- Jul 14, 2020
Prosecutors say hundreds of child pornography images as well as marijuana, LSD and ecstasy were discovered in the home of a retired priest from St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Boise.
A bankruptcy judge denied both the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis’s reorganization plan and a competing plan submitted by a creditors’ committee before ordering all sides back into negotiations.
In his new book ‘Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics,’ Father Thomas Berg says he wants priests to listen to the experiences of hurting Catholics. He says the book is an invitation to a kind of Church-wide self-examination: Where have we failed in charity? Why is our day-to-day, interpersonal living of that Christ-like gift of self, agape-love, so languid at times, so passive, so anemic?
A former priest who had been accused of sexually assaulting a minor at one time, now faces jail time for helping a teenager buy ammunition and build a pipe bomb. This story adds a very unusual and unexpected twist to the ongoing saga of clerical scandal.
U.S. Catholic leaders have grappled with a clergy sexual abuse crisis since 2002. Nationwide, the church has paid nearly $4 billion in settlements since 1950, more than 6,500 clergy members have been accused of abuse and hundreds have been removed from church work.
“It is a sin that shames us. Persons responsible for the protection of those children destroyed their dignity. We regret this deeply and we beg forgiveness,” Pope Francis wrote in a letter sent to bishops around the world for the feast of the Holy Innocents.