- Aug 3, 2020
Pope Francis has named Father Peter M. Muhich, rector of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary in Duluth, Minnesota, to be the new bishop of Rapid City, South Dakota.
The current law in South Dakota stipulates that childhood sexual abuse survivors must sue organizations within three years of the abuse or when they discovered effects of abuse. A proposal to open a window to allow victims to sue after this time period failed in the state legislature.
Father Tom Hartman’s first call was as a father. His second was as a Catholic priest.
Bishop Robert D. Gruss of Rapid City said Chief Nicholas W. Black Elk’s life as a dedicated catechist, spiritual leader and guide “inspired many to live for Christ by his own story.” Black Elk was born sometime between 1858 and 1866. He died Aug. 19, 1950, at Pine Ridge. With the formal opening of his cause, Black Elk now has the title “servant of God.”
Jim Kinyon, executive director of South Dakota’s Catholic Social Services, has said that the legislation attempts to ensure the state doesn’t discriminate against faith-based organizations for their “sincerely held” beliefs.