Cardinal Zen prepared to be arrested (UCANews) Cardinal Joseph Zen acknowledges that he could be arrested under the terms of Hong Kong’s new security law, and is prepared to face imprisonment. Officials have already arrested scores of political dissidents.
Indiana bishop suspends priest over Black Lives Matter comments (WISH-TV) Bishop Timothy Doherty of Lafayette suspended Very Rev. Theodore Rothrock, VF, after he referred to Black Lives Matter as “maggots and parasites at best, feeding off the isolation of addiction and broken families.” Father Rothrock apologized: “It was not my intention to offend anyone, and I am sorry that my words have caused any hurt to anyone.”
Tucson bishop closes churches (KOLD) Bishop Edward Weisenberger of Tucson, Arizona, has closed the churches of the diocese in response to a surge of CO19 cases. “Now is the time to let the Church come to you in your homes,” the bishop said. Arizona emergency regulations allow for gatherings of up to 50 people, but the bishop said that “our parishes will no longer be open to the public.”
Abuse scandal cost another $323M in 2019 (USCCB) According to the USCCB’s new annual report, between mid-2018 and mid-2019, there were 4,434 new abuse allegations involving 4,420 alleged victims; the vast majority of new allegations involved incidents that reportedly took place decades ago, and over 80% involved alleged male victims. Of the 37 current allegations, eight have been substantiated, and seven were found to be unsubstantiated; 60% involved alleged female victims.
Exclusive: Archbishop Vigano answers criticism (CWN) In answer to questions from CWN editor Phil Lawler, Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano has issued a provocative new statement clarifying and expanding on his views on the doctrinal and pastoral problems that have arisen since Vatican II, the role of the Council in giving rise to those problems, and the need for “an act of humility that all of us, beginning with the hierarchy and the Pope, must carry out: recognizing the infiltration of the enemy into the heart of the Church.”