June 17, 2005 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops were expected today to reauthorize a 3-year-old "zero tolerance" policy to prevent the sexual abuse of minors and to weed offending clergy out of public ministry. But protesters outside the Fairmont Hotel, where the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is holding its annual spring meeting, charged that proposed changes in the policy would weaken the church's commitment to safeguard children and youth from sexual predators.
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September 4, 2004 |
Moving to assert control over three breakaway parishes, the Episcopal bishop of Los Angeles on Friday appointed two assistant bishops to serve the congregations and said he would appoint new lay governing boards. The move by the Rt. Rev. J. Jon Bruno, communicated in letters dated Sept. 1 but delivered Friday, escalated what probably will be a protracted legal battle over ownership of the parish property and Bruno's jurisdiction over the breakaway priests.
February 24, 2004 |
A panel of scientists and psychiatrists, in a long-awaited report released Monday, offered recommendations for preventing the sexual abuse of children by Roman Catholic priests but emphatically rejected the U.S. church's "zero-tolerance" policy of defrocking offenders. The policy can discourage abusive clerics from seeking help or recklessly unleash pedophiles into society once they are ousted from the church, the report said.
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November 22, 2003 |
The Mass -- the liturgical observance of the death and Resurrection of Christ -- is as familiar to Roman Catholics as it is central to their worship. But some things are changing, and they will become increasingly apparent in the next several weeks as 4.2 million Catholics in the Los Angeles Archdiocese are asked to adjust to new ways of doing things.
November 9, 2003 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops are cooperating with the review board created to monitor their responses to clerical sexual abuse, the board's interim chairwoman said at a Milwaukee conference. Anne Burke, an Illinois appellate judge, said 76% of America's dioceses and other units of the church have reported information about sexual abuse victims and perpetrators for a survey sponsored by the National Review Board. The survey, based on the reports, is scheduled to be released in February.
September 26, 2003 |
"Rebel. Genius. Liberator." Who could those movie poster words possibly describe? A new Vin Diesel action hero? A different kind of secret agent? Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld? Good guesses, but wrong, wrong, wrong. The answer is "Luther."