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November 1, 2005 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Mexican authorities are searching for a drug cartel gunman in connection with last week's execution-style slaying of a Tijuana priest. Luis Chavez Garcia, a 31-year-old career criminal who escaped from prison last year, is believed to have shot Father Luis Velazquez Romero six times in a popular restaurant district, police said. The priest was killed after attempting to break up a bar fight between Chavez's associates and another group, police said.
February 7, 1987
Father Joseph Battaglia, communications director for the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese, Friday told Catholics in Chicago who objected to the television movie "Broken Vows," a murder mystery involving a priest who breaks his celibacy vows, that he was a consultant for the movie but that his criticism was disregarded. About 20 Catholics led by the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights demonstrated outside CBS' Chicago office on Jan.
April 3, 2009 | Victoria Kim
A Los Angeles judge Thursday ordered the release of confidential personnel documents of Franciscan priests accused of child sexual abuse. Superior Court Judge Peter D. Lichtman overruled most objections by attorneys for the Roman Catholic order and the alleged molesters, who argued that many documents should remain private due to privilege and constitutional issues. The files are to be released within 21 days, but an appeal could delay matters.
February 5, 2014 | By Tom Kington
ROME - The Roman Catholic Church has "systematically" protected predator priests, allowing tens of thousands of children to be abused, a United Nations committee said Wednesday in a scathing report that cast the first shadow over Pope Francis' honeymoon period as pontiff. The panel called on the Vatican to remove all suspects from their posts immediately and to open its confidential archives "to hold abusers accountable. " "The committee is gravely concerned that the Holy See has not acknowledged the extent of the crimes committed, has not taken the necessary measures to address cases of child sexual abuse and to protect children, and has adopted policies and practices which have led to the continuation of the abuse by and the impunity of the perpetrators," the report says.
July 28, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
Two New Jersey priests, including the former head of a Roman Catholic high school for boys, were arrested in Montreal on suspicion of soliciting sex from minors. The Rev. William Giblin, 70, and the Rev. Eugene Heyndricks, 60, were caught in a police sting Wednesday connected to the breakup of a prostitution ring that employed boys as young as 14, archdiocese spokesman James Goodness said. The priests voluntarily left the ministry after they were arrested.
August 7, 1999 | Associated Press
"We are still priests and we are still called to minister," said Ed Minderlein, 55, one of 200 men from 15 countries attending a meeting of the International Federation of Married Catholic Priests. Federation members challenge the church's celibacy rule, imposed in the 12th century. Despite regular rebukes from the Vatican and Pope John Paul II, they plan to continue their campaign in the hope that the next pope will consider changing the rule.
April 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Pope John Paul II created three more Roman Catholic saints, bringing to 283 the number of people he has canonized in his two-decade reign. At a ceremony in St. Peter's Square, the pope canonized Father Giovanni Calabria, an Italian priest who founded religious orders to help the poor before he died in 1954. The pope also canonized Marcellin Champagnat, a Frenchman who founded the Marist order of priests and died in 1840.
Pope John Paul II on Tuesday insisted on priestly celibacy in Brazil, where thousands of Roman Catholic priests have left the ministry to marry. Since arriving Saturday in Brazil, the Pope has deplored doctrinal weakness among Brazilian Catholics and the rapid growth of evangelical "sects," blaming both partly on a shortage of priests in Catholicism's most populous country. But he rejected proposals of "optional celibacy" or marriage for priests as a way to relieve the shortage.
April 17, 1999 | Religion News Service
More men are studying to become Catholic priests, according to a new survey that shows their numbers to be at the highest level in six years. The survey will be published in May by a research group at Georgetown University in Washington. It was first reported by USA Today. Among the reasons for the increase is a larger number of men in their 30s and older who are entering Catholic seminaries after leaving secular careers.
April 8, 2000 | Religion News Service
While the number of Roman Catholics in the world is growing along with the growth in overall population, the number of priests is continuing to drop, according to new Vatican statistics. The Vatican's latest Statistical Yearbook, which contains figures for 1998, put the total number of Catholics worldwide at about 1 billion. It said the Catholic population grew at a rate of 1.29%--just below the 1998 growth rate of 1.3% for total world population.
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