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  • Milwaukee archdiocese reaches $21 million settlement with sexual abuse victims

    08/05/2015 12:59:09 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 8 replies ^ | Wednesday, August 5, 2015 | Amy R. Connolly
    Roman Catholic Archbishop of Milwaukee Jerome E. Listecki, seen here in 2011, announced the archdiocese reached a $21 million settlement with 330 victims of sexual abuse by clergy members. Photo by Amg910/CC MILWAUKEE, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday it has agreed to pay $21 million to hundreds of victims of childhood sexual abuse by clergy, clearing the way for the archdiocese to emerge from its five-year bankruptcy. Under the agreement, 330 of the 570 who filed sexual abuse claims in the bankruptcy will get financial settlements of varying amounts determined by a court-ordered...
  • Archdiocese settles sexual abuse claims for $21 million

    08/04/2015 1:23:26 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 13 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 8-4-15 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee announced Tuesday it will pay $21 million to compensate victims of childhood sexual abuse under a settlement agreement announced Tuesday — a deal that clears the way to ending its nearly 5-year-old bankruptcy. Of the 575 men and women who filed sex abuse claims in the bankruptcy, 330 would receive financial settlements of varying amounts, to be determined by an administrator appointed by the bankruptcy court. Federal law requires the settlement to be approved by a bankruptcy judge. It's also not known how many additional millions of dollars will go to pay fees of numerous attorneys...
  • Archbishop Chaput Releases Statement on Fired Catholic School Staffer

    07/14/2015 6:22:44 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 38 replies
    The head of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia is weighing in on the firing of teacher from a Montgomery County Catholic school, who allegedly lost her job because of her same-sex marriage. Margie Winters says she lost her job as the religious education director at Waldron Mercy Academy because of her marriage to Andrea Vittori. More than 100 people gathered together in support Winters at General Wayne Park in Lower Merion Township on Sunday afternoon. "I'm here to support Margie and let her know what was done to her was unjust, discriminatory and unfair," said Anthony Arechavale, parent. "I think it's...
  • 20-Month Investigation Leads to Criminal Charges Against Archdiocese

    06/05/2015 5:05:45 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 30 replies
    KSTP ^ | 6-5-15 | Jennie Lissarrague
    Charges have been filed against the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, which is accused of failing to protect children, Ramsey County Attorney John Choi announced Friday. Choi said the charges are in relation to three victims of former priest Curtis Wehmeyer. Six charges have been filed, all of which are gross misdemeanors. They include three counts of Contributing to Need for Protection or Services and three counts of Contributing to Status as Juvenile Petty Offender or Delinquency. Because the charges are against a corporation rather than individuals, Choi said no one is looking at jail time; if convicted, the...
  • Here is what the Archdiocese of Boston wants for the priesthood...

    03/01/2015 12:04:30 PM PST · by cleghornboy · 7 replies
    La Salette Journey ^ | March 1, 2015 | Paul Melanson
    In a Blog post which may be found here, Deacon Ryan Duns argues that same-sex "marriage" could actually be beneficial to society. Deacon Duns quotes from Louis Dupre, who said that, "The quality of a civilization may be measured both by the complexity of its ingredients and by the harmony of their order. The more diverse elements it succeeds in integrating within a harmonious and unified balance, the greater its potential and, usually, its achievements are." (Louis Dupré, Passage to Modernity, 29). Then this confused soul writes, "...the Supreme Court's decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has...
  • St. Paul-Minneapolis Archdiocese files for bankruptcy

    01/16/2015 8:16:20 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 8 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-16-15 | Amy Forliti
    ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis filed for bankruptcy protection on Friday, saying it's the best way for the church to get as many resources as possible to victims of clergy sexual abuse. "We're doing the right thing," the Rev. Charles Lachowitzer told The Associated Press in an interview in advance of Friday's filing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court. "This decision reflects the end of a process of putting victims first." The archdiocese is the 12th U.S. diocese to seek bankruptcy protection in the face of sex abuse claims. Church leaders have said...
  • Baltimore Catholic schools to get helping hand from respected businessmen

    07/28/2014 2:35:33 PM PDT · by Welchie25 · 2 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/28/14 | Elizabeth Lowe
    James B. Sellinger, a former vice president for IBM’s North American operations, will serve as chancellor of education for the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Department of Catholic Schools and Frank Bramble Sr., a member of the Board of Directors for Bank of America Corp., will serve as chairman of the archdiocesan school board, the archdiocese announced July 28. In the newly created position, Sellinger will promote the enrollment and fiscal health of the archdiocese’s nearly 50 Catholic schools. Bramble previously served as interim president of Calvert Hall College High School in Towson and as chairman of the Archdiocese of Baltimore’s Blue...
  • Archdiocese of Philadelphia sells nursing homes for $145 million

