Thursday, 5 January 2012

News briefs for Thursday 5 January**

Feasts: Twelfth Night; Commemoration of St Telesphorus, Pope and Martyr; I Vespers of Epiphany (EF)
  • The Pope's  General Audience this week was on spreading the joy of Christmas: Christmas is the point at which heaven and earth unite...
Cleaning out the Augean stables around the world...
  • The Pope has accepted the resignation of Los Angeles Gabino Zavala, who it has been revealed, had a secret family in another state including two teenage children...
  • Disgraced Canadian bishop Raymond Lahey has been sentenced to fifteen months jail on child pornography charges but will not have to serve any additional time.  He remains 'bishop emeritus' of Antigonish. 
Persecution watch
  • The Open Doors 2012 World Watch List, of countries where Christians face persecution is out and topped once again by North Korea, followed by Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Somalia and the Maldives.  Pakistan entered the top ten for the first time, and Iraq remains in the top ten...
Oz bishop's Christmas messages
  • Archbishop Hickey of Perth's Christmas message focuses on the need for evangelization: "Every year, we celebrate and remember His birth not because He changed the world, but because He is the Son of God who came down from Heaven to show us the way to Heaven, to happiness," he says, and we are all called to do our part in spreading this good news.
  • Bishop Justin Bianchini of Geraldton talks about the experience of visiting Christian refugees in the detention centre at Leonora;
  • Bishop Gerard Holohan of Bunbury talks about the way Christ can act in our lives if we let him in, and urges us to seek him through prayer, the Eucharist, the Sacrament of Reconciliation, and by reading Scripture.
  • **Bishop Christopher Saunders of Broome.


Victoria said...

I don't see why the archdiocese of Los Angeles should have to "reach out" financially to the children of the disgraced archbishop; will he not be receiving some sort of pension from the archdiocese and he should have some money saved from the money he has received from the archdiocese when he was in active ministry. He is only sixty so he could get a job to support his family.

Kate said...

Agreed Victoria.

Joshua over Psallite Sapienter has a great post on how erring clerics and bishops such as these should actually be publicly rebuked and punished, not 'understood':