News In Brief
BY John Lilly
October 29-November 4, 2006 Issue | Posted 10/25/06 at 10:00 AM
Archdiocese Raps Foley Abuser’s Behavior
MIAMI — Father Anthony Mercieca’s admitted behavior 40 years ago with a young Mark Foley “is morally reprehensible, canonically criminal and inexcusable,” the spokeswoman for the Archdiocese of Miami said Oct. 20, shortly after receiving the name of the former congressman’s alleged abuser.
Mary Ross Agosta, director of communications for the Miami Archdiocese, said Archbishop John Favalora had withdrawn from Father Mercieca the right to function as a priest and had begun an investigation that “could result in ecclesiastical sanctions” against the Maltese priest, who served in south Florida for 38 years.
The Diocese of Gozo in
D.C. Talk Proposes Solution for Iraqi Christians
“We would like to
organize a democratic and federalist
Michael Youash, project director of the Iraqi Sustainability
Democracy Project, said the administrative region with local jurisdiction would
Youash and Warda spoke Oct. 18 at a press conference at the National
Press Club in
State Conference Considers Appealing Decision
The Oct. 19 decision of the New York State Court of Appeals upheld a state law that forces Catholic education, health and human services ministries to provide contraception coverage in employees health plans.
“We are very disappointed with the Court of Appeals’ decision and firmly believe that it is in error,” said Richard Barnes, executive director of the New York State Catholic Conference in a statement. “Any religious organization must have the right in American society to uphold its own teachings, even if those teachings are unpopular or countercultural.”
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