    07/03/2014 8:46:09 AM PDT · by Welchie25 · 27 replies
    Catholic Review ^ | 7/3/14 | Lou Baldwin
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced July 1 that it is selling six nursing homes and one assisted living facility operated by archdiocesan Catholic Health Care Services to a Flushing, New York, health care management company for $145 million. The company, Center Management Group, owns and operates 15 nursing homes in New York and New Jersey. Under the agreement, the company has pledged to maintain the Catholic character of the nursing homes. The date for the sale has not been set. The $145 million sale price for the nursing homes will be decreased by certain obligations under the terms of the...
  • Holy war rocks Harvard as the Catholic Church fights back against Satanic mass

    05/10/2014 4:44:09 PM PDT · by mgist · 87 replies
    Washington Times ^ | 5/10/14 | kelly
    Church officials say they will “combat evil” by hosting a positive worship service to counter a Harvard group’s Satanic mass planned for Monday evening. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston will host a Eucharistic procession from MIT to a nearby church for an hour of prayer, The Boston Globe reports. The religious procession will end up at St. Paul’s Parish in Harvard Square, just a 10-minutes walk from the Queen’s Head Pub in Memorial Hall the Harvard Extension Cultural Studies Club is set to hold a “black mass.” A black mass is a ritual performed as a parody of the...
  • Documents: Accused clergy cost church millions

    01/24/2014 5:40:14 AM PST · by TurboZamboni · 12 replies
    Pioneer Press ^ | 1-23-14 | AP
    ST. PAUL, Minn.—The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis paid millions of dollars in costs associated with clergy misconduct in the last decade, according to internal church documents. An investigation by Minnesota Public Radio News ( found that from 2002 to 2011 the archdiocese used two secret accounts that were controlled by the archbishop to pay nearly $11 million in costs related to allegations against priests. The figure represents about 3 percent of overall archdiocese revenues in those years. MPR reported Thursday that the money was used for persuading priests to leave active ministry, for legal settlements, for therapy...
  • Milwaukee Archdiocese Withdraws Permission to Use Church for Meeting on Common Core

    11/12/2013 10:35:19 AM PST · by schmootman · 6 replies
    Catholics United for the Faith -- Milwaukee Chapter ^ | 11/11/13 | Catholics United for the Faith - Milwaukee Chapter
    COMMON CORE: DANGERS AND THREATS TO CATHOLIC IDENTITY by DR. DUKE PESTA—SUNDAY, NOV. 17——An Update— We have just learned that, upon the recommendation of Dr. Kathleen Cepelka, Superintendent of Catholic Schools, to the Director of Administrative Services at St. John the Evangelist Parish (Denise Kasulka) we have been denied the use of the church hall for our meeting Sunday, November 17. Ms. Kasulka informed the Pastor, Fr. Michael Merkt,who is out of town at a retreat, of Dr. Cepelka’s decision. According to Ms. Kasulka, Fr. Merkt agreed that we cannot use the church hall. In a phone conversation with Dr....
  • Catholic Word of the Day: ARCHBISHOP, 05-22-13

    05/22/2013 9:18:14 AM PDT · by Salvation · 1 replies ^ | 05-22-13 | Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary
    Featured Term (selected at random):ARCHBISHOP A bishop who presides over one or more dioceses. He may call the bishops to a provincial council, having the right and duty to do so, and he may act as first judge of appeal over a decision of one of his bishops. His immediate jurisdiction, however, pertains solely to his own diocese. He is often styled "metropolitan" because of the importance of his see city or ecclesiastical province. All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.
  • Three Philadelphia priests removed over child sex abuse scandal after victim killed himself

    04/08/2013 9:42:13 PM PDT · by Jyotishi · 29 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | Monday, April 8, 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    Three more priests were permanently removed from ministry by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Sunday, including one whose accuser killed himself after his allegation was dismissed by church officials. The Revs. Joseph Gallagher and Mark Gaspar were suspended following a scathing 2011 grand jury report that ultimately led to the landmark conviction of a high-ranking archdiocese official on child endangerment charges. Two other priests and a Catholic school teacher were also convicted. The February 2011 grand jury report prominently named Gallagher as a priest who remained in ministry despite apparently credible allegations of abuse. The grand jury said the archdiocese...
  • Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop

