Father Michael Pfleger, activist Chicago priest, faces claim of abusing minor

Chicago, Ill., Jan 5, 2021 / 08:55 pm (CNA).- The outspoken activist Chicago priest Father Michael Pfleger faces an allegation that he sexually abused a minor over 40 years ago, Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has said, adding that the claims have not been proven true or false and are under investigation.

Cardinal Cupich shared what he said was “difficult news” in a Jan. 5 message to members of Saint Sabina Church and the Saint Sabina Academy. Pfleger has served as a priest at the southside Chicago church since 1983 and is presently described as its senior pastor.

“In keeping with our child protection policies, I have asked Father Pfleger to step aside from ministry following receipt by the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Child Abuse Investigations and Review of an allegation of sexual abuse of a minor more than 40 years ago. Allegations are claims that have not been proven as true or false. Therefore, guilt or innocence should not be assumed.”

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North Dakota concludes investigation of clerical sex abuse

Washington, D.C. Newsroom, Jan 5, 2021 / 06:19 pm (CNA).- An 18-month-long investigation into child sexual abuse in North Dakota’s two dioceses has concluded, the state’s attorney general announced Monday.

The investigation focused on a list of 53 men who had previously been identified by the dioceses of Bismarck and Fargo as being accused of sexual abuse. The dioceses considered the allegations against these 53 priests “substantiated.”

The state identified one person, Fr. Odo Muggli, a priest of the Order of St. Benedict, whom they suspect abused at least one child. Muggli was not on the list of initial 53 names as he is not a diocesan priest. Muggli is accused of abusing a child in the 1970s.

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Abortion advocates push for big changes in 2021 under Biden administration 

CNA Staff, Jan 5, 2021 / 04:59 pm (CNA).- Looking ahead at 2021, abortion advocates are hoping the incoming presidential administration will bring policy changes and new personnel who are sympathetic to their goals.

“Planned Parenthood is committed to partnering with the Biden-Harris administration to ensure sexual and reproductive health doesn’t take a backseat in health policy and when making appointments,” said Alexis McGill Johnson, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood and Planned Parenthood Action Fund, in a December 31 essay in Elle.

“On day one, we want Biden to issue an executive order that demonstrates the administration’s commitment to advancing health care access and rolling back harmful policies like the Title X gag rule, which has blocked patients from accessing care at Planned Parenthood health centers,” said Johnson.

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Bishop Sheen’s Prophecy

Listen and wonder. Our Lady of Fatima’s warning about Communism spreading its errors around the world seems too close to home – We can only hope that the final hope of Bishop Sheen comes true. Dostoyevsky said that beauty would save the world, but perhaps Russia will ironically have a hand in this as well.

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Philippine Catholics lament police killings of indigenous people during arrest

CNA Staff, Jan 5, 2021 / 04:36 pm (CNA).- Catholic and human rights groups have condemned the killing of nine indigenous group leaders, who were shot as authorities arrested protesters late last month.

On Dec. 30, government authorities attempted to arrest 28 people from the Tumandok indigenous group, an alliance of 17 indigenous communities in Tapaz and Jamindan.

According to authorities, the indigenous leaders, who were accused of being communist rebels, had opened fire on the police after search warrants were issued.

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