- Dec 10, 2019
A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 2 for Dominican Sister John Eudes Courtney, who spent 68 years in religious life.
Barbara Blaine, the founder and former president of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, has died. She was 61. The organization known as “SNAP” announced on its Facebook page that Blaine died Sunday following a cardiac event. Blaine had resigned in February after a former employee sued the group, claiming she was fired after asking superiors whether the organization was referring potential clients to attorneys in return for donations.
Nabeel Qureshi was raised an Ahmadi Muslim by his parents, who immigrated to the United States from Pakistan. When he was an adult, a Christian friend challenged him to study Islam with a critical eye, the same way he had studied Christianity. After several years of investigation, and what he described as dreams and visions, he became a Christian.
Italian Cardinal Velasio De Paolis, who oversaw a Vatican-sponsored reform of the Legion of Christ and its lay branch, Regnum Christi, in the wake of sexual abuse scandals surrounding their founder, the late Mexican Father Marcial Maciel Degollado, died over the weekend, just days short of his 82nd birthday.
Although some accounts have framed the Sept. 6 death of Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra almost entirely in terms of his final act as one of the “dubia cardinals” challenging Pope Francis’s document “Amoris Laetita,” he was a much bigger figure than that, and he illustrated Catholicism’s perennial genius for embracing strong and divergent views on important questions all at once.
Italian Cardinal Carlo Caffarra has died at the age of 79. He was one of the four ‘dubia cardinals’ who asked Pope Francis to clarify his position on communion for the divorced-and-remarried after the release of the his apostolic exortation ‘Amoris Laetitia.’