    04/02/2013 8:19:14 PM PDT · by Salvation · 46 replies ^ | April 2, 2013 | Nancy Haught
    Alexander K. Sample installed as Portland's 11th archbishop Archbishop Sample's Installation Mass held at Chiles Center Today, Archbishop Alexander K. Sample was installed as the eleventh Archbishop of Portland in Oregon at the Chiles Center. He was appointed on January 29th, 2013 by Pope Benedict XVI.  By Nancy Haught, The Oregonian   on April 02, 2013 at 2:25 PM, updated April 02, 2013 at 6:28 PM     Enlarge Beth Nakamura, The Oregonian April 2, 2013 - The Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample was installed as the Archdiocese of Portland's 11th archbishop Tuesday afternoon at the Chiles Center at the...
  • Shame, Shame On The New York Archdiocese

    01/17/2013 7:03:04 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 14 replies
    Irish Examiner USA ^ | 1-15-13 | Alicia Colon
    I was tempted to address Cardinal Dolan in my headline but I'm not yet sure how responsible he is for the decision to put two Staten Island schools on the "at risk" list for closure. I met the affable Cardinal at the 125th anniversary of Immaculate Conception Church but that didn't stop its inner-city school from being targeted. Clearly the archdiocese has abandoned its educational mission for the needy which was established hundreds of years ago. Instead the economic bottom line seems to count more than educating minority children in the neighborhoods with poor performing public schools and few alternatives....
  • Deal could be near between archdiocese, sex abuse victims

    09/25/2012 7:00:39 AM PDT · by Dr. Thorne · 19 replies
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | 9/24/2012 | Annysa Johnson
    The Archdiocese of Milwaukee and victims of sex abuse by priests and others in authority have extended their court-ordered mediation into next week, prompting speculation that one of the Catholic Church's largest bankruptcies could be nearing a close. Lawyers for both sides met for another session Monday with the mediator, retired U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Randall J. Newsome of San Francisco, in hopes of hammering out a settlement that would compensate victims and allow the archdiocese to continue its mission.
  • Four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools to close (Philadelphia Archdiocese)

    01/06/2012 1:01:27 PM PST · by SMCC1 · 13 replies
    Philadelphia Inquirer ^ | Jan. 6, 2011 | Martha Woodall
    The Archdiocese of Philadelphia plans to close four Catholic high schools and 44 elementary schools will be closed or partnered with other schools, officials told school administrators and priests at a close-door meeting at Neumann University this morning.
  • Archdiocese of Milwaukee filing Chapter 11

    01/04/2011 1:06:16 PM PST · by ADSUM · 149 replies
    Archdiocese of Milwaukee ^ | 1/4/2010 | Archbishop Jerome Listecki
    Letter from Archbishop Jerome Listecki, Milwaukee
  • Washington, D.C., to Open New Seminary

    10/20/2010 8:35:29 PM PDT · by marshmallow
    Cardinal-Designate Sees Growing Interest in PriesthoodWASHINGTON, D.C., OCT. 20, 2010 ( The archbishop of Washington, D.C., is seeing an increased interest in the priesthood in his archdiocese, despite a culture that is often at odds with the teachings of the Church. As a consequence of this increasing interest, Cardinal-designate Donald Wuerl announced Tuesday that the archdiocese is opening a new seminary. The cardinal-designate was named today as one of the 24 men who will be made cardinals in November. He said: “At a time when the teachings of the Catholic faith seem counter-cultural, we are seeing an increased interest in...
  • Jewish rights group says Arizona law not Nazi

    05/14/2010 10:56:21 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 11 replies · 546+ views
    hosted ^ | May 14
    LOS ANGELES (AP) -- A major Jewish rights group has denounced comparisons of Arizona's new immigration law with Nazi Germany and the persecution that led to the Holocaust. The Simon Wiesenthal Center's criticism Friday follows Nazi comparisons made by a Los Angeles City Council member and the head of the Los Angeles Roman Catholic Archdiocese.
  • Pupils "sadistically tormented" at German monastery

