Accused priests cannot be left ‘destitute’ Buffalo diocese clarifies

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, May 1, 2020 / 04:00 pm (CNA).- The Diocese of Buffalo clarified on Friday that priests accused of sexual abuse cannot be left “destitute,” even as the diocese acts to withdraw financial support payments.

The diocese had announced earlier this week that 23 priests “with substantiated allegations of sexual abuse” would no longer receive financial assistance or health benefits from the Diocese of Buffalo as of May 1. However, the diocese said that pension plans would not be affected by the decision.

Interim communications director for the diocese Greg Tucker told CNA on Friday that “the diocese recognizes that there are certain canonical obligations to ensure that these individuals are not left destitute and is addressing this.”

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Survey: Religious Americans say coronavirus crisis has strengthened their faith

Denver Newsroom, May 1, 2020 / 03:50 pm (CNA).- A segment of Americans say their faith has grown stronger since the coronavirus epidemic began, including 27% of Catholics, though the rise seems most pronounced among those who were already more religious than most, a survey from the Pew Research Center reports.

“The most religious Americans – those who frequently pray and attend services (at least in typical times), and who rate religion as very important to them – are far more likely than others to say their faith has grown stronger as a result of the coronavirus outbreak,” said Pew Research Center research associate Claire Gecewicz in a April 30 post at the center’s blog Fact Tank.

Gecewicz added “the self-reported strengthening of religious faith has been most pronounced within a segment of the public that was already quite religious to begin with.”

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‘In other words I loved and I followed Christ.’ Sunday Reflections, 4th Sunday of Easter, Year A

The Good ShepherdEarly Italian Christian Sculptor [Web Gallery of Art]

This Sunday is often called ‘Good Shepherd Sunday’ and is also World Day of Prayer for Vocations.

Readings (New American Bible: Philippines, USA)           Readings (Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)

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Five COVID deaths at Wisconsin home for religious sisters with dementia

CNA Staff, May 1, 2020 / 03:28 pm (CNA).- Within the past month, a Wisconsin retirement home for religious sisters with dementia has had several sisters die and four staff members test positive.

Our Lady of the Angels Convent in Milwaukee has seen five resident deaths due to the novel coronavirus. In all five cases, the virus was discovered after the time of death.

The five sisters who have died of the virus are Mary Collins, 95; Marie Skender, 83; Mary Sherburne, 99; Annelda Holtkamp, 102; and Bernadette Kelter, 88.

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Vatican confirms ‘individual measures’ taken against staff in financial investigation

CNA Staff, May 1, 2020 / 03:00 pm (CNA).- The Holy See has announced that new “measures” have been taken against officials at the Vatican Secretariat of State as part of ongoing investigations into financial dealings at the curial department.

In a statement sent to journalists April 30, Holy See press officer Matteo Bruni said that in response to “some questions from journalists,” he could confirm “that individual measures had been arranged for some employees of the Holy See, at the expiry of those adopted at the beginning of the investigation of financial and real estate investments of the Secretariat of State.”

The release confirms that a months-long Vatican investigation is ongoing, which aims to dig into complicated financial transactions and investments made by officials at the secretariat over a period of years.

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