Fr. Edward Belczak was indicted on mail fraud, wire fraud and conspiracy charges. At issue is nearly $700,000 donated between 2004 and 2012 that have not been accounted for.
Faith & Parish
Archbishop Wilton Gregory of Atlanta pledged to restrict the presence of guns in Catholic institutions in response to a new Georgia law that would allow licensed gun owners to carry arms into schools, churches and other locales.
Set to take effect July 1, the law was opposed by the Georgia Catholic Conference.
Writing in his column in the May 1 issue of the Georgia Bulletin, newspaper of the Atlanta archdiocese, the archbishop said he regrets the enactment of the new law "more than I can possibly express."
The Archdiocese of New York is moving to large-scale parish closings, according to a story in Capital.
The Portland archdiocese's new auxiliary bishop, the first in 36 years, credited the people of the diocese for building his faith and inspiring his work during his episcopal ordination.
"I didn't get here on my own," Bishop Peter Smith told the congregation, which filled St. Mary's Cathedral in Portland to overflowing for a Mass that lasted two and a half hours Tuesday. "I got here because of all of you and many more besides."
SEX + FAITH: TALKING WITH YOUR CHILD FROM BIRTH TO ADOLESCENCE
By Kate Ott
Published by Westminster John Knox Press, $17
Almost everything I know about parenting I learned from my sister. She and her husband are not the perfect parents (who is?), but their three happy, healthy teen and young adult children are living evidence of their parenting success.
"I have written Father Radloff to encourage him to reconsider his decision in light of the detrimental effects it will have on him personally."
To make Catholic education more identifiably Catholic, several dioceses are specifying in their teachers' contracts how their teachers should act in their personal lives.
The National Labor Relations Board ruled April 17 that adjunct professors at Seattle University have a right to form a union and the Jesuit school is not exempt from the board's jurisdiction based on religious freedom protections under the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The university received the decision Thursday.
Catherine Dunphy came to seminary in her mid-20s, full of passion to work in the service of the Catholic church. By the time she left, for many reasons, she had lost her faith.
"I had this struggle where I thought, 'I don't believe this anymore,' " said Dunphy, now 40 and living in Toronto. "I felt I had no space to move or breathe. I felt like an outcast."
At his installation today, the new archbishop of Ho Chi Minh City Archdiocese said bishops need to meet Jesus so as to serve the church effectively.