    04/12/2010 8:32:32 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 95 replies · 1,433+ views
    reuters ^ | Mon Apr 12 | Sarah Marsh
    Children were "sadistically tormented and also sexually abused" at a Catholic monastery in Pope Benedict's native Bavaria, according to a new report commissioned by the Roman Catholic Church. World A lawyer investigating accusations of abuse in a Benedictine monastery school in Ettal presented a final report to the Archdiocese of Munich and Freising Monday, including 173 pages of victims' accounts of abuse. "My investigations quite clearly show that for decades up until around 1990, children and adolescents were brutally abused in the Ettal monastery," Thomas Pfister said in a statement. "The number of victims' accounts has increased significantly since the...
  • Pflegerizing Catholicism (The Chicago Archdiocese worships left-wing politics)

    04/09/2010 9:07:25 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies · 537+ views
    National Review ^ | 04/09/2010 | Michele Malkin
    So much that you need to know about the Catholic Church’s social-policy problems can be summed up in one word: Chicago. On race, abortion, guns, immigration, and “community organizing,” Catholic Church officials in the Windy City have forged unholy alliances with radical left-wingers and enablers who undermine the faith — and the faithful. Exhibit A: the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Racial Justice and one of its most notorious priests, the Rev. Michael Pfleger. This week, Chicago cardinal Francis George — who also is president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops — presided over a gala ceremony honoring Pfleger...
  • Successor chosen for Cardinal Mahony in Los Angeles?

    01/23/2010 2:03:42 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 26 replies · 892+ views
    Catholic ^ | Jan. 22, 2010 | Staff
    Pope Benedict XVI will soon appoint a coadjutor archbishop of Los Angeles, according to an American Catholic blogger. Writing on the Catholic Vote Action blog, and citing “reliable authority,” Thomas Peters says that Cardinal Roger Mahony has approved the coadjutor, and an announcement is imminent. The coadjutor would succeed Cardinal Mahony when he retires. Cardinal Mahony has enjoyed a remarkably long tenure as Archbishop of Los Angeles, having taken that post in 1985. However he is still well short of the normative retirement age-- he will not turn 75 until February 2011—and although bishops are obliged to submit their resignations...
  • In Spite of Cardinal George's Directions, St. Sabina Website Continues to Spout Political Nonsense

    05/31/2008 9:38:46 AM PDT · by boromeo · 34 replies · 50+ views
    Catholic Citizens of Ilinois ^ | 05/31/2008 | Catholic Citizens of Illinois
    In spite of the the instructions by Cardinal George to stay out of politics, Rev. Michael Pfleger and the St. Sabina Church website continue to broadcast the same political and partisan nonsense that has characterized Pfleger's bizarre career in the priesthood. "Senator Obama has spent the past two years and years earlier in his political life presenting America a vision of hope. Hope as to who we can be, how we can be inclusive and different, how we can do politics differently, and how we can build a new and better America. This vision of hope has set a fire...
  • Catholic Citizens of Illinois Calls on Cardinal George to Remove Rev. Pfleger Immediately

    05/31/2008 9:32:37 AM PDT · by boromeo · 10 replies · 120+ views
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois ^ | 5/31/2008 | Catholic Citizens of Illinois
    Catholic Citizens of Illinois (, a lay organization of Roman Catholics who support the teachings of the Catholic Church, is calling on Francis Cardinal George to remove Rev. Michael Pfleger as pastor of St. Sabina's immediately. Pfleger's tirades are racist and there's nothing Catholic about them. A few years ago, Pfleger threatened to start a new church rather than be re-assigned. He has started a new church, but on Archdiocese of Chicago property. Pfleger's scandalous conduct is shameful and an embarrassment to the Catholic Church. (NOTE: We have updated this release on 5/31 to correct a few typo's in yesterday's...
  • HOUSE SNUBS (NY Cardinal) EGAN

    07/19/2007 8:37:28 AM PDT · by NYer · 16 replies · 433+ views
    NY Post ^ | July 19, 2007 | GEOFF EARLE
    July 19, 2007 -- WASHINGTON - Congress is trying to "excommunicate" Edward Cardinal Egan by refusing to pass a routine resolution honoring the New York Archdiocese simply because it mentions the archbishop's name, The Post has learned. In a stunning personal slap at the leader of 2.5 million Catholics in New York, a powerful Democrat-controlled House committee has demanded that Egan's name be stricken from the commemoration of the archdiocese's 200th anniversary. Rep. Vito Fossella (R-S.I.), the resolution's chief sponsor, said it appears the committee wants the cardinal's name deleted because of the Catholic Church's sexual-abuse scandal. The bipartisan resolution,...
  • LA [Archdiocese] Church Settlement Goes to Courtroom

