Archive for June 30th, 2014

U.S. Priests Want Married Men to Be Ordained, Support Worker Pensions, Immigration Reform and Opening Up Bishop-Selection Process / Religion News Service

A proposal to ask American Catholic bishops to request church approval to ordain married men as priests was approved June 25 by the 230 priests attending an assembly of the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests this week in St. Louis.

“The group also announced support for full payment of worker pensions, asked that lay people have a role in the selection of diocesan bishops, and made plans to help Catholics learn more about Church teaching in regard to immigration rights and responsibilities.

“In recommending a call for the church to ordain married men, the association cited published reports that Pope Francis would welcome such a request from bishop’s conferences around the world.”

By Religion News Service Religion Press Release Services —  Click here to read the rest of this press release and see contact information for the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests.

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Senior Australian Bishop Charged with Sex Abuse / Agence France-Press

One of the most senior members of the Catholic Church in Australia has stepped down from his role after being charged with child sex abuse, the Church said on Monday (June 30).

“Max Davis, who heads the church’s military diocese, is reportedly Australia’s most senior clergyman and the first Australian Catholic bishop to be charged with a child sex offense.”

By Agence France-Presse on DigitalJournal.com — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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Massachusetts Extends Statute of Limitations for Civil Lawsuits in Abuse Cases / Associated Press on NECN

Attorney expresses disappointment victims over 21 not allowed to sue those who supervised abusers or institutions that employed them

A Boston lawyer who represents victims of childhood sexual abuse is calling a change in state law a step in the right direction.

“Gov. Deval Patrick recently signed legislation that would extend the statute of limitations for filing civil lawsuits against alleged perpetrators.

“Individuals who previously had only until age 21 to sue would now have until age 53.

“Attorney Mitchell Garabedian said the law will help victims seek justice, but expressed disappointment it would not allow people older than 21 to retroactively sue those who supervised their alleged abusers or the institutions that employed them.”

By Associated Press on NECN-TV News — Click here to read the rest of this story.

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