Iraqi Catholics in the
Bishop Sarhad Jammo of St. Peter the Apostle Eparchy, based in El Cajon, Calif., said some in Parliament favor amending the constitution, which requires laws to conform to provisions of Islamic law. But fundamentalists in the legislature want Islam to be the state religion, giving “Muslim clerics the power to dictate law” and to veto measures.
Retiring Congressman Hyde Receives Papal Honor
ADDISON, Ill. — With little fanfare June 1, Bishop Joseph Imesch gave U.S. Rep. Henry Hyde, R-Ill., the documents by which Pope Benedict XVI declared him a Knight of St. Gregory. “I just want to thank you for your staunch defense of life through some very, very difficult times,” said the bishop, who recently retired as head of the Joliet Diocese. “You have been a consistent, steady voice for life, and the Church owes you a great deal for that.”
Hyde, who is retiring from Congress, met with Bishop Imesch at his
Bishop Imesch had submitted Hyde’s name to Pope Benedict for membership in the Knights of St. Gregory, a pontifical order of chivalry bestowed by the pope on individuals for their service to the Church.
Bishop Says Court Ruling Should Spur Mediation
The June 15 decision by U.S. District Judge Justin Quackenbush overturned U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Patricia Williams’ ruling that the bishop owned parish assets and they could be sold to pay claims against the diocese by people who say they were abused as minors by priests.
“Today’s decision by Judge Quackenbush helps foster an atmosphere in which healing and reconciliation can continue to take place,” said Bishop Skylstad in a June 15 statement. Both Quackenbush and Williams “have now strongly backed mediation,” the bishop said. “We look forward to the mediation scheduled for this summer, as the parties come together in a spirit of cooperation, working toward a speedy resolution,” said Bishop Skylstad, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.