Archbishop J. Michael Miller of the Archdiocese of Vancouver, Canada, has chosen to financially support a research facility looking for a coronavirus vaccine, led by the immunologist Wilfred Jefferies at the Michael Smith Laboratories of the University of British Columbia.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops is recommending that diocesan bishops consider the guidelines prepared by the Thomistic Institute at the Dominican House of Studies in Washington, D.C. for when holding Mass. Another set of recommendations has come from the Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions, an organization that pools the expertise of diocesan liturgical offices across the country. Ultimately, it is up to each bishop to determine what to do in his diocese.
But one year after a summit on sex abuse at the Vatican, Peter Isely, a clergy abuse survivor and founding member of the U.S. based SNAP (Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests), shares that, while the rhetoric adopted by Pope Francis “would get an A plus,” the follow-up and actions undertaken receive a “D minus.”
Two cousins from Mississippi who were sexually abused by clergy members as children have filed a lawsuit against the Catholic Church after they say they were forced to accept only a small sum of money in the form of a settlement in exchange for their silence.