November 13, 2003 |
America's Roman Catholic bishops overwhelmingly approved a statement Wednesday that urged states to withhold recognition of same-sex marriages. The bishops said they did not intend to offend homosexuals, and they called discrimination against gays unjust. But the church leaders said they had an obligation to "give witness to the whole moral truth" and reinforce Catholic teaching that gay sex is a sin.
June 17, 2004 |
Claiming plaintiffs in sexual abuse cases are demanding more money than can be offered, officials of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Tucson said Wednesday they were considering a bankruptcy filing. An attorney for alleged victims dismissed the talk as a tactic to gain community sympathy and delay litigation. Bishop Gerald F. Kicanas said bankruptcy could be the only way to handle the 19 cases alleging sexual abuse by clergy pending against the diocese.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2003 |
A panel appointed by U.S. Roman Catholic bishops will send auditors to every diocese to see if they are complying with the new sex abuse policy the bishops adopted last year. The audit will be conducted by the Gavin Group of Boston, a firm run by William Gavin, a former FBI director, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops announced. More than 50 auditors were trained last month to conduct checks in the nation's 195 dioceses.
December 14, 2007 |
Roman Catholic dioceses nationwide have taught more than 6 million children to protect themselves from sexual predators and have conducted 1.6 million background checks on workers in response to the clergy sex abuse crisis, according to a report released Thursday. Auditors hired by America's bishops found that nearly all of the 195 U.S.
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.