Friday, March 15, 2013
Boston attorney Mitchell Garabedian believes the new pope - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina - will continue to sweep sexual abuse issues under the rug.
A Boston attorney who has helped hundreds of Catholic sexual abuse victims obtain settlements believes the new pope will continue to ignore sexual abuse issues. "Pope Benedict and the current pope will just toe the company line, and he’s going to continue to sweep sexual abuse issues under the rug and maintain the secrecy, which has allowed sexual predators to thrive," said Mitchell Garabedian, who heads a Boston law firm specializing in helping victims of sexual abuse. "I think sources from outside will continue to force the church to reveal the ugliness of child abuse within the church." Garabedian also offered his recommendations for the new pope - Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio of Argentina. "For an institution such as the Catholic church …
Wednesday, March 13, 2013
The white smoke appeared on Wednesday, signalling that the conclave had chosen Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to be the new head of the Catholic Church. Locals across the community responded.
The Catholic Church has a new pope, the first-ever from a Latin American country. Fr. Carlos Flor, pastor at St. Thomas Aquinas and Our Lady of Lourdes in Jamaica Plain, said he is happy with the selection. “I was surprised, but it was a good surprise,” he said of Argentinian Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the new pope. Flor said the choice to go with a Latin American shows the universality of the Catholic Church. And with so many Hispanics in the local diocese, the selection is especially resonant locally. “It shows diversity,” he said. “It shows the church is really universal.” Bergoglio, 76, born in Buenos Aires, has chosen the name Francis. He was ordained for the Jesuits in 1969, according to his biography. Flor said he expected a …
Monday, February 11, 2013
The pastor of both Jamaica Plain churches discussed his feelings on the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI, announced Monday.
With much realignment – including merging and closing parishes locally – the Catholic Church has taken another hit today, as Pope Benedict XVI announced he will resign effective Feb. 28, according to several media outlets. Fr. Carlos Flor, pastor of Our Lady of Lourdes and St. Thomas Aquinas churches in Jamaica Plain and St. Mary of the Angels parish in Roxbury, said the Catholic Church is losing a great man. “Like any other Catholic of the world I am definitely sad for knowing that the Holy Father’s health is so bad that he can not, according to his own words, continue doing his ministry the way the church needs at this point,” he said in an interview with Jamaica Plain Patch. “We lose a fantastic man who has been a great help for these …
Thursday, January 26, 2012
Two parishes in JP and one in Egleston would be grouped together under the draft plan.
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Thursday, January 26, 2012
The Catholic Church has proposed putting two JP parishes and one Egleston parish in the same grouping as a way to deal with lower church attendance and a shortage of priests. WBUR reports that the plan would cluster 290 parishes into 125 smaller groupings. The draft plan would put JP's two parishes, Our Lady of Lourdes and Saint Thomas Aquinas in with Saint Mary of the Angels, which is in Egleston Square just outside of JP. A copy of that plan is attached to this post. The parishes would share pastoral teams and have fewer staff, WBUR reports.