On August 4, 2019, Pope Francis marked the 160th anniversary of the death of the Curé of Ars, St. John Vianney, the patron saint of parish priests, by addressing a letter to all priests throughout the world. In the letter, the Holy Father acknowledges the pain and suffering that the Church has experienced because of the sexual abuse scandals and cover-up, while expressing his solidarity with priests who...
Last weekend, I joined much of our nation in watching reports from El Paso and Dayton. As details emerged about these latest mass shootings, many of us asked a simple, anguished question – how long must we wait? How many people have to die from unspeakable violence until our legislators act on gun control legislation? Twenty-five years ago the U.S. Bishops wrote, "Our families are torn by violence. Our communities are destroyed by violence. Our faith is tested by violence. We have...
Human compassion fills our hearts with sadness when we hear about an individual who wishes to end his or her life to escape the pain and suffering of illness, disability, or disease. The fear associated with such devastating human conditions is real and legitimate. However, as Pope Francis has noted, we must be careful not to yield to a false sense of compassion. Our Holy Father reminds us that we must never take a human life—even, or especially, our own, since “this is a sin against...
This Saturday, July 20th, St. Mary’s in Elizabeth will host its All Class Reunion and Homecoming Celebration to support the Save St. Mary’s High School Fund. Alumni of all years are invited to reunite and celebrate their alma mater with a day-long schedule of homecoming events. Activities for children will be provided from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, with the full event concluding at 9:00 pm.
The immigration enforcement raids announced by the Trump administration, scheduled to occur this Sunday around the country, will not provide a solution to our broken immigration system. Instead, they will cause more suffering to immigrant families, many of whom have been subject to detention, family separation, and violence. If carried out, the raids will separate families, causing trauma to children, who are extremely vulnerable and dependent on their parents.
Like many of you, I was horrified by the picture of Oscar Martinez and his daughter, Angie Valeria, lying lifelessly by the Rio Grande after fleeing their country to seek refuge in our country. Equally unthinkable are the images of children in overcrowded and unsanitary conditions in our country’s immigration detention facilities. Human hearts cry out for justice. We see within these pictures our brothers and sisters. We all are created in the image and likeness of God, and...
The Archdiocese of Newark and St. Mary of the Assumption Church announced today that St. Mary of the Assumption High School, which serves students in grades 9-12 in Elizabeth, Union County, will close June 30, 2019. Despite a valiant effort by faculty, staff, alumni and other stakeholders of the storied urban Catholic high school, the closure is necessary due to a steady decline in enrollment in past...
The USCCB voted on several proposals to hold bishops accountable for instances of sexual abuse of minors or vulnerable persons, sexual misconduct, or the intentional mishandling of such cases. The USCCB specifically committed to involving and utilizing lay professional experts, and also established a new, independent mechanism for the reporting of such cases.
Beginning June 15, 2019, the New Jersey Independent Victim Compensation Program (IVCP) will begin accepting claims related to the sexual abuse of minors by diocesan priests or deacons of the Roman Catholic dioceses of Newark, Paterson, Metuchen, Camden, and Trenton. The IVCP is administered by Kenneth R. Feinberg and Camille S. Biros, two noted victims’ compensation experts who have designed and administered similar compensation programs for the Catholic Dioceses in...
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