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BY John Lilly
L.A. Archdiocese Loses Legal Battle
REUTERS, April 17 — The Archdiocese of
Los Angeles lost its four-year battle to keep private files related to two
priests who were accused of sexual abuse of children, reported Reuters.
The U.S. Supreme Court’s refusal
to hear a lower court ruling means that 14 documents pertaining to the cases
will be made available to a Los
Angeles grand jury. It also means that other
confidential records being sought by more than 500 people who have brought
civil lawsuits against the archdiocese may be made available.
The archdiocese described the
ruling as “disappointing,” and is attempting to settle the civil cases through
Agencies Won’t Be Penalized for
BOSTON GLOBE, April 15 — Massachusetts’
Catholic adoption agencies in Fall River, Springfield and Worcester will not be
penalized by the government for their refusal to place adoptive children with
homosexual couples, said the Globe.
While the policy violates the
state’s antidiscrimination laws, the Department of Early Education and Care
said it will hold off taking any action because the governor has proposed
legislation that could exempt such agencies from considering homosexual adoptions
based on religious grounds.
Gov. W. Mitt Romney filed the bill
after Catholic Charities of Boston decided to end its adoption services rather
than continue a practice that was against Catholic Church teaching.
Catholic Charities of Worcester
said that they refer such applicants to other agencies.
Connecticut Church Attendance Rising
WTNH, April 11 — The Dioceses of
Hartford and Bridgeport, Conn.
are reporting noticeable increases in Catholic Church attendance, reported WTNH
TV in New Haven.
According to the Diocese of
Bridgeport, attendance at the diocese’s 87 parishes has increased 14% this
“I think people are trying a lot
of different things and they’re coming up empty,” said John Colagrossi,
a parishioner of Our Lady of Grace Church in Stratford. “They realize Church is the real
Diocesan officials aren’t sure why
attendance is on the rise.
Msgr. William Shultz, spokesman for the
Diocese of Bridgeport, said, “I hope they realize we all need faith and Christ
in our lives, especially when you look around the world and see what’s