August 5, 1987
Hundreds of people could die from heat exhaustion and lack of water at an outdoor papal Mass in San Antonio in September because organizers aren't prepared, said the city's health director, who resigned in protest. Dr. Katharine Rathbun, director of the San Antonio Metropolitan Health District, said a 144-acre site is inadequate to accommodate a crowd expected to be more than 500,000 at the Sept. 13 Mass by Pope John Paul II. She said the crowd should be limited to 125,000.
September 12, 1987 |
Workers removed debris Friday from the outdoor altar site where two decorative towers collapsed in high winds, and church officials said the damage would not jeopardize plans for Pope John Paul II to celebrate Mass on Sunday. "This is like our Good Friday, but resurrection comes and we believe in that," said a tearful Larry Stuebben, a priest who heads the Texas Papal Visit Committee. "When Sunday comes, it will be like an Easter Sunday, because there will be the sense of resurrection."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1996 |
The Vatican announced Monday that a Mission Hills-based bishop, an auxiliary bishop of the Los Angeles Catholic Archdiocese for more than nine years, has been named bishop of El Paso--and that's no April Fools' joke, the prelate says. "I am quite sure you are wondering . . . Is this one big April Fools' joke or what?" was the opening line of the brief statement left behind by the Most Rev. Armando X.
February 17, 1997 |
The old Spanish-style church of weathered stone, perched proudly on a rise above this town's main street, sits at the center of a dispute that is likely to determine the reach of religious liberty in this nation. In the narrow sense, the battle here is over zoning. Although picturesque from the street, St. Peter's Catholic Church is cramped and plain inside. "We can't fit in it anymore. It seats 220 people and we have 1,050 families," Father Anthony Cummins said.
July 2, 1990 |
Cardinal John J. O'Connor of New York said he was not consulted about the excommunication of a Roman Catholic woman for heading a Texas abortion clinic and insisted he had no plans for taking similar action in his archdiocese. Speaking after Mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral, O'Connor said he had no role in the excommunication of Rachel Vargas by Bishop Rene Gracida of Corpus Christi, Tex. Gracida excommunicated Vargas in June for working as the director of an abortion clinic.
July 25, 1997 |
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Dallas and a defrocked priest were ordered Thursday to pay $119 million to 10 men and the family of a suicide victim who were molested as altar boys, in what is believed to be the costliest sex abuse judgment ever levied against a church. The jury award ended an 11-week civil trial in which the church was accused of covering up the conduct of a pedophile priest, Father Rudolph "Rudy" Kos.