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Columbus bishop creates task force, hires attorney to tackle abuse allegations

Bishop Robert Brennan, of the Diocese of Columbus, has started a task force to look into diocesan policies regarding sexual abuse of minors by priests. The diocese has also hired a local law firm to look into its records and see if more priests should be added to a list of 50 clergy members who have been accused thus far.

Cleveland bishop Nelson Perez named Philadelphia’s next archbishop

The bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Vatican announced Thursday, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock.A news conference was scheduled Thursday morning to introduce Nelson Perez. He will succeed Archbishop Charles Chaput, a conservative culture warrior who will step down after turning 75 last year, the traditional retirement age for Catholic bishops. […]

Cleveland bishop Nelson Perez named Philadelphia's next archbishop

PHILADELPHIA — The Vatican announced Thursday that the bishop of Cleveland will become the new leader of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, making him the first Hispanic archbishop to lead the region’s 1.3 million-member flock.A news conference was scheduled Thursday morning to introduce Nelson Perez. He will succeed Archbishop Charles Chaput, who will step down after turning 75 last year, the traditional retirement age for Catholic bishops.Born in Miami and […]

Ask Pastor Adrienne: Should my church prepare for a shooting?

Q: Dear Pastor,Should my church prepare for an active shooter? An aside: I’m wondering why God doesn’t protect his own!A: Yes, we are seeing violence coming to our churches now, as evidenced by another berserk shooter in the Dallas-Fort Worth area last month. Churches, schools, grocery stores - Christians in everyday life are facing the truth that the only safe place is in Christ. As cliché as that unfortunately is, it’s the truth. “The Lord is a strong […]

Columbus bishop, anti-abortion advocates pray for unborn life on Roe v. Wade anniversary

In remembrance of the 47th anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion, many community members attended a Catholic Mass and Greater Columbus Right to Life ceremony Wednesday morning to mourn the lives lost since then. Bishop Robert J. Brennan, Ohio lawmakers and community groups spoke at the event, emphasizing the need to respect unborn life.

Bill Tinsley: Our conduct in secret is the most important part of our life

You would think that we would have learned our lesson about secrets. President Nixon and “all the president’s men” thought that they could get away with it. But every word uttered in the oval office found its way into print and the public. The Watergate tapes ripped the mask off the public image of politics and left an entire generation disillusioned. Twenty years later, Bill Clinton assumed that what he did in private would remain secret. But what happened with Monica […]

Expanded chaplain program ready for anything in Franklin County sheriff’s office

Recognizing that the mental health needs of law enforcement officers hold a special challenge, the Franklin County sheriff’s office has expanded its chaplain program, adding six volunteer ministers to its ranks to help the 1,200 sworn and civilian employees with whatever they may need. Six ministers have taken special training since November to join the Rev. Leo Connolly, the office’s longtime sole chaplain, and more will be added.

Grant Medical Center, Nationwide Children's offer bloodless surgery to Jehovah's Witnesses

OhioHealth Grant Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus both have a program that provides blood alternatives to people who don’t want blood transfusions or treatment with blood products. This is mostly done for religious reasons for Jehovah’s Witnesses, who say Biblical teachings command them to abstain from blood products.

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