Bishop Elected to Board of Military Institute
established in 2001 as a successor to the 55-year-old School of the
The bishop commented
that he was surprised at being invited to be a board member in the first place
but even more surprised he was nominated for the chairmanship. He was appointed
to the board in October 2005 by the
VATICAN CITY — Pope Benedict XVI has named John Haas, a moral theologian and president of the Philadelphia-based National Catholic Bioethics Center, to be a member of the Pontifical Academy for Life.
Haas, a Philadelphia resident and father of nine children, has taught moral theology at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, at the John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family in Washington and at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio.
Pope John Paul II
Los Angeles Cardinal Calls Settlement ‘Fair and Just’
LOS ANGELES — The $60 million settlement of 45
cases in which clergy had been accused of sexual abuse is “fair and just,”
Cardinal Roger Mahony of
In a statement, the cardinal also termed the settlement “a positive step forward in the Church’s efforts to promote healing and reconciliation for those who have suffered abuse by members of the clergy.” He also made a personal apology to all victims of abuse by a priest, religious or deacon in the archdiocese. “The sexual abuse of minors is both a sin and a crime, and there is no place in the priesthood for those who have abused children,” he added.
The archdiocese said its share of the settlement was about $40 million, with the remainder covered by insurance companies or religious orders. The amount of the settlement “was anticipated and set aside last year,” it added. “I want to assure you,” Cardinal Mahony said, “that no parishes will be affected as a result of this settlement.”