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.
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.
June 10, 2005 |
The cost to the U.S. Roman Catholic Church of sexual predators in the priesthood has climbed past $1 billion, according to tallies by American bishops and an Associated Press review of known settlements. And the figure is expected to rise, probably by tens of millions of dollars, because hundreds more claims are pending. Dioceses nationwide have spent at least $1.06 billion on settlements with victims, verdicts, legal fees, counseling and other expenses since 1950, Associated Press found.
August 17, 2002 |
Many Roman Catholic priests in the United States say there's a homosexual subculture in their dioceses, religious orders or seminaries, according to a survey released Friday. In the mail survey of 1,279 priests conducted by researchers at the Catholic University of America, 19% of respondents said there was "clearly" a gay subculture in their dioceses or religious orders, and 36% said there "probably" was.
February 3, 2007 |
New international guidelines on human embryonic stem cell research call for close scrutiny of scientists and clear consent from people donating cells, but do not settle the issue of paying women who donate eggs. The International Society for Stem Cell Research, the principal scientific group for stem cell scientists, said its 15 pages of guidelines released Thursday were meant to establish ground rules for a field stung by a fraud scandal and opposition on moral grounds.
December 12, 2011 |
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is weighing in on one of the remaining items on Congress' to-do list. In a letter that quotes Pope John Paul II, the bishops urged Congress to extend unemployment benefits for the jobless. "The U.S. Catholic bishops have long advocated that the most effective way to build a just economy is the availability of decent work at decent wages," wrote Bishop Stephen E. Blaire, Chairman, Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development. "When the economy fails to generate sufficient jobs, there is a moral obligation to help protect the life and dignity of unemployed workers and their families.