CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2000 |
California, New York and Texas continue to report America's biggest Roman Catholic populations and together have a third of the church's U.S. membership of 62 million, according to the 2000 Catholic Almanac. The states with the highest percentages of Catholics in the population, however, are Rhode Island at 63.7%, Massachusetts, 48.9%, New Jersey, 41.8%, and Connecticut, 40.9%. The almanac, published by Our Sunday Visitor Inc., shows that as of 1999, Catholics made up 22.7% of the U.S.
June 24, 1999 |
An Augustinian priest was charged with trying to smuggle into the country $2.4 billion in amateurish counterfeit Treasury notes. The Rev. Mario Beato-Prieto, 35, a Spanish citizen who was running a parochial school in the Philippines, was arrested at John F. Kennedy International Airport outside New York City after U.S. Customs agents discovered what they called fake currency in his luggage. Prosecutors said the priest tried to sell 24 phony $100-million notes through a broker.
January 12, 1992 |
A former comptroller for the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has been sentenced to 2 2/3 to 8 years in prison for embezzling about $1.4 million from the church. Anthony Franjoine, who has admitted diverting grant money, donations and other church funds to himself, received the maximum sentence Friday. He has returned all but $276,000 of the money.
November 4, 1990 |
Skeletal remains found in Manhattan were believed to be those of a former Haitian slave under consideration for sainthood, a medical examiner said. The former slave, Pierre Toussaint, was buried at the cemetery where the bones were found after his death in 1853 at age 87. As a preliminary part of the Roman Catholic Church's consideration for sainthood, his skeletal remains were sought and were scheduled to be moved to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
November 3, 1988
Two teen-agers were sentenced to at least 50 years in prison for murdering two Roman Catholic priests in their rectories in Buffalo, N.Y. The trial judge, New York state Supreme Court Justice Frederick Marshall, sentenced the pair to the maximum term, and said he wished he could have imposed the death penalty, which was abolished in New York in 1965. Marshall told defendants Theodore Simmons, 19, and Milton Jones, 18, the sentence was meant to "voice the outrage and disgust of the community."
December 7, 1987 |
Eleven members of a gay and lesbian group were arrested Sunday during Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral when they demonstrated to protest their exclusion from the Roman Catholic Church. The protesters were served with a temporary restraining order barring them from trespassing and interrupting the services. When they refused to sit down along with other parishioners, police removed them without incident.