Likening the pro-life cause to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech at the March on Washington in 1963, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley of Boston said dreams can take a long time to come true.
Before Thursday’s executive session to close the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) fall plenary a group of prelates gathered in the Baltimore Marriott Waterfront hotel lobby, pinned on a blue ribbon, and walked in solidarity with child sexual abuse survivors.
After spending time at Surfside’s informal Wall of Remembrance memorial for the victims of the Champlain Towers South collapse, Miami Archbishop Thomas G. Wenski told CBS4 Miami July 2, “It’s quite shocking to see.” He made the comments during his visit to the memorial with Boston Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley and Father Juan Sosa, pastor of St. Joseph Church, which is close to the site.
On Wednesday, March 24, Pope Francis appointed a prominent clergy abuse survivor and advocate to the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors. Chilean Juan Carlos Cruz joins 15 previous commission members whose terms were all renewed for one year.
Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston, a member of Pope Francis’s council of cardinal advisers, said he hopes that the example of the pope and his predecessor Benedict XVI receiving the COVID-19 vaccine will inspire others to follow suit and recognize that getting it is “the morally correct thing to do.”
Archbishop Bernard Hebda issued a letter on Friday stating that his predecessor Archbishop Nienstedt is unable to exercise public ministry in the archdiocese of Saint Paul-Minneapolis until allegations surrounding him are resolved.
Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago, named Friday by Pope Francis to the planning committee for February’s high-stakes Vatican meeting on sex abuse, says the pope is seeking the “full involvement of the global Church in assuring the protection of children.”