Feds probe cardinal’s handling of abuse cases

Scott Glover and Jack Leonard / LA Times |

The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

Feds probe cardinal’s handling of abuse cases

Scott Glover and Jack Leonard / LA Times |

The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

Feds investigation Cardinal Mahony, sources say

LA Times |

The U.S. attorney in Los Angeles has launched a federal grand jury investigation into Cardinal Roger M. Mahony in connection with his response to the molestation of children by priests in the Los Angeles Archdiocese, according to two law enforcement sources familiar with the case.

Falsani debuts on NPR

Kevin Eckstrom |

Our very own Cathleen Falsani (who we reluctantly have to share with the Chicago Sun-Times) makes her commentary debut on NPR: “The Vatican has begun its own YouTube channel. Viewers can now see the Pope performing a variety of duties such as blessing lambs, preaching sermons and meeting world leaders. But commentator and Chicago Sun-Times […]

Polish priest gets prison for groping girl during flight

Joe Ryan |

NEWARK, N.J. (RNS) A Roman Catholic priest from Poland was sentenced Tuesday (Jan. 27) to one year in federal prison for groping a 16-year-old girl in the dimmed cabin of a trans-Atlantic jet. The Rev. Tomasz Adam Zielinski, 33, admitted fondling the teenager from Belarus as she sat beside him on a flight from Poland […]

Someone stop the bleeding

Kevin Eckstrom |

Two separate closures to tell you about, one old and one new: Ignite Your Faith, a quarterly magazine for Christian teens, will end its 60-year publishing run this Spring. The magazine, published by Christianity Today International, reached readers aged 13-17 and had a circulation of 100,000. (via DMNews.com) And, according to a Facebook status update […]

Drinan and the FBI

Kevin Eckstrom |

Michael Paulson up at The Boston Globe used a Freedom of Information Act request to obtain copies of the late Rev. Robert Drinan’s FBI file. The fact that the FBI even kept a file on Drinan (the first and only Jesuit priest to serve in Congress) was the subject of controversy. Pope John Paul II […]

More Updike

Frank has already posted on the passing of John Updike, but I couldn’t resist posting a link to this story, called “Varieties of Religious Experience,” after the great work by William James.

Demonizing Obama

The Atlantic sits down with Hisham Melhem, the Arab journalist who interviewed Obama on Monday. Moneyquote: “Look, in the long run, he is telling the Muslim world that it’s going to have a difficult time demonizing him. He’s saying, `I’m willing to disagree with the people of the Muslim world respectfully.’ He was miffed and […]

Debunking FOCA

Catholic News Service, the news service of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, has a story about the false FOCA rumors flying around the Internets. Moneyquote: “Internet rumors to the contrary, no Catholic hospital in the United States is in danger of closing because of the Freedom of Choice Act. As a matter of fact, […]