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When the World Series resumes tonight, it will inch closer to not only determining which team will win its third ring in 10 years, but also which Catholic prelate will have to pony up.
Before the St. Louis Cardinals lost to the Boston Red Sox 8-1 Wednesday night in Game 1 of the 109th World Series, St. Louis Archbishop Robert Carlson challenged Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston to a friendly wager.
On the line? $100 to the winning city’s Catholic Charities.
The recent story about Jennifer Haselberger, a former chancellor for the St. Paul-Minneapolis archdiocese who finally blew the whistle on long unreported allegations of sexual abuse by priests, calls to mind a similar key role some years ago played by a woman in the Belleville, Ill., diocese.
Five years ago, 18 religious orders in Ireland pledged to set aside 110 million euros (about $160 million at the time) to pay for the treatment for survivors of institutional abuse, but to date they are about 40 million euros short of that figure, The Irish Independent is reporting.
I’ve been enjoying America magazine’s special issue on “Women in the Life of the Church,” with articles by Kerry Weber on women’s leadership, Diana Hayes on women’s spiritualities, Carolyn Woo on women in the developing world and Helen Alvaré on work/life balance, among others.
In response to my good friend, Michael Sean Winters (See Go Sox!): For those of us who grew up in St. Louis, we have been extremely fortunate to see quite a few World Series in our hometown. My first was in 1967 with the great Bob Gibson on the mound. If you grew up in Cardinal territory – a huge swath of this nation that, thanks to KMOX radio, spread south into Tennessee and north Texas – you know what a consistently solid baseball city looks like.
Msgr. Thomas J. O’Brien, subject of more than two dozen lawsuits alleging sexual abuse of minors, one of which ended in a $10 million settlement against the Kansas City-St. Joseph diocese, died this week according to his lawyer, The Kansas City Star is reporting. He was 87.
Leaders of the Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests, SNAP, are asking Bishop Robert Finn of Kansas City-St. Joseph to keep funeral services for O’Brien discreet.
Mother Antonia Brenner, known as the "prison angel" for her work with prisoners in Mexico, died Oct. 17, according to The New York Times. She was 86.
Become peacemakers was the message delivered Wednesday evening at a candlelight vigil for the victims of a northern Nevada-area school shooting.
Organized by the Reno and Sparks, Nev., interfaith community, hundreds of people gathered to pray, mourn and heal at Sparks Middle School, the site where Monday a 12-year-old boy shot and killed a math teacher and wounded two students before taking his own life.
The students shot were described as in stable condition, and did not suffer life-threatening injuries.
Religion News Service reports that baptism rates are falling at a rapid pace among both Catholics and Baptists. Among Catholics, there were slightly more than 1 million baptisms in 1970; in 2011, that number was down to 793,103.