    07/16/2007 8:05:09 AM PDT · by Salvation · 8 replies · 515+ views
    AP ^ | Monday, July 16, 2007 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    Donald Kohles pickets the Our Lady of the Angels cathedral after they announcement that the Roman...LA Church Settlement Goes to CourtroomMonday, July 16, 2007 9:47 AM EDTThe Associated PressBy GILLIAN FLACCUS LOS ANGELES (AP) — After a whirlwind weekend, the negotiations that produced a landmark $660 million settlement between the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles and more than 500 alleged victims of clergy abuse are heading toward a conclusion.Attorneys from both sides, as well as Cardinal Roger Mahony, are expected in court Monday to enter a formal settlement agreement with Judge Haley Fromholtz. The deal marks the end of...
  • Boston Archdiocese Sells Land, Will Move

    05/25/2007 6:31:48 AM PDT · by NYer · 9 replies · 427+ views
    WCVB ^ | May 25, 2007
    b class="Dateline">BOSTON -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston announced a $65 million dollar deal on Thursday to sell its administrative headquarters in Brighton to Boston College to complete a money-saving move to the suburbs. The sale of just under 20 acres to the Jesuit institution, which has already bought other nearby land from the archdiocese, is scheduled to close by Aug. 1. It is part of a long-range effort to recover from financial problems related to the clergy sex abuse scandal that erupted in 2002. "We have reached a significant milestone in announcing this agreement," Cardinal Sean O'Malley said...
  • $CHOOL HOLY WAR (Atheist Gives $22.5 Million for Catholic School Fund; Rips Public ED)

    05/24/2007 7:26:27 AM PDT · by NYer · 59 replies · 1,663+ views
    NY Post ^ | May 24, 2007 | DAN MANGAN
    The atheist philanthropist who gave the New York Archdiocese $22.5 million for Catholic school scholarships yesterday blasted the city's public school system as "lousy." Robert Wilson laid the blame for the state of the public schools on the United Federation of Teachers, the union that represents teachers at city schools. Wilson, 80, told Bloomberg News that his huge donation "was a chance for a very modest amount of money to get kids out of a lousy school system, and into a good school system." Wilson's remarks came as the renowned former Wall Street investor and the archdiocese announced his donation...
  • Cardinal Sin - Tricky Egan Locks up Priest's Church

    02/27/2007 9:27:29 AM PST · by ELS · 22 replies · 876+ views
    NY Post ^ | February 21, 2007 | Dan Mangan
    February 27, 2007 -- Edward Cardinal Egan pulled a fast one on a lower Manhattan parish pastor yesterday, summoning the priest to meet with him - then dispatching security guards to permanently lock the cleric's church doors. The priest returned to Our Lady of Vilnius to find himself locked out - a brusque Egan move that left parishioners stunned and saddened. The cardinal's move also occurred right before a scheduled meeting with Lithuania's consul general, who was set to make a plea to save the church, parishioners and the Archdiocese of New York said. "Cardinal Egan again shows his true...
  • N.Y. Archdiocese Will Close 10 Parishes

    01/20/2007 6:57:09 AM PST · by NYer · 27 replies · 529+ views
    NY Sun ^ | January 17, 2007 | GABRIELLE BIRKNER
    Ten parishes will close and another 11 will be merged under a realignment plan announced today by the Archdiocese of NewYork.Bishop Dennis Sullivan, who has led the realignment effort since 2005, said the archdiocese has no plans to sell off church real estate. He said the buildings of closed or merged parishes would be repurposed as chapels or as offices and meeting halls for local Catholic groups.A shift in Catholic population from New York City and lower Westchester to the Upstate Counties of Orange, Putnam and Dutchess necessitated the restructuring, Bishop Sullivan said during a press conference at Cathedral High...
  • Foley tells archdiocese name of priest

    10/18/2006 8:02:23 AM PDT · by TexKat · 69 replies · 1,246+ views
    AP ^ | 10/18/06 | BRIAN SKOLOFF
    WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. - Disgraced former U.S. Congressman Mark Foley will reveal to the Archdiocese of Miami the name of the Roman Catholic clergyman he says abused him as a teenager, Foley's civil attorney said Tuesday. Attorney Gerald Richman said criminal charges cannot be filed because the statute of limitations on sexual assault expired long ago. Richman said Foley has not told him the name of the clergyman.
  • Mutiny in the Big Apple - New York Archdiocese

