- Sep 25, 2020
The Marianists religious order on Wednesday released the names of 46 living and dead religious leaders who they claim sexually abused minors, the latest of several Catholic organizations to complete an investigation and publicly name the accused.
With restrictions beginning to lift in many parts of the world hit by the COVID-19 coronavirus, in many of these places religious orders will be on the front lines of the recovery process, from education to healthcare to assisting the poor.
The Vatican presented a new high-level task force Friday intended to help national and regional bishops’ conferences around the world, as well as religious orders, to develop and update their guidelines on child protection and the fight against abuse.
Of the 184 voting members of the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, including cardinals, archbishops and bishops, and priests and religious, 98 are members of religious orders, representing 53 percent.
Pope Francis started September by laboring, naming thirteen new cardinals Sunday, including ten eligible to vote for the next pope.
History was made when close to 400 Franciscan friars — from 25 states as well as Canada, Italy Jamaica, Mexico and the Philippines — gathered in unity and fraternity in Denver for the religious order’s “Chapter of Mats.”