Bishop Schlert expresses optimism that Conference Leaders will Convey Bishops’ Desire for More Accountability
At the request of the Vatican, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops today postponed a vote on a new code of conduct for Bishops, and on a lay commission empowered to investigate Bishops. The Vatican asked that the vote be delayed until after a worldwide meeting of church leaders planned for February.
The Diocese has no record of the abuse allegations against former priest Bruno Tucci that were made in the lawsuit, and was unaware of them until the lawsuit was filed.
Fulfilling the commitment made by Bishop Alfred Schlert and his brother Pennsylvania Bishops in mid-September, the Diocese of Allentown will establish a compensation and reconciliation program to assist victims and survivors of past clergy sexual abuse.
Monsignor William Baver, director of cemeteries for the Diocese of Allentown and pastor of SS. Simon and Jude Parish, Bethlehem, has been elected vice president of the Catholic Cemetery Conference, an international Roman Catholic faith network of cemeterians and suppliers.
Catholic Charities responded to people of all faiths residing in the hardest hit areas like Port Carbon, Pottsville and Tremont.
Family Holy Hours, aimed to help families step away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, sparked the interest of an estimated 1,850 faithful seeking to reconnect with one another through prayer and Eucharistic adoration.
Bishop Alfred Schlert is inviting the faithful to join him in seven days of prayer leading up to the national meeting of bishops in mid-November, at which critical decisions will be made in response to the clergy sexual abuse crisis.