St. Pius X ordinations
Priests and deacons lie prostrate in front of Bishop Bernard Fellay, superior of the Society of St. Pius X, during an ordination ceremony in Econe, Switzerland, June 29. The Swiss-based organization rejects some of the reforms of the Second Vatican Council.
Denis Balibouse, Reuters/CNS
Pope Benedict XVI recognized Mother Mary Angeline Teresa McCrory, the Irish-born founder of the U.S.-based Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm, for her heroic virtues, naming her "venerable" and moving her sainthood cause a step forward. The Vatican announced the decree June 28.
Pope Benedict XVI has named Archbishop Gerhard L. Muller of Regensburg, Germany, the new prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith. Archbishop Muller, who has co-written a work on liberation theology, replaced U.S. Cardinal William J. Levada, who retired at 76.
U.S. Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen is pictured preaching. Pope Benedict XVI approved the heroic virtues of Archbishop Sheen, declaring him "venerable" and clearing the way for the advancement of his sainthood cause. As a priest he preached on the popular "The Catholic Hour" radio program and went on to become an Emmy-winning televangelist.
Pope Benedict XVI appointed Msgr. Jeffrey M. Monforton, 49, rector-president of Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit for the past six years, as bishop of Steubenville, Ohio. Msgr. Monforton succeeds Bishop R. Daniel Conlon, 63, who was named in May 2011 as bishop of Joliet, Ill.
Despite a technical glitch that notified users of an online system that the jury trial of Bishop Robert W. Finn and the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph on misdemeanor charges of failing to report suspected abuse had been canceled, the trial remains scheduled for Sept. 24. The bishop and the diocese entered not guilty pleas to the charges in October.
Nuns fight strip club
CHICAGO — The Missionary Sisters of St. Charles Borromeo and scores of their neighbors in Chicago are really hoping that the owners of a nearby soon-to-open strip club will "get it": They don't want that kind of business in their backyard, and they are not going to be quiet about it. The Scalabrini Sisters and more than 100 neighbors in Stone Park and Melrose Park and their supporters gathered July 2 to pray that the club — to be called Get It — will not open.
Anglicans' 'new home'
SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — Two Anglican communities from Southern California are now in full communion with the Catholic Church. Members of the St. Augustine of Canterbury and Blessed John Henry Newman communities, based in Oceanside/Carlsbad and Santa Ana respectively, were received into the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter during a July 3 liturgy at Mission Basilica San Juan Capistrano. Established by Pope Benedict XVI, the ordinariate is essentially a diocese for former Anglicans throughout the United States who wish to be fully Catholic while retaining their rich Anglican traditions and liturgical practices.
Six priests can return
PHILADELPHIA — The Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced the fate of six priests placed on administrative leave after the February 2011 Philadelphia grand jury report. Archbishop Charles J. Chaput decided on the cases after "a rigorous investigative process involving over 20 experts in child abuse," a statement from the archdiocese said July 6. Of the six priests, four were determined to have unsubstantiated allegations against them, and they have been deemed suitable for ministry.
DAVENPORT, Iowa — The Davenport Diocese's bankruptcy case is closed nearly six years after its attorneys filed a Chapter 11 petition and four years after the diocese reached a $37 million settlement with creditors. Bankruptcy Judge Lee Jackwig entered the final decree June 15 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Iowa, following a teleconference call between attorneys for the diocese and victims of clergy sexual abuse, who were the major creditors in the bankruptcy case.
Immigration ruling model
WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's June 25 ruling overturning much of Arizona's 2010 immigration law should limit other states' efforts to pass some kinds of immigration controls, but legal experts predict more costly litigation lies ahead over the boundaries of the "show me your papers" provision the court let stand. Doris Meissner, former head of the federal immigration agency, said she would expect states that want to dive into immigration-law waters might find something of a model for types of laws that could pass muster with the court, by targeting areas of law usually left to the states.
Priest sued after exorcism
ARLINGTON, Va. — A Virginia woman who claims a priest sexually abused her while meeting with her to perform exorcisms has filed suit against the Arlington Diocese and the Virginia-based pro-life group he formerly headed for $5.3 million in damages. The suit, filed June 19 in Arlington County Circuit Court on behalf of a woman identified only as Jane Doe, claims Father Thomas Euteneuer, former director of Human Life International, abused her between April 2008 and September 2010.
Rev. Pavone may minister
AMARILLO, Texas — A Vatican decree allows pro-life activist Rev. Frank Pavone to minister outside the Diocese of Amarillo, where he was incardinated in 2005, but he still must obtain specific permission to do so from Amarillo Bishop Patrick J. Zurek. The priest, who is national director of Priests for Life, also must continue his ministry as chaplain to the Disciples of the Lord Jesus Christ, a religious order in Channing.
Priest found guilty
PHILADELPHIA — With the same expression of serenity that he had shown for 13 weeks, Msgr. William J. Lynn listened to the criminal jury foreman speak the verdict of guilty on one charge of endangering the welfare of a child June 22 in a Philadelphia courtroom. Msgr. Lynn becomes the first high-ranking Catholic clergyman in the United States to be convicted of a crime associated with the handling of priests accused of child sexual abuse, though he himself faced no charge of abuse.
PHILADELPHIA — Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia announced a reorganization of the archdiocesan administration that will result in the loss of 40 jobs and the closing of The Catholic Standard & Times, the 117-year-old archdiocesan newspaper, to close a $17 million budget gap.
South Sudan corruption
NAIROBI, Kenya — One year after achieving independence, South Sudan remains plagued with corruption and ethnic discontent, prompting Catholic and Episcopal bishops to challenge the fledgling country's political leaders to "a change of heart leading to a change of behavior," in a message marking the July 9 anniversary.
Mexico tensions increase
MEXICO CITY — Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City prayed for peace as postelection tensions increased in Mexico, where one candidate says the presidential election was plagued by vote buying and irregularities. A copy of the prayer also was published in the archdiocesan newspaper Desde la Fe. It called for an end to the postelection rancor and asked "that the distinctive participants in the electoral contest ... peacefully resolve their differences of opinion."
— Catholic News Service
||Putin visits holy site
Russian President Vladimir Putin visits the site where Christians believe Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River near the West Bank city of Jericho on June 26.
Alexsey Druginyn, RIA Novosti pool/cns