April 14, 2002 |
A top U.S. bishop said Saturday that Pope John Paul II has been "deeply touched" by the suffering surrounding allegations of sexual abuse by American priests. But the pontiff did not discuss calls for the resignation of Boston Cardinal Bernard Law. Bishop Wilton Gregory, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said John Paul expressed his support for the U.S. church during a week of talks at the Vatican, where Gregory said the abuse allegations were a central issue.
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January 18, 2003 |
Roman Catholic bishops need to guard against lawmakers who want to use the recent sex abuse scandal to push laws that would damage the church, the top lawyer for the the church said this week. Mark Chopko, general counsel for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said the yearlong clergy sex scandal has given fuel to opponents who want to force the church to endorse contraception or limit the confidentiality of confession.
March 8, 1989 |
Pope John Paul II encouraged U.S. Roman Catholic bishops today to proclaim church teaching even if it is unpopular. They responded that authoritarianism does not convince Americans. The views were voiced at the start of a special four-day conference of 35 American bishops the pontiff summoned to Rome. Responding to the Pope, Archbishop John L. May of St. Louis, president of the U.S.
December 14, 2002 |
He was friendly and approachable, looked like a Boston Irishman, and had the local ties that come with a Harvard degree. When Bernard Law became archbishop of Boston in 1984, he was immediately a favorite of local Roman Catholics. For his part, Law proclaimed: "After Boston, there's only heaven." Nearly 19 years later, Law has stepped down in disgrace, abandoned by priests under his charge and vilified by the public that once hailed him.
June 13, 2002 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops, gathering here to address the national storm of priestly sex scandals, faced vocal demands Wednesday to go beyond zero tolerance for abusive priests and discipline the leaders who cover the crimes up. Victim advocates held a private meeting and then an extraordinary joint appearance with bishops.
November 18, 2004 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops voted Wednesday to join a new alliance that would be the broadest Christian group ever formed in the United States, linking American evangelicals and Catholics in an ecumenical organization for the first time. Separately, church leaders authorized a third round of annual audits of all U.S. dioceses to determine whether they complied with bishops' policies on preventing sex abuse by clergy.
February 13, 2004 |
Two weeks before Mel Gibson's anticipated "The Passion of the Christ" hits theaters on Ash Wednesday, the nation's Roman Catholic bishops took steps to reaffirm church teaching that Jews did not share collective responsibility for the death of Jesus.
June 8, 2002 |
Roman Catholic bishops on Friday revoked their invitation to a leading advocate for victims of clerical sexual abuse to address their convention, saying a lawsuit he joined against them created a legal barrier to discussion. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said the lawsuit filed in Minnesota makes it impossible for them to hear from David Clohessy, who is the national director of the Survivors Network of Those Abused by Priests.
September 6, 2002 |
The nation's Roman Catholic bishops said Thursday that they have restructured their committee that drafts policies on how dioceses should discipline priests who molest children. Two panel members who were criticized heavily by victim advocates--Bishop John McCormack of Manchester, N.H., and Auxiliary Bishop A. James Quinn of Cleveland--have been removed and the eight-member panel has been expanded to 15. The expansion of the Ad Hoc Committee on Sexual Abuse was included in the reform plan the U.