    10/13/2006 5:48:15 AM PDT · by Maeve · 93 replies · 1,513+ views
    Whispers in the Loggia ^ | J+M+J 13 Oct A.D. 2006 | Rocco Palmo
    Mutiny in the Big Apple *EXCLUSIVE -- MUST CREDIT WHISPERS* In 1983, the new bishop of Scranton was consulted on the appointment of a new archbishop of New York. John O'Connor was familiar with the See given his long service as a Navy chaplain, culminating with his four years as auxiliary bishop to the Military Vicar, Cardinal Terence Cooke. O'Connor later made it known that, while the new archbishop would inevitably face some difficulties, he opined that none would be due to the New York presbyterate, who served well, loved the church and were loyal to their archbishop. Less than...
  • (RC) Archdiocese considers merger, priest sharing

    09/03/2006 5:28:52 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 253+ views
    Courier Press ^ | September 3, 2006
    LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville would merge 17 parishes into six, with several others sharing facilities, priests and staff under a proposal being considered by the church.The archdiocese's planning commission also recommended a centralized school system, rather than the parish-based method used now. Brian Reynolds, chancellor and chief administrative officer of the archdiocese, said the idea behind the planning process is to start a dialogue about the future of the archdiocese. "We now have to find out whether ... the proposals will be affirmed by the local regions. They may come up with an alternative,"...
  • Making a stand for women priests (Archdiocesan official quits, saying she was ordained a priest)

    07/28/2006 8:20:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 40 replies · 1,046+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | July 28, 2006 | Michael Paulson
    A department head at the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston has resigned her post after revealing that she had secretly participated in a ceremony last year in which she says she was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest.Jean Marie Marchant, who for the last four years has been director of healthcare ministry for the archdiocese, offered her resignation to Cardinal Sean P. O'Malley in a letter last week in which she said that a year ago, using a pseudonym, she had been among nine women who had participated in an ordination ceremony on the St. Lawrence Seaway in Canada. That group,...
  • Pope Announces Three New Auxiliary Bishops for the Diocese of Brooklyn

    06/06/2006 9:57:30 AM PDT · by NYer · 1 replies · 275+ views
    WITL ^ | June 6, 2006
    Benedict XVI has named three new auxiliaries to the massive diocese of Brooklyn. If you were looking for something else today, sorry -- seems that it just ain't your day. Bishops-elect Octavio Cisneros, 60; Guy Sansaricq, 71, and 47 year-old Frank Caggiano will assist Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio in the administration of the 1.8-million member diocese, where every language under the sun is spoken. The Cuban-born Cisneros currently serves as rector of the diocese's Cathedral Seminary Residence and Secretary for Priestly Formation in the Brooklyn Curia. Bishop-elect Sansaricq -- the first American bishop of Haitian birth -- is the national director...
  • New York Archdiocese Sets Biggest Closing in Its 150 Years

    03/29/2006 6:04:17 AM PST · by NYer · 56 replies · 842+ views
    NYT ^ | March 29, 2006 | Michael Luo
    The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York announced plans yesterday for the most sweeping reorganization in its history of more than 150 years, recommending the closing of 31 parishes and 14 schools throughout the metropolitan region.At the same time, the archdiocese recommended creating five new parishes in Staten Island, Orange County and Dutchess County and constructing several new church buildings, mostly in northern Westchester County, Rockland County and Dutchess County, where many Catholics who have left the city have relocated.The closings would hit the archdiocese the hardest in its southern parts — the Bronx, Staten Island, Manhattan, Yonkers and central...
  • Boston Archbishop O'Malley Offers Apology to Women for Feminism Comments, Foot-Washing Rite

    04/30/2004 10:15:43 AM PDT · by Land of the Irish · 23 replies · 153+ views ^ | April 30, 2004 | AP
    BOSTON (AP) - Boston Archbishop Sean P. O'Malley offered an apology to women for including feminism in a list of societal ills, and for his decision not to include women in a foot-washing ceremony. O'Malley, in a letter published in Friday's edition of The Pilot, the archdiocesan newspaper, praised what he termed "Christian feminism," and affirmed his support for the contributions of women in the church. He also pledged to seek guidance on whether he should wash women's feet when he visits the Vatican in August. "I am sorry if this controversy has been upsetting to our Catholic women, and...
  • Ex-Valero boss tabbed to streamline archdiocese

