Stephen Hatherley, left, leads fellow trainees down a hallway as they participate in a simulated gun fight scenario at Fellowship of the Parks campus in Haslet, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)
August 16, 2019
Due to the increasing incidents of mass shootings, some churches are beginning to arm themselves in an effort to prevent such tragedies occurring in their congregations.
Authorities in Wyoming are recommending charges be brought against a retired Catholic bishop who has been found to have "credible" allegations against him.
While on a visit to the Marian Shrine in Knock, Co. Mayo, Ireland, Archbishop Rino Fisichella, the president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting New Evangelization, said that the church must be "prudent and not rush" to any judgment concerning the apparitions at Medjugorje.
Due to the recent gun shootings in El Paso and Dayton, a Pittsburgh, Penn. parish has decided to cancel its summer festival after it had received a threatening message.
San Diego Bishop Robert W. McElroy greets an attendee during an Aug. 13, 2019, meeting with all of the more than 2,500 San Diego diocesan employees in response to Pope Francis' call to confront sexual abuse of minors and other vulnerable people. (CNS photo/David Maung)
U.S. church reforms adopted in the early 2000s have contributed to a dramatic decline in cases of child abuse by clergy. The San Diego Diocese has not had a confirmed incident of sexual abuse of a minor by any of its priests in the past 20 years, records show.
“The situation is too fragile; the future is very unclear. This is a country of coups, and anything can happen here,” said Bishop Andali.