- Oct 25, 2020
A former priest from a New Orleans suburb faces charges of molesting a juvenile and has been arrested as a fugitive in west-central Georgia, authorities in Louisiana said Friday.
Michele Vincent’s home was largely intact in spite of hurricanes Laura and Delta. But tears streamed down her face as she looked at her church’s broken windows and shattered pews.
Republican Louisiana lawmakers trying to chisel away at Gov. John Bel Edwards’ coronavirus restrictions Wednesday sought to protect a Baton Rouge area pastor charged with violating those rules and advanced legislation that would keep emergency orders from governing churches.
Since Hurricane Laura unleashed its devastating impact on Southwest Louisiana late last month, three words have crossed the minds of residents trying to rebuild in the region. Not this again.
Louisiana priests that support each other with ongoing camaraderie and spiritual nourishment are now also providing very essential hurricane relief to priests and the parishes they serve in areas that were devastated by recent storm damage.
Hurricane Laura destroyed six churches in the Diocese of Lake Charles, left a dozen others “highly compromised” and did heavy damage to chancery offices.