- Jan 23, 2021
A lawsuit filed against a diocese in Georgia alleges officials knew about and covered up allegations that a Catholic priest sexually abused young students and failed to prevent the crimes more than 30 years ago.
As he became the new bishop of Savannah, Bishop Stephen D. Parkes said prayers from the faithful of the diocese will help.
Police said they are investigating the death of a 3-year-old boy who ran into a pond at a Georgia park across the street from a Catholic school.
During his news conference in Savannah, Father Stephen Parkes was asked whether his appointment as a bishop displays confidence in his ability to shepherd. Taking a beat before answering, he remarked that the appointment is still somewhat overwhelming.
Pope Francis has appointed Father Stephen D. Parkes, a pastor in the Diocese of Orlando, Florida, as bishop of the Diocese of Savannah, Georgia.