The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been rocked in recent weeks by revelations from a top-level whistle-blower. The former official says church leaders covered up numerous cases of sexual misconduct by priests and even made special payments to pedophiles.
The scandal is notable not only because of the abuse but also because it happened in an archdiocese that claimed to be a national leader in dealing with the issue.
The first Jesuit pope, the first pope to replace a sitting pope in 600 years, the first pope from the "New World," Pope Francis has been raising eyebrows and spirits of progressives and the blood pressure of stalwart Catholics with his recent interviews and public statements.
Fronteras: New Mexico accused 15 of it's mental health providers of Medicaid fraud, froze all federal funds to the agencies, and handed management of the companies over to Arizona firms. Some say the transition isn't going so well. We remember an activist who spoke up for the people who find themselves stranded and destitute in Tijuana after being deported from the U.S. Catholic leaders are hoping a nationwide immigration mass will sway Congress on immigration reform. Also, the Navajo Nation is trying to balance resources with feral horse roundups.
In response to a call from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, dioceses across the country will celebrate Mass with an immigration theme this coming Sunday. As the immigration debate continues this month, the church wants its prayers answered by Congress.
Dioceses in 22 states are participating. Kevin Appleby is the director of migration policy for the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Originally published on Sun July 28, 2013 12:34 pm
This post last updated at 11:30 a.m. EDT
Millions of faithful thronged Brazil's Copacabana Beach to hear Pope Francis deliver Sunday Mass, the culmination of the Latin American pontiff's first papal trip abroad.
Francis, speaking from a massive stage erected on the beach, urged those gathered for World Youth Day's concluding Mass to spread the Gospel "to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away, most indifferent."
On Monday Catholics were greeted with the unexpected news of Pope Benedict VXI announcing he will be stepping down at the end of the month. San Antonio Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller, who was appointed by Benedict, expressed his thoughts on moving forward and gratitude for the Pope’s years of service.
Like many across the world, Archbishop Garcia-Siller said the announcement came as a surprise to him. The Archbishop sent three weeks with the Pontiff in October during the last Synod of Bishops at the Vatican.