    02/18/2006 5:48:50 PM PST · by sanormal · 4 replies · 168+ views
    San Antonio Express-News ^ | Web Posted: 02/18/2006 12:00 AM CST | Vicki Vaughan
    When Archbishop José Gomez asked retired Valero Energy Corp. President Edward Benninger who could help the Archdiocese of San Antonio streamline its budget, Benninger gave him three names. "Edward Benninger" was on the list. The archbishop Friday tabbed Benninger to fill the newly created job of vice chancellor for administration. Benninger will be looking for ways to bring modern business practices to the work of the archdiocese starting Monday. "There are always ways to do thing better," Benninger said. "If you look hard at any operation, you see ways you make it more efficient." There's plenty to put a pencil...
  • Outing Cardinal Egan (priest now outing the bishops)

    02/07/2006 1:13:07 PM PST · by NYer · 194 replies · 2,876+ views
    Village Voice ^ | February 7, 2006 | Kristen Lombardi
    Who knows whether Cardinal Edward Egan is sleeping soundly these days. But as head of the New York archdiocese—as the top Roman Catholic prelate in the state—he'd have every reason to be restless after the recent advent of a little-noticed lawsuit. The suit, now pending in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, was filed on December 13 by Bob Hoatson—a 53-year-old New Jersey priest considered a stalwart ally among survivors of sexual abuse by clergy. Hoatson, the now-suspended chaplain for Catholic Charities in Newark, is suing Egan and nine other Catholic officials and institutions, claiming a pattern of "retaliation and harassment"...
  • FR. GEORGE RASSAS ordained as AUXiLIARY BISHOP of the Archdiocese of Chicago

    02/03/2006 10:20:42 PM PST · by Salvation · 1 replies · 277+ views
    Archdiocese of Chicago ^ | 03-02-06 | Archdiocese of Chicago News Release
    FR. GEORGE RASSAS ordained as AUXiLIARY BISHOP of the Archdiocese of Chicago     CHICAGO (February 2, 2006) A Baltimore native who grew up in Winnetka, Most Rev. George J. Rassas, was ordained as an auxiliary bishop for the Archdiocese of Chicago Thursday, February 2, in a ceremony that took place at Holy Name Cathedral, State and Superior streets. Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., Archbishop of Chicago, served as consecrator and principal celebrant of the Mass. Co-consecrators were the Most Reverend Gerald F. Kicanas, Bishop of Tucson, AZ, and the Most Reverend Jose Antonio Eguren Anselmi, S.C.V., Auxiliary Bishop of Lima,...
  • Oregon archbishop says no one has authority to seize parishes

    01/22/2006 9:32:34 PM PST · by Salvation · 3 replies · 276+ views
    CatholicNewsService ^ | 01-20-06 | Catholic News Service
    VLAZNY Jan-20-2006 (520 words) xxxn Oregon archbishop says no one has authority to seize parishes By Catholic News Service PORTLAND, Ore. (CNS) -- Archbishop John G. Vlazny of Portland reiterated Jan. 20 that "no one in the archdiocese had the authority to seize parish property or assets" to satisfy clergy sexual abuse claims. In his column in the Jan. 20 issue of the Catholic Sentinel, Portland archdiocesan newspaper, the archbishop said the bankruptcy court ruling three weeks earlier, declaring parish and school properties to be part of the archdiocesan assets to be considered in settling sex abuse claims, "felt like...
  • Hartford, CT Archdiocese Reaches $22 Million Settlement In Abuse Cases

    10/31/2005 6:01:06 PM PST · by nutmeg · 25 replies · 792+ views
    The Hartford Courant ^ | October 31, 2005 | AP
    HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford has agreed to pay $22 million to 43 people who say they were sexually abused by priests, the archdiocese and a lawyer representing some of the victims said Monday. The settlement was the result of talks mediated by U.S. Magistrate Judge William Garfinkel in Bridgeport, attorney Jason Tremont said. "While I am grateful that the diocese has offered this compensation, I want to make it perfectly clear that no amount of money can replace what was taken from me at the hands of a child molester who wore a Roman collar...
  • Catholic Church faulted on cemeteries

    08/04/2005 6:05:42 AM PDT · by ELS · 3 replies · 397+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | August 4, 2005 | Frank Phillips
    State cites lack of separate fund Secretary of State William F. Galvin has accused the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston of violating state law by failing to maintain a separate fund for upkeep of its cemeteries and diverting money from cemetery care to other church purposes. Galvin's securities division delivered a 33-page complaint yesterday to the Catholic Cemetery Association Inc., an entity the archdiocese uses to operate its cemeteries, accusing it of failing to ensure the perpetual care of its 22 Catholic graveyards. Galvin accuses the church of betraying its parishioners, who are told when they buy a plot that 10...
  • Possible Replacements for Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, DC

