Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Shameful & Shameless



Francis backs US bishops: Policy of separating migrant children is 'immoral'

Francis backs US bishops: Policy of separating migrant children is 'immoral'

Retired Washington cardinal out of ministry after credible abuse allegation

Retired Washington cardinal out of ministry after credible abuse allegation

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Cardinal Theodore McCarrick has announced that he is stepping down from active ministry after allegations of sexual abuse were found "credible and substantiated." He is likely the first cardinal to step down from active ministry for sexually abusing a minor.

Australian prelate: Laity could have prevented 'catastrophic' abuse crisis

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Border Blame Game


U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2017 (CNS photo/Jim Lo Scalzo, EPA)
Since President Donald Trump took office, the news on the immigration beat has been a horrifying parade of human-rights violations and needless cruelty [1]. Families torn apart, migrants kept in prison camps, asylum-seekers turned away, vulnerable people deported to face the violent circumstances they came to this country to escape.
How did it get so awful? Let’s give a nod to President George W. Bush [2], who created the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) as part of the Department of Homeland Security after 9/11. President Barack Obama, in turn, might have reformed or reined in ICE, but instead he stepped up deportations. But primary responsibility for the current disaster lies with President Donald Trump, whose Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has instituted a “zero tolerance” policy that calls for criminal prosecution of every person who enters the country without permission, and separates parents from children on those grounds.

Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago

Body of priest exhumed to establish whether he fathered a child decades ago      

Jim Graham with a picture of the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, who he contends was his father.  Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff)
Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff
Jim Graham with a picture of the Rev. Thomas Sullivan, who he contends was his father.
TEWKSBURY — For 25 years, Jim Graham has tried to prove he is the son of a deceased Catholic priest who grew up in Lowell and graduated from Boston College.
He pulled old adoption records that mention his “alleged father.” He leaned on leaked documents from a friendly priest and petitioned Catholic leaders all the way to Rome, to no avail.
The quest continued Monday afternoon in a Catholic cemetery in Tewksbury, as a backhoe turned up earth on the Rev. Thomas Sullivan’s grave and promised to provide answers once and for all.

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