Archive for February 1st, 2017
An association of nearly 1,200 U.S. priests is in the final development stages of issuing an urgent ‘plea’ to the U.S. bishops to ‘formulate a plan now to meet this emerging crisis’ of parish closings and consolidations.
“In a working draft it calls a ‘Proposal for Pastoral Care In & Thru Priestless Parishes,’ the Association of U.S. Catholic Priests exhorts the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and ‘dioceses nationwide’ to quickly address the issue.
“Core to the plan is ‘new and more specific exploration’ of lay ecclesial ministers to oversee non-sacramental aspects of parish life and administration, according to a proposed plan cover letter contained in an email to NCR.”
By Dan Morris-Young, National Catholic Reporter — Click here to read the rest of this story.
The Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse will examine the current policies and procedures of Catholic Church authorities in Australia in its final public hearing into the church.
“The public hearing will be held on Monday (Feb. 6) inside the royal commission’s hearing rooms at the Governor Macquarie Tower in Sydney.
“The hearing will probe existing child protection and child-safe standards within the Catholic Church, including responding to allegations of child sexual abuse.
“It will also examine factors that may have contributed to the occurrence of child sexual abuse at Catholic Church institutions across Australia.”
By Melissa Cunningham, The Courier — Click here to read the rest of this story.