    06/02/2005 4:21:14 PM PDT · by Frank Sheed · 28 replies · 677+ views
    Vaticanisti Blog Spot ^ | May 27th, 2005 | Vaticanisti
    Friday, May 27, 2005 Possible Replacements for Cardinal McCarrick as Archbishop of Washington, DC Like it or not, the venerable Cardinal McCarrick of Washington will be hitting 75 this July 7th. You know what that means! Our sources tell us his resignation will be accepted "on an expedited timetable." Coupled with his public desire to retire early, Washington should have a new leader within the year. This episcopal see is highly visible due to it being located in our nation's capital and has been rewarded, since its inception, with its archbishops being created cardinals -- O'Boyle, Baum, Hickey, and McCarrick....
  • Class action possible in church case [Archdioces of Portland, Oregon]

    05/26/2005 5:13:29 PM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 317+ views
    The Oregonian ^ | 05-26-05 | Steve Woodward
     Class action possible in church case A bankruptcy judge considers the move to decide who owns cash and property that could go toward sex-abuse settlements Thursday, May 26, 2005 STEVE WOODWARD All 389,000 Roman Catholic parishioners in Western Oregon soon may find themselves defendants in their archdiocese's legal fight to keep parish property from being used to pay sexual-abuse settlements. U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Elizabeth Perris said in a Wednesday hearing that she was leaning toward converting the property litigation into a rare class action at the end of July. "I've never had a class action before in my 21 years...
  • Oregon Archdiocese Runs National Newspaper Ads Alerting Abuse Victims

    01/08/2005 6:20:06 PM PST · by Former Military Chick · 14 replies · 532+ views
    AP ^ | January 07, 2005 | AP
    NEW YORK The Archdiocese of Portland, the first in the nation to file for bankruptcy in the face of mounting sex abuse claims, began running ads in major U.S. newspapers this week alerting priest abuse victims that their time to file a claim against the diocese is running out. The $250,000 ad campaign, required as part of the bankruptcy proceeding, asks any alleged victims who have not yet come forward to file a complaint naming their abuser by April 29. Over the next three weeks, the ads will run three times in 21 newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and...
  • Calif. Diocese Settles Clergy Abuse Cases

    12/03/2004 6:15:01 AM PST · by Tumbleweed_Connection · 1 replies · 150+ views
    AP ^ | Dec 3, 2004 | GILLIAN FLACCUS
    The Orange County diocese reached a settlement with 87 victims of clergy abuse, and a source close to the case told The Associated Press it promised to be bigger than the record $85 million agreement with the Boston Archdiocese. Terms of the agreement announced late Thursday were not disclosed, and attorneys said the judge did not specify when they would be released. Judge Owen Lee Kwong has ordered attorneys and plaintiffs not to discuss the deal's specifics. However, a participant in the settlement negotiations told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that the sum would exceed the record $85...
  • Archdiocese of Brownsville Runs 1/2 Page in McAllen Monitor

    10/10/2004 1:39:14 PM PDT · by Toonces T. Cat · 49 replies · 1,374+ views
    McAllen Monitor ^ | October 10, 2004 | Archdiocese of Brownsville
    The Archdiocese of Brownsville, Texas is running a half-page ad titled, "Abortion is the Issue" in the Sunday edition of the McAllen Monitor. I suspect that it is also running in the Brownsville Herald as well, but I do not a have a copy in hand to veryify that. It is a staggeringly effective indictment of the Kerry position on abortion and fetal stem cell research. I have scanned the ad and made a very clear and readable 800x600 jpeg that I would love to post in this thread, but I have nowhere to host it. I cannot use a...
  • John Kerry cannot receive communion in Provice of Atlanta by order of Bishops

    08/05/2004 1:59:26 PM PDT · by topher · 37 replies · 959+ views
    Archdiocese of Atlanta ^ | August 4, 2004 | Bishops of Atlanta Province
    From +Archbishop Donoghue, +Bishop Baker and +Bishop Jugis Worthy to Receive the Lamb:Catholics in Political Life and the Reception of Holy Communion August 4, 2004 + As bishops, we have the obligation to teach and guide the Catholic Faithful whom we shepherd in the Body of Christ. A fundamental teaching of our Church is respect for the sacred gift of life. This teaching flows from the Natural Law and from Divine Revelation. Life is a gift bestowed upon us by God, a truth underscored by the commandment: "You shall not kill" (Deut 5: 17 ). The Old Testament also teaches...