution.
Following accusations that the Catholic Church had become too silent in the face of rising human rights abuses and violations of the constitution by President John Magufuli, the bishops of Tanzania have forcefully spoken out against the president’s anti-democratic posturing.
Earlier this month, a United Nations inquiry claimed that crimes against humanity are being committed in Burundi. The report said killings, torture, sexual violence, degrading treatment, enforced disappearances and arbitrary arrests have been taking place since the controversial 2015 election. The bishops said in a statement, “We want to once again insist on the inclusive dialogue that must be prioritized for the greater interest of the nation and with a view to blocking the way to all those who choose the path of war.”