- Sep 22, 2020
For Jesuit Father Flavio Bravo, superior of the Society of Jesus’ Puerto Rico community, the most shocking material damage Hurricane Maria wrought was to the cross at the entrance of Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola, the secondary school the Jesuits operate on the island: The 6-foot-5-inch cross was bent into a 45-degree angle by the hurricane’s forceful winds and now looks almost like a sword planted on the cement post.
Archbishop Roberto González Nieves of San Juan and Reverend Heriberto Martínez-Rivera, the Secretary General of Puerto Rico’s Bible Society, have written the U.S. Congress stating the territory’s economic crisis “continues to affect all of Puerto Rico’s people, in particular the poor and our children.”
A former priest in Puerto Rico named Floyd McCoy Jordan, who was laicized in 2015, has been sentenced to 15 years in prison after being unanimously found guilty by a jury last June for committing lewd acts against a 14-year-old minor from 2013-2014.
Facing a crippling debt crisis, Puerto Rico is targeting churches that abuse their non-profit status to generate illegal profits, but critics worry about the precedent being set.
ROME — As the 2015 Synod of Bishops nears its end, it seems increasingly clear that on many matters, including the contested issue of Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, the prelates gathered in Rome may not find consensus and thus will basically leave it up to Pope Francis.
Gay marriage may be sweeping the nation, but in Puerto Rico it remains against the law. A federal district judge late Tuesday rejected the reasoning used in at least 14 other decisions and said his hands were tied by a 1972 Supreme Court ruling that upheld a Minnesota same-sex marriage