Diocese of Allentown Bishop Alfred Schlert welcomes the new bishop accountability processes ratified by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops at their meeting in Baltimore Thursday morning. “I was pleased to vote in favor of the proposals, and look forward to their implementation,” he said. “The strong will of the bishops to hold themselves accountable was shown by the near-unanimous votes in favor of all the measures.” Bishop Schlert made clear in November 2018 that he holds himself personally accountable. “I welcome independent and objective scrutiny as I work to fulfill my grave responsibility to prevent abuse and keep children safe,” he said in the pledge.
The U.S. bishops approved a plan to implement the document issued in May by Pope Francis to help the Catholic Church safeguard its members from abuse and hold its leaders accountable. The implementation plan passed 281-1 with two abstentions.
“Ignatian spirituality is rooted in the experiences of St. Ignatius Loyola, a Basque aristocrat whose conversion to a fervent Christian faith began while he was recovering from war injuries,” said Father Christopher Walsh, pastor of St. Raymond, Philadelphia during “Faith and Spirits” at Braveheart Highland Pub, Hellertown.
Blood donors save lives, and the people at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Orefield were honored recently for their life-saving blood donation efforts.