VATICAN CITY, Rome — News reports say a onetime public face of the disgraced Legion of Christ religious order who left the priesthood after admitting he fathered a child, is getting married this weekend to the child’s mother.
The Associated Press has learned that Thomas Williams will reportedly marry the daughter of former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See Mary Ann Glendon, one of Pope Francis’ top advisers.
Glendon, a Harvard University law professor, is one of the highest-ranking women at the Vatican as president of the Pontifical Academy for Social Sciences. She is also one of five people on Francis’ commission to reform the scandal-marred Vatican bank.
APATZINGAN, Mexico — A 75-year-old bishop in Mexico has criticized drug gangs by name, supported village vigilantes and demanded that the government restore order.
This has been the bloodiest year since 1998 when it comes to drug violence in the state of Michoacan and it is time to speak out according to Bishop Miguel Patino Velazquez.
Where other church fathers have spoken in generic terms about the violence, the bishop has been bold, leading the Catholic Church into the heart of the public debate.
“Now is the moment to be one voice for our poor people, for our society,” he said.
MUSKEGON, Michigan — A Michigan woman reportedly contends with the nation’s Catholic hospitals in federal court, claiming they are unlawfully denying certain life-saving treatment to pregnant women who are miscarrying for fear they might be participating in an abortion.
With help from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Muskegon woman is suing the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, alleging the group’s anti-abortion directive denies pregnant women in crisis proper medical care.
According to the lawsuit, the directive reportedly contributed to a painful miscarriage in her case and offered her no options.
WARSAW, Poland — A 49-year-old priest in central Poland has been convicted of sexually abusing five boys and was sentenced Monday to more than eight years in prison, the toughest punishment given to a Polish priest in a child sexual abuse case.
Most people in the predominantly Catholic nation considered priests to be top moral figures. The Polish church has helped preserve national identity and supported independence efforts under decades of communism.
Priests before were generally treated with leniency and handed small or suspended sentences. However, church authorities recently declared “zero tolerance” for pedophile priests.
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SAN FRANCISCO, California – News reports say one of San Francisco’s oldest Catholic churches is facing scandal caused by kinky sex in the sanctuary, embezzlement and racy photos.
National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi is faced with the accusations that have led to the ‘comprehensive investigation of alleged improper behavior’ involving the shrine’s volunteer chairman, William McLaughlin and admin- assistant, Jhona Mathews, 33, costing them both their jobs.
Shrine spokesman Larry Kamer said a police report was filed last week alleging that Mathews had stolen hundreds of thousands of dollars from the church.
VATICAN CITY, Rome — The president of Russia meets with Pope Francis at the Vatican on Monday as part of his state visit to Italy, a meeting that could help fuel further warming in relations between the Catholic and Russian Orthodox churches.
Since the March election of Pope Francis, there have been signs that the two churches are eager to ease the tensions that date back all the way to the Great Schism of 1054.
Last week, ahead of President Vladimir Putin’s visit, Russian Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill met with an influential Catholic archbishop in Moscow, attesting to the more amiable nature of inter-church ties.
SIOUX CITY, Iowa — It has been reported that a new survey is taking into consideration the views of Catholics on a number of topics that the Church is challenged with.
The main essence of the survey is family and marriage, covering topics such as cohabitation, contraception, same sex marriage and divorce.
The survey reportedly originates from a special meeting called by Pope Francis to discuss the issues at hand. That meeting will be held in October of next year.
The survey will help clear up confusion over the church views on marriage issues, according to the bishop of the Diocese of Sioux City, Walker Nickless.
FORT WORTH, Texas – It has been reported that a rector of Holy Trinity Seminary in Irving was named Tuesday as bishop-elect of the Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth.
Bishop-elect Michael F. Olson
Monsignor Michael Olson will be ordained and installed as bishop on Jan. 29.
The monsignor reportedly spoke to more than 400 worshipers Tuesday afternoon at St. Patrick Cathedral, telling the story of Zacchaeus, the short tax collector who climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus because his view was blocked by a crowd.