Panel of experts address Clergy Days participants: sexual abuse laws, financial reporting, legal issues among presentations

Editor | June 12, 2016

Clergy from all corners of the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh once again converged at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Munhall, Pa. for Presbyteral (Clergy) Days. Held Tuesday May 31 and Wednesday June 1, the annual Spring meeting brings together parish pastors, administrators, deacons and retired priests for the dissemination of information, group discussion, and collegial fellowship essential to pastoral life.
Communications Director for the Pennsylvania Catholic Conference (PCC), Amy B. Hill was the first speaker of the 2016 Clergy Days convocation. She covered the very sensitive and emotionally charged topic of child sexual abuse and shared information regarding the Statute of Limitations (SoL) on reporting abuse in Pennsylvania (House Bill 1947). Hill emphasized that the Catholic Church is not at all opposed to accepting responsibility for abuse that happened in the past. “This is not a debate between the Church and survivors of abuse,” she said, adding that in actuality it is about priests, churches, parishioners being held responsible for paying hefty, financially devastating judgments resulting from lawsuits.
“The bottom line here is not the money – it is that children were hurt. We agree that if a child was hurt, then the perpetrators must be brought to justice,” Hill reasoned. “However, is the money settlement really going to make the issue any better when it bankrupts entire faith communities?”
Continuing the child abuse laws and reporting discussion was Attorney Cathy Chromulak, Legal Counsel for the Archeparchy of Pittsburgh.

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Bishop John Pazak, CSsR enthronement date

Editor | June 12, 2016

Bishop John Pazak, CSSR enthronement date set newly appointed head of Phoenix Eparchy to begin his tenure July 20. Bishop John S. Pazak, CSSR, who on May 7 was named by Pope Francis as the new bishop of the Byzantine … Continue reading

Attention all Cantors

Editor | June 12, 2016

All voices welcome to lead 2016 pilgrimage services. It is now almost summer, and the year-round planning process continues for the 82nd Annual Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Perpetual Help at Mount Saint Macrina in Uniontown, Pennsylvania. As singing is … Continue reading

Get ready for Faith & Fun!

Editor | June 12, 2016

9th Annual day for altar servers. It’s time again for the Office of Vocations to host “Faith & Fun Day”  for active Altar Servers on WEDNESDAY, JULY 20. The day will begin with Registration in the social hall of Holy … Continue reading

Catholic Assistance for Sex Abuse Survivors

Editor | June 12, 2016

“I am deeply sorry. God weeps,” said Pope Francis last September after meeting with several sexual abuse survivors during his visit to Philadelphia. All of us in the Catholic community must do what we can to understand the pain, anger, … Continue reading

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An Explantation of the Byzantine Rite Liturgical Practive of Observing All Souls Saturdays

ETERNAL MEMORY! VICHNAJA PAMJAT’! ALL SOUL’S SATURDAY “The Holy Fathers were convinced that the commemoration of the departed by alms and sacrifices (Divine Liturgies) brings great com­fort and benefit to them.” (SYNAXARION FOR MEAT-FARE SATURDAY) O Church, equally observed in … Continue reading