News In Brief
Bill to End Limitations in Sex Abuse Suits Dies
On the final day of the session, the state Senate chose not to take up House Bill 1090, which would have given sex-abuse victims unlimited time to file lawsuits against the Church. The bill specifically exwmpted public institutions that have a much greater rate of sexual abuse. Under current state law, people who say they have been sexually abused have until age 24 to file a lawsuit.
The measure and similar
legislative movements had been criticized by Archbishop Charles Chaput of
Writing in the May edition of First Things magazine, Archbishop Chaput stated: “Communities of faith have an obligation to generously help people who have been hurt by their members, past or present. But they also have a right to maintain their mission of serving others and to be protected from predatory judgments designed to gut their resources and identity.”
Souper Bowl Raises $4.7 Million for the Hungry
The Catholic groups were among
some 11,500 youth organizations that collected a record $4.7 million for the
hungry across the country this year. The event, held annually on Super Bowl
Sunday in January or February, began with a prayer in a single
Young people participate by
collecting donations in large soup pots outside churches or at other locations.
They donate that money to local charities; no funds go to the national Souper Bowl organization, based in
He could be eligible for parole in
15 years. The jury deliberated for six hours and 25 minutes before handing down
the verdict. Sister Margaret Ann, 71, was strangled and then stabbed 31 times
in the chapel at the now-closed
“This is a sad day for the Diocese of Toledo,” Bishop Leonard Blair said in a statement. He called for prayers for Sister Margaret Ann, her family and the Sisters of Mercy; the judge, jury, attorneys and witnesses in the trial; and Father Robinson.
“Let us hope that the conclusion of the trial will bring some measure of healing for all those affected by the case as well as for our local church,” the bishop added. “The diocese has remained steadfast in the work of the Church and its ministries throughout this trial, and will continue to do so.”
Diocese Keeps Nursing Homes Open and Catholic
Under the agreement, announced May
1, Harborside Healthcare will assume responsibility
for the operation and management of
A spokesman for the Diocese of Bridgeport said the three homes employ 900 people and have a total of 562 beds. Pastoral services that will continue include daily Mass, Catholic chaplains and adherence to the ethical and moral teachings of the Catholic Church.
- May 21-27, 2006