NCR Today: Another church leader who in the 1980s didn't know sex abuse was a crime; World Cup prayers; the cost of wildfires; Francis on clergy corruption.
John Gehring, Catholic Program Director for Faith in Public Life, interviewed Archbishop Emeritus Joseph Fiorenza of Galveston-Houston, Texas. Fiorenza tells Gehring that the US bishops “have a lot to learn from Pope Francis.”
The whole Q&A is worth your time. Here’s a few highlights:
From a press release published June 11 by Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA) announced today that Brian R. Corbin will join the organization on August 4th as the Senior Vice President of Social Policy where he will oversee CCUSA's social policy team and manage the organization's advocacy and government affairs efforts.
NCR Today: Iraqi Christians flee their homes amid militant push; Catholic University coach killed in accident; more Spaniards are attending Mass regularly.
NCR Today: Federal contractors will now be required not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation. How will the bishops take it?
Another school shooting has taken place, this time in Oregon. This map shows that they have been taking place in every corner of our country. In fact, a total of 74 school shootings have happened since the tragic December 2012 shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn.
The New York Times has an interesting story about the late Cardinal John O'Connor's Jewish heritage:
In his 16 years as the Catholic Church's top official in New York, Cardinal John Joseph O'Connor was a staunch friend and defender of the Jewish people.
NCR Today: Same-sex marriage, both sides claim Pope Francis; Venice, Fla., priests challenge bishop; Tucson aids women, children Border Patrol left at bus station.
It’s one of those weekends. Can’t get my mind off Iraq and the decade-long tragedy. We seem to be in or nearing the denouement. And it’s all quite awful. Internet news sites and blogs today are filled of gruesome reports and a series of photos showing masked fighters of the “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” (ISIL) loading captives onto flatbed trucks and forcing them to lie face-down in a shallow ditch with arms tied behind their backs. Men with machine guns are then seen standing along side the ditch. The last photos show dead bodies soaked in blood after being shot.
NCR Today: All of the material sent to Rome for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family will be compiled to stimulate discussion of the topic for the October meeting.