RSSU.S. & World News

Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

Former University of Portland president listed in grand jury abuse report

| Katie Scott | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

A past president of the University of Portland, Holy Cross Brother Raphael Wilson, is listed in the recently released grand jury report investigating the widespread alleged sexual abuse of children within six Pennsylvania dioceses and claims of a systemic cover-up by senior Church officials.

Continue Reading

Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse

Maryland attorney general will review church records on child sex abuse

| Christopher Gunty | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a Sept. 24 letter to the clergy of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Archbishop William Lori informed priests and deacons that the archdiocese has been in discussions with Maryland Attorney General Brian Frosh about an investigation of records related to the sexual abuse of children.

Continue Reading

Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

Scandals create outrage, but there is time for conversion, pope says

| Cindy Wooden | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

In what is probably the least religious country in Europe, Pope Francis said he is surprised by how many people hold firm to their faith despite all the sexual abuse and financial scandals in the Catholic Church.

Continue Reading

Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

Pa. bishops support creating fund to compensate survivors of sex abuse

| Matthew Gambino | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

The bishops of Pennsylvania’s eight Roman Catholic dioceses are supporting creation of an independent fund to compensate survivors of clergy sexual abuse.

Continue Reading

People helping people is what attracted actor to ‘God Friended Me’

People helping people is what attracted actor to ‘God Friended Me’

| Mark Pattison | September 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

Television audiences may recall seeing actor Joe Morton as Eli Rowan Pope, the father of professional Washington fixer Olivia Pope, on the hit series “Scandal.”

Continue Reading

Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being ‘men for others’

Head of Georgetown Prep urges renewed commitment to being ‘men for others’

| Kelly Sankowski | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

In a letter to the school community, the president of an all-boys Jesuit high school in suburban Washington emphasized the schools’ mission to form “men for others” and reflected on the need to evaluate the school’s culture in light of that value.

Continue Reading

Blessed Romero’s ‘heroic life, sanctity’ holds many lessons, bishop says

Blessed Romero’s ‘heroic life, sanctity’ holds many lessons, bishop says

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Blessed Oscar Romero’s martyrdom, “the holy sacrifice of his life,” during his celebration of the “holy sacrifice” of the Mass holds a powerful lesson for Catholics, said Bishop John Barres of Rockville Centre.

Continue Reading

Joy, hope, energy contagious among participants at V Encuentro

Joy, hope, energy contagious among participants at V Encuentro

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Joy, hope, energy and a spirit of continued collaboration are contagious among the participants of the Fifth National Encuentro in Grapevine.

Continue Reading

U.N. declaration on human rights must extend to unborn, says speaker

U.N. declaration on human rights must extend to unborn, says speaker

| Kurt Jensen | September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations in 1948 in the wake of the atrocities of World War II, is the foundation of religious liberty worldwide and also covers the rights of nonbelievers.

Continue Reading

Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

Vatican signs provisional agreement with China on naming bishops

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

For the first time in decades, all of the Catholic bishops in China are in full communion with the pope, the Vatican announced.

Continue Reading

French bishops: Fertility treatment for gay, single women harms society

French bishops: Fertility treatment for gay, single women harms society

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

The French bishops said proposals to extend fertility treatments to lesbian couples and single women would harm society by removing fatherhood from the lives of children.

Continue Reading

#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church

#WhyImCatholic movement aims to share hope at difficult time for Church

| September 24, 2018 | 0 Comments

Catholic Extension has launched a new social media campaign called #WhyImCatholic to offer “hope and unity” for Catholics by inviting them to share their positive stories about faith and community “during this difficult chapter in the church.”

Continue Reading